Arlington Libraries Select “Becoming Nicole” as 2017 Arlington Reads Together Title


The Arlington Reads Together committee has selected “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” by Amy Ellis Nutt as the 2017 community read. Events, book discussions and more will take place during March 2017.


“Becoming Nicole,” published in 2015, is the story of a rural American family, middle-class, politically conservative, who adopt identical twin boys. Around age two, one of the twins begins to identify as a girl. “Becoming Nicole” tells their story: a mother trying to ensure her family’s safety, a father struggling to understand and accept, a twin brother who is a champion of his sister, and Nicole at the center, a young girl fighting for her place in the world. Author Amy Ellis Nutt places the family’s journey in the social, legal and medical context that surrounds them.


Amy Ellis Nutt is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for the Washington Post, where she writes about science. Her other books include “The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults” and “Shadows as Bright as Glass: The Remarkable Story of One Man’s Journey from Brain Trauma to Artistic Triumph.” “Becoming Nicole” was a New York Times Notable Book, a People Magazine Top Ten Book selection, and a finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Award for Transgender nonfiction.


“From the beginning of the discussion it was clear “Becoming Nicole” was a committee favorite. This book features a familiar and relatable family, and portrays their lives with kindness, respect and honesty,” says Maura Deedy, Library Assistant Director and Arlington Reads Together coordinator.


Arlington Reads Together started in 2002 as a way of bringing the community together through literature. The goal is to address issues, understand differences and create connections through the shared experience of one book chosen by a committee consisting of librarians and community volunteers. Co-sponsored by the Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group, the Arlington Reads Together program is now in its 14th year.


Questions can be directed to Maura Deedy at or 781-316-3202.


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