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Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods--My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine
     

Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods--My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine

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by Noelle Howey
 

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ISBN-10: 0312422202

ISBN-13: 2900312422201

Pub. Date: 05/01/2003

Publisher: Picador

Throughout her childhood in suburban Ohio, Noelle struggled to gain love and affection from her distant father. In compensating for her father's brusqueness, Noelle idolized her nurturing tomboy mother and her conservative grandma who tried to turn her into "a little lady." At age fourteen, Noelle's mom told her the family secret: "Dad likes to wear women's

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Throughout her childhood in suburban Ohio, Noelle struggled to gain love and affection from her distant father. In compensating for her father's brusqueness, Noelle idolized her nurturing tomboy mother and her conservative grandma who tried to turn her into "a little lady." At age fourteen, Noelle's mom told her the family secret: "Dad likes to wear women's clothes." As Noelle copes with a turbulent adolescence, her father begins to metamorphose into the loving parent she had always longed for—only now outfitted in pedal pushers and pink lipstick.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900312422201
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352

Table of Contents

Contents

Title Page,
EPIGRAPH,
PREFACE - Spring, 1984,
PROLOGUE - The Spoiler,
PART ONE - Foundation Garments,
ONE - Coming Out, 1986,
TWO - Portrait of My Father as a Young Man,
THREE - Sugar, Spice, Everything Nice,
FOUR - Snips, Snails, Puppy Dogs' Tails,
FIVE - Mythologies,
SIX - An Ordinary Girl, an Ordinary Life,
SEVEN - Cross-dressing: A Primer,
EIGHT - Checklists,
NINE - Coming Out, 1962,
TEN - Coming Out, 1983,
ELEVEN - Typecasting,
TWELVE - Makeovers,
THIRTEEN - Something Old, Something New,
PART TWO - Fabrications,
FOURTEEN - Clothes Lines,
FIFTEEN - Phasing Out,
SIXTEEN - Closet Cases,
SEVENTEEN - Larvae,
EIGHTEEN - Losing It, 1989,
NINETEEN - Girls Get Emotional,
TWENTY - Coming Out, 1990,
TWENTY-ONE - She Thing,
TWENTY-TWO - Schisms,
TWENTY-THREE - Vagina Monologue,
TWENTY-FOUR - Snapshots from My Trip,
ALSO BY NOELLE HOWEY,
Additional Acclaim for Dress Codes,
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR,
Copyright Page,

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Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods--My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an okay book. It wasn't what I expected, but it passed the time and was almost redeeming with a few moments.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wonder what the author was thinking. I don't know why she needed to reveal all of the details of her life - especially her deviant sexual behavior as a teen. I understand that she went through a great deal, having to grow up with such dysfunction in her family, however, some things are best kept between the therapist and patient or in a personal journal. Good luck to her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is a very major success by the author who had to tell the story of an average, middle-American family, where the father happens to be transsexual. Sentimental without being sugary; honest without being shocking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author takes a subject that could become high camp and makes it a warm and sensitive account of both the transformation of her father's gender and his relationship with his family. The author moves between the three points of view (Noelle, mom, dad) very smoothly and leaves the reader with a clearer understanding of a misunderstood topic.