A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein

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16 Critic Reviews

This cri de coeur, which appears in a letter to her estranged daughter and grandchildren, suggests that Bornstein has made real sacrifices to follow her own advice, and can therefore dispense it with integrity.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

A stunningly original memoir of a nice Jewish boy who joined the Church of Scientology and left twelve years later, ultimately transitioning to a woman. A few years later, she stopped calling herself a woman and became famous as a gender outlaw. 

Kate Bornstein—gender theorist, performance artist, author—is set to change lives with her compelling memoir. Wickedly funny and disarmingly honest, this is Bornstein's most intimate book yet, encompassing her early childhood and adolescence, college at Brown, a life in the theater, three marriages and fatherhood, the Scientology hierarchy, transsexual life, LGBTQ politics, and life on the road as a sought-after speaker.
 

About Kate Bornstein

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Kate Bornstein is a performance artist and playwright who has authored several award-winning books, including Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and The Rest of Us, My Gender Workbook, and Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws. She has earned two citations of honor from the New York City Council and garnered praise from civil rights groups around the globe. Kate lives in New York City with her girlfriend, three cats, two dogs, and a turtle.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Beacon Press. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Gay & Lesbian, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 15 2012

This cri de coeur, which appears in a letter to her estranged daughter and grandchildren, suggests that Bornstein has made real sacrifices to follow her own advice, and can therefore dispense it with integrity.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 26 2012

Bornstein can be a challenging and confusing narrator at times, but is sympathetic in her universal struggle to be comfortable in her own skin and her attempt to come to peace with the paradox that is her life.

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Chron.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Jill Carroll on Jul 16 2012

Emerging from all this is a portrait of a deeply thoughtful, generous and loving person who has the courage and expansiveness...to love those who hurt you, to see beyond the limits and damage, and to make peace with things no matter how difficult.

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Lambda Literary

Excellent
Reviewed by Sassafras Lowrey on May 13 2012

Ultimately Bornstein has written us a profoundly brave book that cracked me open, leaving me quivering and grateful for the stories I hadn’t known I’d needed to hear.

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EDGE Boston

Excellent
Reviewed by Katie Drexel on May 17 2012

She begins and ends her memoir with gentle pathos; she’s a creature of self-discovery and she attempted to find herself almost everywhere.

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B***h Media

Excellent
Reviewed by Malic White on May 17 2012

Her self-criticism humanizes the trans icon who has helped so many teen queens, baby butches, and seasoned gender warriors through difficult times.

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Feministing

Excellent
Reviewed by Jos on May 14 2012

The book can be emotionally exhausting, but it’s disarmingly funny and a pleasure to read.

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Pretty Queer

Excellent
Reviewed by Emily Johns Faulkner on Apr 28 2012

This memoir was written largely as a way for Kate to reach out to her daughter...In allowing the public to read it, though, she continues to allow us, her queer family, to get to know her better...

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Pages of Julia's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Julia on May 14 2012

A Queer and Pleasant Danger is not for the faint-hearted, for reasons that become fairly evident (see: sadomasochism), but is ultimately uplifting, hopeful, even joyous–and always droll.

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Amy Reads

Good
Reviewed by Amy on Jul 16 2012

Highly recommended to all who are interested in religion, in family, in gender, in sexuality, or just in life itself. Bornstein truly has much to teach us all.

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Bending the Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Sally Bibrary on Apr 30 2012

This an amazing, intense, heartfelt read that's goes far beyond questions of gender and sexuality to examine, really, what it means to be human.

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Shelly's LGBT Book Review Blog

Good
Reviewed by Shelly on May 12 2012

I had to read every single, blessed word. It was so engrossing, so interesting that I had to absorb all of it and I just couldn’t put it down.

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Enfolding.org

Good
Reviewed by Steve D. on Jun 18 2012

I highly recommend this book as a testament to personal bravery and the desire to explore identity.

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Jennifer Caitlin

Good
Reviewed by Caitlin Song on Jun 02 2012

Reading A Queer and Pleasant Danger was a pleasure for me...but more important I learned lessons about compassion, love, truth, service, and humour.

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Queer Fat Femme

Good
Reviewed by Bevin Branlandingham on May 30 2012

In her memoir she describes herself as a puppy dog and I think that is absolutely correct; she brings that level of joy and excitement to interpersonal interactions and onstage.

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Reviewed by Jamie on May 01 2012

It reminds readers that life is an incredible journey...And it’s a journey worth seeing through.

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