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Penguin: Putnam Trade Spring 2019

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A Coming-of-Gender Story
By (author): Jacob Tobia
9780735218826 Hardcover English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Mar 05, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.37 x 9.31 x 1.14 in 336 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons

“Transformative…If Tobia aspires to the ranks of comic memoirists like David Sedaris and Mindy Kaling, Sissy succeeds.”—The New York Times Book Review

A heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it’s like to grow up not sure if you’re (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above.

“A beautiful book…honest and funny.”—Trevor Noah, The Daily Show

Sensational.”—Tyler Oakley

“Jacob Tobia is a force.”—Good Morning America

“A trans Nora Ephron…both honest and didactic.”—OUT Magazine

“A rallying cry for anyone who’s ever felt like they don’t belong.”—Woman’s Day

As a young child in North Carolina, Jacob Tobia wasn’t the wrong gender, they just had too much of the stuff. Barbies? Yes. Playing with bugs? Absolutely. Getting muddy? Please. Princess dresses? You betcha. Jacob wanted it all, but because they were “a boy,” they were told they could only have the masculine half. Acting feminine labelled them “a sissy” and brought social isolation.

It took Jacob years to discover that being “a sissy” isn’t something to be ashamed of. It’s a source of pride. Following Jacob through bullying and beauty contests, from Duke University to the United Nations to the podiums of the Methodist church—not to mention the parlors of the White House—this unforgettable memoir contains multitudes. A deeply personal story of trauma and healing, a powerful reflection on gender and self-acceptance, and a hilarious guidebook for wearing tacky clip-on earrings in today’s world, Sissy guarantees you’ll never think about gender—both other people’s and your own—the same way again.

Story Locale: Raleigh, North Carolina; Duke University; New York City; Los Angeles, CA

GROUNDBREAKING PERSPECTIVE: As the first author to comprehensively speak for the nonbinary experience, Jacob Tobia is a breakout voice and celebrity on the rise. What David Sedaris did for gay men and Janet Mock for trans women, Jacob will do for the nonbinary and genderqueer communities.

FANTASTIC AND GROWING PLATFORM: Named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and one of the “OUT 100,” Jacob was a producer for Amazon’s award-winning show Transparent and created, coproduced, and hosted Queer 2.0, an LGBTQ series on NBC News. Their writing and advocacy have been featured everywhere from The Washington Post to The New York Times and Teen Vogue. In 2017, Jacob produced #KindComments, a custom Instagram campaign for Trans Day of Visibility that was viewed over 14 million times.

HILARIOUS, SMART, AND MOVING: While Jacob is growing a platform as an activist and performer, they are a writer at heart. Their prose is in turn laugh-out-loud funny, wise beyond their years, and heartbreakingly honest. This book is a joy to read and a classic in the making that will stand the test of time alongside favorites like Me Talk Pretty One Day and I Feel Bad About My Neck.

Jacob Tobia (pronouns: they/them) is a gender nonconforming writer, producer, and performer based in Los Angeles. A member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 and the OUT 100, Jacob made television history voicing the nonbinary character of Double Trouble in Netflix’s She-Ra and The Princess of Power. Their writing and advocacy have been featured by The New York Times, Time, The Guardian, Good Morning America, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, among others. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Jacob has worn high heels in the White House twice. Sissy is their debut memoir.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, California

Author Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina

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Author Social Media: Instagram: @jacobtobia; Twitter: @jacobtobia;

“Genderqueer and nonbinary voices are too often silenced…. It’s why we need writers like Jacob Tobia.”—Janet Mock

“A story of audacity and courage, Sissy is not to be missed.”—Billie Jean King

“Across this country young boys are shamed and humiliated for expressing femininity, as well as young girls for expressing masculinity…. Jacob bravely seeks to end this culture of shame.”—Monica Lewinsky

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