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Stuck in the Middle With You

Parenthood in Three Genders A Memoir
Boylan, Jennifer Finney (Book - 2013 )
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This is the author's 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"), she has seen parenthood from both sides of the gender divide. When her two children were young, she came out as transgender, and as she transitioned from a man to a woman and from a father to a mother, her family faced unique challenges and questions. In this memoir, she 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, she 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 the author and her wife discussing the challenges they have faced and the love they share. This is a brilliant meditation on raising and on being a child.
Authors: Boylan, Jennifer Finney, 1958-
Title: Stuck in the middle with you
parenthood in three genders a memoir
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: x, 284 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Featuring conversations with Richard Russo, Trey Ellis, Augusten Burroughs, Edward Albee, Timothy Kreider, Ann Beattie, Susan Minot, and other parents and former children."
Contents: Caveat Emptor
Daddy. Red card ; The plover's egg; I'm awake, I'm awake ; Conversations with fathers and sons: Richard Russo, Ralph James Savarese, Trey Ellis, Augusten Burroughs.
Maddy. That'll teach 'em a lesson ; The orphan girl ; The griffin ; Conversations with waifs and angels: Edward Albee, Barbara Spiegel, Timothy Kreider.
Mommy. The jumble ; The muffle voice.
I'll Give You Something to Cry About: In the Hall of the Mountain King. Conversations with mothers and daughters: Christine McGinn, Ann Beattie, Veronica Gerhardf, Susan Minot.
Postlude: Anti-Venom
"Same Monkeys, Different Barrel" : a conversation with Jennifer and Deirdre Boylan by Anna Quindlen.
Summary: This is the author's 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"), she has seen parenthood from both sides of the gender divide. When her two children were young, she came out as transgender, and as she transitioned from a man to a woman and from a father to a mother, her family faced unique challenges and questions. In this memoir, she 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, she 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 the author and her wife discussing the challenges they have faced and the love they share. This is a brilliant meditation on raising and on being a child.
Local Note: 15 29 53 57 60 71 118 133 138 152 245
ISBN: 0767921763
9780767921763
Statement of Responsibility: Jennifer Finney Boylan ; with an afterword by Anna Quindlen
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-284).
Subject Headings: Families United States. Gender identity United States. Children United States Interviews. Parents United States Interviews. Male-to-female transsexuals Family relationships United States. English teachers United States Biography. Novelists, American 20th century Biography. Boylan, Jennifer Finney, 1958- Family.
Topical Term: Families
Gender identity
Children
Parents
Male-to-female transsexuals
English teachers
Novelists, American
Additional Physical Form Entry: Online version: Boylan, Jennifer Finney, 1958- Stuck in the middle with you. New York : Crown Publishers, ©2013 9780307952844 (OCoLC)841163788
LCCN: 2012025579
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May 29, 2013
  • GummiGirl rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Fans of "She's Not There" will want to read this to be brought up to date on Boylan's family life (although you can also get this from her Web site). However, there's not a lot of new material here. Her interviews with other people about parenthood are a mixed bag: I thought the ones in the last section were the most interesting.

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