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Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man (edition 2011)

by Chaz Bono

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Title:Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man
Authors:Chaz Bono
Info:Dutton Adult (2011), Hardcover, 256 pages
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For being a book titled Transition, I find it shocking that Chaz Bono only dedicated the last two chapters of his book to discuss the physical aspects of transitioning (hormone injections and top surgery). The entire work leading up to it, he talked about growing up neglected by Sonny and Cher, his mentally abusive nanny Helen and his addiction to pain killers. Not at all what I was hoping to get out of this work. ( )
  BridgettKathryn | Sep 6, 2015 |
I won a paperback copy of this book through goodreads.com First Reads giveaway.

Now I read this book when it came out about a year ago and loved it. So the giveaway was for the release of the paperback version of the book which included a new epilogue.

So first of all, Chaz Bono is one of the most inspiring men on the planet, in my opinion anyway. I wanted to read this book because I am a supporter of GLBT community. I myself am straight, but I have gay friends and personally believe that everyone has the right to be happy no matter who they choose to live there life with. I cannot imagine what it must be like to live most of your life knowing that you belong in another body, or feeling like you should have another body. I mean sometimes I wake up in the morning and hate having to take so long shaving my legs/armpits, or having to endure putting on pantyhose (I mean COME ON who invented that deathly contraption anyway?) and I think to myself “wouldn't my life be so much easier if I was a man?” However, it occurs to me having read this book that there are probably millions of men out in the world who want to be women, and who would love the opportunity to wake up and have to shave there legs. It made me appreciate things like that which I take for granted (I still hate pantyhose though).

I loved how brave Chaz was for sharing his transition in a book and in his documentary. I loved learning more about him, and what he had to go through. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about Transitioning, just on a personal level, it didn't get into like too much medical details. I just thought it was really inspiring. ( )
  PrescottKris | Jan 26, 2015 |
This book's subject matter, transitioning from female to male, is interesting enough despite my wish for this book to have been better written. If a reader can just take away from Chaz's book the step-by-step stages he went through until he came into the reality of being a man, so much the better.

What I personally wanted to get out of reading this memoir was to more fully understand the psychology and physiology of the transition from female to male. Chaz tells his story, but I suspect there is much more to this transition that what is revealed here - although Chaz can only give his own perspective. To get a better understanding of this transition, I'd think additional books, both memoirs and medical, about this subject need to be read.

However, I applaud what Chaz has done. Perhaps, if this book were about any other FTM (female to male transgender), I would not have even picked it up. I always loved Sonny and Cher and always thought Chastity was so cute - except for not liking her name! Chaz, though, has come full circle into being who he really felt he was, although his experience was not without pain. His goal in writing this book was to teach others about his situation which, to some, might seem extremely bizarre.

Chaz's memoir is probably an easy place to start learning about this gender identity crisis and how one person, albeit a well-known individual, has worked out the best way to improve his own situation. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Dec 20, 2013 |
Chaz Bono reitterates his life and coming out process, here from an acknowledged transgender perspective. The writing is often repetitive, but read simply as a memoir it's a useful addition to the literature. It's also an interesting illustration of how we interpret ourselves and our stories post hoc; Bono and I share a number of characteristics and experiences, but understand them differently in relation to our identities. What matters, of course, is not that one of us must be wrong, but that we are both right about ourselves, and at peace. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
Chaz Bono, formerly Chastity Bono, the only child of Sonny and Cher, details how he realized he was actually a male (which took many years) and transitioned into a body with which he feels much more comfortable. Although I applaud Chaz for being so open about his transition (which, even he states, was necessitated by his parents' fame), the book itself isn't that good of a read. It's important, I think, since Chaz is a somewhat well-known person in America, but it's not particularly compelling. The author also has a tendency to sound really whiny at times, as if the whole world is against him. Perhaps that's what he felt, but he had numerous opportunities that many others never had. Still, a relatively good read, although there's nothing earth-shattering to be gleaned here. ( )
  schatzi | Aug 5, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525952144, Hardcover)

Chaz Bono's groundbreaking and candid account of a forty-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body and his transformation from female to male

At first, America knew the only child of Sonny and Cher as Chastity, the cherubic little girl who appeared on her parents' TV show. In later years, she became famous for coming out on a national stage, working with two major organizations toward LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights and publishing two books. And just within the past eighteen months, Chaz Bono has entered the public consciousness as the most high-profile transgender person ever.

All through the hoopla surrounding his change, Chaz has insisted on maintaining his privacy. Now, in Transition, Chaz finally tells his story. Part One traces his decision to transition, beginning in his childhood-when he played on the boys' teams and wore boys' clothing whenever possible-and going through his painful, but ultimately joyful, coming out in his twenties, up to 2008, when, after the death of his father, drug addiction, and five years of sobriety, Chaz was finally ready to begin the process of changing his gender. In Part Two, he offers an unprecedented record in words and photographs of the actual transition, a real-time diary as he navigates uncharted waters. These chapters capture the day-to-day momentum of his life as his body changes.

Throughout the book, Chaz touches on themes of identity, gender, and sexuality; parents and children; and how harboring secrets shatters the soul. It is an amazing contribution to our understanding of a much- misunderstood community.

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At first, America knew the only child of Sonny and Cher as Chastity, the cherubic little girl who appeared on her parents' TV show. Later, she came out on a national stage, working with major organizations toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. Then, within eighteen months, Chaz Bono became the most high-profile transgender person ever. Part One traces his decision to transition, beginning in his childhood--when he played on the boys' teams and wore boys' clothing whenever possible--and going through his painful, but ultimately joyful, coming out in his twenties, up to 2008, when, after the death of his father, drug addiction, and five years of sobriety, Chaz was finally ready to begin the process. In Part Two, he offers a record of the actual transition, a real-time diary as he navigates uncharted waters. Throughout the book, Chaz touches on themes of identity, gender, and sexuality; parents and children; and how harboring secrets shatters the soul.--From publisher description.… (more)

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