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She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders

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ISBN13: 9780767914291
ISBN10: 0767914295
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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.

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"In addition to being a complete delight, this book should make us all question what we mean when we use the words love, marriage, and friendship. Jennifer Finney Boylan is a great gift to womanhood." Haven Kimmel, author of A Girl Named Zippy

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"[B]rings irreverence and a merrily outrageous sense of humor to this potentially serious business....What [Boylan] accomplishes, most entertainingly, is to draw the reader into extremely strange circumstances as if they were utterly normal." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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"[L]impid, soul-rich....Serious, real, funny. Told so disarmingly that it's strong enough to defang a taboo." Kirkus Reviews

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"Boylan has a good comic ear, and that humor keeps the book...on track if somewhat trivialized: most scenes are breezy and played for laughs....[F]requently poignant...yet those moments don't cut to the quick of the story..." Publishers Weekly

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"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

Synopsis:

By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Boylan's personal story of changing genders explores the territory that lies between men and women, examines friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

The provocative bestseller Shes 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 Boylans fresh voice, Shes Not There is about a person bearing and finally revealing a complex secret. Through her clear eyes, Shes Not There provides a new window on the confounding process of accepting our true selves.

“Probably no book Ive 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 Ive never known and have never faced . . . The universality of the astonishingly uncommon: thats the trick of Shes Not There. And with laughs, too. What a good book.” —Anna Quindlen, from the Introduction to the Book-of-the-Month-Club edition.

About the Author

Jennifer Finney Boylan is co-chair of the English department at Colby College. As James Finney Boylan she wrote three critically praised novels and a collection of short stories. She lives in Maine with her family.

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FUBSY , September 7, 2011 (view all comments by FUBSY )
Have you ever wondered why anyone would want to change their gender? You can find understanding in this beautifully written autobiographical account by Jennifer Finney Boylan who made the transition from James to Jennifer. An acclaimed comic novelist and college professor, Boylan had never been comfortable in his skin. He finally unearths the courage to become the woman he always knew he was. We travel along with her as she tells her loving wife Grace and best friend writer Richard Russo (who writes the Afterword). Her story reveals the differences between being a woman and being a man, as well as the basic human qualities shared by us all. The narrative is handled beautifully by a true writer. I was entranced throughout. I laughed with her, and I wept with her and was tremendously moved by her story. I urge everyone to read it, to grasp the difficulties, joy and humanity of being transgendered.
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ksz4, November 27, 2007 (view all comments by ksz4)
wow, this book is absolutely amazing. It answers all of the questions I have always wanted to know about transgender experience, but have been too afraid to ask.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767914291
Subtitle:
A Life in Two Genders
Author:
Boylan, Jennifer Finney
Afterword by:
Russo Richard
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Gender identity
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
English teachers -- United States.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
August 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.02x5.18x.70 in. .50 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767914291 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In addition to being a complete delight, this book should make us all question what we mean when we use the words love, marriage, and friendship. Jennifer Finney Boylan is a great gift to womanhood."
"Review" by , "[B]rings irreverence and a merrily outrageous sense of humor to this potentially serious business....What [Boylan] accomplishes, most entertainingly, is to draw the reader into extremely strange circumstances as if they were utterly normal."
"Review" by , "[L]impid, soul-rich....Serious, real, funny. Told so disarmingly that it's strong enough to defang a taboo."
"Review" by , "Boylan has a good comic ear, and that humor keeps the book...on track if somewhat trivialized: most scenes are breezy and played for laughs....[F]requently poignant...yet those moments don't cut to the quick of the story..."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Boylan's personal story of changing genders explores the territory that lies between men and women, examines friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , The provocative bestseller Shes 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 Boylans fresh voice, Shes Not There is about a person bearing and finally revealing a complex secret. Through her clear eyes, Shes Not There provides a new window on the confounding process of accepting our true selves.

“Probably no book Ive 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 Ive never known and have never faced . . . The universality of the astonishingly uncommon: thats the trick of Shes 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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