Becoming Nicole - Amy Ellis Nutt

Becoming Nicole

By Amy Ellis Nutt

  • Release Date: 2015-10-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Book: Becoming Nicole
Becoming Nicole book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 53 Ratings)

Becoming Nicole Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Becoming Nicole is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The inspiring true story of transgender actor and activist Nicole Maines, whose identical twin brother, Jonas, and ordinary American family join her on an extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter for The Washington Post.

Don’t miss Nicole as TV’s first transgender superhero on season four of Supergirl!

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But by the time Jonas and Wyatt were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt’s insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. In the years that followed, the Maineses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, to accept Wyatt’s transition to Nicole, and to undergo a wrenching transformation of their own, the effects of which would reverberate through their entire community. Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years reporting this story and tells it with unflinching honesty, intimacy, and empathy. In her hands, Becoming Nicole is more than an account of a courageous girl and her extraordinary family. It’s a powerful portrait of a slowly but surely changing nation, and one that will inspire all of us to see the world with a little more humanity and understanding.

Named One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by People • One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review and Men’s Journal • A Stonewall Honor Book in Nonfiction • Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction

“Fascinating and enlightening.”—Cheryl Strayed

“If you aren’t moved by Becoming Nicole, I’d suggest there’s a lump of dark matter where your heart should be.”The New York Times

“Exceptional . . . ‘Stories move the walls that need to be moved,’ Nicole told her father last year. In telling Nicole’s story and those of her brother and parents luminously, and with great compassion and intelligence, that is exactly what Amy Ellis Nutt has done here.”The Washington Post

“A profoundly moving true story about one remarkable family’s evolution.”People

Becoming Nicole is a miracle. It’s the story of a family struggling with—and embracing—a transgender child. But more than that, it’s about accepting one another, and ourselves, in all our messy, contradictory glory.”—Jennifer Finney Boylan, co-chair of GLAAD and author of She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders

User reviews about the book

  • Disgusting

    1
    By Xxlemonzdisxxx
    Would do 0 stars but whata gonna do with the LGBT brainwashing
  • Stellar

    5
    By AJ AAA
    This is one of the best books I have ever read. Even as a cisgender person, this book is an inspiring, beautiful story that encourages me to be myself regardless of the opinions of others. A must-read.
  • An uneducated teacher trying to inform the wrong lessons

    2
    By monkeybob
    I feel like this book is trying to educate people of transgender topics and stay along a storyline of a child's experience at the same time, but I don't think the two goals mix together well. First of all, this book is full of facts straight out of Wikipedia- if I wanted textbook definitions of transsexuals, I'd use google. Secondly, the author constantly switches pronouns and uses wrong terminology. For example, they will use male pronouns when describing a female transgender individual and switch back to female pronouns all in the same sentence. It's almost as if the author is confused about the subject even though they're trying to educate others. This book is confused on what it wants to achieve and it shows. I just hope people don't consider it a good source of information.

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