Nonfiction November: Worldview Changers

 

Reading memoirs offer many benefits. They can teach us empathy and compassion, and offer inspiration and empowerment. I’m appalled by the level of vitriol currently directed at transgender people globally, and to that end my recommendation for this prompt from the books I’ve read this year is The All Of It: A Bogan Rhapsody by Cadance Bell.

Sharing her journey as a transgender woman who began life as Benjamin in Mudgee in 1984, The All of It: A Bogan Rhapsody is an authentic, moving and often funny memoir from Australian author, director, producer and writer, Cadance Bell. Bell is an excellent storyteller as she leads us through her childhood into adulthood, sharing important moments of discovery, achievement, realisation and loss. Her experiences are familiar, full of the ordinary sorrows and joys of life, yet also unique. Hiding her truth came at great cost, confused and ashamed by their gender dysphoria, terrified someone would discover her secret stashes of magazines and women’s clothes, Bell succumbed to food and drug addictions, fell victim to an abuser, and hid himself away. Until Bell realised something had to change.

The author is Australian, but I think much of their experience is likely universal. I want to recommend it to everyone, especially anyone who may be grappling with their gender identity, or trying to understand someone who is.

Here are three other memoirs by transgender people that have been recommended to me.



“Before you judge my life, my past or my character, walk in my shoes, walk the path I have travelled, live my sorrow, my doubts, my fear, my pain and my laughter. Remember, everyone has a story of their own. When you’ve lived my life, then you can judge me…” -anonymous 

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. whatsnonfiction
    Nov 23, 2022 @ 23:33:16

    What a fantastic and meaningful take on this topic! Life as a Unicorn especially sounds interesting.

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  2. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Nov 23, 2022 @ 23:35:31

    Thanks for the recommendations! The world clearly needs these books right now.

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  3. Helen Murdoch
    Nov 24, 2022 @ 02:46:36

    I agree that memoirs are a way of us learning about life as other people see it and they can definitely be world changing

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  4. Marianne Maurer
    Nov 24, 2022 @ 03:23:23

    Brilliant choice, Shelley. I totally agree, don’t judge anyone before you haven’t walked in their shoes. And even then … so, don’t judge anyone for their life.

    Thanks for visiting my Worldview Changers.

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  5. Stephanie @ Bookfever
    Nov 24, 2022 @ 04:29:18

    These look like fantastic worldview changer books. That quote is also spot-on!

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  6. WendyW
    Nov 24, 2022 @ 05:42:07

    What important books for these times. Thanks for these recommendations.

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  7. Greg
    Nov 24, 2022 @ 07:57:35

    I’m appalled by it too. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Svetlana
    Nov 25, 2022 @ 19:04:53

    Although I read and review fiction primarily, non-fiction definitely has a lot of hidden gems that I wish to take advantage of!

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  9. curlygeek04
    Nov 26, 2022 @ 01:34:56

    These sound great, and it’s an important topic to understand. I’ve appreciated the fiction I’ve read about people who are transgender, but I haven’t read any memoirs. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  10. Lisa notes...
    Nov 27, 2022 @ 07:29:10

    I’m happy to see so many books recommended on November Nonfiction about transgenderism. I read a great one this year too (Tomorrow Will Be Different). I have a friend who is transgender, and these books help me understand more about what she has to go through.

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  12. silverbuttonbooks
    Nov 30, 2022 @ 13:22:00

    What a fantastic collection! I need to add these to my TBR.

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