Denise Chanterelle Dubois, author of SELF-MADE WOMAN, on tour April 2nd – 8th

Posted By on February 1, 2018

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Self-Made Woman!

About Self-Made Woman: A Memoir

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press (August 22, 2017)

Denise Chanterelle DuBois’s transformation into a woman wasn’t easy. Born as a boy into a working-class Polish American Milwaukee family, she faced daunting hurdles: a domineering father, a gritty 1960s neighborhood with no understanding of gender nonconformity, trouble in school, and a childhood so haunted by deprivation that neckbone soup was a staple. Terrified of revealing her inner self, DuBois lurched through alcoholism, drug dealing and addiction, car crashes, dangerous sex, and prison time. Denise barreled from Wisconsin to California, Oregon, Canada, Costa Rica, New York, Bangkok, and Hawaii on a joyless ride.

Defying all expectations, DuBois didn’t crash and burn. Embracing her identity as a woman, she remade herself. Writing with resolute honesty and humor, she confronts both her past and her present to tell an American story of self-discovery.

“An astonishing saga of survival and transformation.” –Will Fellows, author of Farm Boys
“DuBois’s searing, brutally honest memoir of her emotional journey from male to female is a page-turner, occasionally shocking but ultimately joyful. Though the decisions she’s made have been a mixed bag, she finds that, waking up each day solidly a woman, she is fortune’s favorite daughter.” –Rebecca Coffey, author of Hysterical: Anna Freud’s Story
“A story full of heartache and hope. By the end we are a lot more compassionate and smarter about the radical grace required to be transgendered in a relentlessly heterosexual society.” –Cassandra Langer, author of Romaine Brooks

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About Denise Chanterelle Dubois

Denise Chanterelle DuBois is an actress, environmentalist, and businesswoman. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


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