My Brother My Sister: Story of a Transformation

My Brother My Sister: Story of a Transformation

by Molly Haskell
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My Brother My Sister: Story of a Transformation by Molly Haskell

A feminist film critic’s thoughtful, outspoken memoir about transgender and family

On a visit to New York, the brother of well-known film critic Molly Haskell dropped a bombshell: Nearing age sixty, and married, he had decided to undergo sugery to become a woman. In the vein of Jan Morris’s classic Conundrum and Jennifer Finney Boylan's She's Not There, a transgender memoir, Haskell’s My Brother My Sister gracefully explores a delicate subject, this time from the perspective of a family member.

Haskell chronicles her brother Chevey’s transformation through a series of psychological evaluations, grueling surgeries, drug regimens, and comportment and fashion lessons as he becomes Ellen. Despite Haskell’s liberal views on gender roles, she was dumbfounded by her brother’s decision. With candor and compassion, she charts not only her brother’s journey to becoming her sister, but also her own path from shock, confusion, embarrassment, and devastation to acceptance, empathy, and the pleasure of having a sister.

Haskell widens the lens on her brother’s story to include scientific and psychoanalytic views. In an honest, informed voice, she has revealed the controversial world of gender reassignment and transsexuals from both a personal and a social perspective in this frank and moving memoir.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670025527
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Molly Haskell is a nationally recognized film critic and the author of three books of film criticism. She has contributed to many publications, including The New York Times, Esquire, The Nation, and Vogue. She lives in New York City.

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My Brother My Sister: Story of a Transformation 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AngryTrans More than 1 year ago
This book was transphobic trash. Honestly I could not finish it because of how upsetting it is; if only you could see my annotations. The author continually misgenders her transgender sister and as far as I got, mostly complained about how hard it was for HERSELF rather than focus on her sister's struggles. It makes me sick people come away from this book misgendering trans women while exclaiming, "this book opened my eyes! I am so educated now" and continuing to utter the same transphobic crap as ever. Besides this, the writing sucked, to put it simply. In the end, if you're looking to become educated on trans people, read the newer autobiographies written by trans people today, not this.
read4lifeDB More than 1 year ago
This book really opened my eyes to how it must be to live a lie for so many years. But that is just what he/she had to do in order to be accepted by the main stream. I really felt bad about what he had to go through to become a woman. His sister who is writing the book in my opinion should of thought more about what he was going through, then what she had to endure to accept him as a woman.