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I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman Paperback – Large Print, April 14, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The author's account held my interest as she described her gradual, impactful and almost inexorable march toward gender transition. This autobiographical narrative was a very moving, graphical and seemingly honest presentation of the author's journey from a male gender role to a female one. Along with her transformation, the author vividly describes the struggles of being transsexual in the context of the enhanced hardships she endured, just by virtue of being an African American transsexual, an exceptionally rare bird indeed. Her viewpoint, as a person of color, provides the reader with a much different and very unique perspective.
I found the account of the author's transition to be quite a refreshing change from the more common, almost cookie-cutter narratives of the similar journeys of white, middle class types, not that those transitions weren't unique and fraught with their own particular issues, it's just that no other account I've read about previously was by a black transgender person, and very few memoirs or autobiographies reveal such intimate details of what many would consider to be a rather sordid side of life.Read more ›
Bianca Raigne Crown-Hazzard
Bravo and God Bless!!!
Toni's story is exciting, full of drama, celebrity encounters, and a career that could just as easily have sprung from the pages of an erotic novel. It's also a story that is deeply moving, sometimes sorrowful, but always inspiring. Whether or not you agree with the choices she's made, you cannot help but admire her perseverance and her sense of purpose.
If you're at all interested in the transgender experience, or simply interesting in the story of a life that inspires, I cannot recommend this highly enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent just what I needed. Will purchase again. Knew it would be what I wanted. Recommend buyer! A must have!Published on November 20, 2012 by bella1976
Not to diminish Ms. Newman's groundbreaking book in any way, but it's not, as claimed in the book description, the first. Read morePublished on October 9, 2011 by Dallas Denny
The book was very short and limited details. She dose not give good details on her sexual account with LL Cool J, could have been anyone. No distinct details. Read morePublished on June 13, 2011 by Pinkcotton
This book talks about nothing at all for $45.99. Dont waste your money. He does not speak about anyone or anything important. I read very often, and this really was a drag. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by Mrs Clark