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Dear Listener,

Why did I write M to (WT)F?
"I’ve read (and written) transgender memoirs and found that there has been a dearth of really truly funny autobiographical works. This is in part because we’ve had to make sober pleas for people to take our humanity seriously, but I think we’re arriving at a point where we can afford to laugh at ourselves a little publicly, inviting others to laugh with us so long as they don’t dehumanize us. I set out to write a trans memoir that would be embarrassing, even humiliating, but hopefully amusing." – Samantha Allen, creator and performer of M to (WT)F

Publisher's Summary

Samantha Allen, award-winning journalist and author of Real Queer America, delivers an intimate look at the unexpectedly hilarious moments of her gender transition.

In this poignant audio piece, Samantha Allen takes listeners along for the wild ride of her own transition: The good, the bad, but mostly, the funny. Because once she began this life-changing journey in earnest, Samantha realized that while the emotional trials of gender dysphoria and self-discovery could be harrowing, there were so many laugh-out-loud moments along this winding road.

Think about it: While her 20- and 30-something peers were settling into the people they were going to be for the rest of their lives, Samantha was going through puberty all over again, taking the whole womanhood thing step by glamorous step - from learning the differences between men’s and women’s public restrooms to figuring out how to take off a bra without taking her shirt off first. Recognizing these moments of humor brought her joy in times she needed it most - and sharing them, she learned, could be revelatory. 

Part deeply personal memoir, part comedic adventure, and part insightful exploration of how gender informs the ways we see the world, M to (WT)F is a delightful listen that proves how powerful it can be to find humor in hardship.

If you are interested in learning more about transgender and non-binary advocacy, we encourage you to visit the official websites of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (tldef.org) and Mermaids (mermaidsuk.org.uk).

©2020 Samantha Allen (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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her past is my present

I don't know what I was expecting from this book. I thought it would be a light-hearted break from the history of world religions material I'm also reading. However, I was moved to tears several times as I listened to Samantha recount her early experiences in transition, most of which very closely parallel the events, thoughts, and feelings I'm currently experiencing in the early stages of my own transition.

There are, of course, relevant differences in how we think and feel, but it's so well written, concise, digestible—and entertaining—that I'm going to consider recommending it to my friends, family, and acquaintances, instead of subjecting them to my own long-winded abstractions on transition.

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MADE ME LAUGH SO HARD

OMG HOVERING!!!!!!


I am so grateful for this memoir. Samantha Allen tells her heartwarming, funny, and honest coming out story in a way that made me laugh so hard and feel so much.


P.S. STOP HOVERING!!!!!!

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Great true story of being male vs female

I loved this book. I loved the insight she has when finally becoming a woman. At how different women are treated in this world. How she tells how life was as a man, male privilege. and how now its scary to walk down the street as a woman. finally to hear both sides of being male vs female. So gkad she finally found happiness in her skin.

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An Audible gem!

I must admit I got this book because of the cover. It made me curious as I knew very little about the trans experience. Well as soon as I started listening It consumed me and I basically listened to the whole book in one sitting. Samantha Allen has a very unique way to tell her story of transition from male to female. She takes us through her discovery of her true self, through the doubts, the sadness, loneliness and her her new life as Samantha.
Her analogies and many of her stories are hilarious. Her transition gives her a unique perspective on the female experience as well and I felt identified with many of the things she noticed on how different women are treated.
This book is a gem! Wonderful narration and interesting insight on the trans female experience.

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Effortlessly smart and funny

When I just tried to compliment Allen for her great funny smart insightful memoir about her gender transition, Autocorrect thought I was trying to write “gender Tarantino.” That’s the only telling and funny thing Samantha didn’t mention. The rest is in here. Bravissima!

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So proud to have this woman as part of our tribe!

Thank you Samantha Allen and Audible Originals for producing this work. Samantha’s brave telling of her transition was wonderfully frank and the use of humor extremely respectful. (She talks about the difference between laughing with people vs at them. You are definitely laughing and rooting with her the entire time!)

I look forward to listening to future pieces.

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M to (WT)F good title, good story

Interesting and heartwarming. As a woman who did not have to transition but also feels “right” as a woman, I completely understand and agree with all of her talking points. I feel happy that she has come through transition so well and could tell her story with such warmth and humor.

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Loved it!

I really enjoyed hearing Samantha's story. It is so good to listen and empathize with another person story. Especially, when is so different from your own perspective. Yet, we can find similarities and understanding within our core being to be true to ourselves. Bravo! To her courage. May we all strive to have the courage to be our true selves; and to love ourselves and each other.

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Hilarious and Beautifully Human

This was a lovely listen. As a cis woman I genuinely felt a deep connection to the author. It often felt like I was chatting with a friend. Stories like hers are important and it's important for us to make an effort to listen and normalize the trans experience.

