By Kate Bornstein
“I used to be born male and now I’ve received scientific and executive files that say I’m female—but I don’t name myself a girl, and i do know I’m now not a guy. . . .”
Scientologist, husband and father, tranny, sailor, slave, playwright, dyke, gender outlaw—these are only a couple of phrases that have outlined Kate Bornstein in the course of her remarkable existence. For the 1st time, all of it comes jointly in A Queer and delightful Danger, Kate Bornstein’s stunningly unique memoir that’s set to alter lives and enrapture readers.
Wickedly humorous and disarmingly sincere, this is often Bornstein’s so much intimate booklet but. With knowledge, wit, and an unwavering answer to inform the reality (“I must never inform lies”), Bornstein stocks her tale: from a pleasant Jewish boy turning out to be up in New Jersey to a strappingly good-looking lieutenant of the Church of Scientology’s Sea flagship vessel, and later to Nineteen Nineties Seattle, the place she turns into a emerging famous person within the lesbian neighborhood. In among there are better halves and enthusiasts, heartbreak and triumph, bridges mended and damaged, and a trip of self-discovery that may mesmerize readers.
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