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by Jennifer Finney Boylan


Jennifer Finney Boylan is an exquisite writer with a fascinating story, and this combination has resulted in one of. .

Jennifer Finney Boylan is an exquisite writer with a fascinating story, and this combination has resulted in one of the most remarkable, moving, and unforgettable memoirs in recent history. Jenny has written two sequels to "She's Not There": one that covers her childhood in greater detail, "I'm Looking Through You", and "Stuck in the Middle With You", which picks up her story after the events in "She's Not There". 5 people found this helpful.

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Her 2003 autobiography, She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, was the first book published by an openly transgender American to become a bestseller. She has two children, Zai and Sean, with Deirdre Boylan, whom she married in 1988 before her transition

Her 2003 autobiography, She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, was the first book published by an openly transgender American to become a bestseller. She has two children, Zai and Sean, with Deirdre Boylan, whom she married in 1988 before her transition. Boylan began her male to female transition in 2000, beginning with therapy, feminine clothing, and female.

PRAISE FOR She’s Not There AND Jennifer Finney Boylan. They’re seven and five. You have ’em by cesarean? she asked. This surprisingly buoyant memoir about a sex-change operation is a frank and funny tale about gender, friendship, family, and love. Sara Nelson, Glamour. Boylan’s description of femininity, as James becomes Jenny, is fascinating and often hilarious. Her thoughtful approach to her own tale succeeds in bringing to life the seemingly impossible dilemma of the transsexual. Fortunately for her readers, Boylan has a very active imagination.

Boylan, Jennifer Finney, 1958-, Novelists, American, English teachers, Transsexuals, Gender .

Boylan, Jennifer Finney, 1958-, Novelists, American, English teachers, Transsexuals, Gender identity. New York : Broadway Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; ctlibrary; americana.

Jennifer Finney Boylan spent her first 40 years as a woman in a man's body. Her heart still inclined, as was its habit. She's Not There : A Life in Two Genders is a beautifully written story of hope, inviting us to reassess the meaning of love and friendship. She's Not There : A Life in Two Genders is Jennifer's story about growing up as James, knowing with "heartbroken conviction" that she was living in the wrong life, and hoping to be "cured by love. James Boylan met and married Grace and became a professor at Colby College in Maine. Together they raised two sons. To call it a book about sex change would be to sell its message far too short.

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Type of Book Memoir Autobiography Fiction Non-fiction Romance Horror Historical . For Jim Boylan, life was a perennially awkward cocktail part. Presentation on theme: "+ She’s Not There A LIFE IN TWO GENDERS Jennifer Finney Boylan.

For Jim Boylan, life was a perennially awkward cocktail part. Funny and smart, he was often the life of the party, but in his heart he knew that his true self and his external persona were at odds. - Presentation transcript

The bestselling, seminal work of trans literature: a story of love, sex, selfhood, and understanding from Jennifer Finney Boylan   When she changed genders, she changed the world.  It was the groundbreaking publication of She’s Not There in 2003 that jump-started the transgender revolution. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Boylan – a cast member on I Am Cait; an advisor to the television series Transparent, and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times -- explores the territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of love and family.    She’s Not There was one of the first works to present trans experience from the perspective of a literary novelist, opening a door to new understanding of love, sex, gender, and identity.  Boylan inspired readers to ask the same questions she asked herself:  What is it that makes us---ourselves?  What does it mean to be a man, or a woman?  How much could my husband, or wife, change—and still be recognizable as the one I love?   Boylan’s humorous, wise voice helped make She’s Not There the first bestselling work by a transgender American--and transformed Boylan into a national spokeswoman for LGBTQ people, their families, and the people that love them.  This updated and revised edition also includes a new epilogue from Jenny’s wife Grace; it also contains the original afterward by her friend, novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo.   “Love will prevail,” said Boylan’s conservative mother, as she learned about her daughter’s identity. She’s Not There is the story that helped bring about a world in which that change seems almost possible.
Mave
If you are considering purchase of this book, or reading this review in the first place, there is a high probability that you are transgender, a friend or family member of someone who is transgender, or an LGBTQ ally. I can sum up the importance of this book in one short sentence: "It is our story". In the details, of course it's Jenny's story, but there are so many themes in this book that reflect experiences that are common to all of us in the transgender community, that anyone who is trans or related to a trans person will see themselves reflected in these pages as in a mirror. Jenny Boylan is a professor of English at Colby College in Maine, and has published both fiction and non-fiction works. Her writing style is enjoyable, easy to read, and inclusive. You will be drawn into her story as if she were telling it at a campfire and you are being invited to pull up a camp chair and share it with her. If you are indeed trans, I suggest you have a box of tissues handy as you read. Parts of this story are so emotional that you will be crying unless you have a heart made of ice. At other points, you will be laughing, as Jenny relates stories involving some of the crazy things she has done, or witnessed while visiting her often times zany grandmother, Gammie. This book will put you on an emotional roller-coaster, so make sure your seatbelt is properly fastened, and your tray table is in the fully upright and locked position, because you are in for a sometimes sad, other times happy, but always wonderful ride. The ending of this autobiography happens in 2002, and leaves quite a few unanswered questions as to what might have happened to various people in the years between then and now. Jenny has written two sequels to "She's Not There": one that covers her childhood in greater detail, "I'm Looking Through You", and "Stuck in the Middle With You", which picks up her story after the events in "She's Not There".
snowball
i just finished this book, purchased in spite of all the reviews that mentioned how poor 'Grace' was underrepresented. actually, i bought it in part because of those.
i enjoyed the book, and i might have learned a few things. i enjoyed the writing, and the description of what it is like to be this particular 'other'. the author and her bestie discuss what identity is in terms of choosing who to present as. but my experience has been more like discovering what i am - not who. self is known; the details are murky. i appreciate fine writing that shows the struggle, the confusion, the weirdness of it all in a society that is very very sure that identity is static, and of course is very very wrong.

