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[Birmingham] Book Discussion: Joy Ladin's "Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders"

  • Emmet O'Neal Library 50 Oak Street Birmingham, AL, 35213 United States (map)

Join Birmingham's Welcoming Communities Task Force for a lively discussion of Joy Ladin's powerful memoir.

All are welcome for this free event! We'll meet in the large meeting room in the Emmet O'Neal Library in Crestline Village in Mountain Brook.

Learn more about Joy Ladin and purchase her books here. 


About the book:

In Through the Door of Life, Joy Ladin takes readers inside her transition as she changed genders and, in the process, created a new self.
    With unsparing honesty and surprising humor, Ladin wrestles with both the practical problems of gender transition and the larger moral, spiritual, and philosophical questions that arise. Ladin recounts her struggle to reconcile the pain of her experience living as the “wrong” gender with the pain of her children in losing the father they love. We eavesdrop on her lifelong conversations with the God whom she sees both as the source of her agony and as her hope for transcending it. We look over her shoulder as she learns to walk and talk as a woman after forty-plus years of walking and talking as a man. We stare with her into the mirror as she asks herself how the new self she is creating will ever become real.
    Ladin’s poignant memoir takes us from the death of living as the man she knew she wasn’t, to the shattering of family and career that accompanied her transition, to the new self, relationships, and love she finds when she opens the door of life.

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