January 28, 2004
When I finished As Nature Made Him, The Boy Who Was Raised As A Girl, I was impressed by both the subject of the book and its author. The story of a biological boy raised as a girl (due to circumcision complications) manages to seamlessly integrate the subject's life while explaining the medical community's often selfish misguided motives and subsequent physical and psychological trauma of the subject. John Colapinto dutifully examines sex roles and the effects of the psychological community on the book subject and the intersex community, painting a horrifying picture of the scientific community that valued ego and publishing over its patients' lives and well-being.
Next on my list is Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, also recommended by Valerie.