A Memoir


Author: Juliet Jacques

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781784781675


Page: 320

View: 6422

Moving memoir and insightful examination of transgender politics "Six weeks before sex reassignment surgery (SRS), I am obliged to stop taking my hormones. I suddenly feel very differently about my forthcoming operation." In July 2012, aged thirty, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery--a process she chronicled with unflinching honesty in a serialised national newspaper column. Trans tells of her life to the present moment: a story of growing up, of defining yourself, and of the rapidly changing world of gender politics. Fresh from university, eager to escape a dead-end job, she launches a career as a writer in a publishing culture dominated by London cliques and still figuring out the impact of the Internet. She navigates the treacherous waters of a world where, even in the liberal and feminist media, transgender identities go unacknowledged, misunderstood or worse. Yet through art, film, music, politics and football, Jacques starts to become the person she had only imagined, and begins the process of transition. Interweaving the personal with the political, her memoir is a powerful exploration of debates that comprise trans politics, issues which promise to redefine our understanding of what it means to be alive. Revealing, honest, humorous, and self-deprecating, Trans includes an epilogue with Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?, in which Jacques and Heti discuss the cruxes of writing and identity. From the Hardcover edition.

Wie sollten wir sein?

Ein Roman aus dem Leben


Author: Sheila Heti

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644037116

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 3323

Sheila lebt in Toronto: Frisch geschieden und künstlerisch blockiert von der Arbeit an einem feministischen Stück, das sie für ein Theater schreiben soll, steckt sie mitten in der Lebenskrise. Alle anderen scheinen zu wissen, wie das geht: authentisch leben. Nur sie weiß es nicht, hat sie doch das meiste von Männern gelernt, die ihr etwas beibringen wollten. Also beginnt sie, Gespräche mit ihrer besten Freundin auf Band aufzuzeichnen, und macht sie damit zu einem Untersuchungsobjekt ihrer philosophischen Neugier. Und nicht nur sie, sondern auch ihren dominanten neuen Lover Israel. Aber wo bleibt dabei sie selbst? Und was ist das überhaupt, ein authentisches Leben? Oder dessen Sinn? In den USA bekam Sheila Hetis formal wagemutiger Roman, der teils Seelenreise, teils literarisches Künstlerporträt, teils Bekenntnis ist, begeisterte Kritiken. Ein Muss für jeden, der in einer Zeit manischer Jugendlichkeit nach dem sucht, was man altmodisch Charakter nennt.

Believe Me

Mein Leben zwischen Liebe, Tod und Jazzhühnern


Author: Eddie Izzard

Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage

ISBN: 3843715815

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 2337

»Eddie Izzard ist der Jedi unter den Stand-Up-Comedians. Inspirierend, surreal, universal, visionär.« Michael Mittermeier Er liebt High Heels und lackierte Fingernägel. Er lief 27 Marathons an 27 Tagen, um an die Inhaftierung Mandelas zu erinnern. Er gilt als witzigster Mann Großbritanniens und trifft auch weltweit den Lachnerv — mit Gags über Hitler, Hunde, Darth Vader in der Todesstern-Kantine und Fische, die mit Fischen reden. Eddie Izzard, Humorgenie und Cross-Dresser, erzählt sein bewegtes Leben. In seiner Autobiographie »Believe Me« schildert der Entertainer lakonische, ergreifende und schreiend komische Episoden aus seinem Leben: von einer verlustreichen Kindheit, vom Entdecken einer komplizierten Sexualität, von ersten Comedy-Versuchen auf den Straßen Londons — und von seinem Plan, die Briten eines Tages zurück in die EU zu führen.

Not Just a Tomboy

A Trans Masculine Memoir


Author: Caspar Baldwin

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784508454

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

View: 8303

This is the story of one trans man's exploration of gender identity, set against changing cultural attitudes from the 90s to the present day. Caspar Baldwin grew up in a time when being trans was not widely accepted by society, and though progress has been made since then, trans men are still underrepresented and misunderstood. Grappling with the messy realities of gender expectations while giving a stark and moving account of his own experiences, Baldwin grants a nuanced understanding of what it's like to be a trans boy or man. With its unflinching portrayal of the vulnerability, confusion, dysphoria, empowerment, peace and joy that are all part of the transition process, this provides an invaluable support for trans men and is a memoir that breaks the mould.

Ich bin, ich bin, ich bin

Siebzehn Berührungen mit dem Tod


Author: Maggie O'Farrell

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492991041

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 8749

Von Anfang an bestimmt der Tod ihr Leben: als Maggie O'Farrell im Alter von 8 Jahren beinah an einer unbekannten Virusinfektion starb. Als sie mit 15 aus Übermut und Freiheitsdrang einen törichten Fehler beging. Als sie in der Idylle des Lake District eine zutiefst verstörende Begegnung hatte. Oder als sie in einer unterbesetzten Klinik mit inkompetentem Personal bei der Geburt ihrer ersten Tochter fast gestorben wäre. An den unterschiedlichsten Orten, zu unterschiedlichen Zeiten lenkte der Tod Maggie O'Farrells Leben. Ihre tiefgründige, außergewöhnliche Geschichte stellt existenzielle Fragen: Wie würde ich handeln, wenn ich in tödliche Gefahr geriete? Was stünde für mich auf dem Spiel? Und, nicht zuletzt, wer würde ich danach sein? »Ich bin, ich bin, ich bin« ist ein Buch, das man mit einem neuen Gefühl der Verletzlichkeit aus der Hand legt, mit dem Gefühl, dass jeder neue Herzschlag zählt.

