This Body I Wore: A Memoir
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"Lyrical, harrowing, and wise, This Body I Wore is the story of one woman doing everything she can to avoid becoming herself, for fear of what that truth may demand. More than a coming-out story, Diana Goetsch's consideration of the price of authenticity resonates as universal and profound."
--Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There and Good Boy
--Thomas Peele, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Killing the Messenger "This Body I Wore is one of the most honest, unflappable, important books I've read in a long time. Diana Goetsch writes about her struggles and triumphs with family, love, and gender identity with lyricism and grace. Everyone should be required to read this book."
--Ann Hood, author of Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food "Diana Goetsch has written a book that many will cherish and few will forget. It's a memoir of teaching and romance, a story of New York City and the perhaps-now-vanishing world of transvestite culture. It's a trans journey, of course, and it's also a poet's memoir. Finally, it's a story about meditation and Buddhism: some of us need another world, a world of the spirit, before we can live or become ourselves in this one, and Goetsch has now shown us why."
--Stephanie Burt, author of Don't Read Poetry "This Body I Wore is startling, humorous, haunting, and truly illuminating. I had chills when I began reading it, and was floored by the end. Diana Goetsch, once known as 'Frank McCourt's replacement' at Stuyvesant High School, has achieved a pitch-perfect memoir of her own."
--Laurie Gwen Shapiro, author of The Stowaway "Clear, thoughtful, and deeply moving, This Body I Wore is an affirmation to anyone who has struggled to live an authentic life."
--Ellen Bass, author of Indigo