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A booklist for: TBD (To Be Determined)

Production dates: January 19-28, 2018

This is a booklist created by Gere Branch library staff to accompany the stage production of TBD (To Be Determined) at Gere’s neighbor, The Lincoln Community Playhouse.

TBD (To Be Determined) enjoyed its World Premiere at The Lincoln Community Playhouse. TBD (To Be Determined) is by Paul Elliott, and was one of the winners of the American Association of Community Theatres NewPlayFest. The lives of a pair of cantankerous sisters are disrupted when the local Sheriff drops an abused young woman on their doorstep for protection. Only…things aren’t as they seem, long-held secrets are going to be revealed, and the truths about relationships in their small tight-knit community are going to have a light shined on them, revealing truths that might be better left hidden.

Reading Recommendations for fans of TBD (To Be Determined):

Restitution
by Lee Vance [Vance]

Peter Tyler appears to have it all–a loving wife, a powerful job on Wall Street, a sprawling house in the suburbs. But in a moment of weakness, Peter indulges in a one-night stand with a beautiful trader. A few weeks later, his house is broken into and his wife brutally murdered. When the police discover Peter’s infidelity, he immediately goes from grieving husband to prime suspect. Suddenly, it’s up to Peter to prove his own innocence and find his wife’s killer.


Wayard
by Blake Crouch [Crouch]

Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. The town is a modern-day Eden… except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. Ethan Burke has seen the world beyond. He’s sheriff, and one of the few who knows the truth– Wayward Pines isn’t just a town. And what lies on the other side of the fence is a nightmare beyond anyone’s imagining….


The Hunted
by Brian Haig [Haig]

Kidnapped, beaten, and forced to relinquish his business and his fortune, Alex Konevitch and his wife escape to the United States, only to be accused by his own government of stealing millions from his business. With a mob contract out on his life and the FBI hot on his trail, Alex is a desperate man without a country-facing the ultimate sacrifice for the chance to build a new life for himself and his family.


Sunstroke
by Jesse Kellerman [Kellerman]

Gloria Mendez is single and thirty-six, and secretly and somewhat hopelessly in love with her oblivious boss. He is both single and solitary, and far too old for her, but she has worked for him, side by side, for ten oddly companionable years. But when he disappears on his annual trip to Mexico-the one aspect of his life to which she’s never been privy-Gloria’s sudden and impulsive search for him reveals the wreckage of a hidden past. Carl Perreira was not who Gloria thought he was-nor was he anything she could have imagined. As Gloria travels this twisted road into Carl’s backstory, she realizes she might not have known him at all. Her investigation discloses as much about her own life as it does about her mysterious boss -and leaves her fighting for her life.


Cold Light
by Jenn Ashworth [Ashworth]

I’ m sitting on my couch, watching the local news. There’ s Chloe’ s parents, the mayor, the hangers on, all grouped round the pond for the ceremony. It’ s ten years since Chloe and Carl drowned. You can tell from their faces that something has gone wrong. But I’ m the one who knows straightaway that the mayor has found a body. And I know who it is.Jenn Ashworth’ s gripping and unforgettable Cold Light is the story of a friendship unsettling in its intensity and of one terrible summer when lies, secrets, jealousy, and perversion result in tragedy more twisted and evil than one unsuspecting community can handle. A dark tale with a surreal edge, it follows two fourteen-year-old girls, best friends, as they confront the dangers of a predatory adult world, where truth is cruelly sacrificed in the name of innocence.


Labyrinth
by Mark T. Sullivan [Sullivan]

The New York Times Notable novelist and Pulitzer-nominated journalist spins a crackling tale of thrills and sophisticated intrigue that takes readers from the peaks of the Moon down into the very bowels of the Earth. Soon to be a major motion picture from Paramount.


Through Violet Eyes
by Stephen Woolworth [Woolworth]

In a world where the dead can testify against the living, someone is getting away with murder. Because to every generation are born a select few souls with violet-colored eyes, and the ability to channel the dead. Both rare and precious–and rigidly controlled by a society that craves their services–these Violets perform a number of different duties. The most fortunate increase the world’s cultural heritage by channeling the still-creative spirits of famous dead artists and musicians. The least fortunate aid the police and the law courts, catching criminals by interviewing the deceased victims of violent crime.

But now the Violets themselves have become the target of a brutal serial murderer–a murderer who had learned how to mask his or her identity even from the victims. Can the FBI, aided by a Violet so scared of death that she is afraid to live, uncover the criminal in time? Or must more of her race be dispatched to the realm that has haunted them all since childhood?.