Show Trans

A Nonfiction Novel


Author: Elliott Deline

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997216035


Page: N.A

View: 4287

Show Trans: Stone Butch Blues meets The Naked Civil Servant meets the modern internet age. "A cutting and private look at the life of a transgender man who dares to be sexual." (Evelyn Deshane). Show Trans is a memoir about sex addiction, sex work, navigating the gay male hookup scene, a trip West, dissociative identity disorder, and the struggle to find love, connection, and self-actualization as a non-binary trans person. Something of a radical David Sedaris, Elliott DeLine has written his most autobiographical, funny, and harrowing work to date.

Trans Boomer

A Memoir of My Journey from Female to Male


Author: Lee Jay

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781622492688

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 182

View: 1235

I am a Baby Boomer who was raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. I was raised in a small town and born into a conservative family. I knew from a young age that I was male inside even though I was female on the outside. I grew up during the sixties and reached adulthood in the seventies. This was the era when homosexuality was still considered to be a mental illness and the word transgender did not exist. I came of age during the AIDS epidemic when young men who were infected with the virus were fighting for their lives. This was the era of the conservative Reagan years when survival meant staying in the closet and living a double life. Long before gay marriage was discussed or the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. Each generation works to make the world a better place for the next generation. This is the true story of my lifes journey through the time that was my generation. Lee Jay

At the Broken Places

A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces


Author: Mary Collins,Donald Collins

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807088358


Page: 194

View: 713

In this collaborative memoir, a parent and a transgender son recount wrestling with their differences as Donald Collins undertook medical-treatment options to better align his body with his gender identity. As a parent, Mary Collins didn't agree with her trans son's decision to physically alter his body, although she supported his right to realize himself as a person. Raw and uncensored, each explains her or his emotional mindset at the time: Mary felt she had lost a daughter; Donald activated his "authentic self." Both battled to assert their rights. A powerful memoir and resource, At the Broken Places offers a road map for families in transition.

Brother in Arms

A Transgender Us Navy Sailor's Memoir


Author: Landon A. Wilson

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9781632206589

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 2822

Honor. Courage. Commitment. These are the core values of the US Navy, a foundation of ethics by which every sailor must stand to be successful. From the time US Navy recruits raise their right hand and take the oath of enlistment, they are told these values are enough to make them respected sailors. But imagine when these values are not enough. Landon Wilson enlisted in the US Navy in 2011 at the age of twenty-one. Wilson served within the military with distinction and was appreciated by his coworkers. However, he joined the military as someone he had never recognized until he began his transition from female to male. Brother in Arms is the recollection of Wilson's firsthand experiences as a transgender individual within the US military, an institution where an estimated fifteen thousand transgender people serve despite a longstanding policy that bans their open service. Having to live his life in a constant balancing act, being forced to choose between serving the country he loves or becoming the person he knows himself to be, Wilson crossed the boundaries. He chose both. In a memoir that takes audiences through the devastating childhood realization that something wasn't quite right to the optimism of enlisting, beginning transition, and being promoted in the same breath he is told his service no longer counts to the US military, Brother in Arms will challenge the foundational values, concluding that there is nothing that takes more honor, nor courage, than to commit to being your own true self.

Rethinking Normal

A Memoir in Transition


Author: Katie Rain Hill

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1481418254

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 272

View: 4238

In her unique, generous, and affecting voice, nineteen-year-old Katie Rain Hill shares her personal journey of undergoing gender reassignment. Now with a reading group guide! Katie Rain Hill realized very young that a serious mistake had been made; she was a girl who had been born in the body of a boy. Suffocating under her peers’ bullying and the mounting pressure to be “normal,” Katie tried to take her life at the age of eight years old. After several other failed attempts, she finally understood that “Katie”—the girl trapped within her—was determined to live. In this first-person account, Katie reflects on her pain-filled childhood and the events leading up to the life-changing decision to undergo gender reassignment as a teenager. She reveals the unique challenges she faced while unlearning how to be a boy and shares what it was like to navigate the dating world—and experience heartbreak for the first time—in a body that matched her gender identity. Told in an unwaveringly honest voice, Rethinking Normal is a coming-of-age story about transcending physical appearances and redefining the parameters of “normalcy” to embody one’s true self.

