For Jennifer Boylan, creaking stairs, fleeting images in the mirror, and the remote whisper of human voices were everyday events in the Pennsylvania house in which she grew up in the 1970s. But these weren't the only specters beneath the roof of the mansion known as the "Coffin House". Jenny herself - born James - lived in a haunted body, and both her mysterious, diffident father and her wild, unpredictable sister would soon become ghosts to Jenny as well.
I'm Looking Through You is an engagingly candid investigation of what it means to be "haunted". Looking back on the spirits who invaded her family home, Boylan launches a full investigation with the help of a group of earnest, if questionable, ghostbusters. Boylan also examines the ways we find connections between the people we once were and the people we become. With wit and eloquence, Boylan shows us how love, forgiveness, and humor help us find peace - with our ghosts, with our loved ones, and with the uncanny boundaries, real and imagined, between men and women.
©2008 Jennifer Finney Boylan; (P)2008 Tantor
"A lovely, heartening piece of work." (Kirkus)
"Boylan writes with a measured comedic timing and a light touch, affecting a pitch-perfect balance between sorrow, skepticism, and humor." (Publishers Weekly)
This was a very well written book but for the most part it wasn't a ghost story. There were a few creepy parts in there but that wasn't the point of the story. But, if you wanted a glimpse into the life of a transgendered person, with a few ghost stories thrown in, this is the book for you.
After listening to this book I know that I just wasted a perfectly good audible credit. It took a bit to follow the main gist of the story and then it bounced all over from her past to the present to past etc. It was meant to be a deep thought provoking book which in my opinion was extremely tedious. The synopsis written about this book was very misleading. I wouldn't have given this book even one star if I could have submitted my review without it.
We all live with ghosts. Jenny Boylan is perceptive - and honest - enough to acknowledge it. She covers somewhat familiar ground (if you've read her other works) in a fresh and engaging way.
While I enjoyed the book, hearing the author read it... no... PERFORM it, makes it even more enjoyable. Boylan's humor, poignancy and generosity of spirit for all the absurd and alluring characters she encounters on her life's journey captures their complicated, paradoxical, relatable humanity with a descriptive power likely to haunt the reader long after putting down the story. I got lost in this memoir through the author's skill as a writer and storyteller. Thank you, Ms Boylan, for letting the reader/listener accompany you in spirit, as you revisit the places and people (child, student, parent, sibling) you've been along your journey so far.
European history professor specializing in English history 1870-1939.
Yes, I would recommend, but mostly for the humor. Though the theme of the book is the life of a transgendered person, that part of the story is not really examined. The stories about Boylan's family, though, are quite funny. Reminds me, to a small degree, of David Sedaris's sense of humor.
The accounts of living in a haunted house.
The performance is by the author, and you can't really fault that. Another narrator, however, might have been a better choice. Since Boylan is an English professor, her reading tends to sound like she is reciting poetry in that annoying stentorian method used by poets.
Enjoyable, though it could have ended several chapters earlier without losing anything.
The author's/narrator's voice was rather unsettling to me. Having first read the print version, I knew the story and thought it was compelling. The narration had a 'la dee dah' tone and tempo which bothered me, knowing the impact the author's gender issues had on her unsuspecting wife. Surprisingly, I couldn't get beyond the first few chapters...
The tone and tempo of her voice seemed rather removed from the situation. Rather flighty.
I did like the written version.
This is the first book that I've returned due to the narration.
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