The Story of How I Became A Man

Book - 2011
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Imagine feeling in your gut that your whole existence is a lie. Imagine knowing, for decades, that the person you are and the body you inhabit don't match up. Imagine living this life under the scrutiny of the public eye.

Imagine Chaz Bono's life.

The world first met him as the darling daughter of Sonny and Cher, a frequent guest on their popular television show in the 1970s. The little girl with the cherubic cheeks, blond curls, and bright smile is someone that Chaz hardly remembers, even if the American public still does. Then, in the 1990s, the young woman became a national face of the GLBT political movement, and a beloved activist and author. But the work felt empty, and Chaz knew that no matter how hard he worked, it was hollow, because life, as a woman, wasn't ever going to be fulfilling.

Wrestling with gender confusion, failed relationships, the loss of a parent, drug addiction, and a journey toward sobriety, chaz Bono has fought many demons in his life. Transition is a deeply personal, honest, and ultimately triumphant story. It tells of the physical and emotional process that brought him to come out of the world for a second time and finally claim his life as the one he always wanted . . . as a man.

As Chaz Salvatore Bon.

'Transition is not only about the journey from female to male; more importantly, it's about the journey from fear to courage. Chaz Bono is my new hero.'
- Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There and I'm Looking Through You.

'Chaz Bono has worked hard to become and enjoy who he is, when he could have tried to become someone else, as so many in the entertainment business do.'
- Jamison Green, author of Becoming a Visible Man.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2011
ISBN: 9780525952145
Branch Call Number: 306.768 BON 2011 22
Characteristics: viii, 244 p., [8] p. of plates
Additional Contributors: Fitzpatrick, Billie


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Aug 07, 2013

Although parts of this were a bit unfocused and not relating to the overall story, I found this autobiography to be extremely interesting and educational. I've been given a greater understanding of the trans community in reading it, and the writing is clear, concise, and relatable. I'd recommend this for anyone interested in GLBT studies, or curious about transgender, or who wants to be challenged about their perception of gender roles/identity. I definitely found it interesting, and I imagine anyone who is or may be transgender would also find it inspiring.

Aug 15, 2012

A very revealing memoir about transitioning, and a life in the spotlight. A window into a marginalized community.

Jan 13, 2012

Chaz Bono's third book raises important questions about cis privilege in Western society and how non-gender-conforming people can be mistreated and misunderstood. I had hoped that this book would be more analytical, that it would address gender dynamics beyond clothing choices, sexuality, and hormones, but I found myself disappointed by the end of the book. Having previously read Whipping Girl, by MTF transsexual author Julia Serano, I now understand the difference between gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality; Chaz Bono fails to explain these terms to a layperson and thus wastes an important opportunity to improve understanding among cissexual readers. Bono also fails to explore the upper-class privilege that allowed him to live comfortably for the first forty years of his life without being consistently employed. Chaz's male privilege becomes rather disturbing near the end of the book, when he describes his impatience with women's "chatter," accuses his loyal girlfriend Jenny of being a "nag," and suggests that his research into transitioning indicates that his "reasoning could become more linear and [his] thought process more logical" once he went on testosterone. For a more informative account of how FTM transsexuals are treated in the workplace after transition, I recommend reading chapter five of Cordelia Fine's 2010 book, Delusions of Gender.

loonylovesgood Sep 04, 2011

An honest and fascinating memoir. A bit repetitive at times (and could have used a better editing job) but overall, it was really interesting to read!

Jun 18, 2011

A touching memoir by the former Chastity Bono, in which he tells of coming to terms with being transgender and then proceeding to become a man.

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