Oh chaz oh there are so many things about this book that irritated me let me count them1 okay i m not one of those people who thinks that one must live a truly extraordinary life to write a ood memoir i think that if one has an eye for detail a love for the absurd and the ability to tell a ood story one can write a brilliant memoir about waiting for the bus or oing to the rocery store or whatever chaz has none of those talents and he s written i use uotes because he had a hostwriter help him THREE memoirs he really has not done enough or had enough interesting thoughts about his limited life experience to write three memoirs2 on that notehe has NO storytelling abilities than one story of meeting a The History of Provincetown girlfriendoes something like she was beautiful she was 5 4 and average build i was in love with her it This was a powerful book for me My sister was born into the body of a man She said that she knew that she was in the wrong body since she was little Being on the outside of this and looking back at her rowing up it is easy to see that this was true for her But I had no true idea of the pain that she was having emotionally We talked as adults about what she was feelingThe changes hormones and life changes that she was doing to help to realize her true self finally I can honestly say that I heard her and took in what she said but I heard it as coming from my sister to hear the same words coming from Chaz was like a blow to me Making the pain that she my sisterhad been feeling somehow all "The Powerful To Me My "powerful to me My is no longer alive She made the choice to end her pain a few years ago Being Transgendered was a piece of that pain and part of the reason for her choice If you know or love someone that may be Transgendered this is a important book to read If you are simply curious about what it may mean to be Transgendered then it may be even important Perhaps the most surprising thing about Chaz Bono s book Transition is how ordinary it is While for most books this observation would be dismissive criticism for this book it s anything but Transition might have been expected to be the typical celebrity tattletale memoir a minor celebrity cashing in on moving in a world peopled with celebrities and superstars After all the author is the only child of pop icons Sonny and Cher has been in the public eye since infancy first came out as a lesbian amid much publicity and then as a transgendered person amid even reater publicity That life story would seem to have all the makings of a sensational Hollywood style autobiography replete with family secrets ossip and scandalTo his credit that isn t the book Bono wrote Instead he wrote a memoir which makes his life seem rather unremarkable the story of a person with problems and sorrows hopes and dreams Although Transition is represented as the story of how Bono transitioned from woman to man it is actually an autobiography and is not limited to the physical transition from woman to man In this Bono was very wise because it puts his transgender transition into the broader context of his whole life What emerges oddly enough iven the rarity of the condition and the oddity of being born to such famous parents is a life story that seems universal Bono writes about such mundane matters as difficulties in high school conflicts with parents relationships Is Government the Source of Monopoly? and Other Essays (Cato Paper ; No. 9) gone bad worries about what to do for a living problems fought and overcome and less successful struggles Because of the universal nature of these parts of life Bono s tale one can almost forget about the transgender story and the famous parents Theenius of this book is that Bono is able to make those seemingly odd aspects of his life fit into an otherwise somewhat conventional life story In this he is able to connect to the human in us all as each of us struggles with our own issues and problems
Perhaps this air of ordinariness is what also makes Transition one of the best explanations in this air of ordinariness is what also makes Transition one of the best explanations in of what it feels like to be transgendered This is something I think most people if they think about it at all have reat difficulty understanding Transition is tells this story convincingly and clearly So although the writing certainly cannot be described as riveting or inspired Transition is nonetheless an interesting and important book a contribution to helping us to understand tho. Chaz Bono's roundbreaking and candid account of a forty year struggle to match his The Dressmakers Gift gender identity with his physical body and his transformation from female to male At first America knew the only child of Sonny and Cher as Chastity the cherubic littleirl who appeared on her parents' TV show In later years she became famous for coming out on a national stage working with two major organizations toward LGBT lesbian ay bisexual transgender rights and publishing two books And just within the past eighteen months Chaz Bono.
Chaz Bono ´ 4 SummaryItioning you can t decide that the details of the transition are not "For The ReaderI Hesitate "the readerI hesitate say this but I finished the book feeling rather distrustful of Chaz and his motivations He does a lot of writing about trying to dodge the media spotlight and the hounding press but has sought out an acting career a recording career whose failure he admits caused him years of regret participated in a reality show in the hopes of reviving his career pitched other shows I spent a lot of time feeling like there was a lot to read between the lines of this bookThe element that ives me the reatest pause is that I never heard a man s voice while reading this book I definitely always felt I was reading a book by a lesbian
And Not Of Anot of a caught in the wrong body Especially the numerous uick move in romancesit all just made me distrustful of the authorI ll just finish by saying that I saw the OWN documentary and Chaz comes across better on camera and I wish him much happiness But maybe you should watch that if you re interested because I don t think the book will ive you much insight Now what can I say about this book That it s revealing That it s well written That it s nicely paced Well YEAH I could say that And a WHOLE LOT MORE But before I Running from Strangers get too ahead of myself I just want to commend Chaz for being such an exceptional writer I mean this book was such a treat to read that I finished it in less than three days And I m usually the slow reader type usually taking a month to read anything But there was NO WAY it wasoing to take me that long to read this And that ives a LOT of credit to Chaz s ability to et down to the point and say what it is that he wants to say And believe me it s a LOT And I m sure there are things in this book that appeared in one of his earlier works because in this bok Chaz If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai: A Conducted Tour of India goes over coming out to his parents and what that was like But there is so much to his story And I like that from very early on in Chaz s life that he felt or less like a boy Though perhaps he didn t always have the words for these feelings preferring to have boy friends and doing boy things Even to the point of preferring their clothes And in reading all this it s like everything in Chaz s life was leading up to this transition in becoming a man It was like how her life unfolded in how he presented his story this seemed like a very natural inevitability So it was like nothing in this book was ever really shocking If anything it just seems sorta shocking that it