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Bumbling into Body Hair: A Transsexual's Memoir

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A comical memoir about a klutz's sex change, Bumbling into Body Hair shows how a sense of humor - and true love - can triumph over hair disasters, resurrected breasts, and even the most crippling self-doubt.
Paperback, First, 250 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Booktrope Editions
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Jules
Everett Maroon is a nice, geeky and sometimes-clumsy guy with body issues. Ok, so maybe those issues are more complex than most, but for the readers of “Bumbling Into Body Hair” that works in our favor. Maroon's memoir traces his occasionally fumbling expedition through the landscape of gender awareness and transition with wit, insight and the deft touch of a talented writer.

It is not a transgender story so much as a human story, one about embracing change, forging ahead when we're terrified, fi
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Bending The Bookshelf
Although Everett Maroon's Bumbling into Body Hair is subtitled "A Transsexual's Memoir," he initially comes across as genderqueer (as opposed to transsexual), which adds a rather unique aspect to both the story and his development. There's a sense of self-discovery, self-definition, and (ultimately) self-recognition that accompanies the story, providing us with insight into the doubt and confusion that so many transgendered individuals experience, but are reluctant to share.

Make no mistake, by t
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Jesse
I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this book. The author is humorous and authentic and paints a great portrait of navigating work, friendships, family, and relationships through transition. Not your typical transition memoir - and thank goodness for that!
Jason
Bumbling into Body Hair embraces life in all its complexity with humor, sensitivity and determination. It is a must read if you are considering transitioning, interested in social justice, love a good biography, or merely a connoisseur of excellent books that are filled with humor, meaning, and drama. Bumbling into Body Hair will have you laughing page after page. Everett refers to his sense of humor as the “best coping skill ever” and his pithy and ironic insights are hysterical. One of my favo ...more
Barbara
I loved reading this book! It's hilarious, well-written and readable. There were parts where I laughed out loud every single page (and I was reading on a Kindle, so those were some small pages). This book was written by my friend, and I read and commented on some early drafts. And I have seen its growth over a number of years. Go Ev!
Samantha Boyette
This is as damn near as perfect and enjoyable book as I've found yet. Memoirs aren't really my thing, but I guess they should be. I love to know about other people's lives if they aren't like me.

This book was enlightening and hilarious all at the same time. From page one I was hooked. There are a ton of things that go into living as a man that I never would have thought of before reading this. While I'm sure a lot of the issues can be pretty intense and difficult, they were presented in this bo
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Sarah
I laughed more through this book than any I have ever read. This was also a compelling read and along the way I was able to pick up a fair amount to be grateful for both in my own life and for the author as she transitioned from Jenifer to Everett.

Everett Maroon understands how to use vivid details to add humor, bring us into a situation, and better understand the subtleties of every aspect of his life. The setting, Washington DC, where I’d spent five years of my life, was wonderfully drawn. Th
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Kevin Craig
This review from my review blog, Try This Book: http://trythisbookonforsize.blogspot.ca/


Every once in a while, a book will come along that has it all. The story is engaging and poignant and the writing is beautiful and the writer’s sense of humour is the icing on the cake. Bumbling into Body Hair is one of those books. From page one, I was fully engaged. Maroon’s wonderful sense of humour came through as strongly as his beautiful, lyrical prose.

A memoir, Bumbling into Body Hair is the story of E
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James Femmer
Everett Maroon writes an honest and witty memoir about his transition from female to male during his time living in Washington, DC. What makes this book stand out from most memoirs dealing with such a charged subject is the humour. The story begins with a hilarious hair dye disaster during a lesbian march. Everett (who identified as a lesbian before his transition) began to realise that the label just didn't fit. What follows is an earnest account of his attempts to figure himself out while dodg ...more
Holly S. Warah
I enjoyed this memoir by WA State writer Everet Maroon. I read it over a period of several days. Yes, the book reveals insights into a subculture that I didn't know that much about. More importantly, it's a touching story about someone's journey to find their true self. Lots of universal themes: self-acceptance, friendships, family, work relations & expectations. I could relate to a lot of what Everet writes about. For example, I think many of us have a person like Pat in our lives. (Good ri ...more
Laura
I did actually read this book in one day - I got caught up in the story and just didn't want to put it down. I appreciated learning about his journey and his experiences and how he told the story of transition at a human life level that many people will be to relate too. It is humorous, poignant, stirring, and moving all at once.

I want to say congratulations to Everett too - for living the life that is right for him, for being brave enough to tell his story (and, hey, for getting his story publ
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Ian Wood
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
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Andrea Marie
Great memoir by a friend.
Michael Mardel
Bumbling into body hair by Maroon could also be called Bumbling into manhood. Everett is telling his story of what it was like becoming a transman. It seems true enough as there are so many instances that parallel my history and that of my friends. Maroon seems to make the right choices at the right time, even though he's not sure how far down the gender trail he wants to go. Is his hesitancy because of his ex Pat? It's not all plain sailing and his so-called mutilation of his chest (thank Calif ...more
Claude Bouchard
Very insightful, often humorous, look at someone's important decision to go from female to male. Helped me understand a subject to which I absolutely could not relate previously. The author is a friend of mine.
Robin
May 13, 2012 Robin marked it as to-read
By a friend / former colleague. Heard great things about it!
Candace
An interesting autobiographical account of a trans man's journey. Fairly well-written, but it felt to me as though it faded out at the end.
Hafidha
Took a few chapters for me to get into and then I read almost straight through. Funny and heartwarming. Great cast of characters! I'm ready for the sequel now.
Levi
Nothing special, unfortunately. But not actually bad.
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Everett Maroon is a memoirist, pop culture commentator, and speculative fiction writer. He has a B.A. in English from Syracuse University and went through an English literature master’s program there. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association; Bumbling into Body Hair was a finalist in their 2010 literary contest for memoir. Everett writes about writing and living in the Northwes ...more
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