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Middlebrook, whose biography of Anne Sexton was noted for its controversial use of tape recordings and notes made during the poet's psychiatric treatment, was approached by Kitty Tipton Oakes, one of Billy's former wives, to write this biography; she interviewed his/her friends, spouses, family members, and colleagues and found them to have different, yet universally sympathetic, readings of Tipton's gender. In addition to examining what gender is, Suits Me also asks to whom it belongs: the individual or the people who interact with the individual. --Rebecca Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The idea that Tipton was a "brilliant deceiver" shows the ignorance of transgender identity and lack of respect for Tipton by the author and editors. Read morePublished 10 months ago by jmps
It's not as exciting as I thought it would be, but it is a biography so it is a telling of his life.Published on September 25, 2013 by Erin H. Gonzales
As Billy Tipton was dying he forbade his son to call an ambulance. He did anyway. As Billy lay on the floor, paramedics attempted to revive him. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Craig Rowland
I am familiar with Billy Tipton through his two records and a few magazine articles I had read in my early teens. Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by RJ
I really was very interested in this story of Billy Tipton, a trans musician who kept his birth sex private until his death in 1989. Read morePublished on December 4, 2007 by Melissa K. Heckman
I read this book several years ago. I heard about the book on National Public radio, and the story was irresistable. I loved the book, and have since told the story to many people. Read morePublished on March 3, 2007 by Doug Wagner
I am always on the lookout for interesting books. I got the recommendation from Bob Dylan's show "Theme Time Radio" and I have to admit that I was a bit sceptical about Tipton's... Read morePublished on February 11, 2007 by Oenophile