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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (March 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935961330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935961338
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,438,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Everett's work is luminous, brilliant, thoughtful and brave. I am so proud to be on this earth with him. He is who we all fight for, and he is the future of our community."
--Margaret Cho, comedian and author of I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight


"Reading Bumbling into Body Hair by Everett Maroon--LOVE IT! Great message for trans folk on being our whole selves--AND it's funny."
--Kate Bornstein, author of My New Gender Workbook and A Queer and Pleasant Danger


"Everett's work is luminous, brilliant, thoughtful and brave. I am so proud to be on this earth with him. He is who we all fight for, and he is the future of our community."
--Margaret Cho, comedian and author of I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight

More About the Author

Everett Maroon is a memoirist, pop culture commentator, and speculative fiction writer. He has a B.A. in English from Syracuse University and went through an English literature master's program there. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association; Bumbling into Body Hair was a finalist in their 2010 literary contest for memoir. Everett writes about writing and living in the Northwest at trans/plant/portation. He has written for Bitch Magazine, GayYA.org, RH RealityCheck, and Remedy Quarterly. He will be writing for Original Plumbing in 2012 on popular culture and trans civil rights and at xoJane.com on the presidential election debates. He has had short stories published by SPLIT Quarterly and Twisted Dreams Magazine. Everett is a contributor to the anthology, The Collection: Short Stories from the Transgender Vanguard, from Topside Press (October 2012). Bumbling into Body Hair is published by Booktrope Editions.

Everett's debut novel for young adult readers, The Unintentional Time Traveler, will be released in fall 2013 by Booktrope.

Everett lives in Walla Walla, Washington, with his partner and son. He is originally from Hightstown, New Jersey.

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I have read a LOT of books regarding FTM transition, trying to learn all I can as I begin my own journey.
Joey Morgan
In the end, I definitely found the book quite educational as well, despite having read/heard a lot about transitioning experiences.
Purity is Myth
The story is engaging and poignant and the writing is beautiful and the writer's sense of humour is the icing on the cake.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Vilmur on March 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Everett Maroon is a nice, geeky and sometimes-clumsy guy with body issues. Ok, so maybe those issues are more complex than most, but for the readers of "Bumbling Into Body Hair" that works in our favor. Maroon's memoir traces his occasionally fumbling expedition through the landscape of gender awareness and transition with wit, insight and the deft touch of a talented writer.

It is not a transgender story so much as a human story, one about embracing change, forging ahead when we're terrified, finding self-respect along the way and surrounding ourselves with people who give us the space and support to be who we are.

Having read a handful of transition-related memoirs, "Bumbling ..." stands out as the most charming and accessible of the lot. To infuse such a weighty subject with this kind of poignancy and humor is a delicate task, which he manages to make seem effortless. (Battling a roll of plastic wrap, not so much.)

Maroon touches on the variety of isms he encounters as perceptions around him change but he does not labor over it. He puts his activism into practice rather than preaching it. Whether it's learning the secrets of the corporate men's room, chatting up strangers in public places like a real-life PSA or navigating the mad maze of the healthcare system, he does so with humanity and aplomb.

Not only would I recommend this book for people in the trans community, but I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great story with a clear and unique voice, a hero you can't help but fall a little bit in love with and a heroine who clearly deserves the adoration of the masses.

The journey of becoming who we've always been is invariably touched with sadness and yet, it is one of hope. In defining ourselves rather than letting other people define us, we come closer to the secret to joy and there is no question that Everett Maroon has achieved that. Joining him on this voyage through the laughter and tears is a rare treat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason Sullivan on March 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Bumbling into Body Hair embraces life in all its complexity with humor, sensitivity and determination. It is a must read if you are considering transitioning, interested in social justice, love a good biography, or merely a connoisseur of excellent books that are filled with humor, meaning, and drama. Bumbling into Body Hair will have you laughing page after page. Everett refers to his sense of humor as the "best coping skill ever" and his pithy and ironic insights are hysterical. One of my favorite lines describes a certain professional within a tacky office environment as "an Ewok in a beige galaxy..." That still cracks me up!

Everett is a fantastic writer. His prose is that of a refined and astute observer. His ability to convey the emotional tone as well as the meaning of a situation is right on. You will be on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next whether Everett is being pulled through a window by an air conditioner, or daring to ask the socially awkward question, "How exactly do you want these radishes cut?"

Bumbling into Body Hair is also a profoundly psychological and personal book. Everett allows us to join him on his journey of self-discovery so that we may share in his experiences and, perhaps, learn something new along the way. Everett shares with us his feelings of hurt and confusion at the behaviors of a few unbelievably rude individuals. He then sets a brave example of determination as he pushes beyond the prejudices of others to express his own authentic self. Bumbling into Body Hair is entertaining, informative and important. Broaden your perspective by reading Bumbling into Body Hair. I highly recommend it!

*This review is based upon an advance copy of the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer D. Munro on March 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's funny, it's human, it's insightful, it's got a great love story, it's about family, it's about learning to love yourself, and it's about gender in our culture from a unique perspective, so if you think you're not interested in a memoir about a sex change, please reconsider. This story is universal and you will root for the narrator, who is so nice that he hails taxis for little old ladies, for Pete's sake. We all can learn something about compassion and humanity from reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Although Everett Maroon's Bumbling into Body Hair is subtitled "A Transsexual's Memoir," he initially comes across as genderqueer (as opposed to transsexual), which adds a rather unique aspect to both the story and his development. There's a sense of self-discovery, self-definition, and (ultimately) self-recognition that accompanies the story, providing us with insight into the doubt and confusion that so many transgendered individuals experience, but are reluctant to share.

Make no mistake, by the end of the tale, Everett does successfully transition from female to male. That's not a spoiler, just an acknowledgement of the author's place within the story. It's okay if you're not quite sure what a transsexual is, or how one goes about becoming one, because for much of his life he didn't know either. It's only through his interactions with others, his often ill-conceived attempts at self-expression, and his conversations with a therapist that he comes to understand and accept the boy inside the geek.

This is an honest, heartfelt, and often self-depreciating journey, full of humour and heartache, marked by an awkward relationship triangle that seems to do as much to hold him back as it does to propel him forward. It's often a frustrating read, making you want to pull him aside for a heart-to-heart, but the way in which he bumbles through those challenges is what makes the read. There's no narrow-minded focus or pinpoint goal being pursued here, no realization of a lifelong dream. Instead, what we have is a personal journey through what makes a man . . . even if he wasn't quite born that way.

As I was reading it, I kept thinking that the book's only real failing was its lack of emotion.
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