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This Body I Wore: A Memoir

This Body I Wore: A Memoir

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A captivating memoir of one woman's long journey to late transition, as the trans community emerges alongside her.

"A universal and profound meditation on the price of authenticity." --Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There and Good Boy

Long before Laverne Cox appeared on the cover of Time, far removed from drag and ballroom culture, there were countless trans women living and dying as men, most of whom didn't even know they were trans. Diana Goetsch's This Body I Wore chronicles one woman's long journey to coming out, a path that runs parallel to the emergence of the trans community over the past several decades.

"How can you spend your life face-to-face with an essential fact about yourself and still not see it?" This is a question often asked of trans people, and a question that Goetsch, an award-winning poet and essayist, addresses with the power and complexity of lived reality. She brings us into her childhood, her time as a dynamic and beloved teacher at New York City's Stuyvesant High School, and her plunge into the city's crossdressing subculture in the 1980s and '90s. Under cover of night, crossdressers risked their jobs and their safety to give expression to urges they could neither control nor understand. Many would become late transitioners, the Cinderellas of the trans community largely ignored by history.

Goetsch has written not a transition memoir, but rather a full account of a trans life, one both unusually public and closeted. All too often trans lives are reduced to before-and-after photos, but what if that before photo lasted fifty years?

Author: Diana Goetsch
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published: 05/24/2022
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.98lbs
Size: 8.59h x 5.76w x 1.08d
ISBN: 9780374115098

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 12/01/2021 pg. 23
Kirkus Reviews 03/15/2022
Publishers Weekly 03/28/2022
Library Journal 04/01/2022 pg. 91
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