I picked up this book on a whim, and the summary seemed interesting enough. Low and behold, this book has turned out to be one my favorites of the "seI picked up this book on a whim, and the summary seemed interesting enough. Low and behold, this book has turned out to be one my favorites of the "season" (whatever that means, hahaha). It was witty, charming, and was able to break down the stories behind the man, and the farm, in a completely understandable way to a layman. I knew nothing about forensics- other than what I've seen on CSI: Miami and Law & Order: SVU, and was able to follow along with each move. The case by case details, the story behind Dr. Bass' own fascination surrounding death, and his personal story mixed in… it was a great read and left me wanting to take a forensics class with him myself. ...more
I just finished reading this book, in less than two days! I could go on and on about how great it was, but I will let the below email I just sent to tI just finished reading this book, in less than two days! I could go on and on about how great it was, but I will let the below email I just sent to the editor (pretty much the first one I've ever sent to the author of a book I loved) speak for me.
Dear Rachel Pepper,
I just finished reading your book, Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children, in two sittings. Your book is amazing, I thank you for sitting down with so many mothers and listening to their stories. Let me be honest, I picked up your book at our public library during one of my routine searches for books on transgender lives, queer theory, etc.. I've found that the public library's very short list of resources does little to quench my need/desire to find books that help me come to understand my own identity as a transguy and remind me that I am not alone. So, needless to say, I was ecstatic to find yours in the "New Arrivals" section, undoubtedly the very first one to check it out as the pages and binding were still crisp, begging to be read.
Reading your book has given me a better sense of the things my own mother felt when she learned I was transgender, a better understanding of her reaction and the dilemma (though that word has much more deeper meaning) in letting one's child live the way they are happiest, and wishing for the child you think you had when you first hold them in your arms. Each story touched me in their own way; Dana Lane's story, especially, as I am recent friends with her son (what a small world!) and practically called him up at 3am in the morning to yell at him for not having told me about his mom's stardom, haha.
When I look back at my own transition story still in the making I have a new appreciation for my parents. I am better able to understand where they were/continue to be coming from, the fears my mother could have had, and a better understanding that although presenting male (urgh, there needs to be a better term/concept for that) with a short (though growing!) beard and deeper voice, that the female pronouns and old name she continues to call me by are less of a sign of resentment and anger, and more of a mother learning, slowly, and struggling with acceptance. One day, I hope she does realize that I am the person I've always been, and my outside now simply reflects that.
What I've taken a few paragraphs (and could go on and on for eons about) and hopefully not too much of your time to say is that I am really, really, really thankful for your book. I know that anyone who picks it up will be changed forever by hearing those stories and there are countless, countless transgender and gender variant self identified people, as well as their mothers, family members, and others they come into contact with, that are/will be eternally grateful for your book.
Thank you very much for your book. You're a hero. ...more
I went to the library to find books about trans people and their lives, and ran across this one in teen fiction. I got it without know what to expect.I went to the library to find books about trans people and their lives, and ran across this one in teen fiction. I got it without know what to expect. And it surprised me. I find this book softly sweet, in a strange kind of way. I don't typically read teen fiction books, but this… this was alright.
So far, I think it is pretty good. I have read a few graphic novels, but I think I really enjoy the detail in this one. The diction is masterful, andSo far, I think it is pretty good. I have read a few graphic novels, but I think I really enjoy the detail in this one. The diction is masterful, and the details are well crafted. I am a little less than halfway through, but overall, I think it will be great.
Over the last couple of semesters, I immersed myself in queer theory. Asking things like, what does queer mean. I think this graphic novel adds further depth to my question. Alison Bechdel re-tells her life story, but provides a greater mixing pot (or shall I say plot) than that. It is about many things, her dad, literature, self-reflection, historical events, coming-of-age, etc. etc. While I am still wrapping my head around it all... I think it was good. It was good. ...more
This book was a fantastic read- I never wanted to put it down! There are too many great things about it to list, but I would recommend it to anyone/evThis book was a fantastic read- I never wanted to put it down! There are too many great things about it to list, but I would recommend it to anyone/everyone. ...more