Tag: book review

Book Reviews: Dean R. Koontz and John Leslie

| Aug 12, 2019 | Reply

Elizabeth Parker wrote book reviews for TGForum back in the ‘90s. While some of the books she covered are no longer in print and in some cases contain dated characterizations of trans people it’s interesting to see which tales still hold up. Today we dig into the Archives and rejuvenate Elizabeth Parker’s reviews of a book by Dean R. Koontz, a M.A.S.H. influenced work but the crossdressing nurse is much prettier than Klinger, and a murder mystery by John Leslie.

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Retro Book Reviews

| Jul 28, 2019 | Reply

Back in 1998 Elizabeth Parker was our book reviewer at TGForum. Her column was called Book Chat. Today we go down into the archives and blow the dust off one of her columns in which she reviews three mystery books that feature crossdressing in one way or another. All three books are still in print, or back in ebook format, and are available on Amazon and from other online book sellers.

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Review: Fictionmania

| Mar 11, 2019 | Reply

Sophie Lynne has been our Page Pundit since 2017. Her job as the Pundit has been to review books by trans writers and books about transgender subjects. When she took on this task she was employed at a bookstore so getting material was easy. She is no longer working there and Sophie has decided to doff her Page Pundit hat and return to delivering her personal blog every four weeks. She ends her run as the Pundit with a final post that reviews a website which publishes transgender fiction.

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Review: “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Trans” by Brynn Tannehill

| Feb 11, 2019 | Reply

Sophie Lynne, our Book Pundit, reviews Brynn Tannehill’s book “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Trans (But were afraid to ask.” Ms. Tannehill is a writer and transgender advocate who has written for OutServe magazine, The New Civil Rights Movement, and The Bilerico Project as a blogger and featured columnist. Read on and see what Sophie thinks of Ms. Tannehill’s book about transgender issues in 2019.

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Retro Review: The Man in The Red Velvet Dress

| Jan 14, 2019 | Reply

In 1996 JoAnn Roberts, one of our founders, reviewed a book titled The Man in The Red Velvet Dress. It was written by Justine Sahnjay under the name J.J. Allen. The book stirred controversy for a few things. Prime among the complaints was a broad definition of what made a crossdresser: “. . .any person who wears clothing of the opposite sex.” JoAnn found that objectionable along with a couple of other points but overall she felt. . . well, you’ll have to read her review and see.

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Book Review: Super Late Bloomer by Julia Kaye

| Dec 17, 2018 | Reply

Today our Page Pundit reviews a collection of cartoons about transition titles Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition. An Up and Out Collection by Julia Kaye. Julia Kaye is an American artist and illustrator.

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Transgender Book Reviews: “Gracefully Grayson” and “George”

| Nov 19, 2018 | Reply

Sophie Lynne, our Page Pundit, reviews two books today. “Gracefully Grayson” is a young adult novel aimed at middle school children. Written by a cisgender female author it tells the story of Grayson, born male but drawn to feminine expression. Grayson wants to play Persephone in the school’s theatrical production. The second review is of a book aimed at younger children. It tells the story of the title character, “George” who would rather be Melissa. Melissa has an opportunity to present herself to the world as her true self and it’s also by playing a female character in the school play.

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Review: The Rules of Me

| Oct 22, 2018 | Reply

Today our Page Pundit, Sophie Lynne, reviews a young adult novel titled The Rules of Me. Though it doesn’t have a transgender theme as such it is about teens trying to find their identity. The point of view character is not even sure he actually exists. The main character, seen from his perspective is a young woman who is also finding herself, and growing up. Sophie’s review is unbiased, even though she knows the author. Check out this first YA novel by Melanie Moyer and give our Page Pundit’s review a read.

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Review: Trans Like Me

| Sep 24, 2018 | Reply

Today Sophie Lynne, our resident Page Pundit, reviews CN Lester’s book of essays, “Trans like me: Conversations for all of us.” The fifteen essays that comprise the book deal with many segments of the transgender experience. The author is a respected activist and writer from the United Kingdom who identifies as non-binary. We will add a bit of a spoiler but hope it entices you to read on by saying that Sophie highly approves of the book and recommends it for insights into the transgender community.

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Review: She’s Not There (10th Anniversary edition) by Jennifer Finney Boylan

| Aug 27, 2018 | Reply

Our Page Pundit is Sophie Lynne. Today she reviews She’s Not There, the first book by Jennifer Finney Boylan. The book tells her story from her youth in Devon, Pa. to her transition. Full disclosure: Sophie has met and hung out with Ms. Boylan so she had to step back a bit to write this review. That doesn’t stop her from writing about the book and its message to all transgender people. Read on and learn what Sophie feels is important about She’s Not There.

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Book Review: Luna by Julie Anne Peters

| Jul 30, 2018 | 2 Replies

Sophie Lynne is our Page Pundit and today she reviews a 2004 young adult novel title “Luna” by Julie Anne Peters. The story of trans teen Luna is told through the eyes of her younger sister. While Luna is the reason things happen the way they do the sister is a bit preoccupied with how Luna’s transgender nature effects her life. See what else Sophie has to say about the book in today’s Page Pundit review.

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Crosswind Reconsidered

| Jul 2, 2018 | Reply

Last month Sophie Lynne reviewed the graphic novel Crosswind in which a ruthless hitman and a frazzled housewife exchange bodies. Sophie gave the series a positive review and thought, due to a short bit of dialogue in the fourth book, that there was a trans woman character who might be featured in later books. Turns out that was true, and now that Sophie has obtained all of the books, and read them twice, she has decided to add something about the series in this month’s Page Pundit.

