A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein:
A stunningly original memoir of a nice Jewish boy who joined the Church of Scientology and left twelve years later, ultimately transitioning to a woman. A few years later, she stopped calling herself a woman and became famous as a gender outlaw.
Kate Bornstein—gender theorist, performance artist, author—is set to change lives with her compelling 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. [May 1, 2012]
Kate Bornstein is a legend among the trans* community (not to mention the larger LGBT community), and her Gender Outlaws is as close to required reading as you can get. I can't wait to read more about the woman behind the work, but even if you're not the slightest bit interested in LGBT issues, how can you resist the drama behind converions of both faith and physicality?
How about you? What are you waiting on this week?