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Falling back in love with being human : letters to lost souls / Kai Cheng Thom.

By: Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : The Dial Press, [2023]Copyright date: ©2023Edition: First editionDescription: 163 pages ; 18 cmContent type:
  • text
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
ISBN:
  • 9780593594988
  • 0593594983
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Contents:
Dear reader -- To the ones whose bodies shall shake the heavens -- To a lost sister -- To the ones who didn't cry -- To the compulsive caregivers -- To the girl trying to be a magic mirror when she is in fact a secret door -- To the sisterhood of trans femmes -- To a trans femme of color child from a trans femme of color ancestor -- To all the boys I've loved before who didn't love me back -- To the confabulists -- To the fantasy man I still long for -- To the deathwalkers -- To the church of social justice -- To Jesus Christ -- To the runaways -- To the martyrs -- To the goddesss of whores and all her children -- To the Johns -- To the trans exclusionary radical feminists -- To J.K. Rowling -- To the ones who hurt me -- To the ones who watched -- To the goddess of vengeance and the goddess of mercy -- To the exiled -- To the ones who disappeared -- To a girl who has forgotten who she is in the fog of late-stage digital capitalism -- To the Animorphs -- To the sidekicks -- To the outlaws -- To the ones this world was never made for -- To me, from a revolutionary trans femme of color living in the distant future.
Summary: "Kai Cheng Thom grew up a Chinese Canadian transgender girl in a hostile world. As an activist, psychotherapist, conflict mediator, spiritual healer, and celebrated writer, she's always pursued the same deeply personal mission: to embrace the revolutionary belief that every human being, no matter how hateful or horrible, is intrinsically sacred. But then Kai Cheng found herself in a crisis of faith, overwhelmed by the viciousness with which people treated each other, and barely clinging on to the values and ideals she'd built her life around: justice, hope, love, and healing. Rather than succumb to despair and cynicism, she gathered all her rage and grief and took one last leap of faith. Kai Cheng began writing letters to everyone she has trouble holding in her heart-those seemingly beyond saving. She wrote to dead people, exes, prostitutes, johns, monsters, transphobes, and racists; to the fantasy man she still longs for, to the ones who hurt her, and to the ones who watched. In writing these love letters, Kai Cheng found herself not only rediscovering and deepening her faith in humanity, but falling back in love with being human"-- Provided by publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A national bestseller in Canada, hailed by The New York Times asan "intimate expression of self-acceptance and forgiveness, tenderly written to fellow trans women and others."

"Required reading."-Glennon Doyle, #1 bestselling author of Untamed

A THEM AND AUTOSTRADDLE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

What happens when we imagine loving the people-and the parts of ourselves-that we do not believe are worthy of love?

Kai Cheng Thom grew up a Chinese Canadian transgender girl in a hostile world. As an activist, psychotherapist, conflict mediator, and spiritual healer, she's always pursued the same deeply personal mission- to embrace the revolutionary belief that every human being, no matter how hateful or horrible, is intrinsically sacred.

But then Kai Cheng found herself in a crisis of faith, overwhelmed by the viciousness with which people treated one another, and barely clinging to the values and ideals she'd built her life around- justice, hope, love, and healing. Rather than succumb to despair and cynicism, she gathered all her rage and grief and took one last leap of faith- she wrote. Whether prayers or spells or poems-and whether there's a difference-she wrote to affirm the outcasts and runaways she calls her kin. She wrote to flawed but nonetheless lovable men, to people with good intentions who harm their own, to racists and transphobes seemingly beyond saving. What emerged was a blueprint for falling back in love with being human.

Dear reader -- To the ones whose bodies shall shake the heavens -- To a lost sister -- To the ones who didn't cry -- To the compulsive caregivers -- To the girl trying to be a magic mirror when she is in fact a secret door -- To the sisterhood of trans femmes -- To a trans femme of color child from a trans femme of color ancestor -- To all the boys I've loved before who didn't love me back -- To the confabulists -- To the fantasy man I still long for -- To the deathwalkers -- To the church of social justice -- To Jesus Christ -- To the runaways -- To the martyrs -- To the goddesss of whores and all her children -- To the Johns -- To the trans exclusionary radical feminists -- To J.K. Rowling -- To the ones who hurt me -- To the ones who watched -- To the goddess of vengeance and the goddess of mercy -- To the exiled -- To the ones who disappeared -- To a girl who has forgotten who she is in the fog of late-stage digital capitalism -- To the Animorphs -- To the sidekicks -- To the outlaws -- To the ones this world was never made for -- To me, from a revolutionary trans femme of color living in the distant future.

"Kai Cheng Thom grew up a Chinese Canadian transgender girl in a hostile world. As an activist, psychotherapist, conflict mediator, spiritual healer, and celebrated writer, she's always pursued the same deeply personal mission: to embrace the revolutionary belief that every human being, no matter how hateful or horrible, is intrinsically sacred. But then Kai Cheng found herself in a crisis of faith, overwhelmed by the viciousness with which people treated each other, and barely clinging on to the values and ideals she'd built her life around: justice, hope, love, and healing. Rather than succumb to despair and cynicism, she gathered all her rage and grief and took one last leap of faith. Kai Cheng began writing letters to everyone she has trouble holding in her heart-those seemingly beyond saving. She wrote to dead people, exes, prostitutes, johns, monsters, transphobes, and racists; to the fantasy man she still longs for, to the ones who hurt her, and to the ones who watched. In writing these love letters, Kai Cheng found herself not only rediscovering and deepening her faith in humanity, but falling back in love with being human"-- Provided by publisher.

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