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Over the last month I read four biographies of trans women and I have to say that they have really helped me better understand the journey. Although I am not able to progress past CD, it was so revealing to explore their pathways to becoming their true selves and the impact it had on their relationships. The four books are
- She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Boylan
- Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs by Jennifer Boylan
- Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman by Abby Stein
- Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
An amazing similarity in the stories of these three women was their realization at an early age that they were female despite their male bodies. All three were also pioneers in the sense that there were few role models or mentors to help them. The well researched content on the biological origins of gender dysphoria in Becoming Nicole was particularly helpful to understand that few people are 100% male or 100% female – most are a mix.
Jennifer Boylan is an amazing writer who can bring humor and pain to life for the reader. If you have a chance, I highly recommend starting with She’s Not There.
Close behind that is Becoming Nicole. Her journey started at just a few years old and the biography follows her and her identical twin brother through childhood into adulthood.
Apologies for the long post, but perhaps there is a book club girl in me!
Would love to hear your thoughts on these if you have read them and also any recommendations on other transgender books, especially any books dealing with crossdressing.
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