Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman

by Abby Stein

Hardcover, 2019




Seal Press (2019), 272 pages


"Abby Stein was raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, profoundly isolated in a culture that lives according to the laws and practices of an eighteenth-century Eastern European enclave, speaking only Yiddish and Hebrew and shunning modern life. Stein was born as the first son in a rabbinical dynastic family, poised to become a leader of the next generation of Hasidic Jews. But Stein felt certain at a young age that she was a girl. Without access to TV or the internet, and never taught English, she suppressed her desire for a new body while looking for answers wherever she could find them, from forbidden religious texts to smuggled secular examinations of faith. Finally, she orchestrated a personal exodus from ultra-Orthodox manhood into mainstream femininity--a radical choice that forced her to leave her home, her family, and her way of life"--… (more)

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LibraryThing member caedocyon
Pretty standard trans memoir, but the insight into Chassidic Brooklyn was very interesting!

Edit: It's pretty funny that this is apparently a mashup of a bog-standard Off The Derekh* memoir and a bog-standard trans memoir, and reviewers are mostly reacting positively to the part they're not already
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familiar with. TBH, good for her. She had to go through it, and there's clearly a hunger for both narratives from the cis/non-frum mainstream, so she deserves to take the easy money and run!

* (off the path; leaving orthodox jewish observance)
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272 p.; 9.55 inches


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