Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life

Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life

by Ryan K Sallans

NOOK Book(eBook)

$8.99 $9.95 Save 10% Current price is $8.99, Original price is $9.95. You Save 10%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now


Second Son is a unique lens on life and love, intimately exploring the transition experience of Ryan Sallans - born Kimberly Ann Sallans. Ride alongside Ryan's transition from a child to a body-obsessed young woman with an eating disorder; from female to male, daughter to son, and finally a beloved partner to a cherished fiance'. Ryan candidly shares his struggle to find love and acceptance; a struggle that transcends through every layer of society. He nearly died from an extreme case of anorexia as an insecure female college student. The only thing that saved him was his inner spirit begging for a chance to live. Second Son chronicles Ryan's battle with his family, his romantic partner, and his body. It is an unblinking focus on self-empowerment tracing Ryan's evolution into manhood as he underwent gender reassignment surgeries. It took twenty-nine years for Ryan to find himself. Second Son is an intimate and honest autobiography that will educate and empower anyone journeying to find their own destiny, love, and life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989586832
Publisher: Scout Publishing LLC
Publication date: 12/11/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 684,417
File size: 3 MB

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love, and Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Bill0 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books I couldn't put down once I started reading. I've known who Ryan was for a while but never met him. And then I started reading or hearing about Second Son. Somewhere I read an excerpt from the book and just had to purchase it. This is such a courageous book for a person to write. I realize what Ryan does for a living, but still; he put everything out there for everyone to see, sharing some of his deepest intermost feeling with the world. This is a must read book for everyone. I don't care if you're straight, gay, bi, or trans. I think it's important for everyone to know what makes each other tick. Without knowing about each other, we'll never understand what others go through. With a true understanding, it is easier for everyone to empathize and realize people are people. I'm not sure what make me think so, but I really believe this book has a huge potential to save lives. Read it and share it with your friends. When they're done with it, get it back and share it again.
april_herrley More than 1 year ago
A very personal look into one man's journey to be true to himself. It takes a lot of courage to stand up and say this is me, this is who I am, and Ryan accomplishes this with his book. A well written account of his personal struggle to become himself, as each chapter draws the reader closer to Ryan's ultimate emergence as he transitions from female to male. An excellent book on empowerment, understanding and the ability to take control of your own future, destiny and happiness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. Ryan's humor, insight, and honesty make this book essential reading for anyone who knows a transgender individual or identifies as such. His excellent recall of the details of his life keep the reader enthralled. This book also has the power to enlighten any individual who isn't familiar with transgender issues. Ryan goes beyond his transition process to explain his growth as an individual, which is realistic and fantastic. Ryan's book has the ability to help millions of people become more accepting of themselves and others. This book has already helped me tremendously with my personal exploration of my gender identity and expression. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
estraley More than 1 year ago
Ryan’s raw narrative gives a view into a life that is as unique as it is powerfully “normal”. Through honest accounts of life altering and ordinary events, Ryan shows his humanity with a side of gender nonconformity, discomfort, and the process toward acceptance. Those who are looking for a book to expand their understanding of transgender lives will not be disappointed. They may be pleasantly surprised by the accessibility and ability to relate to such a courageous author and activist. I couldn’t put it down, and I predict other readers will have the same experience. Ryan’s vulnerability is transformed into strength in the hands of the reader, and I hope that many have the opportunity to experience this book.