Reviews and Blog Posts: identity

Rethinking normal : a memoir in transition

by Katie Rain Hill

Reviewer Rating:
3

Though still a teen herself, Hill already has a life story worth telling. Born Luke, and never comfortable in her own body, Katie grew up depressed and suicidal, with little support from family, friends, or school.

Queerly beloved : a love story across gender

by Diane Anderson-Minshall

Reviewer Rating:
3

What would happen to your relationship if your partner of 15 years realized they were a different gender? This is the question at the core of Diane and Jacob's honest and thought-provoking memoir. Diane and Suzy tell of their long-term lesbian relationship, and of Suzy's transition to Jacob, and how...

Revolutionary

by Alex Myers

Reviewer Rating:
3

Alex Myers' fictionalized account of the life of Deborah Samson, who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution as Robert Shurtliff, is a vividly imagined tale of identity, freedom, heroism and love. In 1782, Deborah wants more than her life as a weaver and servant to others. She...

Boys don't cry

Reviewer Rating:
4

This movie is based on a true story of the life and death of a transgender man Brandon Teena.  I feel the director beautifully accomplished telling the story of the violent crime against him as well as a glimpse into the person Brandon Teena was said to be. The movie...

Mara

by Brian Wood

Reviewer Rating:
4

Mara is a volleyball superstar in a near future world where sports heroes revered even more than they are now. Everyone knows her name, her stats, her face (and her sponsors). When she starts to show more than human abilities, everyone turns on her--is she cheating, deceiving the world? Pulled...

The Final Event of the Seldom Screened Cinema Series 2013

The series wraps with special guest Dr. Brenda Allen.

The Seldom Screened Cinema: Identity: Perception, Social Misconception and Self-Determination series is coming to a close. This year's film series focused on the many aspects of identity in the African American community and how identity is shaped by internal and external forces.

The valley of amazement

by Amy Tan

Reviewer Rating:
3

The mother-daughter theme of Amy Tan’s new novel, The Valley of Amazement, will be a familiar one for fans of her previous works.  Tan delves into the complex relationships and nuanced interactions of several generations of strong female characters.  The author reveals her inspiration for this novel came from a...

Seldom Screened Cinema Series 2013

Join us as we explore the many facets of Identity.

The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library presents the Seldom Screened Cinema: Identity: Perception, Social Misconception and Self-Determination. This year's film series focuses on the many aspects of identity in the African American community and how identity is shaped by internal and external forces.

On the noodle road : from Beijing to Rome, with love and pasta

by Jen Lin-Liu

Reviewer Rating:
4

An enjoyable journey from China to Italy, with many stops in between, to look at food history and traditions. The author's original goal was to try to figure out if noodles had really come to Italy from China or vice versa, or something in between. Of course, food, culture, and...

Ask the passengers : a novel

by A. S. (Amy Sarig) King

Reviewer Rating:
4

Astrid is searching—for herself, for somewhere for her love to go, for all sorts of answers.  The folks in her small town thrive on gossip and putting people in boxes. Astrid doesn’t want a box, she wants possibilities. She sends her love to the people in passing airplanes because no...

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