Inspiring and honest, this unique memoir of gender transition and coming-of-age proves it’s never too late to find your true identity.
Since he was a small child, Lorimer Shenher knew something for certain: he was a boy. The problem was, he was growing up in a girl’s body.
In this candid and thoughtful memoir, Shenher shares the story of his gender journey, from childhood gender dysphoria to teenage sexual experimentation to early-adult denial of his identity—and finally the acceptance that he is trans, culminating in gender reassignment surgery in his fifties. Along the way, he details his childhood in booming Calgary, his struggles with alcohol, and his eventual move to Vancouver, where he became the first detective assigned to the case of serial killer Robert Pickton (the subject of his critically acclaimed book That Lonely Section of Hell). With warmth and openness, This One Looks Like A Boy takes us through one of the most important decisions Shenher will ever make, as he comes into his own and finally discovers acceptance and relief.
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About the Author
Lorimer Shenher is an acclaimed author, public speaker, and advocate for marginalized people and police reform. His first book, That Lonely Section of Hell, was selected as one of the Globe & Mail’s 100 Best Books of 2015. He lives in Vancouver, BC.
Table of Contents
1 Two Lineups (1964-1969) 3
2 This One Looks like a Boy (1969-1974) 15
3 Renée (1975-1979) 30
4 The Polish Stuff (1979) 50
5 Shirley (1980-1982) 62
6 Getting a Flat (1982-1983) 78
7 Uneven (1984-1987) 94
8 A Guy Can Dream (1988-1989) 107
9 Cowboy Poetry (1989-1990) 123
10 The Trinity of Misunderstanding (1990-1991) 134
11 Fish Stories (1991-1997) 153
12 Woman Trouble (1997-2001) 168
13 Sitting on a Pin (2001-2003) 185
14 Expecting (2002-2007) 198
15 The Change (2008-2014) 213
16 Lorimer (2014-2015) 229
17 Child's Pose (2015) 245
18 This Is Who You Are Now (2016) 264
19 The Father, the Son (May 2016) 271
20 Life as a Man (2016-2018) 278
What People are Saying About This
"[This One Looks Like a Boy] has insight to offer readers, especially ones traveling a similar path."—Publishers Weekly
"A pointed object lesson into why trans-authored work about transgender experiences remains critical."—Quill & Quire
“Shenher brings us along on his journey to show readers how his gender transition is the transition of a lifetime and indeed of a life—education and growing up, friends and lovers, vocations and avocations, the family that raised him and the one he’s raising himself, his entire world.”—Laurie Frankel, New York Times-bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is and Goodbye for Now