"If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman/My mother once told me she would have named me Laura/I would grow up to be strong and beautiful like her". (The Ocean)
A searing account of her search for identity and true self, Tranny reveals the struggles and victories that Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of the cult punk rock band Against Me!, experienced in her quest for gender transition.
Illuminated by Laura Jane's never-before-published journal entries reaching back to childhood, Tranny is an intensely personal and revelatory look inside her struggles with identity and addiction. Grappling with everything from sex, drugs, and failed marriages to the music and soul of a punk rock star, this memoir paints a vivid portrait of one of the most revolutionary transgender icons of our time.
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©2016 Laura Jane Grace (P)2016 Hachette Audio
I admit as a fan of the band there may be a slight bias involved here. But as someone who has read a lot of similar books, they do not get more open and honest than this. The fact that I listened to this whole book (all 6 and a half hours) in a single night with a half hour break in the middle should tell you exactly how into the story I got. The addition of her journal entries written at the time lends an air of authenticity to the tale. Laura Jane herself reads it and makes a decent job of it. Well worth the download...
"Chapter 3 cuts out mid chapter ????"
Loved the book, patiently awaited the release of the audio book, chapter three skips mid David Johansson story right to chapter four. Kind of a bummer.
As a long time Against Me! fan, I was looking forward to know what was going on behind the scenes during this whole period in her life and that's exactly what I got and more.
She's so inspiring for everyone, no matter what gender, sexual preference, walk of life, etc... A great story and someone to look up to.
The ending to this book is perfect. I loved it.
I have been waiting to listen to this book since it's existence was first announced and was not disappointed. Even after watching all of the episodes of True Trans, listening to Against Me! since middle school and also watching countless interviews, this book has given me such a beautiful and real insight to the life of someone I admire. Laura, well done, and thank you for letting us in.
I already preordered this book and I'm waiting for it to arrive but I had to hear it read by the author. I've been a long time fan and I'm totally ecstatic that this book was as awesome as I'd imagined. I've finished listening to it and I'm sure I'll be done reading it by the end of the week.
"We are all just bones in a box ..."
Prior to listening, I had read the book. I couldn't put it down. It left me wanting more. When I noticed this was being read by Laura I had to listen. It has great flow as she shares these moments in her life. Laura has a genuine charm about her. This book is honest and extremely courageous. There were several parts that I just found so heartbreaking and
even relatable. I hope there will be another book!
This was a very honest tale of a punk rocker. I've been a fan of Against Me! and Laura Jane Grace for some time now. I was actually at many of the shows you mentioned in Arizona. I really didn't realize there was that much disfunction with Warren. I also cannot believe the utter poverty Laura put herself through before her transition. I understand the drug use in the punk scene, I just didn't realize how hard it was to make it as a punk rock band. I do think Against Me! could still stick with their current sound and be as big as Green Day. I'm super happy that Laura narrated her audiobook as well. I find her voice very soothing. I could honestly listen to Laura, Nick Offerman, Diane Rehm, and Terry Gross all day in that order. I'm a punk with a wide range of tastes and Laura delivered. Thank you for your brutally honest story.
"Exactly as enlightening as expected"
LJG expands on the foundations of her prior interviews and provides an intimate look at her experiences with transitioning and the history of Against Me! Worts and all, everything is on display.
"So Fucking Good!"
Listened straight through at work and when she yelled at the pharmacist I literally shouted "Fuck yeah!" out loud at my register!
Thank you for telling your story, Laura. This book is written from heartfelt journals and unfiltered grit. Thanks for being real.
"Such a Good Listen..."
I have been an Against Me fan for many years.I was so glad to hear this book so I could understand and learn more about Tom's transition to Laura. And having Laura narrate it makes it even more endearing.
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