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BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Angry Queer Somali Boy: A Complicated Memoir details Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali’s journey from wartorn Africa to the West. Lost in a strange country (the Netherlands, then Canada) and culture, Ali found it difficult to assimilate. His sexuality was suddenly accepted but remained at odds with the cultural heritage of his family. Angry and alienated, Ali descended into drugs and alcohol. Somali Boy is interwoven with a contextual background of world history and sociopolitical commentary on both the East and West, from the vantage point of a gay Muslim immigrant. (New York University Press) —DONALD PADGETT

by Karen Rayne and Kathryn Gonzales is a guidebook for trans and nonbinary teens published by the American Psychological Association. It covers coming out, transitioning, dealing with

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