Die Argonauten


Author: Maggie Nelson

Publisher: Hanser Berlin

ISBN: 3446257896

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 3352

Es ist die Geschichte einer Liebe: Maggie Nelson verliebt sich in Harry Dodge, einen Künstler – oder eine Künstlerin? – mit fluider Genderidentität. Harry hat bereits ein Kind, Maggie wird schwanger, zu viert bauen sie ein gemeinsames Leben. "Die Argonauten" ist eine ergreifende Geschichte queeren Familienlebens, zugleich erfindet Maggie Nelson eine ganz eigene Form der philosophischen Erkundung. Memoir, Theorie, Poesie: Es ist ein Buch, das sich nicht einordnen lässt und das unsere Einordnungen herausfordert mit seinem radikal offenen Denken. Im Geiste von Susan Sontag und Roland Barthes verbindet Maggie Nelson theoretische und persönliche Erkenntnissuche, um zu einer neuen Erzählung des Wesens von Liebe und Familie zu gelangen.


A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption


Author: Susan Devan Harness

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 1496207467

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 2158

"Bitterroot traces Susan Devan Harness's journey to overcome the struggles of being an American Indian child, adopted by a white couple, and living in the rural American West. When Harness was fifteen years old, she questioned her adoptive dad about her "real" parents. He replied that they'd died in a car accident not long after she was born. Except they hadn't, as Harness would find out in a conversation with a social worker a few years later."--Provided by publisher.


Transgender Junky


Author: Samuel Peterson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780986084492


Page: N.A

View: 3961

Haunting Legacies

Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma


Author: Gabriele Schwab

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231526350

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 1437

From mass murder to genocide, slavery to colonial suppression, acts of atrocity have lives that extend far beyond the horrific moment. They engender trauma that echoes for generations, in the experiences of those on both sides of the act. Gabriele Schwab reads these legacies in a number of narratives, primarily through the writing of postwar Germans and the descendents of Holocaust survivors. She connects their work to earlier histories of slavery and colonialism and to more recent events, such as South African Apartheid, the practice of torture after 9/11, and the "disappearances" that occurred during South American dictatorships. Schwab's texts include memoirs, such as Ruth Kluger's Still Alive and Marguerite Duras's La Douleur; second-generation accounts by the children of Holocaust survivors, such as Georges Perec's W, Art Spiegelman's Maus, and Philippe Grimbert's Secret; and second-generation recollections by Germans, such as W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz, Sabine Reichel's What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?, and Ursula Duba's Tales from a Child of the Enemy. She also incorporates her own reminiscences of growing up in postwar Germany, mapping interlaced memories and histories as they interact in psychic life and cultural memory. Schwab concludes with a bracing look at issues of responsibility, reparation, and forgiveness across the victim/perpetrator divide.

The Blessed Abyss

Inmate #6582 in Ravensbrück Concentration Camp for Women


Author: Nanda Herbermann

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814337686

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 280

View: 4578

On February 4, 1941, Nanda Herbermann, a German Catholic writer and editor, was arrested by the Gestapo in Münster, Germany. Accused of collaboration with the Catholic movement, Herbermann was deported to Ravensbrück Concentration Camp for Women in July 1941 and later released upon direct orders from Heinrich Himmler on March 19, 1943. Although she was instructed by the Gestapo not to reveal information about the camp, Herbermann soon began to record her memories of her experiences. The Blessed Abyss was originally published in German under the imprint of the Allied occupation forces in 1946, and it now appears in English for the first time. Hester Baer and Elizabeth Baer include an extensive introduction that situates Herbermann's work within current debates about gender and the Holocaust and provides historical and biographical information about Herbermann, Ravensbrück, and the Third Reich.

Sparing the Child

Grief and the Unspeakable in Youth Literature about Nazism and the Holocaust


Author: Hamida Bosmajian

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135720304

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 9499

Bosmajian explores children's texts that have either a Holocaust survivor or a former member of the Hitler Youth as a protagonist.

Hundred Days

The End of the Great War


Author: Nick Lloyd

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141968877

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 9703

Nick Lloyd's Hundred Days: The End of the Great War explores the brutal, heroic and extraordinary final days of the First World War. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent. The Armistice, which brought the Great War to an end, marked a seminal moment in modern European and World history. Yet the story of how the war ended remains little-known. In this compelling and ground-breaking new study, Nick Lloyd examines the last days of the war and asks the question: how did it end? Beginning at the heralded turning-point on the Marne in July 1918, Hundred Days traces the epic story of the next four months, which included some of the bloodiest battles of the war. Using unpublished archive material from five countries, this new account reveals how the Allies - British, French, American and Commonwealth - managed to beat the German Army, by now crippled by indiscipline and ravaged by influenza, and force her leaders to seek peace. 'This is a powerful and moving book by a rising military historian. Lloyd's depiction of the great battles of July-November provides compelling evidence of the scale of the Allies' victories and the bitter reality of German defeat' Gary Sheffield (Professor of War Studies) 'Lloyd enters the upper tier of Great War historians with this admirable account of the war's final campaign' Publishers Weekly Nick Lloyd is Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at King's College London, based at the Joint Services Command & Staff College in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire. He specialises in British military and imperial history in the era of the Great War and is the author of two books, Loos 1915 (2006), and The Amritsar Massacre: The Untold Story of One Fateful Day (2011).