*** Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee

Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man is the memoir of the author, a transgender man who, in his days as a young girl, was abused by his father who was not actually a father. You would think that so much drama would make for an unreadably sensational or sentimental tome but the author manages a perfect pitch (and a short book) full of compassion for everyone involved, from his remorseful father/no-father, his complicated mother, and his supportive but understandably wary wife.  It will also make you forget your small-scale worries, guaranteed.

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