*** Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt


Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family is the true story of a family with identical twins, one of whom, from an early age, aspires to be a girl rather than a boy. The parents are baffled, but help their (now) daughter first live as a girl and eventually transition to a woman, and the community around them reacts in a helpful and supportive, if sometimes awkwardly. (Kids, interestingly, seem entirely unfazed.) But a rabid bigot, coupled with a school system that’s afraid of lawsuits, makes the family’s life an ordeal. So sad to see how one person can poison the well.

Great story, told in an overly dramatic voice, to my taste.

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