Tango: My Childhood Backwards and in High Heels

Author(s): Justin Vivian Bond

Biography / Memoir

Hailed as 'the greatest cabaret artist of [his] generation' in the New Yorker, Justin Vivian Bond makes a brilliant literary debut with this candid and hilarious novella-length memoir. With a recent diagnosis of attention deficit disorder and news that Bond's first lover from childhood has been imprisoned for impersonating an undercover police officer, Bond recalls in vivid detail his coming-of-age as a trans kid. With inimitable style, Bond raises issues about LBGTQ adolescence, homophobia, parenting and sexuality, while being utterly entertaining.

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"Thank you, Justin, for your courage in writing the truth of what you went through as a transgender child in this society. Thank you, also, for your sense of humor. This book is very important, and fun to read as well."
--Yoko Ono

""Tango" is a raw nerve touching an electric soul, a beautiful book, written with honesty, pain, and joy from one of our great modern day shamans."
--Sandra Bernhard

"Justin Vivian Bond is a lightning rod, a solid steel structure in heels that attracts burning chaos and disciplines it into orderly submission. Am I allowed to say that Justin is God?"
--Rufus Wainwright

""Tango" should be in the hands of every child who can read, and of
every adult who cares about that child."
--Michael Warner, author of "The Trouble with Normal"

"Reading "Tango" is like listening to your favorite eccentric cousin or auntie tell you hair-raising tales of innocence lost and found, friendships forged of adversity, and bullies bewildered by their own perversity. Justin spins a one-of-a-kind story that you won't be able to put down."
--Kate Bornstein, author of "Gender Outlaw"

"When I say Justin Vivian Bond is a true original, what I mean is, Justin doesn't resemble anyone else on the face of the planet. When I say Justin Bond is touched by genius, I mean exactly that."
--Michael Cunningham, author of "The Hours"

General Fields

  • : 9781558617476
  • : Feminist Press at The City University of New York
  • : Feminist Press at The City University of New York
  • : October 2011
  • : 191mm X 133mm X 13mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 136
  • : 792.7092
  • : Paperback
  • : Justin Vivian Bond