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Christine Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  68 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This handsome reprint of Jorgensen's 1967 memoir makes it abundantly clear how moments of grace can descend on even the most ordinary of lives. When ex-G.I. George Jorgensen went to Copenhagen in the early 1950s to consult experts in sexual deviance, he was afraid they'd simply proclaim him a fairy. A full battery of hormonal and psychological tests revealed that, while he ...more
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Published 1967 by Bantam Books
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Alissa
Jan 31, 2016 Alissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Looking for something deeper

I can't remember where I heard about this book,but it sounded pretty interesting. It started off okay and you can forgive the fact that it's not written by a practiced writer, but it was a bit boring. I didn't find any depth in this autobiography, any struggles experienced were really glossed over, no fears , family and friends were all instantly accepting, no worries surrounding the surgery or anything else. It might have been about getting a tonsilectomy. Most of th
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Sheila
Sep 01, 2015 Sheila added it

Reading articles/reviews today about The Danish Girl coming to theaters.... sparked my memory of having read this as a kid (I pretty much read everything mom had lying around the house). I clearly remember that blonde hair and those eyes. She had something to do with Denmark too.
Richard
Jan 23, 2016 Richard marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is an autobiography of someone who had a sex change. This was in a time, by the way, when that was a lot less common, so I'm sure the book is as much about dealing with the social taboo as it is about a sexual identify conflict.

Thomas Flannery
Oct 07, 2014 Thomas Flannery rated it really liked it
Interesting story and it moves quickly, though it feels like Christine took pains to keep everything PC and friendly. Seems like there's a real story underneath this one. Still, fascinating to read her experiences and her take on things at that time.

My Kindle version also included a foreword by Susan Stryker, was which a great addition.
Shell Koleva
Feb 14, 2016 Shell Koleva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Интересна биография за трудният път към себе си!
Bill Holtzapple
Jan 15, 2011 Bill Holtzapple rated it it was amazing
Amazing one of the first sex change operations performed in Denmark
Janice
Oct 22, 2013 Janice rated it it was amazing
Groundbreaking story as well as life.
Beth Shields-Szostak
Aug 12, 2011 Beth Shields-Szostak marked it as to-read
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Christine Jorgensen (born George William Jorgensen, Jr.) was the first widely known person to have sex reassignment surgery.
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