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She's Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan
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Jun 19, 2010

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bookshelves: z-2010, body-image, biographies-and-memoir, nonfiction, doorway-character, glbt-queer
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After 40 years of living as a man, Jennifer Finney Boylan came out to her family, friends and colleages as transgender, eventually undergoing hormone treatment and gender reassignment surgery. Her memoir discusses how her friends and family reacted -- her children adapted quickly, calling her Maddy (a portmanteau of Mommy and Daddy) but her wife Grace, and closest male friend, Richard Russo (yes, that Richard Russo) struggled more with the news.

Personally, I don't like the cover or the title (I get where it came from, but I still don't like it) but this was a good first hand introduction to transgender people and the process of transitioning. Boylan and Russo play well off each other, and there's a lot of humor to counteract the sadness. Good choice for a book club title that will generate discussion.

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