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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of She's Not There comes another buoyant, unforgettable memoir. I'm Looking Through You is about growing up in a haunted house...and making peace with the ghosts that dwell in our hearts.

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Very good but not really a "Ghost" book

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Tedious & Boring!

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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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A good memoir made better by a spirited reading by the author

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Interesting and Funny

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

The accounts of living in a haunted house.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

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.

If you could give I'm Looking Through You a new subtitle, what would it be?

Haunted

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable, though it could have ended several chapters earlier without losing anything.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I'm looking through you to the next one!

Jenny Boyland does an amazing job in craft and performance. I was laughing and crying throughout.

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Annoying Narration

What disappointed you about I'm Looking Through You?

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...

What didn’t you like about Jennifer Finney Boylan’s performance?

The tone and tempo of her voice seemed rather removed from the situation. Rather flighty.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did like the written version.

Any additional comments?

This is the first book that I've returned due to the narration.