Both Sides Now: One Man's Journey Through Womanhood

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Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 319 pages
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The courageous and heart-wrenching story of a man's decision to risk it all to be true to himself.

Imagine waking up one morning in the wrong body-and that body is the wrong gender. What would you do? Would you experience the world differently? Would your politics change? Would you just accept that this was how you were destined to live out the rest of your life? Or would you fight with every ounce of strength you have to find your way back home- to the body that is familiar and comfortable, to the person you know yourself to be?

Both Sides Now is a vivid and compelling account of how one man's search for wholeness led him through multiple, complex, and life-threatening surgeries that transformed him not only physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. Born with the body of a female, Dhillon Khosla never felt fully at ease in his own skin. He knew very early on that his true identity was male, but spent nearly twenty years repressing this knowledge and trying to embrace his female form. Shortly after turning twenty-eight, he came across an article about men who were born with female bodies and had undergone surgeries to reclaim their male identity. As soon as he began reading their stories, Dhillon felt flashes of recognition stirring within and-for the first time-hope.

In this spellbinding memoir, Dhillon discusses openly and honestly what it has been like to live first as a woman and now as a man. Through anecdotes from his work in the courthouse, and his experiences on dates, in bars, and at strip clubs, he shares unique and profound insights into the sexes and our social mores. He also shows us that experiencing life as both genders leads to the understanding that the spiritual consequences of our actions are far more important than the political ones. But ultimately, Both Sides Now is a story about what it truly means to love oneself: the willingness to endure numerous trials and tribulations to be true to your inner voice, even in the face of extreme adversity, and no matter what the cost.

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User Review  - Annie Feng - Goodreads

Oh. My. F. I found this book. One of the most heartfelt and enlightening biographies I've ever read. It's simply...no. It's not simply anything. It's that awesome blend between educational, fun, teary ... Read full review

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User Review  - Perkimom - Goodreads

Further educated me about transgender issues. Mind-boggling emotions, heart breaking details. Lots of clinical and explanatory information I hadn't read in more emotional narratives. Read full review

Contents

Part One EXCAVATING THE BOY i
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SEPTEMBER 1997
23
NOVEMBER 1997
41
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Dhillon Khosla has served as a staff attorney to both state and federal judges for the past ten years and has lectured on complex areas of criminal law.

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