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Hello, Cruel World

101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws

Bornstein, Kate, 1948-

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Hello, Cruel World
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Random House, Inc.
Celebrated transsexual trailblazer Kate Bornstein has, with more humor and spunk than any other, ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it.
Here, Bornstein bravely and wittily shares personal and unorthodox methods of survival in an often cruel world. A one-of-a-kind guide to staying alive outside the box, Hello, Cruel World is a much-needed unconventional approach to life for those who want to stay on the edge, but alive.
Hello, Cruel World features a catalog of 101 alternatives to suicide that range from the playful (moisturize!), to the irreverent (shatter some family values), to the highly controversial. Designed to encourage readers to give themselves permission to unleash their hearts' harmless desires, the book has only one directive: "Don't be mean." It is this guiding principle that brings its reader on a self-validating journey, which forges wholly new paths toward a resounding decision to choose life.
Tenderly intimate and unapologetically edgy, Kate Bornstein is the radical role model, the affectionate best friend, and the guiding mentor all in one.

Baker & Taylor
An unconventional approach to the prevention of teenage suicide offers a variety of alternatives to help teens cope with life and survive.

Perseus Publishing

Celebrated transsexual trailblazer Kate Bornstein has, with more humor and spunk than any other, ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it.

Here, Kate bravely and wittily shares personal and unorthodox methods of survival for navigating an often cruel world. A one-of-a-kind guide to staying alive outside the box, Hello, Cruel World is a much-needed unconventional approach to teenage suicide prevention for marginalized youth who want to stay on the edge, but alive.

Hello, Cruel World features a catalog of 101 Alternatives to Suicide that range from the playful (Moisturize), to the irreverent (Disbelieve the Binary), to the highly controversial (Get Laid. Please). Designed to encourage readers to give themselves permission to unleash their hearts’ harmless desires, the book has only one directive: "Don’t be mean." It is this guiding principle that brings its reader on a self-validating journey, which forges wholly new paths toward a resounding decision to choose life.

Tenderly intimate and unapologetically edgy, Kate is the radical role model, the affectionate best friend, and the guiding mentor all in one kind and spirited package.

A celebrated pioneer for the LGBTQI community, transsexual author and performance artist, Kate Bornstein is the author of the wildly successful books My Gender Workbook and Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and The Rest of Us.


A compassionate guide to teenage suicide prevention


Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, c2006
ISBN: 1583227202
9781583227206
Branch Call Number: 616.8584 B
Characteristics: 231 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.

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May 07, 2012
  • jodunne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

No matter how lost you feel, things will get better. This book is broken into two sections. In the first half, Bornstein reflects on growing up, otherness and the difficulty of being true to oneself. The second half is focused on what to do instead of killing oneself. Ranked in a variety of clever ways, including legality, morality, safety, effectiveness and difficulty, and running the gamut from self-improvement to sexual exploration, these diverse recommendations, are not meant to “fix,” “cure,” or “normalize” anyone, but instead to help struggling teens survive and find a way to be comfortable with themselves.

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