A heartfelt memoir of a powerful woman who was born a male.
Born into a physically and mentally abusive Catholic family in the late 1950s, Dennis always liked dresses and dolls. Despite his frequently drunk father’s beatings, Dennis grew up pursuing common Wisconsin hobbies like fishing and ice skating. But Dennis has a secret, he has always felt female. His clandestine wearing of female clothing and makeup during high school is eventually discovered forcing him to move to California after graduation. Dennis continues his downward spiral into sex, drugs and crime before finally realizing his dream of womanhood at age 50.
Self-Made Woman is an empowering tale of one person’s transformation. Not just from male to female but also from adolescent to adult.
Memoirs allow readers to view life through someone else’s eyes. There are few eyes as interesting as Ms. DuBois’. Self-Made Woman is recommended for those who have gender dysphoria and their loved ones. However, it is also an interesting read for anyone who wants to get out of their own skin for awhile.
Just a note, this book contains graphic sex and should only be read by 17+.
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review.
Posted in Non-fiction Tagged with: Lgbtqia, memoir, transgender
Heathen is a coming out story interwoven with Norse mythology.
Heathen tells the story of Aydis, a Viking young woman who can fight as well as any male warrior. After kissing a girl (and liking it), her father is forced by the tribe’s elders to punish her. Aydis must marry a man of her father’s choosing or he must kill her. Her father pretends to kill her but instead banishes her from the tribe.
With only her trusty horse, Saga, Aydis decides to rescue the Valkyrie Brynhild from a mountain surrounded by fire. During her quest, Aydis meets and sometimes fights many Norse gods. There are three chapters in this volume and this summary is only part of chapter one. Many more adventures occur later.
The coming out plot was interesting though short. Hopefully, this plot line will be explored more in future volumes of this series. The mythological setting was my favorite part. Who doesn’t enjoy a good quest complete with battles with temperamental gods? The author does a great job explaining the back stories of the gods without overdoing the detail. The artwork is unusual but clearly sets the fantasy mood.
If you like Marvel’s Thor movie/comics or the great Neil Gaiman book, Norse Mythology, Heathen will be a real treat for you as it was for me.
Thanks to the Vault Comics and netgalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted in Fantasy, Graphic Novel Tagged with: Lgbtqia, mythology