Crossing: A Transgender Memoir

Author:   Deirdre N McCloskey
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
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Pages:   320
Publication Date:   06 September 2019
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year I visited womanhood and stayed. It was not for the pleasures, though I discovered many I had not imagined, and many pains too. But calculating pleasures and pains was not the point. The point was who I am. Once a golden boy of conservative economics and a child of 1950s privilege, Deirdre McCloskey (formerly Donald) had wanted to change genders from the age of eleven. But it was a different time, one hostile to any sort of straying from the path--against gays, socialists, women with professions, men without hats, and so on--and certainly against gender transition. Finally, in 1995, at the age of fifty-three, it was time for McCloskey to cross the gender line. Crossing is the story of McCloskey's dramatic and poignant transformation from Donald to Dee to Deirdre. She chronicles the physical procedures and emotional evolution required and the legal and cultural roadblocks she faced in her journey to womanhood. By turns searing and humorous, this is the unflinching, unforgettable story of her transformation--what she lost, what she gained, and the women who lifted her up along the way.

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Author:   Deirdre N McCloskey
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
ISBN:  

9780226662565


ISBN 10:   022666256
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   06 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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A fascinating and poignant story. . . . Revealing, humorous, and provocative. --Library Journal A searing tale of the traumas and rewards of gender change. . . . A powerful indictment of legal, medical, and institutional obstruction. --Foreword Reviews A tautly crafted memoir of her transition from Don McCloskey, conservative Chicago school economist, to Deirdre McCloskey, power shopper, domestic superachiever, and campy doyenne of difference feminism. --Ruth Shalit Lingua Franca The very courageous story of someone trying to live an honest life, whatever the consequences. --Jeannie Marshall National Post That an affluent, upper-middle-class person should be so powerless against a mental-health bureaucracy still subscribing to its offical pronouncement that transsexualism is a 'gender identity disorder' makes for gripping reading. --Booklist This is a woman worth knowing. She has given us a highly readable, dramatic account of her crossing. --Maxine Kumin New York Times Book Review A testimony to her struggles and courage, Crossing invites the reader to enter Deirdre (formerly Donald) McCloskey's mind as she decides to become a woman after a lifetime as a man, husband, and father. --Kirkus Reviews


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Deirdre Nansen McCloskey is distinguished professor of economics, history, English, and communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Among her many books are The Bourgeois Virtues, Bourgeois Dignity, Bourgeois Equality, Economical Writing, The Secret Sins of Economics, and If You're So Smart: The Narrative of Economic Expertise, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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