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100 Notable Books of 2015

NOVEMBER 27, 2015
The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

BECOMING NICOLE: The Transformation of an American Family. By Amy Ellis Nutt. (Random House, $27.) A generous portrayal of a couple’s affirming response to their transgender child.

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When one male twin identifies as a female
By Sue Halpern
Washington Post, November 13

"When Wyatt Maines was almost 3 years old, he told his father, Wayne, that he hated his penis. Distressed as Wayne was, he was not completely surprised. Almost from the moment Wyatt could talk, he would describe himself as a boy-girl or a girl-boy, attempting to capture the duality he felt as an anatomical male who, nonetheless, understood himself to be female.

Wyatt and his identical twin, Jonas, were adopted at birth by Wayne and his wife, Kelly, in 1997; their biological mother was a teenage relative of Kelly’s. At the time, the Maines were living in the small town in the Adirondack foothills where Wayne grew up. Upon learning he’d be the father of two boys, he began fantasizing about the hunting and fishing trips he’d take with his sons, the ballgames and the sports talk — all the guy things. As Amy Ellis Nutt makes clear in her exceptional chronicle, “Becoming...

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November 2015

3 THE HORSE, by Wendy Williams. (Scientific American/Farrar, Straus & Giroux.) An epic history of horses spanning fifty-six million years.

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November 08, 2015

14. BECOMING NICOLE, by Amy Ellis Nutt (Random House)

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Author Speculates On A Long History Of Human-Horse Companionship
OCTOBER 31, 2015 8:00 AM ET
NPR Weekend Edition

Horses are some of humans' greatest companions. Wendy Williams, author of The Horse, joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about that partnership, and how horses interact with other horses in the wild.

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Man’s Other Best Friend
Fossil footprints in Tanzania show where our ancestors and early horses literally crossed paths


"Like me and many of the readers who will pick up her charming and deeply interesting book “The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion,” Wendy Williams has had a long and close relationship with particular horses that she has owned or ridden. She knows what it means to entrust your body to an animal many times your size whose acute perception of danger may differ substantially from your own. Few writers manage to capture the magic of that extraordinary relationship as Ms. Williams does. More to the point, she uses her skills as a prose stylist and her intelligence to guide the reader through scientific studies that tell us how the horse came to be as it is. This is quite an accomplishment."

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Review: ‘Becoming Nicole,’ a Young Boy’s Journey Into Girlhood

Books of The Times
OCT. 21, 2015

"... Reading strictly for plot, “Becoming Nicole” is about a transgender girl who triumphed in a landmark discrimination case in 2014, successfully suing the Orono school district in Maine for barring her from using the girls’ bathroom. But the real movement in this book happens internally, in the back caverns of each family member’s heart and mind. Four ordinary and imperfect human beings had to reckon with an exceptional situation, and in so doing also became, in their own modest ways, exceptional. ..."

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Identical Male Twins Become Brother and Sister

Nicole Maines, born Wyatt, has documented her transgender transition in the book "Becoming Nicole.

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PEOPLE Magazine
How Identical Twin Boys Became Brother and Sister: One Family’s Courageous Transgender Story

"Jonas and Nicole Maines are funny, charming and also strikingly attractive. With their dark brown eyes and quick smiles they look so similar you’d think they were identical twins--except he’s a boy and she’s a girl. So that's impossible, right? ... "

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The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year.

Nonfiction Longlist:

Appy, Christian G. American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity. (Viking)

Berman, Ari. Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. (Farrar)

Chayes, Sarah. Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security. (Norton)

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. (Spiegel & Grau)

Fraser, Steve. The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power. (Little, Brown)

Green, Kristen. Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle. (Harper)

Haygood, Wil. Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America. (Knopf)


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