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I am Zlatan Ibrahimović

'Why be a Fiat when you can be a Ferrari?'

Welcome to Planet Zlatan.
This is the story of how a Swedish outsider rose from poverty to become a football genius.

In his own inimitable style, Zlatan Ibrahimović recalls every struggle, every goal and every training-ground bust-up on his journey to dominate the world's top clubs, including Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

Full of wicked one-liners and amazing stories, Zlatan lifts the lid on some of the biggest names in football, including Guardiola, Mouinho and...
Recommended by Juliet Jacques, and 1 others.

Juliet JacquesLagercrantz said he met Ibrahimovic and wasn’t really that taken with the material he got. So he just made it up. (Source)

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I Love Dick

When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy. Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus's novel was a literary sensation when it was first published in 1997. Widely considered to be the most important feminist novel of the past two decades, I Love Dick is... more
Recommended by Juliet Jacques, and 1 others.

Juliet JacquesHer work jumps from correspondence to vivid BDSM sex scenes, to discussions of post-modern and contemporary art, to reflections about how women are culturally positioned. (Source)

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Recommended by Juliet Jacques, and 1 others.

Juliet JacquesB. S. Johnson’s literary career was a failure. There’s no two ways about that. (Source)

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How Should a Person Be?

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013

Sheila's twenties were going to plan.

She got married.
She hosted parties.
A theatre asked her to write a play.

Then she realised that she didn't know how to write a play.
That her favourite part of the party was cleaning up after the party.
And that her marriage made her feel like she was banging into a brick wall.

So Sheila abandons her marriage and her play, befriends Margaux, a free and untortured painter, and begins sleeping with the dominating Israel, who's a...
Recommended by Beth Blum, Juliet Jacques, and 2 others.

Beth BlumWhat I find so interesting about How Should a Person Be? is the way that the existential quest of the character Sheila—who is also sort of like the author in this autofictional hybrid—is paralleled by the narrative’s quest for the right genre. You see the text working through these different possible genres before it settles on its final autofictional form. It even incorporates skeletal... (Source)

Juliet JacquesShe uses real-life friends and their works and her own work, a lot of the book centres around her trying to write a play she just can’t find it in herself to finish. (Source)

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Stone Butch Blues

Woman or man? This internationally acclaimed novel looks at the world through the eyes of Jess Goldberg, a masculine girl growing up in the "Ozzie and Harriet" McCarthy era and coming out as a young butch lesbian in the pre-Stonewall gay drag bars of a blue-collar town. Stone Butch Blues traces a propulsive journey, powerfully evoking history and politics while portraying an extraordinary protagonist full of longing, vulnerability, and working-class grit. This once-underground classic takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of gender transformation and exploration and ultimately speaks to... more
Recommended by Kate Bornstein, Juliet Jacques, and 2 others.

Kate BornsteinStone Butch Blues is the trans classic. Everybody who reads it takes away something different. It’s one of those magical books that has an entrance point for every queer person. And that’s an amazing accomplishment for a book. It’s something I aspire to. (Source)

Juliet JacquesIt’s a very traumatic book, it illustrates a lot of problems of cross-gender, or gender-variant, living at the time. (Source)

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