This Body I Wore: A Memoir

Farrar. May 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780374115098. $28. MEMOIR
Goetsch, an award-winning essayist and poet, captivates and educates with this enthralling memoir/coming-out story. Told with unique eloquence and tenderness, the memoir follows the emotional and physical transition of someone who spent 50years living in someone else’s skin. Goetsch’s lyrical talent mesmerizes with an honest and heartfelt recall of the crossdressing culture of the 1980s, as well as her openness about the evolution of her trans community over the span of several decades. Her memoir opens a window into the cultural evolution of trans communities, gender identity, authenticity, and mental health, with nothing held back as she ascends shame through intimacy. Hope blooms within these pages. Readers will witness first-hand the tragedy of living a life closeted and the miracle of discovering it’s never too late to shed your old skin and become the person you were always meant to be.
VERDICT Powerful and beautifully written, this is a mesmerizing memoir and will appeal to fans of Melissa Febos and Roxane Gay.
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