"Identity Envy is an entertaining and enlightening collection of personal essays about the desire to be someone other than who we are. The writers take on matters of class, race, religion, regional differences--and so much more--all with intelligence, insight, and compelling honesty. In tone, the pieces vary from the comic sizzle of Mike McGinty's "You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Helen" to the rueful nostalgia of Robert Boulanger's "Acting American." The book made me think differently about my own identity and the way we all make peace (a frequently uneasy peace) with ourselves."
-- Stephen McCauley, author of The Object of My Affection and Alternatives to Sex
"Identity Envy offers up a collection of truly fresh, inspiring and revelatory explorations of those shifting sands that make up the unsure ground of who we think we are and what others assume us to be. A fascinating exploration of the formation of identity...filled with wonderful humor, inspiring tales of courage, and the enthusiasm and joy of self-realization and growth."
-- Trebor Healey, author of Through It Came Bright Colors
"Identity Envy does what you always hope a good book will do - it takes you deep into the lives of a group of fascinating, and in this case often startlingly honest, people. You become so engrossed in their stories, full of hope and nostalgia, disappointment and courage, that you finish the book wishing you could know each of them, even better, in person.”
-- Robert Taylor, author of Whose Eye is on Which Sparrow and The Innocent
“Sex and gender phobias of the dominant culture compel queer people to envy identities other than our own; and that often leads to shame and low self-esteem. Until the release of this wonderful book, there's been no positive role-modeling for what exactly to do with all that envy. These essays read like fairy tales, only they're the true stories of what people do when we hate what we are, and when we wanna be something we're not allowed to be. The editors have put together a terriffic collection of sweet, heart-breaking, hilarious, and always bone-deep honest tales of the journey all us queers and freaks are given in our lifetimes: to grow from ugly duckling to beautiful swan.”
-- Kate Bornstein, author of Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws