My book

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a book!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a book!

In case you just tuned in, Leaving Normal: Adventures in Gender is a literary memoir that takes an unflinching but humorous look at living as a butch in a pink/blue, boy-girl, M/F world.

Here’s my theory: I’ve always been a butch.  When I was a child, it was called being a “tomboy” (also known as “embarrassing my mother”).  Back then, I liked to think I was a boy-girl hybrid, perhaps grown from special heirloom seeds.

Later in life, I came out as a lesbian, which explained my fondness for flannel and sensible shoes, as well as my masculine ways.

Still, something wasn’t quite right.  I watched spectator-like as my hair got shorter and my clothes started coming from the opposite side of the department store.  When someone called me “sir” for the first time, I realized I had unintentionally crossed over into foreign territory — that sliver of space that exists in the middle place between the absolutes of boy and girl.

Leaving Normal: Adventures in Gender is a story for anyone who has ever felt different, especially those who have found themselves living in the gender margins without a rulebook.  Also, for girls who really liked Charlie’s Angels and Olivia Newton-John.

The book has been described by me as a Hemingway/Woolf/Capote/Sedaris hybrid.

Check Amazon for more reviews as well as purchase information.


11 responses to “My book

  1. I thought my co-worker and I were the only ones fascinated by cats who look like Hitler!
    Sometimes I go around murmuring “Galifianakis, Galifianakis” to myself because it’s a cool name. And I’m nuts.

  2. I wish I could get a good haircut. I don’t blame the hairdresser (much), it’s my fault for not being able to come up with a decent photograph of what I want my hair to look like. Then again even if I got my hair styled I doubt I could then recreate it the following morning…ho hum….

  3. Hi Middle Aged Butch, I tried looking for your book today and I can’t find it anywhere, it seems to be unavailable.

  4. Read this book, its a great read and really helped me towards understanding what’s going on with my daughter.

  5. Yes, I need to buy your book for my gorgeous ‘tomboy’ girlfriend, who similar to you buys ‘male’ clothes, and feels a bit in-between (which is seriously one of my favourite things about her) : ) Cheers, Gabrielle in Australia (am looking forward to Following along now)

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