Distress Signals
by Catherine Ryan Howard [Howard]

There’s no evidence of a murder, but a person is missing. And what’s a missing person minus a body? Not a murder. Oh, no. Never a murder. It’s a disappearance. The day Adam Dunne’s girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a Barcelona business trip, his perfect life begins to fall apart. Days later, the arrival of her passport and a note that reads ‘I’m sorry – S’ sets off real alarm bells. He vows to do whatever it takes to find her. Adam is puzzled when he connects Sarah to a cruise ship called the Celebrate – and to a woman, Estelle, who disappeared from the same ship in eerily similar circumstances almost exactly a year before. To get the answers, Adam must confront some difficult truths about his relationship with Sarah. He must do things of which he never thought himself capable. And he must try to outwit a predator who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground…


Additional reading recommendations on TBD themes of transgenders and child abuse:

A Teenager’s Journey: Overcoming a Childhood of Abuse
by Richard B. Pelzer [362.76 Pel]

Peter Tyler appears to have it all–a loving wife, a powerful job on Wall Street, a sprawling house in the suburbs. But in a moment of weakness, Peter indulges in a one-night stand with a beautiful trader. A few weeks later, his house is broken into and his wife brutally murdered. When the police discover Peter’s infidelity, he immediately goes from grieving husband to prime suspect. Suddenly, it’s up to Peter to prove his own innocence and find his wife’s killer.


The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-binary Teens
by Stephanie A. Brill [306.768 Bri]

Peter Tyler appears to have it all–a loving wife, a powerful job on Wall Street, a sprawling house in the suburbs. But in a moment of weakness, Peter indulges in a one-night stand with a beautiful trader. A few weeks later, his house is broken into and his wife brutally murdered. When the police discover Peter’s infidelity, he immediately goes from grieving husband to prime suspect. Suddenly, it’s up to Peter to prove his own innocence and find his wife’s killer.


Becoming Nicole : the transformation of an American family
by Amy Ellis Nutt [306.768 Nut]

Peter Tyler appears to have it all–a loving wife, a powerful job on Wall Street, a sprawling house in the suburbs. But in a moment of weakness, Peter indulges in a one-night stand with a beautiful trader. A few weeks later, his house is broken into and his wife brutally murdered. When the police discover Peter’s infidelity, he immediately goes from grieving husband to prime suspect. Suddenly, it’s up to Peter to prove his own innocence and find his wife’s killer.


 width=Transgender Rights and Issues
by Andrea Pelleschi [j306.768 Pel]

Transgender Rights and Issues covers the growing acceptance of the transgender community throughout the years, the discrimination transgender men and women face each day, and how United States and other countries are making changes to fix these issues. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.


Before I Had the Words: On Being a Transgender Young Adult
by Skylar Kergil [Biography Kergil]

At the beginning of his physical transition from female to male, then-seventeen-year-old Skylar Kergil posted his first video on YouTube. In the months and years that followed, he recorded weekly update videos about the physical and emotional changes he experienced. Skylar’s openness and positivity attracted thousands of viewers, who followed along as his voice deepened and his body changed shape. Through surgeries and recovery, highs and lows, from high school to college to the real world, Skylar welcomed others on his journey.

Before I Had the Words is the story of what came before the videos and what happened behind the scenes. From early childhood memories to the changes and confusion brought by adolescence, Skylar reflects on coming of age while struggling to understand his gender. As humorous as it is heartbreaking and as informative as it is entertaining, this memoir provides an intimate look at the experience of transitioning from one gender to another. Skylar opens up about the long path to gaining his family’s acceptance and to accepting himself, sharing stories along the way about smaller challenges like choosing a new name and learning to shave without eyebrow mishaps.

Revealing entries from the author’s personal journals as well as interviews with his mother, brother, and friends lend remarkable depth to Skylar’s story. A groundbreaking chronicle of change, loss, discovery, pain, and relief, Before I Had the Words brings new meaning to the phrase “formative years.”.


Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution
by Susan Stryker [306.76 Str]

Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-’70s to 1990-the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the ’90s and ’00s.

Transgender History includes informative sidebars highlighting quotes from major texts and speeches in transgender history and brief biographies of key players, plus excerpts from transgender memoirs and discussion of treatments of transgenderism in popular culture.


Created in partnership with the Lincoln Community Playhouse by ka/Gere Branch January 2018 | Modified for use on BookGuide February 2018 by sdc/bmpl