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Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man Hardcover – May 10, 2011

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“A universal story, one to which all readers can relate: the individual’s search for self.” — New York Journal of Books

Transition is not only about the journey from female to male; more importantly, it’s about the journey from fear to courage. Chaz Bono is my new hero.” — Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She’s Not There

About the Author

Chaz Bono lives with his partner in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952145
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By KDMask VINE VOICE on May 14, 2011
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For someone as high profile as Chaz to come out with such an honest book about his life is stunning. While other children of famous parents struggle with identity issues, he had the added burden of knowing he was born in the wrong body. I watched his struggles on "Celebrity Weight Loss" and also the documentary on OWN. I really wanted to read about this remarkable human being in his own words and I am so glad I did. Heartfelt and very readable, the book outlines struggles with identity and revelation. If ever anyone had a doubt about transgender being a "real" condition, this book should erase that. Terrific autobiography of a fascinating person. Kudos.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I decided to read it after I watched Becoming Chaz on OWN which I liked very much. I found it very sad that Chaz lived his life so afraid of what other people think and denying himself who he really was. It certainly must have been a very hard struggle. Having lots of therapy myself I know you can only push feelings down for so long. I myself am learning how to be my true self and not caring what other people think. Chaz seems like a really wonderful person. I love his facial expressions too!!! I do wish I had such an understanding mother as Cher. Times are very different now anything goes. All in all an enjoyable truly honest read. Recommended.
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All memoirs should aspire to this. This is a story of someone who had the sense of self and fearlessness to fully realize that by hiding or sublimating any part of their true self would only bring sadness and an incomplete life. What is most remarkable (to me) is that Chaz not only was and is true to himself, but brings his struggle (and triumph!) out publicly so that the struggle of others will be lessened. Even if you do not have the same issues, I cannot imagine anyone who could not relate to the intense desire to completely be true to themselves and the inner turmoil that such a struggle can often cause. Chaz's victory is everyone's victory. Chaz is a hero.
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Thirty-five years ago, I had a girl friend who became a man. I did not have the benefit of hearing about the feelings and the process. Chas Bono writes an in depth account of both as well as details of his upbringing by famous parents Sonny and Cher. Male or female, Chas is just a very nice human being! I LOVED this audio book (read by Chas).
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Yes, I watched adorable Chastity on television and grew up in the sixties with Sonny and Cher. After reading his remarkable book I can only say Bravo to Chaz's incredible courage - courage to face unrelenting public curiosity and private turmoil.
One thing this book should teach all of us is how important it is to live one's life in a positive manner. Most of us will never go through the agony of coming out to our families as gay, lesbian or transgendered but we let others' opinions of us guide our behaviour in much smaller ways. The beauty of Chaz's book is that all of us should learn a lesson from it - be true to yourself and who you really are.
The book is well-written and never boring. Of course the one area I might disagree with Chaz a little is the fact that his "Democratic" Mother was really his birth Mother and his "Republican" family did not have to first mourn the loss of a daughter. It is always much easier to accept something if it does not involve your own children. Chaz does address this in his book but I must get political here - the Republican party and it's policies such as the Defense of Marriage Act are demeaning and dangerous to the gay and lesbian community. Where I live in Texas the wife of a firefighter was recently denied his death benefits because she was a male to female transgendered woman.
Thanks Chaz for reinforcing for all of us how Important it is to not let society tell us what we should be or do- I have never had to make any decisions nearly as life-changing as you did and I will always admire your intelligence and empathy for other people.
Lynn Meyer Brown
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I learned so much from this book and not just about transgenders. But about becoming who you really are. How he went through this process with all the fear and unknowing of what lied ahead I will never know. But my hat is off to Chaz. I'm humbled and so impressed with this young man and even though he's in his 40's now, he is in reality a young man. People in the most simplistic forms don't have the strength to reveal who they really are and to go through something like this with one of the most famous people in the world being your mother, my god! The lives he has touched and the lessons we have learned from this book and the documentary will be everlasting. I only hope this is not the last time we have heard from Chaz Bono. His journey has just begone. I do feel bad that like he said, he'll never know what it was like to grow up a man, only to grow old as one, is so profound. I know this book will change the lives of many and give them the strength to make changes genetically, mentally or physically for people of all ages. Read this book! Life has no boundaries and the pursuit for personal happiness is not a bad thing. It's a necessity or it will have all been for nothing. We only live once.
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