Book review: Finding Masculinity, edited by Alexander Walker, Emmett J.P. Lundberg

Finding Masculinity Finding Masculinity: Female to Male Transition in Adulthood. Edited by Alexander Walker and Emmett J.P. Lundberg. Riverdale Avenue Books. 2015. $19.99. 356p. PB. 9781626011878

This is a collection of essays written in the first person by 15 transmen discussing how their gender identity and transition process affects various aspects of their lives. The book is divided into 6 sections. In the first section, which encompasses about 1/3 of the book, the contributors introduce themselves and provide an overview of their experiences with their genders prior to medical and/or social transition, and a description of their lives currently. In the rest of the book the men discuss the impact of their transition on their emotional and spiritual lives, their family, their relationships with significant others, their experience with the medical community, and their experiences transitioning on the job.

This book provides an interesting cross-section of voices. The men interviewed hail from the United States, England, and Canada, though most are from the United States. This provides an interesting comparison of seeking trans related healthcare under the different systems. The religion essays include a broad spirituality was well as discussions of relationships with specific deities. The men represent several orientations and discuss their relationships with their families of origin as well as what their transitions have meant for their relationships with their partners and children. This book provides interesting and accessible personal narratives of a cross-section of transmen. It is suitable for all library collections.

Katie McCort
Sacramento Public Library

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