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Review: Crosswind

| Jun 4, 2018 | 1 Reply

Sophie Lynne is our Page Pundit. She reviews all sorts of publications with transgender themes, characters, and such. Today she goes from text only books to take a peek at a graphic novel series in which a hitman switches bodies with a harried housewife. Will the housewife be able to carry out a hit? Will the hitman do something horrible to the housewife’s abusive husband? Sophie doesn’t give away too many details but she tells you all about who writes and illustrates the series and how good it is. Read her review of Crosswind.

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Book Review: “On the Couch with Dr. Angello,” Book on Trans Youth Issues

| May 7, 2018 | Reply

This month’s book is one I read a few years back. I re-read it for this review. The author is Dr. Michele Angello, who is a Philadelphia area Gender therapist specializing in Gender variant youth. She is also a friend of mine, but that won’t stop me from giving an Honest review. (Got that, Michele?) […]

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Book Review: The Queer & Transgender Resilience Workbook

| Apr 9, 2018 | Reply

Today our Page Pundit, Sophie Lynne, reviews “The Queer & Transgender Resilience Workbook: Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation & Gender Expression” by Anneliese Singh, PhD, LPC. That’s right, there’s a work book you can use during you gender transition, or to figure out that you don’t need to transition. Sophie’s review will help you determine if the book is right for you.

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Book Review: “Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Identity”

| Feb 12, 2018 | Reply

This month’s book is a bit of a curve ball — Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability by Jack Halberstam. I saw it in the book store, and said to myself, “Self, quick and quirky sounds perfect!” It was a mere 136 pages of text, but the 27 pages of notes, sources, […]

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Review: Trans Bodies Trans Selves

| Nov 20, 2017 | Reply

Today Sophie Lynne, our Page Pundit, takes a look at 2014’s “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves.” The book is meant to be a handbook and reference for trans people and features different chapter written by people who have various identities within the trans community.

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Review: The Murder Room

| Oct 23, 2017 | Reply

Sophie Lynne is our Book Pundit. Her beat is to review books with transgender themes, trans characters, or books written by trans authors. Today she tackles a book titled The Murder Room. It came out in 2010 and is a murder mystery of the True Crime genre. Some of the characters featured are trans women and that’s why Sophie is reviewing it today.

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Page Pundit Review: If I was Your Girl

| Jul 3, 2017 | Reply

Sophie Lynne puts on her Page Pundit hat and reviews the Young Adult novel If I Was Your Girl by trans writer Meredith Russo. The book has won a ton of major awards, including Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year, Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, ALA Stonewall Book Award – Winner, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year. See what Sophie thinks of it and its value to cisgender and trans people in today’s Page Pundit Post.

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The Page Pundit: Long Black Veil

| May 8, 2017 | Reply

Today the Page Pundit, our Sophie Lynne, reviews the latest book, and the first work of fiction in 20 years, from Jennifer Finney Boylin. It’s called Long Black Veil. Six college pals sneak into the shuttered Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Somehow they are locked in. When the door opens on five of the pals come out of the historic prison. One is missing. Thirty years later a body is found in the prison. Yes, it’s a mystery and Sophie gives you a spoiler free review.

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A Book Review by Ms. Bob: 2835 Mayfair

| Feb 27, 2017 | Reply

In light of Ms. Bob Davis’s current effort to preserve trans history by turning her massive collection of trans photos, memorabilia and books into an archive that will be available to the public we present a re-run from April of 1998. It is a review of a rare book, a detective story with science fiction overtones that was published in 1907, and features moving the consciousness of a man into the body of a woman. It’s also a satire of the type of detectives stories written at that time.

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Book Review: “Cross Gender Fun For All” by Dr. Veronica Vera

| Jul 25, 2016 | 1 Reply

Jan Brown does a short review of a new book by Dr. Veronica Vera (headmistress at Veronica Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls) titled “Miss Vera’s Cross Gender Fun for All.”

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Normal

| Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

Tasi Zuriack reviews a book by Amy Bloom titled “Normal.” The subtitle is: “Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude.” It was published in 2003 and offers an outsider’s perspective on the diversity of the trans community. Read her review and get Tasi’s take on “Normal.”

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A First Look at Sheila Jeffreys’ Gender Hurts

| Jun 9, 2014 | Reply

Dallas Denny has allowed us to republish a piece she posted on her Chrysalis website. While she has not read the book she has skimmed it and found evidence that “Gender Hurts” is not an actual scholarly work on transgender issues but instead a book with an anti-trans agenda. It is very similar, but better written, to another work published over 30 years ago that claimed transsexuals were a plot to replace biological women.

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My Husband Looks Better in Lingerie

| May 5, 2014 | 2 Replies

The people we need to come along at the right time usually do. It’s no accident that the universe crossed my path with Alana Nicole Sholar and Bobbie Thompson when it did. This amazing couple has some of the most enriching nuggets of wisdom when it comes to the world of transgender. That’s probably because […]

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Book Review: Men Can Wear Dresses Too

| Apr 7, 2014 | 2 Replies

Our contributor Nikki Nicole reviews a book that has just been released by another of our contributors, Catie Maye. The book is titled “Men Can Wear Dresses Too” and Catie says it “…represents not just my personal journey but a journey taken by everyone who in some way does not conform to the society definition of ‘normal.”

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