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Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love, and Life Paperback – April 2, 2012

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". . . an important and vital book. . . His honesty about his transition is one we don't see often and it's very refreshing.  This book . . . will educate the masses on what it means to be transgender and in today's society . . . FOUR STARS!!!"
- Larry King, Talk Show Host

"Ryan Sallans is an incredibly brave young man who has written a powerful book. Second Son will save lives."
- Dan Savage, co-founder, It Gets Better Project

"Ryan Sallans takes his readers on this fantastic, page turning journey about life as a transgender male. . . he offers insight to the personal struggles and triumphs he faces in order to be true to himself . . .a book that will both educate readers and help others. . ."
 
- Dr. Robi Ludwig- Psychotherapist, TV commentator and Author 

". . . a heartbreakingly modern American man's story . . . This is a book for anyone who has ever truly loved or tried to understand another human being. . . This is a brave man's story, bravely told."
-Michael Rowe, Lambda Literary Award and Randy Shilts Nonfiction Award-winning author of Looking For Brothers and Other Men's Sons

". . . When treated academically, gender identity can be a complex and even convoluted topic.  Second Son reminds. . .that living your life as you are meant to can be extremely complicated and yet so very simple." 
Elizabeth Schroeder, EdD, MSW- Sexuality education expert and Executive Director, Answer

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Second Son is a story that intimately explores the transition experience of Ryan Sallans, born Kimberly Ann Sallans. The reader is pulled through Ryan's transition from infant to child, child to body-obsessed teenage girl, teenage girl to eating-disordered young woman, female to male, daughter to son, and finally a beloved partner to a cherished fiance'. A unique lens on life and love.

Ryan candidly shares his struggle to find love and acceptance; a struggle that transcends through every layer of society. He nearly died from an extreme case of anorexia as an insecure female college student. The only thing that saved him was his inner spirit begging for a chance to live.

Second Son chronicles Ryan's battle with his family, his romantic partner, and his body. He unblinkingly focuses on the empowerment he achieved as he underwent gender reassignment surgeries and traces his evolution into manhood.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: TitleTown Publishing; 1st edition (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982000960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982000960
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,348,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ryan's raw narrative gives a view into a life that is as unique as it is powerfully "normal". Through honest accounts of life altering and ordinary events, Ryan shows his humanity with a side of gender nonconformity, discomfort, and the process toward acceptance. Those who are looking for a book to expand their understanding of transgender lives will not be disappointed. They may be pleasantly surprised by the accessibility and ability to relate to such a courageous author and activist. I couldn't put it down, and I predict other readers will have the same experience. Ryan's vulnerability is transformed into strength in the hands of the reader, and I hope that many have the opportunity to experience this book.
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Ryan has a very nice writing style that makes you feel like you are a friend he is sharing his experiences with. I am amazed at how open he is, sharing everything. If you or a loved one is considering transitioning I urge you to read as much as you can. Memoirs like this one from Ryan are invaluable for helping those who are non-trans to start to understand what it is like to live in the wrong body and how important it is for them to take the steps necessary to have a body that matches their true self. Without writers, like Ryan, who are willing to put it all out there a lot more people would suffer and non-trans people, like me, wouldn't have a way to "get it". Thanks Ryan for your gift of honesty and hope.
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Very well written and contains a lot of information from both the emotional and technically logistical perspectives. If you know someone or are interested in learning about the transgender experience, then this book should be on your reading list.
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If you know anyone who is considering transitioning, read this book.
If you are someone who is considering transitioning, read this book.
If you might one day know someone who is considering transitioning, read this book.
It is a very well written account of Mr. Sallans' life and transition. I think most people will be touched by what he went through in trying to find himself. Most people will probably see a bit of their own life in the pages. I'm looking forward to having my Mother read it, as perhaps it will speak to her in ways that I have been unable to, and maybe she will finally start to see me for who I am. I'm a first born second son.
Thanks Ryan for writing a masterpiece!
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I met Ryan Sallans at the Gender Odyssey Professional Seminar in Seattle Washington on July 31st. Being a sex-positive therapist, I felt privileged to meet him and hear him present on transgendered issues. Before leaving the seminar, I became aware that he was selling and signing his new book, "Second Son." I positioned myself in line to buy his book - -inwardly promising myself I'd write a review when I completed reading it.

Ryan Sallans's autobiography, "Second Son," is written in the most candid, genuine, and heartfelt way. Growing up as Kimberly Sallans, she talks about her discomfort with her own body that led to Anorexia, depression, suicide attempts, and self-injurious behaviors. Upon deciding on transitioning from female to male, Kim, now renamed Ryan, talks about his relationship struggles, his family's lack of acceptance, and his ongoing journey toward living a truly authentic life. An amazing LGBTQ advocate and educator, Ryan tells his story with tremendous courage and dignity. He seems willing to be vulnerable and emotionally open in sharing his story. Ryan allows his readers the honor and privilege to bear witness to his inner world and personal journey. I am absolutely grateful to Ryan for giving me this privilege and do not take it for granted. Likewise, I was very emotionally moved and inspired by Ryan's recount of his experiences, including the way he overcame adversity and his sense of isolation. Ultimately, Ryan Sallans leaves us all with one final message of hope: Even in the darkest of tunnels, there is the possibility of finding that shimmer of light.
I highly recommend this book to pre/post transition individuals, as well as the partners and family members of transgendered persons
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I was recommended this book from a friend of mine. I can't even begin to describe how helpful it was to a parent of an FTM. Ryan's story was so raw and real. He holds nothing back. Reading his words and exploring his surroundings took us through his journey. What I loved most is his candor and now willingness to help out others and their families with new information. I now have a starting point on how to help my child. I have already been in touch with others for resources, and he opened that door. He is willing to help out anyone who needs help. That is a blessing to this mom!
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This is one of those books I couldn't put down once I started reading. I've known who Ryan was for a while but never met him. And then I started reading or hearing about Second Son. Somewhere I read an excerpt from the book and just had to purchase it.

This is such a courageous book for a person to write. I realize what Ryan does for a living, but still; he put everything out there for everyone to see, sharing some of his deepest intermost feeling with the world.

This is a must read book for everyone. I don't care if you're straight, gay, bi, or trans. I think it's important for everyone to know what makes each other tick. Without knowing about each other, we'll never understand what others go through. With a true understanding, it is easier for everyone to empathize and realize people are people.

I'm not sure what make me think so, but I really believe this book has a huge potential to save lives.

Read it and share it with your friends. When they're done with it, get it back and share it again.
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