Wednesday, January 30, 2013

One In Every Crowd: Stories for and about Queer Youth

One in Every Crowd by Ivan E. Coyote

Comprised of new stories and others culled from previous collections, One in Every Crowd is for anyone who has ever felt different or alone in their struggle to be true to themselves. Included are stories about Ivan's own tomboy past in Canada's north, where playing hockey and wearing pants were the norm; and about her adult life in the big city, where she encounters both cruelty and kindness in unexpected places. Then there are the tales of family and friends who live their lives by example, like Francis, the curly-haired little boy who likes to wear dresses, and the brave kids she meets at queer youth camp.

Funny, inspiring, and full of heart, One in Every Crowd is really for everyone; it's about embracing and celebrating difference and feeling comfortable in one's own skin, no matter what the circumstance.

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1 comment:

Lindy said...

My full review of One in Every Crowd is on my blog:

Here is an excerpt:
Coyote writes about her childhood in Whitehorse, Yukon, and about her current home in Vancouver. Many of the newer pieces are about Coyote's storytelling performances in schools across Canada. Her anti-bullying message is so important, as she explains in "As Good as We Can Make It":

"Bullies grow up -- their behaviour gets modified and sometimes their language gets slicked over with education -- and they become the political, financial, and social arbiters of life as we know it. I bet you any money that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was a bully in school, and don't we all wish now that someone had nipped him in the bud before it was too late for Canada."

Coyote speaks directly to young butches later on in the same essay. "Do not cave into the pressure from the queer community to fit in, either. Make your own decisions, and trust your own heart. Being butch is not just a bus stop on the highway to transitioning."