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A charming, poignant, authentic

I didn’t know who Samantha Allen was before I started this book. Now, I will never forget her or her witty, elegant writing style, her keen insights into the human condition—or her compassion for both trans & cisgendered people. She is kindness personified, but with a little hint of “don’t cross this line” boundary-setting that makes her story a as much about learning and teaching respect, as it is about transitioning.

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  • Raven Wood
  • 01-22-21

Truly Amazing

This is by far the best book I have listened to on here. thank you Samantha. I ran a bubble bath turned the light to a dim purple and listened to the entire thing. I couldn't stop. its both funny and relatable having started my own transition a few years ago. but although its only been 3 hours and I now look like I'm in my 90's due to my skin sucking up what has to be atleast 25% of the baths capacity, I loved every second of it. now to get out before I become the water and vanish down the drain... look forward to more of Samantha's work. Raven x

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  • Haggunenon
  • 08-22-21

More What? Than WTF.

If I hadn't seen the cover, I wouldn't have realised this was meant to be comic.
Light-hearted? Maybe, but combined with the deadpan delivery, it comes more as the clichéd movie nervous break down where some says something awful and laughs about, and says "it's funny right? Right!?" before bursting in to tears and doing a character development.
Out of 26 "funniest" moments, I came out crying (3 times) more than a mild giggle (twice) which is a pretty bad hit rate.
A lot of the stories and writing you can see where it should be funny. But it isn't. It feels like she's trying to imitate David Sedaris in the delivery, but without the absurdity to contrast it.
So expect a variety of heart warming stories, and a window in to the lives of trans people that isn't just sadness and misery. Just don't read the cover.

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  • Cathryn A. Gallacher
  • 10-16-20

I loved this wonderful book

Like Allen's other books, this one is both funny and moving without ever being sentimental or preachy. I have learned so much from her, not least how to cut pizza with scissors, and that-- contrary to what my mother taught me -- hovering is actually an anti-social act. But as well as being informative she demonstrates one of our most important human values: the ability to laugh at ourselves, and with each other.

Allen's books are also important. The humour, warmth and insightfulness of her writing quickly captivate her female audience (I can't speak for the men) by sharing, in a very nail-on-the-head sort of way, the feelings and experiences most of us know well. (Falling in love, for example, or using public bathrooms.) But at the same time, with fluidity and the lightest of touches, she leads her cis gender readers such as myself to a place beyond our own experience, where we can begin to imagine what it might have been like to be born a girl with boy parts. In my view, enabling that sort of empathy with another's experience is what books are FOR. Not many writers can do it with Allen's style and grace.

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  • Bad Lego
  • 10-13-20

Lighthearted, dark truths

I applaud anyone brave enough to not only dredge up there transition experiences from the corners of the mind but also appreciate her reading them aloud for us all. While it’s her story a path she took to achieve what she has. I was reminded of flashes from my path and smiled and nodded during much of the listen. To trans people I say there something here for you either because you are starting down your path wondering what it might be like. Maybe you’ve finished a path or are cis and just wondering what it must have been like for someone else to go through. I say Samantha is right humour is fabulous defence pre, during and post traumatic experiences of transition. Just remember to support trans people during and laugh with us after!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-20

Side-splittingly hilarious

Didn't know what to expect with this short audiobook, but I found it fresh, funny, poignant and moving. Some really interesting perspectives I hadn't considered in here, but all delivered in a thoroughly entertaining way. Can't recommend enough!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-21

interesting

Loved this book. very brave of Samantha to open her life to others like this., she has my admiration

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-20

Win Win

Thoroughly enjoyed this funny, yet educational story of a trans journey - and it’s the first time I’ve ever heard anyone use the word solipsistic since my year 11 English teacher! Nice!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-20

Performance was very robotic

The performance was very robotic and a bit distracting so I couldn’t really get into the story. It’s not really a story I was interested in either. I feel like it’s the same story for all transgender journeys so the story seems a bit redundant.

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  • Joel Hines
  • 12-07-20

Not Funny

From description I thought this would be interesting and funny. Didn’t laugh once and not very interesting. A better transgender book is “The Trauma Cleaner” by Sarah Krasnostein

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  • Mel
  • 11-29-20

Light

A lot of trans pieces evoke a poignance within me, but this was light, fresh, fun.. although, I still cried twice lol (chapter 15 and the end) 10/10 would recommend

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  • Cro54033
  • 11-18-20

Enlightening

Thank you Samantha for sharing your story. I especially loved that this very personal collection of anecdotes was read by the author. I would recommend this book to anyone

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-20

Enlightened

Wonderful explanation of what it feels like to be the wrong gender. Everyone should read this book and it opened my mind to why a beautiful post op lady I knew decided to end it all even after all the pain of becoming who she was meant to be. If nothing else was taken from this story that would have been enough but I laughed, I cried but most of all I loved.