Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"There is room for you: Tales from a transgender defender's heart" by Zoe Dolan.
A review by Michaelann C. F. Dahlman


I am just reading Zoe Dolan's "There is room for you: Tales from a transgender defender's heart", for the 2nd time. I just got it last month & in the interest of full disclosure, Zoe Dolan did offer me a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. 

It is difficult for me to express in words, what a wonderous delight this book was to read. It's heart-felt & passionate, I have learned more about being a trans woman; as well as much about the nature of life & love. I once dreamed of becoming a Constitutional lawyer like Zoe, myself. And I enjoyed hitch hiking across Canada & the US as a teen, before I settled down. Reading of Zoe's worldly travels was fascinating. This book felt like coming home. 

This book is an epic journey into the depths of another person’s soul. It’s illuminating, thoughtful, insightful & brilliant. It is definitely a fascinating read, if you are curious about gender identity, the transitioning process, or about travel, law school, writing, the business of being a lawyer, love, hope or joy. It was so rich & complex, I am currently re-reading it, as I am having a difficult time remembering some parts. Zoe has lead an amazing & complicated  life, lived in many different countries & has a brave & resilient heart.

It is probably my 2nd favourite book ever, after Kurt Vonnegut jr.'s "Breakfast of Champions", which I have read close to 200 times since 1979. And I generally read well over 100 books, every year.

I highly recommend this book.


  

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zoe-dolan/the-civil-rights-struggle_b_8490982.html


This article reminds me of one of my favourite religious jokes. 
God came down to the Garden of Eden to give his 2 favorite creations some very special gifts. As soon as he started explaining this, Adam became very excitied."What are they? What are they?" When God told them the 1st gift was the ability to pee standing up, Adam wanted the gift, right away! "Now Adam, you should wait until you have heard both choices & discuss it with Eve." God said. "No, I am sure I want this one." Adam replied. "Well, all right then. If you're absolutely sure." God waved his hand & Adam ran off to water the nearest tree. Eve smiles, rolls her eyes & says "So what's my special gift, God?" And he smiles at her & says "Multiple orgasms, my dear."


I have been following Zoe Dolan's writing for a couple of years now, having first discovered her via a video on UpWorthy. I am currently writing a review of her autobiography "There is room for you:Tales from a transgender defender's heart."