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Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son [Kindle Edition]

Lori Duron , Neil Patrick Harris , David Burtka
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron’s frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family's adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is a Lego-loving, sports-playing boy's boy, her younger son, C.J., would much rather twirl around in a pink sparkly tutu, with a Disney Princess in each hand while singing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi."
   C.J. is gender variant or gender nonconforming, whichever you prefer. Whatever the term, Lori has a boy who likes girl stuff—really likes girl stuff. He floats on the gender-variation spectrum from super-macho-masculine on the left all the way to super-girly-feminine on the right. He's not all pink and not all blue. He's a muddled mess or a rainbow creation. Lori and her family choose to see the rainbow.
   Written in Lori's uniquely witty and warm voice and launched by her incredibly popular blog of the same name, Raising My Rainbow is the unforgettable story of her wonderful family as they navigate the often challenging but never dull privilege of raising a slightly effeminate, possibly gay, totally fabulous son.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1397 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0770437729
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (3 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you 14 Sept. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We have our own CJ in this house and we too have an older brother who is male to the core. Our oldest has suffered too in the same way as Chase - this book could have been about our life. It is hugely wonderful to know that other families have experienced the same thing. Interestingly the book prompted me to talk to my son about how he feels about being girly and it brought all sorts of worries to the surface. he is 10 and wishes he was 'normal' it was great to be able to have a conversation where I could point out how wonderful he is and how there is no such thing as normal. Thank you Lori xxx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling important read 8 Sept. 2013
Lori Duron's Raising My Rainbow is an excellent and important read that leaves the reader questioning their way of thinking about tolerance, acceptance, unconditional love, agape. What does a parent do when expectations are shattered, when the nature of their child brings bullying and hateful behavior? Duron walks the reader through the answer with painful poise; she writes intelligently, humorously, with sharp authentic sarcasm that resonates as if ones own inner voice. The words on the page and the spaces between the sentences clearly paint the image of what it is to give birth to a nonconforming child, the anxiety over wanting to keep her children safe, the fear engendered over wanting to protect CJ and his brother Chase from bullying and hatred. Through Duron we see that different is not bad, not evil, but just different. It is the light of her love that shines through on the page and makes this a compelling read. Her story, CJ's life, is our story, what it is to be human, vulnerable, open, raw, and face life without compromise. We suffer along through the consequences of taking on the bullies and hate mongers. Hours after I shut the last page, images of Duron's son, CJ, laughing and romping happily in a skirt, playing with his Barbie doll, still run through my mind and I can't help but think that were it not for the love, the unconditional love, of his mother and father, there may be no laughing at all. Highly recommend this read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By fran
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading true life stories, but especially to those who work with, know of or want to find out more about dealing with the issues that may come up in the family when one of the children is gender non-conforming and/or LGBT.
I gave it 4 stars because it is such an accessible easy read and does not blind you with science or academia, although some points are backed up with quotes/footnotes on relevant research. The only thing to be aware of is the US bias, which is to be expected as the family is American.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read... 9 Feb. 2014
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This is book is fabulous and I think every parent and early years worker should read this, the book lets you into their world and shares with you the worries and the highs of a parent and child living with gender creativity x
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I would recommend this book particularly to any closed minded parents or struggling parents in the same boat. also to anyone to help open there mind,
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