Self-Made Woman: A Memoir

Self-Made Woman: A Memoir

by Denise Chanterelle DuBois


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Denise Chanterelle DuBois's transformation into a woman wasn't easy. Born as a boy into a working-class Polish American Milwaukee family, she faced daunting hurdles: a domineering father, a gritty 1960s neighborhood with no understanding of gender nonconformity, trouble in school, and a childhood so haunted by deprivation that neckbone soup was a staple. Terrified of revealing her inner self, DuBois lurched through alcoholism, drug dealing and addiction, car crashes, dangerous sex, and prison time. Dennis barreled from Wisconsin to California, Oregon, Canada, Costa Rica, New York, Bangkok, and Hawaii on a joyless ride.

Defying all expectations, DuBois didn't crash and burn. Embracing her identity as a woman, she remade herself. Writing with resolute honesty and humor, she confronts both her past and her present to tell an American story of self-discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299313906
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Series: Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiography Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Denise Chanterelle DuBois is an actress, environmentalist, and businesswoman. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Part 1. 1958-1972
                San Diego, 1983
Part 2. 1972-1983
                Oregon, 1997
Part 3. 1983-1997
                Kauai and Tribeca, 2008, and Oregon, 2002
Part 4. 2002-2004

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