By Kate Bornstein
“I was once born male and now I’ve obtained clinical and govt records that say I’m female—but I don’t name myself a girl, and i do know I’m no longer a guy. . . .”
Scientologist, husband and father, tranny, sailor, slave, playwright, dyke, gender outlaw—these are only a number 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 can be Bornstein’s such a lot intimate ebook but. With knowledge, wit, and an unwavering solution to inform the reality (“I mustn't ever inform lies”), Bornstein stocks her tale: from a pleasant Jewish boy growing to be up in New Jersey to a strappingly good-looking lieutenant of the Church of Scientology’s Sea flagship vessel, and later to Nineties Seattle, the place she turns into a emerging famous person within the lesbian group. In among there are other halves and fanatics, heartbreak and triumph, bridges mended and damaged, and a trip of self-discovery that may mesmerize readers.
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