Gender Queer: A Memoir

Gender Queer: A Memoir

by Maia Kobabe
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Curator’s note

This graphic novel memoir chronicles Maia’s (e/em/eir pronouns) journey of self-identity, from adolescence and all the embarrassment, pain and struggle that comes with it, to adulthood and how they’ve come to terms with it all. This is a touching, intimate guide to what it means to be gender queer and how to think about it — if you like graphic novels and gender-diverse literature, give this one a try.

This graphic novel was donated by a lovely supporter of our library!


Maia's intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir (Maia uses e/em/eir pronouns) journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity — what it means and how to think about it — the story also doubles as a much-needed, useful, and touching guide. 

About the author 

Maia Kobabe (e/em/eir pronouns) is the author/illustrator of GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR (May 2019), winner of an Alex Award, Stonewall Book Award, nominated for an Ignatz Award and the Best Graphic Novels for Teens list from YALSA. Eir work has also been published online by The New Yorker, The Nib, and in many print anthologies. Maia is non-binary, queer and uses e/em/eir pronouns. 

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