Tango by Justin Vivian Bond
My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels

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WINNER OF A 2012 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD

"Like Bond, the memoir is droll, pensive and filled with zingers teetering between funny and ferocious."—The New York Times



"Bond's fabulosity is matched by a trenchant wit, and [V's] over-the-top stories are smartly edged with politics, sexual or otherwise."—The New York Times


Recently hailed as "the greatest cabaret artist of [V's] generation" in The New Yorker, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond makes a brilliant literary debut with this staggeringly candid and hilarious novella-length memoir.


With a recent diagnosis of attention deficit disorder, and news that V's first lover from childhood has been imprisoned for impersonating an undercover police officer, Bond recalls in vivid detail coming of age as a trans kid. Always haunted by the knowledge of being "different," Bond was further confused when the bully next door wanted to meet secretly. Their trysts went on for years, and made Bond acutely aware of sexual power and vulnerability. With inimitable style, Bond raises issues about LGBTQ adolescence, homophobia, parenting, and sexuality, while being utterly entertaining.


Singer, songwriter, and Tony-nominated performance artist Mx. Justin Vivian Bond is an Obie, Bessie, and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner. As one half of the performance duo Kiki and Herb, Bond has toured the world, headlining at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, and starring in a Tony nominated run on Broadway, Kiki and Herb Alive on Broadway. Film credits include a role in John Cameron Mitchell's feature Shortbus. Bond has recently released two records, Dendrophile, and Silver Wells.

 

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Justin Bond: Singer, songwriter, and Tony-nominated performance artist Mx Justin Vivian Bond is an Obie, Bessie, and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner. As one half of the performance duo Kiki and Herb, Bond has toured the world, headlining at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, and has starred in Kiki and Herb Alive on Broadway. His film credits include a starring role in John Cameron Mitchell's feature Shortbus.Website: justinbond.comTwitter: twitter.com/mxjustinbond
 
Published August 16, 2011 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. 146 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Beginning at age 11 on a boy scouts camping trip, Bond and Hunter had sex in pools, snow forts and tree houses.

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The New York Times

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“Having been told how wrong what we were doing was,” Bond writes, “we thought there was no other option but to cling to our shame.” That was until the day Bond finally broke free, deciding in high school never again to have sex with anyone who didn’t love him.

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The author's fans know Bond better as Kiki, the all-talking all-singing, rage-and-booze-fueled half of Kiki and Herb—downtown cabaret sensations who recently starred in the Tony-nominated Kiki and Herb on Broadway.

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Bending the Bookshelf

Looking back, thinking of what it was like to be so young, it’s remarkable to imagine how much power that lipstick had over not just Justin’s sense of self, but vs sense of self-worth.

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Witty and poignant, this memoir discusses V's queer and transgender childhood. A diagnosis of attention deficit disorder a

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