She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders

She's Not There

by Jennifer Finney Boylan

This memoir chronicles the life of college professor and respected author, James Finney Boylan, as he makes a major life transition to become Jennifer Finney Boylan. Jennifer uses snip-its of her life to show glimpses of a transgendered life over a period of several decades. See James struggle with his identity as a teenager, a man falling in love, and husband and father. Jennifer shares a marvelously human perspective on issues of love, sex, and the fascinating relationship between our physical and intuitive selves. She also explores the territory between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family.

About the Author

Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of thirteen books, is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. She also serves as the national co-chair of the Board of Directors of GLAAD, the media advocacy group for LGBT people worldwide. Her 2003 memoir She’s Not There was the first bestselling work by a transgender American. A novelist, memoirist, and short story writer, she is also a nationally-known advocate for civil rights. Jenny has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Live with Larry King, The Today Show, NPR’s Marketplace, and Talk of the Nation. She has also been the subject of documentaries on CBS News’ 48 Hours and The History Channel. She lives in New York City with her wife Deirdre, and her two sons, Zach and Sean.


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