"If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman/My mother once told me she would have named me Laura/I would grow up to be strong and beautiful like her". (The Ocean)
A searing account of her search for identity and true self, Tranny reveals the struggles and victories that Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of the cult punk rock band Against Me!, experienced in her quest for gender transition.
Illuminated by Laura Jane's never-before-published journal entries reaching back to childhood, Tranny is an intensely personal and revelatory look inside her struggles with identity and addiction. Grappling with everything from sex, drugs, and failed marriages to the music and soul of a punk rock star, this memoir paints a vivid portrait of one of the most revolutionary transgender icons of our time.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2016 Laura Jane Grace (P)2016 Hachette Audio
Loved the book, patiently awaited the release of the audio book, chapter three skips mid David Johansson story right to chapter four. Kind of a bummer.
As a long time Against Me! fan, I was looking forward to know what was going on behind the scenes during this whole period in her life and that's exactly what I got and more.
She's so inspiring for everyone, no matter what gender, sexual preference, walk of life, etc... A great story and someone to look up to.
The ending to this book is perfect. I loved it.
I have been waiting to listen to this book since it's existence was first announced and was not disappointed. Even after watching all of the episodes of True Trans, listening to Against Me! since middle school and also watching countless interviews, this book has given me such a beautiful and real insight to the life of someone I admire. Laura, well done, and thank you for letting us in.
I already preordered this book and I'm waiting for it to arrive but I had to hear it read by the author. I've been a long time fan and I'm totally ecstatic that this book was as awesome as I'd imagined. I've finished listening to it and I'm sure I'll be done reading it by the end of the week.
Brutally honest almost to the point of a little bit uncomfortable at times. That's why I love it, all of us have so many different versions of inadequacies and for Laura Jane Grace to share such an incredible story was extremely cathartic.
The band and relationship dynamics and the stories behind her band and her life are extremely entertaining and captivating. I couldn't stop listening. If you are punk rock fan, fan of bios of ones exploration of oneself, or just a fan of a damn good rock bio – this is one of the best of 2016 in my opinion.
This book made me tear up and elate with joy as I listened to every hell-sent trial and tribulation and how Laura overcomes them. I've learned a lot about the complexities of transitioning and the enormous burden it places on Laura.
I wish with all my heart that she keeps pumping out incredible music and lyrics that I enjoy so f'n much... This was a hell of a ride! Can't wait for the next book!
A very engaging, emotional and informative story! Would highly recommend, particularly if interested in the complexities of sexuality, but even if not, still great.
I have long been a fan of Against Me! but was relatively unfamiliar with Laura's journey. This book was not only a window into Laura's tortured soul, but my first real understanding of the complex nature of gender dysphoria. Although the book is often heartbreaking, in the end, I felt uplifted and filled with a new compassion. I also bought the print edition of the book, but wanted to hear it read by Laura. I'm not sorry that I did.
I love against me! and this book was something I couldn't stop listening to. I'm really glad Laura read it, I think it made it seem more personal than it already was.
This book was just everything I hoped and more.Every person in this world needs to read this book no matter what you believe in. Just take the time to read this you will never t be disappointed.
"Was Blown Away"
I admit as a fan of the band there may be a slight bias involved here. But as someone who has read a lot of similar books, they do not get more open and honest than this. The fact that I listened to this whole book (all 6 and a half hours) in a single night with a half hour break in the middle should tell you exactly how into the story I got. The addition of her journal entries written at the time lends an air of authenticity to the tale. Laura Jane herself reads it and makes a decent job of it. Well worth the download...
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