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Alice in Genderland

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Alice in Genderland is the first ever memoir by a crossdresser who is not content to live behind closed doors--and who takes it much further than his straighter, more circumspect peers might ever care to go. Most of the time, Harvard-educated psychiatrist Richard Novic is Rick, a man at the office or a husband and father at home. But one night a week, he is Alice, a woman ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by iUniverse (first published March 31st 2005)
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Sally
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
When it first appeared on the scene 6 years ago, Alice in Genderland was one of the first memoirs to deal proudly and openly with the subject of crossdressing. No less relevant today, it has been updated and revised, making it worth revisiting.

Depending on where you are in your life, and how comfortable you are with your crossdressing, this can be a difficult read. Richard never shies away from sharing those difficult questions that plague us all, at one time or another, but he also doesn’t fall
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Claire
Aug 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: queer
I think that Dr. Novic wrote this memoir because he wanted to honestly share his experience with crossdressing. But this book still sucks. Probably 50% of the book made me want to hurl chunks. Here's just one for you:

"For a moment, as I lay next to him on my right side, I didn't know what to do with my right arm. It was pinned under my side. I tried pushing it forward, but then it lay awkwardly like an obstacle between me and him. When I lifted my body up and moved my arm back behind me, I felt
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Gemma Thomson
May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book really does pull no stops. Though the extent to which Dr. Novic describes Alice's sex life in particular may put some off, her encounters seem wrapped seamlessly into what is, through and through, an open and honest re-telling.
Amber
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. I only wish I'd read it sooner. It feels like someone understands everything I've gone through in life, but never had the courage to say out loud.
karenina karen
Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Catherine
I thought Dr. Novic’s book would be interesting because he’s a psychiatrist and I assumed he could intelligently document his life as a crossdresser. His book takes the reader from his own realization that he is a crossdresser and beyond, revealing in minute detail his sexual encounters and evolution into who s/he is today.

As a mature adult, Novic’s wife Melissa is entitled to make her own choices. I try to be non-judgmental of others’ views and lifestyles. But I’ll just say I could never deal w
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Karen
Jul 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Nothing to do with his crossdressing - Novic comes across as a narcissist who has little if any concern for his partner. It is all about him and his self-discovery. The writing is shallow and awkward - no depth whatsoever. Also his insistence (over and over again) that he wants to be treated 'like a woman' in the bedroom is horribly misogynistic. There seems to be zero interest in explaining what the experience of being a woman is like outside of the desperate need to be penetrated and loved by ...more
Rhonda
This is a book written by not only a medical doctor but one who is a psychiatrist. In truth, I was expecting a revelatory book and this, unfortunately, is not one in the sense of a new explanation. It is the personal story of a transvestite trying to make sense out of his life, significantly feeling somewhat at odds with a world which is opposed generally to a proclivity which he possesses...or perhaps possesses him. He goes through therapy to find the early causes of this behavior but ultimatel ...more
Lowla Valentine
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An Amazing Crossdressing Autobiography

Alice/Richard Novic writes an accomplished account of her life as a bisexual crossdresser and a well-educated psychiatrist, father and devoted husband. Though many may see these as contradictions, Alice does a masterful job of explaining and reconciling her two realities. Speaking as a crossdressing MD of comparable vintage, I can confirm that her experiences ring true. Her confusion and searching in her 20's, the self-analysis, the shame and internal bargai
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