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By Kate Bornstein

“I used to be born male and now I’ve acquired clinical and govt records 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 outstanding 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 such a lot intimate e-book 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 Nineties Seattle, the place she turns into a emerging superstar within the lesbian group. In among there are other halves and enthusiasts, heartbreak and triumph, bridges mended and damaged, and a trip of self-discovery that would mesmerize readers. 

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A gap-toothed English governness wrapping me up in some henna-colored cotton roll, saturated with iodine, meant to drive out a cold, setting my skin on fire . . a monster Red Sea lobster, the first I had seen of its kind, drowning into our sweet-water garden fountain, all lashing tail and snapping claws, exhaling nightmares in the sun . . a smiling orderly with mustache waxed straight up, his brass-buckled belt creaking in one hand as with the other he leads a servant girl to the basement, from which her shrieks rise, rise .

He asks. " Faint smiles as I rush out of the room with hot cheeks. Barely five years old, I suffered already from an implacable shyness. More than othersor so I thoughtI dreaded humiliation, and both dread and pride conspired in my need for self-creation, perpetual re-creation. " It helped me slip through my birthrights: language and the clutching blood. Slip? We tear ourselves free. We learn murder in the family, as the ancient Greeks knew, and rehearse the pride of Oedipus before the Sphinx.

He asks. " Faint smiles as I rush out of the room with hot cheeks. Barely five years old, I suffered already from an implacable shyness. More than othersor so I thoughtI dreaded humiliation, and both dread and pride conspired in my need for self-creation, perpetual re-creation. " It helped me slip through my birthrights: language and the clutching blood. Slip? We tear ourselves free. We learn murder in the family, as the ancient Greeks knew, and rehearse the pride of Oedipus before the Sphinx.

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