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Becoming Nicole
The Transformation of an American Family
By (author): Amy Ellis Nutt
9780812995411 Hardcover English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / LGBT Oct 20, 2015
$35.00 CAD
Remaindered 6.5 x 9.5 x 1 in 304 pages 8-PP COLOR PHOTO INSERT Random House
A family’s twin sons are identical, except one identifies as a female, the other male. A timely story about gender identity, transgender rights, science, parenting, the American family, and helping someone at odds with society. By a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

The Maines were a middle-class, hard-working, politically conservative New England couple whose lives felt complete when they adopted identical twin sons.

As toddlers, Jonas was the son Kelly and Wayne Maines expected, but Wyatt was only interested in girls’ clothes and toys. By age five, this conflict was tearing Wyatt—and the family—apart.

Today, Wyatt is Nicole. She and Jonas are now graduating from high school.

This is the story of a journey that could have destroyed a family, but instead united them. It’s the story of a mother whose instincts told her her child needed love and help. It’s the story of a Republican, NRA-member father who overcame confusion and fear to become a vocal advocate of trans rights. It’s the story of a brother who always loved and accepted his sister. And, especially, it’s the story of a young girl who found the courage to be herself.



Story Locale: Maine

AMY ELLIS NUTT won the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing in 2011. She is currently the health and science writer at The Washington Post. She is the author of Shadows Bright as Glass, and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Teenage Brain Explained. She was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard and Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton, and an instructor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Author Residence: Washington, DC

Author Hometown: Scotch Plains, NJ

Marketing: Outreach to parents via mommy blogs and online advertising

Outreach to the transgender community

Cross-promotion with LGBT and GLAAD

Social media community building



Publicity: National media attention

National/local review and feature print attention

National/local radio attention

Online review and feature attention

“A profoundly moving true story about one remarkable family’s evolution.”People

“Fascinating and enlightening.”—Cheryl Strayed

“[Becoming Nicole] generously traces the parameters of parental love . . . delving deep into the case of a single family with a transgender child and discovering in its particulars certain universal truths about the ways children arrive in one’s life already themselves.”The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

“[An] exceptional chronicle . . . ‘Stories move the walls that need to be moved,’ Nicole told her father last year. In telling Nicole’s story and those of her brother and parents luminously, and with great compassion and intelligence, that is exactly what Amy Ellis Nutt has done here.”—Sue Halpern, The Washington Post

“Reading strictly for plot, Becoming Nicole is about a transgender girl who triumphed in a landmark discrimination case. . . . 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. . . . If you aren’t moved by Becoming Nicole, I’d suggest there’s a lump of dark matter where your heart should be.”—Jennifer Senior, The New York Times

“A transgender girl’s coming-of-age saga, an exploration of the budding science of gender identity, a civil rights time capsule, a tear-jerking legal drama and, perhaps most of all, an education about what can happen when a child doesn’t turn out as his or her parents expected—and they’re forced to either shut their eyes and hearts or see everything differently.”Time

“Extraordinary . . . a wonderful and inspiring story.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A downright necessary book—and a remarkable act of generosity by the Maines family—that will surely start hundreds of conversations in living rooms across the country about what ‘transgender’ means. But it’s also a deeply universal book, one that hits the heart of what it means for all of us, no matter how we struggle (or not) to identify, to be ourselves.”BuzzFeed

“Gorgeous . . . a really wonderful story.”—NBC New York

Becoming Nicole is a miracle. It’s the story of a family struggling with—and embracing—a transgender child. But more than that, it’s about accepting one another, and ourselves, in all our messy, contradictory glory. The Maines family is as American as they come. In the journey they take toward authenticity and justice, we see a model for the future of our country, a future in which all of us—mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters—somehow find the courage, and the love, to become our best selves.”—Jennifer Finney Boylan, co-chair of GLAAD and author of She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders

“Gripping . . . a timely, significant examination.”Kirkus Reviews

“This poignant account of a transgender girl’s transition offers a heartfelt snapshot of a family whose only objective is to protect their daughter. Tackling the subject from a biological, social, and psychological viewpoint, Pulitzer-winning reporter Nutt . . . succeeds in placing Nicole’s individual story within the more general narrative of transgender rights in the United States and humanizes the issues currently at play.”Publishers Weekly

“[Shows how one] family took precious steps in order to understand, support, and celebrate differences that make us all unique. If you want to get a look into a family that has made great strides to change the way some people think about the American nuclear family, and accept the beauty of the world around us, definitely buy this book.”Philadelphia

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