Books, music, art, and other things that saved me.


The Things I



That Helped Me Write the Story of My Transition

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The Sixth Extinction

Angels in America

Jesus’ Son

The Lord of the Rings


Road Trip

The New Jim Crow


Against Interpretation

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

My Name is Lucy Barton

White Teeth

Go, Went, Gone

The Savage Detectives

Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream


The Grapes of Wrath

Gender Trouble

Moby Dick

Their Eyes Were Watching God

A Farewell to Arms

Love Medicine

How We Became Human


To the Lighthouse

Open City

A Room of One's Own

The Hours

The Motion of Light in Water

On Beauty and Being Just

Sexing the Cherry

Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West

The Warmth of Other Suns

Citizen: An American Lyric

Great Expectations

The Brothers Karamazov

Books that Saved Me

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