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She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders (edition 2004)

by Jennifer Finney Boylan

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Title:She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders
Authors:Jennifer Finney Boylan
Info:Broadway (2004), Paperback, 320 pages
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If you have a friend who “comes out” as a transgender person, I would recommend this book as a resource to understand a bit of how they are feeling, or how you can be supportive. However, as a memoir, I thought it fell short.

The author’s best friend remarks at one point that she had always held something back in her writing, and I exclaimed aloud “Yes! That’s exactly what I’m feeling.” In the first part of the book, the vignettes from her life as a man are choppy and disjointed and I felt like she was describing something that happened to someone else, a long time ago (and in a way, that is exactly what she is describing, but it doesn’t make it any easier to read) The latter part of the book, where she describes her “coming out”, including pasted-in e-mails felt *too* personal, I was squirming and thinking that I shouldn’t be reading this.

Oh, and I get the title, it’s from a song that is mentioned several times in the book, but it’s off-putting, and the cover art is awful. I hope a future edition will have a different picture
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  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
I was lucky enough to meet Jennifer the day I bought this book, and she's as witty as her writing is. Beautiful book, beautiful story. ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 2014 |
That rare book that manages to be educational and entertaining, while making you think and making you feel, [She's Not There], simply put, shows readers not only what it means to be transsexual, but what it means to be human. ( )
1 vote seasonsoflove | Mar 21, 2014 |
Interesting-esque story, really dry and boring author. Plus, I've seen this author on numerous documentaries and medical show interviews. Couldn't dredge through the book.
  tealightful | Sep 24, 2013 |
Jennifer tells the story of how she transitioned from James Boylan to her true self and the effect that had on her family and friends. At times heartbreaking, always humorous and extremely well written, this book is essential for those interested in gender studies. ( )
  EmScape | Jul 3, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0767914295, Paperback)

The provocative bestseller She’s Not There is the winning, utterly surprising story of a person changing genders. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Jennifer Finney Boylan explores the territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family. Told in Boylan’s fresh voice, She’s Not There is about a person bearing and finally revealing a complex secret. Through her clear eyes, She’s Not There provides a new window on the confounding process of accepting our true selves.

“Probably no book I’ve read in recent years has made me so question my basic assumptions about both the centrality and the permeability of gender, and made me recognize myself in a situation I’ve never known and have never faced . . . The universality of the astonishingly uncommon: that’s the trick of She’s Not There. And with laughs, too. What a good book.” —Anna Quindlen, from the Introduction to the Book-of-the-Month-Club edition.

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A memoir that tells the story of a person who changed genders chronicles the life of James, a critically acclaimed novelist, who eventually became Jenny, a happy and successful English professor.

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