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Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition

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“A memoir that is jolting, honest, passionate, and beautifully written” (Claudia Rankine), Becoming a Man explores one man’s gender transition amid a pivotal political moment in America.

Becoming a Man is the striking memoir of P. Carl’s journey to become the man he always knew himself to be. For fifty years, he lived as a girl and a queer woman, building a career, a life,
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Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Simon & Schuster
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Dawn Michelle
I knew about a 1/3 of the way into this book, that I was going to have a tough time reviewing it. Not because it is awful, because it is far from that. This is one of the best, and most comprehensive books I have read about a person in transition. And not even because it goes into the medical parts of it [though that is discussed some], but because it goes to the heart and soul of what it is like to be one gender [and know for years that it is the wrong one] and then one day wake up, decide that ...more
Laura
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book utterly floored me. Carl transitioned at 51, after a lifetime of knowing himself as a man but not living as one. The agility, humility, and self-analysis in this book is just brilliant. It's a book about wresting with masculinity, in all its ugly and benign forms. Carl interrogates how it felt to live as a woman, and all the complexities of how that life affected his experience of manhood. There is so much nuance and uncertainty and contradiction here—he’s willing to tell a lot of ...more
Dana
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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P. Carl's becoming a man is "a book about changing a name, a life, and a gender - about crossing a seemingly indistinguishable line and all the implications of that crossing"
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Becoming A Man - The Story Of Transition is powerful. P. Carl's memoir is truly eye opening on so many levels and I learned so much. Things I thought I knew, things I hadn't thought of. I have been educated by the words on these pages. I know I've said it before but I'll say it again. I am forever amazed by the ability to
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Sarah
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Not quite what I was anticipating, but a rather poetic and eye-opening view of what it's like to transition later in life. Full review:
https://sarahsreads.home.blog/2020/01...
Claire
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Please know that many things are true about my history that can never add up" (13).

"I will always feel the rage of being a woman who was told on too many occasions that I was aggressive and ambitious and angry. I feel those feelings as her, even though she's me and not me. An inner self can learn to walk parallel with a constructed self and know and not know it simultaneously" (13).

"What parts of bodies are allowed to change without causing disruption? What are the qualities of sex and gender
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Andrew
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This memoir speaks volumes on so many topics regarding the duality of transitioning. Carl is just past the age of fifty when he begins his life outwardly as a man, and is finally coming home to his body for the first time... but transitioning isn't as simple as a before and an after. There is often despair that comes with the euphoria, and your friends and family tend to fall away or become closer than ever. Becoming a Man isn't just a transgender book-- it's also a journey through what ...more
Kayo
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting point of view. Definite must read. Glad I read this book.

Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
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