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What I'm Giving | November 25, 2013 0 comments
In this special series, we asked writers we admire to share a book they're giving to their friends and family this holiday season. Check back daily... Continue »
Jennifer Finney BoylanDescribe your latest project.
I'm Looking through You is a memoir about growing up in a haunted house and an examination of what it means to be "haunted." In addition to the traditional ghosts a woman who appeared in a mirror; a mysterious "conductor" who walked the halls; clouds of moving mist and footsteps in the attic the house had other spirits beneath its roof. My diffident, wry father and my complex, unpredictable sister became ghosts, in time, as well. In the end the book is about making peace with all our ghosts between the people we have been and the people we become; with our loved ones; and with the uncanny boundaries between men and women.
As a journalist for Condé Nast Traveller magazine, I got to go to Easter Island and see all those mysterious big heads. On the way down from the volcano, my Rapa Nui native guide began to flirt with me. He asked a question which sounded like, "Juliqee Tombettee?" Which turned out to be, "Do you like Tom Petty?" Then he saw the ring on my finger and asked, "Ju married?" Thinking quickly and not really wanting to go into the whole sex-change thing I said, "I kept the ring. Got rid of the man." My guide, whose name was Senga, thought this over, then smiled broadly and gave me the double thumbs-up sign.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
How do you relax?
Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage?
Dogs, cats, budgies, or turtles?
In the For-All-Eternity category, what will be your final thought?
Make a question of your own, then answer it.
A: Yeah. Pockets. Women's clothes never have pockets. I miss pockets. Other than that, not much.
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
Five memoirs about gender and gender variance:
My Husband Betty by Helen Boyd
Whipping Girl by Julia Serano
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
Cherry by Mary Karr
Queen of the Black Black by Megan Kelso (graphic novel/memoir)
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Jennifer Finney Boylan is Professor of English at Colby College and the author of the bestseller She's Not There, as well as the acclaimed novels The Planets and Getting In. A three-time guest of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she has also appeared on Larry King Live, Today, and 48 Hours, and has played herself on ABC's All My Children. She lives in Belgrade Lakes, Maine.