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Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog) 1st Edition

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"On the face of it, Through the Door of Life is the story of how Jay Ladin, the author and an English professor at Yeshiva University in New York City, transitioned into living as Joy Ladin. But it's Ladin's relationship with Judaism that anchors this book and makes it stand out. . . . Orthodox Jewish leaders should thank Ladin for refusing to hide out, for reminding us how human beings should relate to one another."—The Huffington Post


"Not only a memoir of transgender experience, this is also a story of family heartbreak and family love; of growth as a teacher and writer; and, not least, of a self deeply connected to God and Judaism throughout a life lived across genders."—Rabbi Jill Hammer, director of spiritual education at the Academy for Jewish Religion


"In painstakingly and painfully constructing her new self, Ladin is fully aware of the societal conventions and privileges of which she makes use. . . . But there seems to be a poignancy, of which Ladin is exquisitely aware, that precisely because what Ladin wants is so normal, her efforts to obtain it are so fraught with pain."—Lambda Literary Review


"Joy Ladin's book succeeds so well because it is anything but a trans tract; it is a fierce story of regular old human life: hideous choices, endless repercussions, occasional glory, frequent humiliation, abiding difficulty. It could have happened to us. She makes us believe it."—Kay Ryan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry


"Readers will be rewarded not only with an expanded understanding of a complicated choice but also a compelling and moving story of a person transitioning, not only from male to female but from a numb, suicidal 'nonexistence' to opening the 'door of life.'"—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


“This is an emotionally intense, deeply personal memoir of self-discovery.”—PFLAG 

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Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies
David Bergman, Joan Larkin, and Raphael Kadushin, Series Editors

First Paperback Edition

• 2012 cloth, UWP, ISBN 978-0-299-28730-6

• Wisconsin edition not for sale in Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Australia, and New Zealand

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  • Item Weight : 11.4 ounces
  • Paperback : 270 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0299287343
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0299287344
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.25 inches
  • Publisher : University of Wisconsin Press; 1st edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: : English
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