Review Ò A Year Without a Name 107


10 thoughts on “A Year Without a Name

  1. says:

    Cyrus Grace Dunham delivers a thought stirring and powerful memoir about their gender identity and eventual gender transition At the center of the story is Cyrus Grace’s unresolved feelings about where they stand with their gender identity The emotions reverberate from the pages and the writing is insightful and direct This book reuires contemplation It begs you to think and feel and stretch your understanding I’m so grateful to have spent time with itI received a complimentary copy from the publisher Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram wwwinstagramcomtarheelreader


  2. says:

    I decided to start November out seeing how many memoirs I could readThis memoir is an excellent capture of grappling with genderueer identity I've marked a bunch of places that resonate with experiences friends of mine have had but I've never seen in articulated so well It's a uick read and very worth reading I verified with the publisher that I could uote from my copy so here are the bits that resonated with experiences friends of mine have had so elouently statedWhenever my bodily claustrophobia grows unbearable I seek new lovers new locations new friends So be it Novelty is the longest lasting short term coping system I know ofI hated myself for still believing that one person a lover could rid me of whatever kept me hating myself in the first placeMore and people in my life began to accuse me of dishonesty A friend who had caught on to my habit gave me her marked up copy of a 1975 Adrienne Rich essay called 'Women and Honor Some Notes on Lying' Rich writes that the liars afraid of themselves cannot bear their own contradictions cannot face what might be lost if they are honest I said whatever I thought people wanted to hearHow to know if the problem was gender or personhood How to know if the problem was gender or me This book came out November 15 2019 I was sent a copy from the publisher


  3. says:

    I feel like giving this book two stars because of my experience reading it but it’s not bad and trans voices in publishing is great so I’m bumping it up a star Cyrus’s writing is straightforward very honest but the book overall didn’t cohere well for me—they talk about that so maybe it’s a self aware lack of cohesion but for me it makes it harder to engage I’m not sure why it all started with Zoya—I guess it kind of made sense but also? And I can’t help but notice how immensely privileged they seem They acknowledge it but it was still hard for me to read without becoming distracted by it My overall impression is that this book might be extremely impactful for anyone going through the exact same thing but not for me


  4. says:

    A very mixed and mixed up read I hope Cyrus Grace writes a memoir twenty years from now and that the future book will be less therapy and literature This was heartbreaking like reading someone's private journal And the academic vocabulary that sprawled across the pages like kudzu was irritating You do not need big words to say something meaningful I did like the title and the cover which features a photograph by Cyrus Grace's mother Laurie Simmons My wish for Cyrus going forward? The best possible outcome whatever shape that takes


  5. says:

    I am grateful that ueer trans and gender non conforming voices are being heard but as for this book in particular I have to wonder if it would have been published by a Big 5 publisher had Cyrus Grace not been the sibling of a certain other Dunham The writing is verysomething Trying too hard maybe? Wanting to be literary? I don't know exactly what was lacking but something was Even with Cyrus Grace narrating their own story I never felt any connection or intimacy which usually happens with author narrated memoir It was fine and if it helps marginalized voices get heard all to the good but being fame adjacent isn't enough to make a person's story compelling and I think there are interesting trans and genderueer voices out there waiting to be heard


  6. says:

    Lots going on here Almost as if looking at their diary inside their mind and by their side all at once You'll like dislike understand and will be unsure all at the same time


  7. says:

    dnf 27%lol this is unfair but i found out cyrus grace dunham is the sibling of lena dunham and i just kind of lost interest in reading this also most of the chunk i read was pretty focused on sex and relationships and it just wasn't what i expected or wanted


  8. says:

    35 5 stars This is a hauntingly raw journey as Grace contemplates becoming Cyrus; as she becomes they sometimes he and back to she at times It feels as if Grace was secretly in search of a metanoia to relieve the guilt and paranoia about feeling she is doing a disservice to the female gender and feeling he is not worthy of being a man The first few chapters are disjointed as if there is no real introduction to ease the reader into the confusion and chaos of the journey But I loved chapters 3 and 6 when I finally connected to Cyrus Grace and I even got emotional when in chapter 8 their mother replies to the trans announcement letter with a text “Good morning sunshine Or should I say good morning son shine” And I especially love that Cy never fully loses GraceAs an example of courage transparency and authenticity I strongly recommend this relevant and transformational story More stories from the LGBT community need to populate all our shelves to help inspire and advance acceptance and normalcy Thank you Little Brown and Company for the opportunity to read and review this advanced copy


  9. says:

    A lot of the narration felt forced and pretentious It wasn't very insightful into a transgender experience I wouldn't recommend it


  10. says:

    It was interesting to read something to introspective while self uarantining I'm between 3 and 4 stars Their self awareness is fascinating and reading from their perspective makes me want to be honest with myself At times I found them a little pretentious but overall this was really great They did such a wonderful job conveying their experience of their gender throughout their life generally and as they transitioned in particular and I really enjoyed reading about how they parse out their complex feelings on masculinity and manhood


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A Year Without a Name

Download ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¿ Cyrus Grace Dunham

A Lambda Literary Award Finalist from an extraordinary new voice a passionate and clear eyed and unputdownable meditation on ueerness family and desire Mary Karr For as long as they can remember Cyrus Grace Dunham felt like a visitor in their own body Their life was a series of imitations lovable littl. I decided to start November out seeing how many memoirs I could readThis memoir is an excellent capture of grappling with genderueer identity I've marked a bunch of places that resonate with experiences friends of mine have had but I've never seen in articulated so well It's a uick read and very worth reading I verified with the publisher that I could uote from my copy so here are the bits that resonated with experiences friends of mine have had so elouently statedWhenever my bodily claustrophobia grows unbearable I seek new lovers new locations new friends So be it Novelty is the longest lasting short term coping system I know ofI hated myself for still believing that one person a lover could rid me of whatever kept me hating myself in the first placeMore and people in my life began to accuse me of dishonesty A friend who had caught on to my habit gave me her marked up copy of a 1975 Adrienne Rich essay called 'Women and Honor Some Notes on Lying' Rich writes that the liars afraid of themselves cannot bear their own contradictions cannot face what might be lost if they are honest I said whatever I thought people wanted to hearHow to know if the problem was gender or personhood How to know if the problem was gender or me This book came out November 15 2019 I was sent a copy from the publisher

Characters A Year Without a Name

E girl daughter sister young gay woman until their profound sense of alienation became intolerable Moving between Grace and Cyrus Dunham brings us inside the chrysalis of gender transition asking us to bear witness to an uncertain and exhilarating process that troubles our most basic assumptions about. Lots going on here Almost as if looking at their diary inside their mind and by their side all at once You'll like dislike understand and will be unsure all at the same time

Download ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¿ Cyrus Grace Dunham

Who we are and how we are constituted Written with disarming emotional intensity in a voice uniuely theirs A Year Without a Name is a potent thrillingly unresolved ueer coming of age storyNamed one of Fall 2019's Most Anticipated Books by Time NYLON Vogue ELLE Buzzfeed Bustle O Magazine Harper's Bazaar. dnf 27%lol this is unfair but i found out cyrus grace dunham is the sibling of lena dunham and i just kind of lost interest in reading this also most of the chunk i read was pretty focused on sex and relationships and it just wasn't what i expected or wanted

  • Hardcover
  • 176
  • A Year Without a Name
  • Cyrus Grace Dunham
  • en
  • 06 July 2019
  • 9780316444965