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This book started off like a trip down memory lane. I grew up in Gainesville and knew many of the locations and people in it. It's amazing to hear. I felt voyeuristic to be hearing a person I know confess so personally and completely her innermost feelings and experiences. I find myself wishing all the amazing people I've met would write their stories so I could see into their lives and understand them like this. I think everybody has a story worth hearing, and this one is no exception. Definitely not your run of the mill rock star coming of age story. I'm also a huge fan of authors reading their own autobiographies. It makes the experience that much more pleasurable. Thank you Laura for letting us know this part of you.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Tranny the most enjoyable?
This is the first book I've ever read/listened to in its entirety in one sitting. It’s the type that is so important, it will become required reading in college classes across the country some day.
For a community that has been close to my heart AND a topic, I felt somewhat "in the know" about, many years before ever hearing the word "trans-anything; I still have so so much to unlearn. Laura Jane Grace's book will make you laugh, break your heart, and possibly change your life, regardless where you come from on the transgender/transsexual/gender subject. I could not be more grateful to Grace for being willing to share her personal story of what gender dysphoria & transitioning feels like, especially in the days before the internet or resources were available, and kids were left to suffer in silence and/or isolation.
I also loved the book because I too grew up on punk rock & have always despised the ridiculous notion of one dictating to another who and/or what is "real" punk, but didn't realize how many people actually suffer (and I mean suffer) because of it.
I related to her love for travel, living in a hotel, and dealing with the politics of playing with other bands. I mostly connected being on tour & traveling around the country in a van. The few times I got to go out on the road as crew member for a band of close friends was the best time of my life, so I already love memoirs like Rollin's & Ramone's, and following the career & tours with Laura Jane Grace's band, Against Me!, was just as exciting, if not more candid. I'm only familiar with a few songs from Against Me!, but now looking forward to hearing more, especially going through all lyrics.
What other book might you compare Tranny to and why?
I'm looking for one now...
What does Laura Jane Grace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Because she is the author, little things like tone add context that I wouldn't have picked up on.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I'm still going through a lot of emotions, including crying often, since reading this book.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
funny exciting moving inspiring frustrating captivating; one of the best memoirs i have read : highest recommendation
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A truly amazing read. I was worried it would be about nothing but gender dysphoria but Laura really goes deep into the punk scene, telling stories about how the Against Me! fans embraced them then turned against them, and the later embraced them again.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I loved Tranny! A great story, a sad story, a funny story but overall a real story I absolutely loved it and wish all of the best to Laura Jane Grace in the future!
Great mix of stories from the road and behind the scenes of against me's music, plus insight into gender dysphoria