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Labor of Love: The Story of One Man's Extraordinary Pregnancy
     

Labor of Love: The Story of One Man's Extraordinary Pregnancy

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by Thomas Beatie
 
Thomas Beatie electrified the world in April 2008 with his announcement that he was seven months pregnant and due to give birth in July. The news made headlines across the globe, but it’s only one chapter in a fascinating saga. Labor of Love reveals Beatie’s unique life experiences: his less-than-idyllic childhood in Hawaii, his feelings of being a

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Thomas Beatie electrified the world in April 2008 with his announcement that he was seven months pregnant and due to give birth in July. The news made headlines across the globe, but it’s only one chapter in a fascinating saga. Labor of Love reveals Beatie’s unique life experiences: his less-than-idyllic childhood in Hawaii, his feelings of being a young man trapped in the body of a woman, his fight to conceive a child, and the obstacles surrounding the delivery. This astonishing narrative permits an intimate look at a family that refuses to let other people’s definitions of family deter them from creating one on their own terms. Labor of Love is much more than the story of a unique pregnancy and birth — it’s a beautiful and controversial love story about going against the tide, a powerful statement about the evolution of family and identity in the new millennium.

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Publishers Weekly
Best known as the world's first pregnant man, transgendered father and husband Beatie recounts, in touching detail, his difficult path to the 2007-08 pregnancy that briefly captured the world's attention. Born a girl in Hawaii to a violent, unpredictable father and a caring mother (who committed suicide while Beatie was a teen), Beatie learned to understand the nature of his identity against a backdrop dominated by fear and instability. Beatie is a detailed and engaging writer, relating his upbringing, his romance (with wife Nancy) and the process of transitioning from female to male with humility, honesty and plenty of opinion, and little to court sensation or controversy. For better and worse, the memoir reads predictably until Beatie and Nancy, 200 pages in, begin their struggles to get pregnant with daughter Susan. Once Beatie finds his focus in the obstacles he and his wife faced and overcame, his account becomes a compelling, unique narrative. Beatie's straightforward, apolitical style and compelling, elemental story-one man's struggle, against all odds, to create a family-will make it easy for most readers to identify.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786741106
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
11/04/2008
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
359 KB

Meet the Author

Thomas Beatie was born and raised in Hawaii—as a girl, Tracy. Thomas made the transition to a male in the late 1990s. In July 2008, he gave birth to his daughter, Susan.

Currently, Thomas is happily married to his wife, Nancy, and is a custom screenprinter and owner of Define Normal Clothing Company. Thomas, Nancy, and Susan live together in Bend, Oregon.

Labor of Love is Thomas’ first book and the product of a lifelong passion since the age of seventeen.

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Labor of Love 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was he a girl that had surgery to be a boy? Thats really creepy. Technically his wife is lesbian.
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