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Picks and Pans Review: I'm Looking Through You

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by Jennifer Finney Boylan |

REVIEWED BY KIM HUBBARD

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Boylan’s captivating first memoir, She’s Not There, detailed her passage from male (she was born James) to female. It’s a tough act to follow, and Boylan, an English professor at Colby College in Maine, only partially succeeds with this tale of growing up “haunted.” (Metaphorical or real, the ghosts she keeps seeing outstay their welcome.) Yet she’s excellent, humorous company, and the center of her story—after her sex change, the older sister she adored severed all ties—is simply heartbreaking.