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"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

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Powerful story and performance.

This book started off like a trip down memory lane. I grew up in Gainesville and knew many of the locations and people in it. It's amazing to hear. I felt voyeuristic to be hearing a person I know confess so personally and completely her innermost feelings and experiences. I find myself wishing all the amazing people I've met would write their stories so I could see into their lives and understand them like this. I think everybody has a story worth hearing, and this one is no exception. Definitely not your run of the mill rock star coming of age story. I'm also a huge fan of authors reading their own autobiographies. It makes the experience that much more pleasurable. Thank you Laura for letting us know this part of you.

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Required reading for "unlearning" false everything

What made the experience of listening to Tranny the most enjoyable?

This is the first book I've ever read/listened to in its entirety in one sitting. It’s the type that is so important, it will become required reading in college classes across the country some day.
For a community that has been close to my heart AND a topic, I felt somewhat "in the know" about, many years before ever hearing the word "trans-anything; I still have so so much to unlearn. Laura Jane Grace's book will make you laugh, break your heart, and possibly change your life, regardless where you come from on the transgender/transsexual/gender subject. I could not be more grateful to Grace for being willing to share her personal story of what gender dysphoria & transitioning feels like, especially in the days before the internet or resources were available, and kids were left to suffer in silence and/or isolation.
I also loved the book because I too grew up on punk rock & have always despised the ridiculous notion of one dictating to another who and/or what is "real" punk, but didn't realize how many people actually suffer (and I mean suffer) because of it.
I related to her love for travel, living in a hotel, and dealing with the politics of playing with other bands. I mostly connected being on tour & traveling around the country in a van. The few times I got to go out on the road as crew member for a band of close friends was the best time of my life, so I already love memoirs like Rollin's & Ramone's, and following the career & tours with Laura Jane Grace's band, Against Me!, was just as exciting, if not more candid. I'm only familiar with a few songs from Against Me!, but now looking forward to hearing more, especially going through all lyrics.

What other book might you compare Tranny to and why?

I'm looking for one now...

What does Laura Jane Grace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Because she is the author, little things like tone add context that I wouldn't have picked up on.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'm still going through a lot of emotions, including crying often, since reading this book.

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  • 01-30-17

Appeals beyond a single genre

Great story. Recommend to anyone interested in punk music, music bios, gender issues, self-exploration and discovery, human issues in general. I enjoyed the journal-based narrative... feels like intimately going back in time with the author. Also a great trip down memory lane for anyone who grew up in Florida ... from the old Gainesville music scene & famous venues to the state drug culture, there are some spot-on details and lots of nostalgia.

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Whoa

This was a very honest tale of a punk rocker. I've been a fan of Against Me! and Laura Jane Grace for some time now. I was actually at many of the shows you mentioned in Arizona. I really didn't realize there was that much disfunction with Warren. I also cannot believe the utter poverty Laura put herself through before her transition. I understand the drug use in the punk scene, I just didn't realize how hard it was to make it as a punk rock band. I do think Against Me! could still stick with their current sound and be as big as Green Day. I'm super happy that Laura narrated her audiobook as well. I find her voice very soothing. I could honestly listen to Laura, Nick Offerman, Diane Rehm, and Terry Gross all day in that order. I'm a punk with a wide range of tastes and Laura delivered. Thank you for your brutally honest story.

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Incredible

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.

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Chapter 3 cuts out mid chapter ????

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.

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Awesome book/ listen

This book was far better then I had expected. Having read all books by Janet Moch and Jennifer Finney Boylan I was really looking for something to further help understand my being trans. At first it was very much a rockstar road journal, but quickly you start to see the correlation between the rock n roll lifestyle the dysphoria and lifestyle choices. For me personally I can relate just replace rockstar with mechanic and there u have it. Very relatable if you look at the bigger pic a person hiding there true self away and forcing it down to convince themselves there someone there not, until one day it all takes a toll and crashes down around you.
Love the highs n lows of the journey you will read about. It’s amazing how similar it is to so many other trans individuals coming to acceptance of what we can’t control. Beautifully done.

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equal parts punk rock/trans experience

I was pretty well in the target audience for this book. I'm a huge Against Me fan, I see them almost every time they're in town, and I also like reading about LGBTQ issues and had made it a goal to read more about the trans experience. But I was blown away by how good this book is. I knew Laura was a gifted lyricist, but that does not necessarily a great prose writer make. I am also a little suspicious of biographies with co-writers attached. But since so much of this was from Laura's journals, I felt more confident this was really her voice. Despite it being a sometimes dark and emotionally difficult read, I was sad when this was over. So many celebrity biographies, even of people with interesting stories, feel forced, feel like they should be blog posts, not a book. There are usually chapters it seems obvious are only there to increase page count and somehow make this long enough to be a book. This is not the case here. I regret not buying a physical copy last time I saw them on tour, because it makes me sad I was missing out on this for so long!

There is equal material here for the punk rocker, Against Me fan, anarchist DIY sort and for those mainly interested in Laura's gender dysphoria experience. I will say if you wanted to read all about her physical transition you might be disappointed there. The book ends with her committing fully to hormone therapy, no surgeries are mentioned, as it's none of our business.

I loved the band name dropping. Hearing about Laura almost getting in a fight with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio when she was Tom, hanging out with NOFX on Warped Tour and jamming with Lars and Tim from Rancid was amazing. Joan Jett was also a big presence.

It's also worth noting that even people confident and firm in a traditional gender identity will find plenty to relate to here. If you've ever felt like your body or the image you present to the world doesn't match what's inside of you, if you've ever hated what you see in the mirror, you will see that you may have more similarities than differences with trans or gender non conforming folk.

In a time when many of our heroes are falling, it's nice to see one rise.

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Better than I expected.

I thought this would be more about Tom becoming Laura. It is, but there is also the history of against me. Great listen I wish it was longer. Thanks LJG

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Listened In 2 days

An interesting biography about a wonderful musician. I learned so much and it was a nice way to spend a couple of days relaxing.

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  • jameswilliamhindle
  • 03-25-17

amazing

funny exciting moving inspiring frustrating captivating; one of the best memoirs i have read : highest recommendation

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  • Mr Sam Ostle
  • 01-22-17

Perhaps the best rock autobiography I've ever read

A truly amazing read. I was worried it would be about nothing but gender dysphoria but Laura really goes deep into the punk scene, telling stories about how the Against Me! fans embraced them then turned against them, and the later embraced them again.

Loved it.

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  • Francesca
  • 01-19-17

Amazing. beautiful. impowering

best thing ive ever read. laura is so great . such emotion is felt . beautiful all round.
Love you laura!!xx

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  • 12-01-16

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-17

loved it!

I loved Tranny! A great story, a sad story, a funny story but overall a real story I absolutely loved it and wish all of the best to Laura Jane Grace in the future!

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  • Katie Batty
  • 05-11-17

Loved it!

Great mix of stories from the road and behind the scenes of against me's music, plus insight into gender dysphoria