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A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She is Today

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A stunningly original memoir of a nice Jewish boy who joined the Church of Scientology and left twelve years later, ultimately transitioning to a woman. A few years later, she stopped calling herself a woman and became famous as a gender outlaw.

Kate Bornstein—gender theorist, performance artist, author—is set to change lives with her compelling memoir. Wickedly funny and d
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

This wins the award for best title that I can ever remember seeing. I actually went to my library page requesting a different book, but when that wasn’t available it offered A Queer and Pleasant Danger as a possible substitute.

On paper I appear to be about the last person on the face of the Earth who should want to read this selection. I’m old not young, I met my husband when I was little more than a fetus and have been marrie
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not really sure what can I say about Kate Bornstein's new memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, other than WOW! This an amazing, intense, heartfelt read that's goes far beyond questions of gender and sexuality to examine, really, what it means to be human.

Written in a casual, conversational, sometimes rambling manner, this is a very easy book to enjoy. One of its many quirks that I found so delightful was the way in which Kate would tell a story, swear it was the honest-to-gosh truth, then tu
April (The Steadfast Reader)

But let me start out with what bothered me, which was the apparent levity in which she treats her eating disorders and the desire to cut. S&M - different issue - I'm not here to judge. Both anorexia and cutting are serious issues that should be treated (or at least acknowledged) as such.

That being said, the apparent honesty and freshness in the way that she writes is amazing. Mark Twain believed that no man could ever write a completely true biography in his lifetime -- or ever. Ka
Jan 13, 2018 marked it as dnf-or-wnr
I honestly do not feel like I can properly rate or review this book, however I will try a review from what I was able to read of it. Overall this was an extremely personal and in depth memoir. There were parts that were extremely triggering for me which is why I couldn't get through it personally and it made me uncomfortable, trying to sit here and read it. However in saying that, I'm still happy it's out there, it's there for those who need help knowing they're not the only ones, or for people ...more
Cheyenne Blue
I suspect that many of the people who read this book are hoping for the insider gossip on one of these topics: scientology, transmen, transwomen, lesbians, eating disorders, sadomasochism, cutting, and variations on gender queer including some you may not have thought of.

I was here primarily for the scientology which is head and shoulders the most bizarre thing in this book. To this little Australian, a belief in Scientology (along with a liking for grits) is the most incomprehensible part of A
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think Kate would agree with me when I say she is very feline--she's definitely lived at least six or seven of her nine lives so far; it makes me a little dizzy to think that, at my age, she was working her way up through the ranks of Scientology and her transition to a life as a famous gender activist was just a twinkle in her eye.

I love Kate; I think she is brilliant and honest and funny and strange. I think she speaks for a lot of people who feel like outsiders and I'm so glad she's here to
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
WOW. there is a lot going on with this book, a memoir of how kate bornstein went from being a high-ranking & male member of scientology's sea org in the 70s to being the wild & wacky 60-something trans lady she is today. she claims that she wrote this book specifically for her daughter, jessica, & jessica's two teenage children. kate hasn't been allowed to see or speak to jessica since jessica was a tiny child, due to being branded a "suppressive person" by the church of scientology. ...more
Alex Templeton
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Transgender issues are big within the liberal and feminist communities now, as they should be. As this is a life experience I know very little about, I was excited to read Kate Bornstein’s memoir, of her journey from manhood to not-quite-womanhood (she doesn’t identify herself with either sex pronoun, but I will use the pronoun “she” here for ease). I ended up feeling about this book the way I felt about some people at my alma mater, Sarah Lawrence, and I feel about some members of the liberal c ...more
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Fascinating. Uncomfortable in places, but totally worth it.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"It was femmes who saved my life - femmes and the film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion."

I adored this book. Kate's writing is so easy to read, full of humor and no small number of surprises. My own life seems devastatingly ordinary in comparison. Just loved it!

Side note: I can certainly see how some of the content could be triggering to others (especially with regard to eating disorders and self harm) but I was aware of the content warnings before reading the book and wasn't blindsided.
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Kate Bornstein is a Jewish-American author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist.
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“Disney will never make a movie about my life story, and that's a shame--I'd make a really cute animated creature.” 11 likes
“There's no such thing as hurting someone for their own good. There's only hurting someone for your own good.” 9 likes
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