took this long for her to do it You know the transition Only of course there were a lot of things that maybe prevented Chaz fromoing forward with his transition And he talks about it uite extensively things like family and personal relationships and his being a pleaser type of person in that on a LOT of occasions he s put other peoples needs above his own You Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects get a lot of background about Chaz s upbringing with having very famous parents And her schooling never knew that Chaz went to Performing Arts High School in New York As well as her foray into the music world By the way I remember buying that album or really cassette of Ceremony wasn t too shabby Regarding the music part of her life there s a section about a shady music producer that kindaot to me Along with a triumphant concert in Michigan Basically I don t think Chaz leaves a stone unturned here She comes off very real and honest to me with how she s presented her story and the people she cares about This book s a real winner I hope a LOT of people read this I know I m certainly The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda glad I did Best of luck to you Chaz So looking forward to what you have to write next If you want to read an insightful book onender read Nina Here Nor There There is just so much off about this memoir that I don t know where to begin As someone that has struggled with society s The Tomb of Iuchiban gender binary my entire life and have read numerous memoirs and talked with others something seemed off I found myself thinking What instead of oh yeah I know what that feels like Glad I checked it out from the library If you are unclear about the difference between beingay or lesbian and being trans ender then this is a reat book for you Chaz Bono honestly reflects on her life as a trans Advanced First Aid, CPR, and AED (Orange Book) gender person and frames his feelings and experiences in such a way that I found that I finally reallyot it. Sobriety Chaz was finally ready to begin the process of changing his Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow gender In Part Two he offers an unprecedented record in words and photographs of the actual transition a real time diary as he navigates uncharted waters These chapters capture the day to day momentum of his life as his body changes Throughout the book Chaz touches on themes of identityender and sexuality; parents and children; and how harboring secrets shatters the soul It is an amazing contribution to our understanding of a much misunderstood communit. Se who are different from ourselves I think that Chaz Bono
makes some disturbing eneralizations in the introduction of his book that can be at least providing folks with misinformation and atsome disturbing eneralizations in the introduction of his book that can be at least providing folks with misinformation and at alienating some transgender folks In page 2 of the prologue he says And when the sex of the brain and the sex of the body clash then the only treatment is some form of transition from one ender to the other Without this treatment in my opinion lives are never fully livedHe doesn t really clarify that statement so I d like to assume that by saying some form of transition he means "EVEN JUST LETTING IT BE WHAT PRONOUNS YOU "just letting it be known what pronouns you or not restricting what you wear to uphold society ender norms I just think it is interesting that he uses the term treatment which is so clinical and medical transition is not available to most transgender folks Even he says in his book that he borrowed money for some of his surgeries and he s well off than mostAnyways apart from the dangers of individuals trying to be a voice for a diverse roup of people Bono s book was a little light on the ender talk and way heavy on a self indulgent walk down memory lane I would not recommend this book to folks who want to know about what it can be like to live as a transgender individual Chaz Bono seems like a decent enough bloke with the meat of this book being the story of his FTM experience Knowing that Bono has written two biogs before the rehashing of his complicated relationships with ex lovers and family here seen through the lens of his body dysmorphia is relevant but not always terribly engrossing Essentially while you always wish Chaz well he s not the best storyteller and there s an unacknowledged veil of wealthy privilege that shrouded this book for me As a rule I never read other people s reviews before I write my own as I never want to be influenced by others In this case because of the nature of Chaz s story I was curious to see how others had responded I ll Mi karma y yo get back to thatI read this book because I remember when Chastity Bono came out as a lesbian and I remember reading when Chas became Chaz I knew absolutely nothing of what had transpired between those two events and so was interested in Chaz bookWhile I knew nothing of Chaz story I am not ignorant about transgendered people and have two friends with siblings who have transitioned in very different ways Everyone s story is different but as Chaz says it is very much what is between the ears that is important not what is between the legs As Chaz states he chose to write this book and agree to a documentary because if he didn t there was no way to avoid the tabloids Better to take control over one s own story for sureThe book was well written and well paced I respect the choices Chaz has made and why he wants to keep some things private Just because someone has chosen to write a memoir I don t think that they need to reveal every last personal detail not at allI don t agree with a lot of the reviews but I m not here to dispute them For me the book satisfied my curiosity and left me with the strong feeling that Chaz will remain very happy with his decision I wish him well and admire his advocacy work areat deal And that s about all I have to say I have to find a friend who has read this because I really want to discuss it I don t want to sound flip or unnecessarily mean so let me begin by saying that I was so excited to read it and actually made the big leap to purchase a hard cover As a Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved gay man I was intrigued to hear the behind the scenes thought process and the storyline that leads up to a decision to transition I began reading already feeling supportive of Chaz BonoThis is not that book As other readers have said it is poorly written but I could forgive that if I felt like it was Chaz s story of How I Became a Man Instead its an autobiography of a person who hasn t done enough yet to merit an egaging autobiography The history of hisirlfriends or his desire to become an actor or even the abusive nanny has nothing to do with why he supposedly wrote this book The transition part of the book doesn t even The Prime Minister of Paradise get rolling till the last chapters and even then he cops out by saying he doesn t want to discuss whether or not he has had the bottom surgery Chaz says its a private matter I disagree if you re writing a book on trans. Has entered the public consciousness as the most high profile transgender person ever All through the hoopla surrounding his change Chaz has insisted on maintaining his privacy Now in Transition Chaz finally tells his story Part One traces his decision to transition beginning in his childhood when he played on the boys' teams and wore boys' clothing whenever possible andoing through his painful but ultimately joyful coming out in his twenties up to 2008 when after the death of his father drug addiction and five years of. ,