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By Kate Bornstein

“I used to be born male and now I’ve acquired scientific and govt files that say I’m female—but I don’t name myself a lady, and that i recognize I’m now not a guy. . . .”

Scientologist, husband and father, tranny, sailor, slave, playwright, dyke, gender outlaw—these are only a couple of phrases that have outlined Kate Bornstein in the course of her impressive lifestyles. For the 1st time, all of it comes jointly in A Queer and delightful hazard, Kate Bornstein’s stunningly unique memoir that’s set to alter lives and enrapture readers.

Wickedly humorous and disarmingly sincere, this can be Bornstein’s such a lot intimate ebook but. With knowledge, wit, and an unwavering answer to inform the reality (“I mustn't ever inform lies”), Bornstein stocks her tale: from a pleasant Jewish boy starting to be up in New Jersey to a strappingly good-looking lieutenant of the Church of Scientology’s Sea flagship vessel, and later to Nineties Seattle, the place she turns into a emerging megastar within the lesbian neighborhood. In among there are better halves and enthusiasts, heartbreak and triumph, bridges mended and damaged, and a trip of self-discovery that may mesmerize readers.

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Jim had heard the news. “You know I’ve been going over to Russia, and I have a fiancée over there,” he added. What he wanted was for his nephew to call Irina and tell her that he had been killed in a car crash. Patrick tended in practice to emulate the behavior of his father’s straight-arrow parents, and was not enthusiastic about lying to his uncle’s fiancée—a real person, whom Hogue met on a trip he took to Russia with a few other men from Telluride, who had joined together for the purpose of finding wives.

Contrary to uneducated modern belief, a prohibition against lying is not included among the Ten Commandments handed down by God to Moses at Sinai, which prohibit “bearing false witness against one’s neighbor,” a more circumscribed offense. Talmudic sources and later rabbinic commentators pointed to over a dozen lies told in the Biblical texts by Abraham, Aaron, and other major characters, including God himself, who lies to Sarah. The rabbis agreed that lying was permissible in order to save a life and to preserve peace.

One is ethereal, gorgeous, a vision of college sophomore loveliness in soft sweatpants and a tight sweater able to make the heart of any man beat faster. The other is a sullen, earth-bound girl, garishly painted. Jim took care of himself. He took care of SuperStar. They would talk two or three times a day on the phone. When I asked her for personal details about her lover, she mentions how much he loved Christmas. “He had a huge collection of Christmas music. ” It was rare to meet an adult who was in love with Christmas in such an unreserved and uncynical way.

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