Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Families

Happy Mother's Day! Today is sunny, I've gone for a run, and the House of Glee showed their Mother's Day appreciation with jam, popovers, a milk aerator, and a lighthouse. The lighthouse is a wooden model, hand-painted in class by Lucia.


I have two bookstore storytime gigs next week, and I'm looking forward to the Saturday one in particular because I shall pick up my copy of Happy Families, the newest book by Coretta Scott King Honor winner Tanita S. Davis (and no, I will never get tired of writing that). Happy Families is told from the point of view of older teen twins Ysabel and Justin Nicholas, and their father's revelation to them that he is actually a transgender female. The Amazon link here has an excerpt from the book, and you can read the Kirkus review here. While I always look forward to my friends' new releases, I am particularly interested in Happy Families because of the subject matter. I have a friend and a family member who are both transgender women, and keep a look out for teen/YA books that treat transgender people with respect and consideration.


Other things I'm looking forward to: more sunny days (I can hope), increased strength and muscle-tone with kettlebell training by my Cast Iron Strength friend "Kettlebell Kate," and visits from family and friends who cannot resist the lure of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.

9 comments:

Lone Star Ma said...

Oh, I will need to read that book! Sounds great!

tanita davis said...

I think it's sweetest that Lu's picture illustrates the title.

Lone Star Ma said...

(And Happy Mothers' Day!)

Anonymous said...

That looks like a great book. It reminds me of this real-life story from NPR: http://www.npr.org/2012/03/09/148178236/a-mom-becomes-a-man-and-a-family-sticks-together

lisas2186 said...

Um, didn't mean to leave that last comment anonymous. Blogger always confuses me...

Saints and Spinners said...

Lisa, thanks so much for linking that article. So much of what I've read thus far in terms of memoir and fiction has been the transition to female, and I have been wondering about experiences of transitioning to male.

LoneStarMa: I hope you read it! I'm getting my copy soon.

Tanita: I thought so, too. Thanks!

adrienne said...

We've had a run of about three sunny days in a row now, and I feel AMAZING and POWERFUL. The older I get, the more the sun and lack of sun impact me, I notice.

Lone Star Ma said...

I finished this book and loved it - I am going to review it on my blog soon!

Saints and Spinners said...

That's great, LSM! Thank you.