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Elliot Page’s buzzy memoir is a brutally honest story of survival. He tells his story of embracing his trans identity through a series of non-linear vignettes, jumping back and forth through time— mirroring the disorientation he experienced discovering his true self on and off sets. In Pageboy, the actor pieces together childhood flashbacks, haunting memories of Hollywood policing his queerness, visceral meditations on gender dysphoria, and ecstatic recollections of gender euphoria. Page, who was the first openly trans man to appear on the cover of TIME, uses the privilege he has as a Hollywood star to share his experiences and advocate for his community in an era of record-high anti-LGBTQ legislation. Page dedicates the book “to all those who came before,” and asks his readers to simply let him—and other trans folks—exist, “happier than ever.” —Meg Zukin

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