Welcome to yet another installment of Trans Book Club! Up to now, we’ve been looking primarily at fiction, but today we’re venturing into memoir with what is not only my favorite trans memoir, but one of my favorite books in general. Venture below to read more!
Sorted, by Jackson Bird
I first found this book last fall when I was finally starting to accept that I might be trans. I’d been consuming any and all trans content I could find, and after watching some of Jackson’s videos on YouTube, I decided to check out his book to see if it had the same smart, down-to-earth style. It did.
To say that I relate to this book would be putting it lightly. There are so many similarities between Jackson’s story and my own that I did a double-take more than once – which makes people look at you funny on the bus, let me tell you. Overall, though, even if I hadn’t related to so much of this book, it still would’ve been a fantastic read for a few reasons.
Reason 1: The writing is excellent. There’s a great wry humor to it, along with some elegant description and beautiful turns of phrase. It’s down-to-earth and accessible, but it’s spot-on technically as well, which makes for a great combination.
Reason 2: The story is fascinating. Jackson’s journey from a dress-hating kid to an ultra-femme, repressed teen and then onto a self-realized trans man is beautiful to watch, and there’s even the bonus inclusion of childhood diary entries and photos to make the experience all the more interesting. It’s just a damn good story.
Reason 3: You may, in fact, learn something. Tucked artfully among the chapters are informative passages discussing trans-related terminology and other such topics that the average person may not be aware of. If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between “sex” and “gender” or wanted to know how to react when someone comes out to you, for example, this book has got you covered.
Overall, I really cannot recommend this book enough. Reading it helped me find clarity and courage during a time when I had very little of either, and I still go back and reread it from time to time when I feel like I need a boost. Definitely check it out – and while you’re at it, go support Jackson on YouTube and Twitter, because he’s a pretty awesome guy.
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Sorted-Growing-Coming-Finding-Transgender/dp/198213075X
Author website: https://www.jacksonbird.cool/