She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders

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Crown Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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The provocative bestseller She’s Not There is the winning, utterly surprising story of a person changing genders. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Jennifer Finney Boylan explores the territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family. Told in Boylan’s fresh voice, She’s Not There is about a person bearing and finally revealing a complex secret. Through her clear eyes, She’s Not There provides a new window on the confounding process of accepting our true selves.

“Probably no book I’ve read in recent years has made me so question my basic assumptions about both the centrality and the permeability of gender, and made me recognize myself in a situation I’ve never known and have never faced . . . The universality of the astonishingly uncommon: that’s the trick of She’s Not There. And with laughs, too. What a good book.” —Anna Quindlen, from the Introduction to the Book-of-the-Month-Club edition.

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Great writing, amazing story. - Goodreads
It gave me no insight into the issue. - Goodreads
This was well-written and pretty easy to read. - Goodreads
It is also a touching love story. - Goodreads
Now quit it with the cutesy writing technique. - Goodreads
This was great writing and an incredible story. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Laura Garcia - Goodreads

An engaging and compelling story by a skilled writer on the power of love and acceptance - by others and self. Read full review

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User Review  - Elisabeth - Goodreads

At first all of Boylan's jokes fell flat for me. Then towards the end, that morbidity and self deprecation got several hearty laughs out of me. This book was an interesting glimpse of just one person ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN is cochair of the English department at Colby College, where she was voted Professor of the Year in 2000. As James Finney Boylan, she wrote the critically praised novels The Constellations, The Planets, and Getting In, as well as a collection of short stories. She lives in Maine with her family.

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