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Everything You Wanted To Know About Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask) by Brynn Tannehill

Brynn Tannehill’s book truly lives up to the title, Everything You Wanted to Know About Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask). Full of questions, answers and explanations as well as statistics to back up the information, the reader is sure to satisfy their curiosity and develop some empathy for the transgender community.  A leading activist, Tannehill dispels many myths surrounding this mostly misunderstood group which faces an uphill battle of acceptance. A part of the LBGTA community, transgendered individuals are often specifically targeted, sometimes finding themselves in dangerous situations. Books such as this are helpful in educating others and hopefully will lead to a meaningful discourse resulting in a greater understanding by those who are cisgendered (people who identify with the biological sex of their birth).  It also will be helpful to those who have questions about their own gender identity and wonder what the future holds for them.

Of concern is that there are too many in society who cannot accept this reality and continue to discriminate as witnessed by the walking back of the legality of transgendered recruits in the military due to President Trump’s transphobic policies and the rubber stamp from the current conservative Supreme Court.

It is evident that Tannehill thoroughly researched this book and its 400+ pages include such gems as the portrayal of the transgendered in the media and personal accounts highlighting individual reactions to their experiences. With an extensive bibliography, the reader can find additional resources to peruse, although the thoroughness of this book makes it a must read for anyone interested in learning more about the transgendered community. Libraries should keep a copy of this title with their reference books to use as a resource as well as several copies to be used for circulation for its patrons.

Five stars and a thank you to Edelweiss for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You By Deepak Chopra

I can sum up this self-help/self-awareness book in three words – “mind over matter”. In Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You, Deepak Chopra examines all facets of a person’s life focusing on energy, ego, soul, and spirituality to highlight the way we should be perceiving our life goals. According to these writings, it’s as if we get in the way of our own happiness, but all this can be changed by following Chopra’s guidelines. The book concludes with a recommendation to utilize a detailed list of ten steps to wholeness.

Some of Chopra’s musings are intriguing, but the best part of this book is the anecdotal stories used to illustrate his premises. I was exposed to this work via an audiotape read by the author. Unfortunately, the subject matter was complex and at times I had difficulty understanding the material due to Chopra’s accent. In addition the tone of his voice was soft and soothing making me more inclined to take a nap than focus on the narration which required quite a bit of concentration.

While some aspects of the author’s theories seem reasonable, others could easily be debated. None the less, these assertions based on the author’s life experiences, including his career in medicine, are fascinating and thought provoking, although the text could have been shortened by eliminating some of the repetition.

However, my biggest take away from this book is the realization that I’m actually content with my life and while certain aspects of it could be improved, I just don’t want to work that hard.

This CD was given to me by the publisher and did not influence my review. I passed it on to my nephew, a psychology major, who is a deep thinker. Three stars.

This review also appears on Goodreads.