• A Queer and Pleasant Danger

  • The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology, and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She Is Today
  • By: Kate Bornstein
  • Narrated by: Kate Bornstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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By: Kate Bornstein
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The inspiring true story of a nice Jewish boy who left the Church of Scientology to become the lovely lady she is today.

In the early 1970s, a boy from a Conservative Jewish family joined the Church of Scientology. In 1981, that boy officially left the movement and ultimately transitioned into a woman. A few years later, she stopped calling herself a woman - and became a famous gender outlaw.

Gender theorist, performance artist, and author Kate Bornstein is set to change lives with her stunningly original memoir. Wickedly funny and disarmingly honest, this is Bornstein's most intimate book yet, encompassing her early childhood and adolescence, college at Brown, a life in the theater, three marriages and fatherhood, the Scientology hierarchy, transsexual life, LGBTQ politics, and life on the road as a sought-after speaker.

The audiobook includes a new epilogue. Reflecting on the original publication of her book, Bornstein considers the passage of time as the changing world brings new queer realities into focus and forces Kate to confront her own aging and its effects on her health, body, and mind. She goes on to contemplate her relationship with her daughter, her relationship to Scientology, and the ever-evolving practices of seeking queer selfhood.

©2020 Kate Bornstein (P)2021 Beacon Press

Critic Reviews

“A nervy, expansive memoir from a pioneering gender activist.” Kirkus Reviews

“A singular achievement and gift to the generations of queers who consider her our Auntie, and all those who will follow.” —Lambda Literary   

“Disarmingly funny and a pleasure to read . . . I think everyone can gain something from Kate’s honest, brave account.” —Feministing.com 

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I truly enjoyed this book and appreciated Kate’s honesty and openness. The depth of emotion is so prevalent throughout the entire book. Wonderful.
. . . And Jessica, I hope someday you’ll find it in your heart to give your dad a chance. You can hear the profound love she has for you in her voice. We should all be so lucky to be loved so deeply.

Excellent book.