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Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods-My Mother's, My Father's and Mine

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"Theres no news like hearing irrefutable proof that youre not the sole cause of your parents woes, your fathers drinking, your unshakable feeling that youre not put together quite right and finding out the problem all along was your fathers unrequited yearning for angora." —Noelle Howey from Dress Codes

Throughout her childhood in suburban Ohio, Noelle struggled to gain love and affection from her distant father. In compensating for her fathers brusqueness, Noelle idolized her nurturing tomboy mother and her conservative grandma who tried to turn her into “a little lady.” At age 14, Noelles mom told her the family secret straight out: “Dad likes to wear womens clothes.”

As Noelle copes with a turbulent adolescence, further confused by the male and female role models she had as a girl, her father begins to metamorphose into the loving parent she had always longed for—only now outfitted in pedal pushers and pink lipstick. Could becoming a woman make her father a completely different person? With edgy humor, courage, and remarkable sensitivity, Noelle Howey challenges all of our beliefs in what constitutes gender and a “normal” family.

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Could becoming a woman make Noelle Howey's father a completely different person? With edgy humor, courage, and remarkable sensitivity, the author challenges beliefs in what constitutes gender and a "normal" family.

Synopsis:

Throughout her childhood in suburban Ohio, Noelle struggled to gain love and affection from her distant father. In compensating for her fathers brusqueness, Noelle idolized her nurturing tomboy mother and her conservative grandma who tried to turn her into “a little lady.” At age fourteen, Noelles mom told her the family secret: “Dad likes to wear womens clothes.” As Noelle copes with a turbulent adolescence, her father begins to metamorphose into the loving parent she had always longed for—only now outfitted in pedal pushers and pink lipstick.

About the Author

Noelle Howey is the co-editor of Out of the Ordinary: Essays on Growing Up with Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Parents, winner of two 2000 Lambda Literary Awards. She has also written for Ms., Jane, Mother Jones, Teen People, Bitch, Mademoiselle, and Self. A finalist for a GLAAD Media Award, she received a 2001 Nonfiction Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. An Ohio native, Noelle Howey lives in Minneapolis with her husband.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312269210
Subtitle:
Of Three Girlhoods--My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine
Author:
Howey, Noelle
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Children of gay parents
Subject:
Gay fathers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
1680
Publication Date:
20020516
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes two pages of black-and-white il
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.785 in

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"Synopsis" by , Could becoming a woman make Noelle Howey's father a completely different person? With edgy humor, courage, and remarkable sensitivity, the author challenges beliefs in what constitutes gender and a "normal" family.
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Throughout her childhood in suburban Ohio, Noelle struggled to gain love and affection from her distant father. In compensating for her fathers brusqueness, Noelle idolized her nurturing tomboy mother and her conservative grandma who tried to turn her into “a little lady.” At age fourteen, Noelles mom told her the family secret: “Dad likes to wear womens clothes.” As Noelle copes with a turbulent adolescence, her father begins to metamorphose into the loving parent she had always longed for—only now outfitted in pedal pushers and pink lipstick.

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