Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels

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Feminist Press at CUNY, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 136 pages
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WINNER OF A 2012 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD

"Like Bond, the memoir is droll, pensive and filled with zingers teetering between funny and ferocious."?The New York Times



"Bond's fabulosity is matched by a trenchant wit, and [V's] over-the-top stories are smartly edged with politics, sexual or otherwise."?The New York Times


Recently hailed as "the greatest cabaret artist of [V's] generation" in The New Yorker, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond makes a brilliant literary debut with this staggeringly candid and hilarious novella-length memoir.


With a recent diagnosis of attention deficit disorder, and news that V's first lover from childhood has been imprisoned for impersonating an undercover police officer, Bond recalls in vivid detail coming of age as a trans kid. Always haunted by the knowledge of being "different," Bond was further confused when the bully next door wanted to meet secretly. Their trysts went on for years, and made Bond acutely aware of sexual power and vulnerability. With inimitable style, Bond raises issues about LGBTQ adolescence, homophobia, parenting, and sexuality, while being utterly entertaining.


Singer, songwriter, and Tony-nominated performance artist Mx. Justin Vivian Bond is an Obie, Bessie, and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner. As one half of the performance duo Kiki and Herb, Bond has toured the world, headlining at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, and starring in a Tony nominated run on Broadway, Kiki and Herb Alive on Broadway. Film credits include a role in John Cameron Mitchell's feature Shortbus. Bond has recently released two records, Dendrophile, and Silver Wells.

 

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User Review  - frozenplums - LibraryThing

This was another book I read for class. ...Eh. I mean... it wasn't bad. It really just wasn't for me. There were parts I laughed at, and parts that kept my attention better than others... And v's use ... Read full review

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User Review  - diegogarcia - LibraryThing

Nice little memoir, but very short and lacking its own style and touch; as much as I love Mx. Bond since the time of Shortbus, here I was expecting something more.... Especially compared to works of Mr. Kilmer-Purcell or Nyswaner. Read full review

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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Justin Bond: Singer, songwriter, and Tony-nominated performance artist Mx Justin Vivian Bond is an Obie, Bessie, and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner. As one half of the performance duo Kiki and Herb, Bond has toured the world, headlining at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, and has starred in Kiki and Herb Alive on Broadway. Film credits include a starring role in John Cameron Mitchell's feature Shortbus.

Website: justinbond.com
Twitter: twitter.com/mxjustinbond

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