About The Book



Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
By Amy Ellis Nutt


The 2018-2019 One Book selection is Amy Ellis Nutt’s Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of and American Family (2015, Random House). 


Becoming Nicole tells the story of Nicole Maines who was assigned male at birth along with her twin brother, but knew early on she was a girl. Additionally, the book discusses how she and her family contended with both personal and institutional discrimination against transgender people.

Nicole knew early on that her assigned gender identity did not match who she is. When she rejected the gender assigned to her, she was faced with multiple barriers that she and her family addressed both within the family and in her community. For instance, the family resisted when the administrators at Nicole’s elementary school marked her as different and apart by requiring her to use the staff bathroom, rather than the girls’ bathroom. In 2014, Nicole was vindicated by the state of Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court when they decided that the school violated her rights under the Maine Human Rights Act, marking the first time a state high court ruled for transgender folk to use the bathroom that correlates to their gender identity.

Due to the importance of the Maine’s family story, next year will feature a One Book Day, bringing Nicole Maines and her father, Wayne Maines, to campus. One Book Day will be Thursday, October 25, 2018. One Book readers will have the opportunity to attend two speaking events and book signings, at noon and at 7pm, in the University Ballroom.



 The 2018-2019 One Book


  • Almost Perfect (2010, Delacorte Books for Young Readers) by Brian Katcher
  • Luna (2006, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) by Julie Ann Peters
  • Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen (2016, Ember) by Jazz Jennings
  • Redfining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More (2014, Atria) By Janet Mock
  • She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders (2013, Broadway Books) by Jennifer Finney Boylan




Trans People of Color Coalition

I Am: Trans People Speak


PFLAG Sacramento

Sacramento LGBT Center




Becoming Nicole will be available in accessible formats. Please contact the High Tech Center of Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD) at 916-278-7915. Please note that SSWD is only able to give access to alternative media for the One Book under certain conditions. Students must be registered with SSWD and be approved for alternative media accommodations at the High Tech Center. The student will need to provide proof of purchase. For more information, please contact SSWD at sswd@csus.edu or (916) 278-6955 or (916) 278-7239 (TTY) for assistance.

The One Book is also available through the University Library. You may also purchase the book at the Hornet Bookstore and through major booksellers.