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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

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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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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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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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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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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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Thanks for the belly laughs!

If you are the type of person who lives life with an open mind, and you enjoy learning about the lives of other human beings, you will likely find this book interesting. Samantha made me laugh from my belly quite a few times, and I hope life brings her nothing but happiness.

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A breath of fresh air!

I loved this book so much! As a fellow trans woman at the very start of her transition — in the absolute nightmare of a year that is 2020, no less — I've been feeling INCREDIBLY overwhelmed about what lies ahead for me, but this book was a perfectly timed breath of fresh air. Samantha's right: when you step back and look at the whole process objectively, it's hilarious! Thank you, Samantha, for giving me a glimpse into your journey and for reassuring me that MY journey isn't going to be all doom and gloom — especially if I make humor a large part of it. The world needs more books like this, especially so those of us who fall under the trans umbrella and are sick of reading and hearing the same old, tired coming out and coming-of-age stories about other trans people. Those stories are important and have their place too, don't get me wrong, but as is said, variety is the spice of life and just like trans people as a whole, our experiences are vastly different. So here's hoping we keep seeing more unique books like this about us, because all our stories deserve to be told!

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.