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Works of Radical Imagination

Hello, Cruel World

101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws

by Kate Bornstein

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Finalist, LGBT Nonfiction Lambda Literary Award, 2009

Honor Book, Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, 2009

Foreword by Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara

Celebrated transsexual trailblazer Kate Bornstein has, with more humor and spunk than any other, ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it.

Here, Bornstein bravely and wittily shares personal and unorthodox methods of survival in an often cruel world. A one-of-a-kind guide to staying alive outside the box, Hello, Cruel World is a much-needed unconventional approach to life for those who want to stay on the edge, but alive.
Hello, Cruel World features a catalog of 101 alternatives to suicide that range from the playful (moisturize!), to the irreverent (shatter some family values), to the highly controversial. Designed to encourage readers to give themselves permission to unleash their hearts' harmless desires, the book has only one directive: "Don't be mean." It is this guiding principle that brings its reader on a self-validating journey, which forges wholly new paths toward a resounding decision to choose life.

Tenderly intimate and unapologetically edgy, Kate Bornstein is the radical role model, the affectionate best friend, and the guiding mentor all in one.

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“How lucky we are to have such a clear and intelligent writer who has had profoundly personal experiences with different identities, the subject of this first-rate book.”

“I realize Kate Bornstein is trying to save teenagers—the beautiful weirdos on whom the fate of our future rests—but if her book gets into the wrong hands, she might inadvertently save a whole lot of adults too.”

“Writer-activist-professional outcast Kate Bornstein takes an empathetic approach.”

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A celebrated pioneer and advocate for the LGBTQ community, Kate Bornstein is the author of My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely; Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and The Rest of Us; and A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir. Her plays and performance pieces include Hidden: A Gender, The Opposite Sex Is Neither, and Too Tall Blondes In Love. Bornstein lives in New York City with her partner, Barbara Carrellas.