The Secrets of My Life

The Secrets of My Life

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In this remarkable memoir-written during her pivotal first years of becoming her authentic self-Caitlyn Jenner reflects on her past as she looks to her future.
"Imagine denying your core and soul. Then add to it the most impossible expectations that people have for you because you are the personification of The American Male Athlete."
Bruce Jenner, the celebrated Olympic icon and later the patriarch of one of the most famous families in the world, seemed to be living a dream life of success, fame, and prosperity. But the all-American image and million-dollar smile belied a lifelong struggle with gender dysphoria, and it wasn't until the sensational Diane Sawyer interview that the public mask of Bruce Jenner was finally retired, and through the memorable Vanity Fair piece by Buzz Bissinger, that Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world and set free to exist on her own terms. Since then, Caitlyn has undertaken an arduous emotional and physical odyssey to achieve the completeness she always felt was missing.
In THE SECRETS OF MY LIFE, Caitlyn reflects on the inner conflict she experienced growing up in an era of rigidly defined gender identities, and the cruel irony of being hailed by an entire nation as the ultimate symbol of manhood. She recounts her Olympic triumph, her rise to fame, and relates how her sense of frustration and shame grew with the passing years and the lengths to which she had to go to conceal her true self. Caitlyn in turn uncovers the toll that these personal struggles had on her three marriages and, subsequently, the relationships with her children. She also talks candidly about her life in the public eye as a member of the Kardashian clan, what led to her decision to become Caitlyn, and how she, her family, the transgender community, and the rest of the world has since embraced her new life.
Filled with incredibly personal and moving stories of struggle and victory, of anxiety and fear, and, finally, of surrender and acceptance, THE SECRETS OF MY LIFE reveals the real Caitlyn Jenner by tracing her long and eventful journey to becoming herself.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455596751
Characteristics: x, 320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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Suelogeman
Apr 19, 2019

I found this memoir to be believable and honest. Bruce Jenner the all american athlete transgender. His public image completely shattered or not. It took courage for him to break his silence and go public with his new Cait image. I feel that he is using his public image to help the transgender community accept the concept that you don't choose this lifestyle. It is embedded into your DNA. It chooses you. I think the road to becoming Cait may have been harder for him than people who are not in the public eye and yet easier because he had the financial means to make the transition with the best treatments that could be bought. He didn't have to work the sex trade to survive. He seemed completely honest telling the story of his relationship with his exes and his children and he understands that it may be very hard for his kids to still call him Dad when they are looking at Cait. I loved the loyalty his sister had for keeping his secret for so long and the acceptance by his Mom saying she would love him as Bruce or Caitlyn. When you have the family support the road is always easier to walk.

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MplsTA
Sep 15, 2017

Jenner writes of his wish to change his gender from the time he won his gold medal through all his marriages (there were three) and how wanting to become female affected his relationships with his wives and children.

The book is sometimes painful to read. He struggled for years until finally making the decision to change his gender.

The most interesting part of the book (to me) was the part about OJ and Nicole Simpson who were friends with the Jenners.

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joecarson
Jun 28, 2017

Having some surgery, or putting on a dress, and saying "I'm a woman now because I think I am," doesn't make you one . Bruce Jenner is not a woman. He is a male.

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rpavlacic
May 09, 2017

Is Caitlyn Jenner a hero? No. Is she courageous? Not particularly - although she might have been if she wasn't a privileged personality who could afford gender reassignment surgery. But she is an advocate trying to break down barriers on what might be the last prejudice - discrimination against transgendered persons.

This book recounts her struggle with her true identity at a young age, as well as a synopsis of her three marriages - the most notable to Kris Kardashian, but also to two other women - one of whom was a "Hee Haw" girl - and the children they produced. The book touches on Jenner's and Kardashian's friendship to both OJ Simpson and Nicole Brown before she was murdered; as well as Jenner's contentious relationship with the press as he was transitioning, most notably with Harvey Levin of TMZ. Well thought out and certainly heartfelt, although going back and forth between time periods was a bit confusing.

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