Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders

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Crown Publishers, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 284 pages
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New York Times bestseller and acclaimed author Jennifer Finney Boylan returns with a remarkable memoir about gender and parenting, including incredible interviews discussing gender, how families are shaped, and the difficulties and wonders of being human.

A father for ten years, a mother for eight, and for a time in between, neither, or both ("the parental version of the schnoodle, or the cockapoo"), Jennifer Finney Boylan has seen parenthood from both sides of the gender divide. When her two children were young, Boylan came out as transgender, and as Jenny transitioned from a man to a woman and from a father to a mother, her family faced unique challenges and questions. In this thoughtful, tear-jerking, hilarious memoir, Jenny asks what it means to be a father, or a mother, and to what extent gender shades our experiences as parents. "It is my hope," she writes, "that having a father who became a woman in turn helped my sons become better men."
Through both her own story and incredibly insightful interviews with others, including Richard Russo, Edward Albee, Ann Beattie, Augusten Burroughs, Susan Minot, Trey Ellis, Timothy Kreider, and more, Jenny examines relationships with fathers and mothers, people's memories of the children they were and the parents they became, and the many different ways a family can be. Followed by an Afterword by Anna Quindlen that includes Jenny and her wife discussing the challenges they've faced and the love they share, Stuck in the Middle with You is a brilliant meditation on raising – and on being – a child.
  

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Jenny's writing is gorgeous. - Goodreads
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Never stop writing, Maddy!!! - Goodreads

Review: Stuck in the Middle With You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders

User Review  - Bonnie - Goodreads

In return for my honest review I received this book free from Librarything Early Reviewers. This did not effect my review. So...this was disappointing. I loved Boylan's first memoir,She's Not There: A ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

Stuck in the Middle With You is Jennifer Finney Boylan's memoir on what her experience was parenting her two boys as a male, while going through transition to a female and then as a female. She has a ... Read full review

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Contents

MADDY
91
THE ORRHAN GIRL
103
THE GRIFFIN
113
TIME OUT ll CONVERSATIONS WITH WAIFS AND ANGELS
121
MOMMY
157
DOSTLUDE ANTIVENOM
261
QEsOuRcEs
281
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About the author (2013)

JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve books, including She's Not There and I'm Looking Through You. She is also a regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveler and the op/ed page of the New York Times and a professor of English at Colby College in Maine. She has served on the judging committee of the Fulbright Scholars, administered by the US Department of State.

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