Bookshelf: Banned Books Week
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
September 29 2011 6:00 PM ET
Choir Boy (Soft Skull, 2005) $8
Berry is a lonely 12-year-old whose only joy in life are as a soloist in the choir in the aptly titled Choir Boy. But as puberty starts affecting his friends, Berry fears his own body’s push toward manhood. He decides then that he needs to stop the impending surge of testosterone in his body. After a failed physical attempt, Berry finds a pharmaceutical solution — only Berry’s not quite ready for the side effects of that remedy. Trans author Charlie Anders has written a rare and captivating book about teenage transgender experience in a knowing and amusing tone that made parents in Montana want it banned (along with Brokeback Mountain — that year’s breakout hit).