My Brother My Sister

My Brother My Sister

Story of A Transformation

Book - 2013?
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A feminist film critic's thoughtful, outspoken memoir about transgender and family

On a visit to New York, the brother of well-known film critic Molly Haskell dropped a bombshell: Nearing age sixty, and married, he had decided to become a woman. In the vein of Jan Morris's classic Conundrum and Jennifer Finney Boylan's She's Not There, a transgender memoir, Haskell's My Brother My Sister gracefully explores a delicate subject, this time from the perspective of a family member.

Haskell chronicles her brother Chevey's transformation through a series of psychological evaluations, grueling surgeries, drug regimens, and comportment and fashion lessons as he becomes Ellen. Despite Haskell's liberal views on gender roles, she was dumbfounded by her brother's decision. With candor and compassion, she charts not only her brother's journey to becoming her sister, but also her own path from shock, confusion, embarrassment, and devastation to acceptance, empathy, and love.

Haskell widens the lens on her brother's story to include scientific and psychoanalytic views. In an honest, informed voice, she has revealed the controversial world of gender reassignment and transsexuals from both a personal and a social perspective in this frank and moving memoir.
Publisher: New York, New York, USA : Viking, [2013?]
ISBN: 9780670025527
Characteristics: ix, 213 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Aug 08, 2015

Decent and heartfelt book about a well-known columnist's sibling as he transforms into she, from brother to sister. Sometimes a bit graphic which explains my rating. My sense, though, is that this book would not have been placed on the "recommended" shelf at my local library were it not for the very public transition of Caitlyn Jenner. Admirable as being up front about that was, it glosses over the fact that for the vast majority of transsexuals, the struggle to transform is a very private one, one that can lead to fatal consequences if the wrong people find out - which this book describes.


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Aug 08, 2015

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