as for the attitude / altitude in the book, i have that optimism as well. it stays there, enhancing my emotional baseline, always. i'm not trans, but i am a lesbian, and my husband left me for a straight woman, and .... i had stayed, for years. i would have stayed forever [ even now, 9 years later]. so i understand jenny's staying part, and maybe a small part of a possible not staying part, and perhaps some of 'grace's staying part, and a lot of the 'buoyancy' part.

it seems very clear that 'grace' and jenny have a really good marriage, a close, positive marriage, and so it's not surprising that she acted as she did. she suffered, she lived, she managed; what most of us do in our dramas, large and small. she was inclined that way.
i do believe that women tend to stay, while men leave, for very complex reasons. while i appreciated her words, i'm sad that 'grace' felt she should write her response because of all the shouting and 'not fair's ostensibly on her behalf.

trans and the rest of the queer rainbow have never, ever been all that weird to me. i am just lucky, that way, i guess. i never struggled with that part of my identity, but it is obvious that some people do. but the weirdest thing to me is that strangers struggle - and argue with - someone else's identity. and i don't mean when someone is in the closet. i mean a stated, struggled for identity, and here are friends, family, colleagues, etc., proclaiming that it's not so because they don't believe it or haven't felt it, or whatever denial mechanism they feel they need. i don't believe in jesus, but it's abundantly clear that many people do, why argue? but i guess that's what makes this a book, and not a moment.

it's a well-written book. i like how it dances thru time, i like the buoyancy. i like the afterword by jenny's friend. i love how it all comes together.
Buzatus
I read this book when I was employed full time as a counselor; now, over a decade later, I still give this gook to friends who want to learn more about transpeople. I know of no other Memoir which is so compelling that you would read it in a single sitting if you could---except maybe Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes." In fact, there are similarities between the two styles: great humor (including the ability to laugh at oneself) which does not preclude the writers' abilities to document great sorrows, timeliness---the sense of emerging in a culture not primed to understand some of the issues, and just good writing. The book sings. Especially poignant is the chapter about a faculty exchange with University College Cork when all the pub songs about emigration resonated: leaving a place you know, leaving your sweetheart, headed for a destination one hopes will somehow be better, anticipation, soft terror. This book was a landmark for the trans community and it ought to be heralded for the human community as we are all in this business of loving and living together. And Richard Russo's Afterward is a bonus.
Best West
I wasn't sure in the beginning if I was going to like this book. In his man self, Dr. Boylan tended to talk about his band experiences and his professional life, and he seemed to be trying to say how important he was. His conflicts about his gender were less significant at that point. By the middle of the book, when he got into his angst, his fears, his worries about losing his wife and children as a result of transitioning from a man into a woman, I found it much more interesting and touching. By the time I finished the book, I felt i had been given a sensitive look inside a relationship, also a meaningful friendship, and inside the process of transition. I was privileged to go along for the ride as Jim became Jenny. Thank you, Dr. Boylan, for sharing and helping the rest of us (who don't have these issues) to understand.
She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders ebook
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Jennifer Finney Boylan
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