What are the best memoirs by transgenders?

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    #1Becoming a Visible Man

    Becoming a Visible Man

    Becoming a Visible Man is a memoir written by Jamison Green. Published on June 4, 2004 by Vanderbilt University Press, Becoming a Visible Man, tells the story of Jamison Green as he lives his life as a queer and transgender person.

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    Susana Soriano
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a great memoir because it is the understanding of transgender. A man living his life as a transgender is good to read."
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    #2Rethinking Normal

    Rethinking Normal

    Rethinking Normal is a memoir written by Katie Rain Hill and Ariel Schrag. Published on September 30, 2014 by Simon Schuster. In Rethinking Normal, Katie Rain Hill shares her journey as she transitions into a woman.

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    Margaret Walters
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Coming out as a transgender person can be both stressful and exciting at the same time. Many people feel they cannot be truly themselves as they fear judgements from others. The memoir "Rethinking Normal" is a must read for those struggling with the decision on whether to be their true selves and reveal they are transgender. Katie Rain Hill possesses a true strength that can be felt while reading about her journey to transition into a woman"
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    #3Redefining Realness

    Redefining Realness

    Redefining Realness is a memoir written by Janet Mock. It was published on February 4, 2014 by Artria Books. In Redefining Realness, Janet Mock recounts her life as a transgender and her transition into womanhood.

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    Lin Ma
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The woman on the cover of this book is very attractive! Just the photo makes the book look like something you may want to explore further. The reviews on the back of the book give special praise to the prose and writing ability of the author. Reviews left by nearly 400 readers praise this book. This autobiography may very well be one of the best memoirs by a transgender."
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    #4Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us

    Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us

    Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us is a memoir written by Kate Bornstein. It was published on April 25, 1995 by Vintage. In Gender Outlaw, Kate Bornstein presents her life struggles as a transgender woman.

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    Cynthia Mendez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us is a must-read memoir written by a trans-gendered individual. The book gave me a new outlook on the lives that these misunderstood folk lead. I really recommend it for anyone looking to better understand and cease judgement on others who may be different in nature."
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    #5Conundrum

    Conundrum

    Conundrum is a memoir written by Jan Morris. It was published on May 16, 2006 by New York Review Books Classics. Conundrum follows Jan Morris as she transitions from being the male James to the female Jan.

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    Devansh Mehta
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Awful book written by a confused person trying to justify their confusion. Books like these are being used to make people accept 'transgenders' and to look at it as normal. This book would have never been published 50 years ago. Here we are today, another degenerate book pushing a degenerate agenda. "
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    #6The Last Time I Wore A Dress

    The Last Time I Wore A Dress

    The Last Time I Wore a Dress is a memoir written by Daphne Scholinski sharing her accounts after she committed to a mental institution due to the diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder to treat the problem. 

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    Christina Rivera
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "My best friend is transgender and in an attempt to understand her better, I decided to read The Last Time I Wore A Dress. It was so helpful in understanding gender identity. However be aware that it really teaches about the dark side of being a transgender as well and can be quite difficult to read."
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    #7Just Add Hormones

    Just Add Hormones

    Just Add Hormones is a memoir written by Matt Kailey. It was published on June 15, 2005 by Beacon Press. In Just Add Hormones, Matt Kailey recounts his life from being a straight woman into a transgender man.

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    Michael Fox
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "It is a good book for those who know nothing about transgender people. This book is written from the perspective of one who was born female, wore girly clothes, dated men, got married, etc. She did not become into a transgender until the age of 42."
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    #8S/He

    S/He

    S/He is a memoir written by Minnie Bruce Pratt. Published on March 1, 2005 by Alyson Books, S/He chronicles the life of Minnie Bruce Pratt as she tries to overcome queer repression and live her life honestly as a transgender.

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    Phillip Silva
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I was looking for something modern to read as far as social issues. S/He crossed my path and I gave it a shot. The struggle of lesbians in the south had never even crossed my mind. Today i learned something new."
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    #9Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man

    Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man

    Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man is a memoir written by Chaz Bono. It was published on May 10, 2011. In Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man, Chaz Bono tells his transition story from a man to a woman.

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    Christopher Davis
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I always liked the artist Cher. Her daughter wrote a book called Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man . I decided to read it for a physiology project. I found the book to be strange. It was not a bad book. It gave me insight into the persons mind and that was what I needed for my project."
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    #10A Queer and Pleasant Danger

    A Queer and Pleasant Danger

    A Queer and Pleasant Danger is a memoir written by Kate Bornstein. Published on May 1, 2012 by Beacon Press, A Queer and Pleasant Danger recounts a boy's life as he enters and leaves Scientology to transition into a woman.

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    Anthony Morales
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I thought this was a very interesting book. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone but I thought it was a great read. I had a difficult time putting the book down. I highly recommend it."
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    #11She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders

    She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders

    She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders is a memoir written by Jennifer Finney Boylan, first published in 2003. It tells the story of the author, who was born as a boy named James and later turned into Jenny.

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    Gerald Perry
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This sounds like quite an impelling memoir, taking things to quite a personal level by this outspoken author. The title itself piques my curiosity to find out more about her struggles, what she went through and how things turned out for her in the end. "
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    #12Whipping Girl

    Whipping Girl

    Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity is a non-fiction book written by Julia Serrano, first published in 2007. It talks about the social issues that transgender people face.

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    Timothy Medina
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Pretty solid solution. I cant imagine there are that many different books on such a specific topic of memoirs by transgenders so I think the fact that they explain the book and talk about it, makes this a solid answer"
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    #13Gender Failure

    Gender Failure

    Gender Failure is a non-fiction book written by award-winning writers Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote wherein they explore and reveal their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary. 

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    Bryan Nelson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a good book to read if you are or thinking about becoming a transgender person. It looks and sounds like it will be a great read regardless it sounds interesting you should give it a shot."

Summary

Best What are the best memoirs by transgenders
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Becoming a Visible ManBooks 31 Paid
2Rethinking NormalBooks 28 Paid
3Redefining RealnessBooks 23 Paid
4Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of UsBooks 23 Paid
5ConundrumBooks 20 Paid
6The Last Time I Wore A DressBooks 18 Paid
7Just Add HormonesBooks 18 Paid
8S/HeBooks 12 Paid
9Transition: The Story of How I Became a ManBooks 8 Paid
10A Queer and Pleasant DangerBooks 4 Paid
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