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Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels Paperback – August 16, 2011
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"A story that is personal, yet undeniably universal at the same time." Lambda Literary
Bond’s fabulosity is matched by a trenchant wit, and [V’s] over-the-top stories are smartly edged with politics, sexual or otherwise.” New York Times
"A brief yet remarkably candid memoir of growing up different. . . Poignant and funny. . ." Kirkus
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, artist
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
"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, comedian
"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, musician
"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
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Powerful and motivating, even (or, perhaps, especially) when uncomfortable, Tango is the story of the kind of childhood that I suspect is more common than most people would like to think. The sexual experimentation between adolescents may be too much for some readers, and the violence between them too much for others, but you can't truly appreciate the "luxury of normality" that Mx. Bond has achieved without first understanding where v came from.
My only complaint about the book is that it's too short, and ends rather abruptly, but it is the tale of a childhood, not a life, and not a career. Hopefully, the lovely Mx. Bond has another story inside vself, one that we'll get to share. Until then, however, Tango serves not just as an entry in the "It Gets Better" theme of literature, but of a welcome glimpse into vs origins.
Reading Mx Bond's account of growing up trans, I had flashbacks of my own childhood growing up as a tomboy and also having some of the same issues with being boxed into gender stereotypes. (think "Scout" in To Kill a Mockingbird - that was completely me) Now it would have been much easier for me to go to school wearing lipstick, but when Bond does it, it causes a huge scene with V's mother. Classic! Bond's tales accurately capture the awkwardness of discovering one's own sexuality. It also reveals the recent discovery that V has Attention Deficit Disorder and how that came to light.
I feel that this book greatly helps promote understanding of what it's like to not easily fit gender "norms", also enlightening and encouraging to those who feel a bit different. <3
Mx. Justin Vivian Bond is branded as overly emotional by those in the family, which is something I can definitely relate to as well. I think Justin is very brave to write about the complex relationship with Michael and the slow path to self confidence and acceptance. There are so many people who don't achieve that, unfortunately. Yet V surpasses these obstacles.
I love how funny V is. I love how honest and bare V is in the most ugly and complicated moments. This is what a great memoir is all about. I hope there are much more books to come.
5/5 stars all the way.
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For fans of JVB, this book is a must-read! A fantastic childhood memoir that reminded me of Sandra Bernhards "Confessions of a Pretty Lady." BrilliantPublished on May 5, 2014 by Wayne
I am a long time fan of Mx Bond, and this is a tender, thoughtful back story to v's career. My only complaint is that I wanted more.Published on April 6, 2014 by T. Pileggi
This is the third time I've bought this book because I keep giving my copies to friends. Not great literature, but it's great for people to know that there's life outside the... Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Amanda B
Atlanta, Georgia- Singer, songwriter, and Tony-nominated performer Mx. Justin Vivian Bond* literally lets it all hang out in her book Tango: My Childhood, Backwards, and in High... Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Dr. Wilson Trivino