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Alice in Genderland is the first ever memoir by a crossdresser who is not content to live behind closed doors—and who takes it much further than his straighter, more circumspect peers might ever care to go. Most of the time, Harvard-educated psychiatrist Richard Novic is Rick, a man at the office or a husband and father at home. But one night a week, he is Alice, a woman about town, shopping, dining, dancing, and dating a man for nearly a decade.

In contrast to the life he leads today, Rick Novic suffered since his sporty, nerdy boyhood with a secret, a desire he was in no way equipped to handle, but one that eventually burst through his denial, a few months before his wedding day. Just once, he felt, while he still could, he had to know how it felt to be a woman.

Like Alice in Wonderland, his curiosity led him to fall headlong down a rabbit hole, through desperate straits, mind-opening surprises, heart-rending changes, gritty sex, and boundless love. By the time he was back on his feet, he was a different person, living a lifestyle he hadn’t known existed. Anyone who has struggled to figure out who they are and how they want to live will surely appreciate this informative and engaging life story.

Praise for Alice in Genderland

“Few know the transgender scene like GIRL TALK magazine’s Alice Novic. This exciting new memoir by her male alter ego takes us along with him and the people he loves, as he encounters and explores each twist and turn around him and within him. As much Lewis and Clark as it is Lewis Carroll, Alice in Genderland blazes a new trail in the world of crossdressing.” —Linda Jensen, contributing writer, Transgender Forum

“Alice bravely explores the limits of gender, sexuality, and relationships—a sexy, poignant, and often hilarious memoir of transgenderism.” —Vernon A. Rosario, M.D., author of The Erotic Imagination, clinical faculty, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute

“More provocative than soothing, Alice in Genderland is fascinating and well worth reading.” —Vern L. Bullough, Ph.D., author of Crossdressing, Sex, and Gender, past president of the Society of the Scientific Study of Sex

Biographie de l'auteur

Richard Novic, M.D. is a psychiatrist practicing psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. In addition to his mainstream clientele, his patients include many transgendered, gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. He is an active member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and a former columnist for GIRL TALK magazine and

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  • Broché: 296 pages
  • Editeur : iUniverse; Édition : 1 (1 avril 2005)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0595315623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595315628
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,2 x 1,8 x 22,9 cm
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Par Evy le 19 juin 2007
Format: Broché
Très bon bouquin, il sont si rares les livres sincères qui parlent des trangenres. ici, pas de misérabilisme, pas de culpabilité mais le dure cheminement d'un étudiant en médecine qui découvre sa part féminine jusqu'à l'épanouissement.

C'est drôle souvent, bien documenté, un peu kinky parfois mais toujours intéressant.

Et c'est facile à lire, même en VO sans avoir un super niveau d'anglais. (cest mon cas)
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A clear-eyed, heartfelt and honest look at the world of all TG People 28 août 2005
Par Darya Teasewell "D" - Publié sur
Format: Broché
By its very nature, the transgender world is not black and white. There is a constant search for definition by those in the community and those outside it, and all too often, that search falls flat. To many outsiders, we are gay men in denial or perverts with some kind of mother complex. They see TG women as football players in dresses, much in the same way they see all gay men as swishy Nellies. The rainbow flag of GLBT pride is closer to the truth; trans experience is a spectrum, just as gay, lesbian and bi experience is. One way or another, all of us t-people have struggled to put our blended lives into words that let others know who we really are. Alice in Genderland does just that. It is no whitewash; it's the richly textured, multi-hued story of a crossdresser and represents a refreshing change in trans literature.
Before I review the book, I have to make a few of things clear from a journalistic standpoint. Alice (Dr. Novic's femme persona) is my friend, and she kindly recognizes me in her acknowledgements section. Second, I was going through much the same experiences, in much the same high heels, at much the same time Alice was. I was there on some of those nights she describes at our late, beloved Queen Mary Show Lounge in Studio City, California-a mere fifty feet from where I work today.
I first met Alice back in the nineties, as we giddily tested the limits of our newfound womanhood and flirted up a storm in the nightclubs of Los Angeles. I was the redhead in fishnets and platforms towering above the crowd looking regal and being bitchy. She was this impeccably groomed, well schooled, not necessarily well behaved girly-girl. Perhaps I'm lucky not to have become a character in her book, but recognizing many of the people she simply but splendidly describes made Alice in Genderland especially fun for me.
Not every trans person is a woman trapped in a male body, and Alice knows she's more than that. Alice/Richard describes how the secret desires of his youth evolved into the full-blown female identity, which he now adopts for a night every week. He is proudly both Richard, husband, dad and successful psychiatrist, and Alice, a sweet, elegant woman frequenting restaurants and clubs-and dating a man for five years. Crossdressers like Alice, who only occasionally venture into their femininity, are often ignored or unfairly portrayed in books about the TG lifestyle. Alice's example stands out in stark contrast to the popular misconception of CDs as selfish and strange and lacking the commitment of true transsexuals.
She is honest and evocative in the way she presents her sex life and emotions, serving up scenes that show her initial terror and shame over her female desires, her fascination and confusion, and ultimately her exhilaration and pride. I don't know if I'll ever forget the disaster that ensues as Richard confesses his urges to his unsuspecting, young fiancée. Sex and conflict can be such vital forces in our womanly awakenings, and Alice owns up to it in a way that's refreshing and rarely found in TG autobiographies. Her depictions of tranny nightlife, especially the Queen Mary, are fabulous and spot on. I feel like I can hear La Bouche's "Be My lover" pounding out on the back patio of the QM in a glorious blur of summer nights in the late nineties.
Though Alice is a very knowledgeable psychiatrist, she tells her story without it degenerating into a clinical treatise or a how-to book for the novice CD. She meets an impressive array of people on her journey and renders them warmly without glossing over the grittier aspects of their lives. This is not a book for prudes or those with a judgmental streak. In fact, one of the most remarkable things about Alice's life is the open relationship she develops with her wife and the way it allows her to explore her sexuality far beyond the boundaries of most married (or even single) crossdressers.
In well researched appendices at the end of the book, Alice opines on the many puzzles of tranny life, based on her own personal and professional experience. She strives to describe and explain things as clearly as possible, even if that occasionally puts her at odds with current political correctness. Some of her ideas may generate heat for the way they dovetail with the notions of Michael Bailey, author of the controversial Man Who Would Be Queen.I'm personally not a fan of Bailey, at all, but since Alice is actually one of us, I respect her perspective. Alice expresses herself sensitively and encourages us all to keep an open mind.
I think Alice in Genderland is an extremely good read for crossdressers, transsexuals, those who admire us, and anyone fascinated by the mystery and intersection of human identity and sexuality. Although her profession is to analyze others, she gives us a raw and riveting look at herself without resorting to facile explanations or cheap dramatics. Alice challenges us to think anew on what a loving relationship looks like and what gender roles really mean. But more than anything else, she tells a wonderful tale.

Darya Kristina Teasewell
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Not as gender-progressive as it thinks 25 novembre 2008
Par Apple - Publié sur
Format: Broché
First off, let me say that the book is generally an easy, fast read. The writing is clear, and the story interesting and honest (at times, painfully so).

As I am not a CD myself and thus can't evaluate the book from that perspective, what I offer here is a critical analysis of some of the ideas about gender that it puts forth. In short, this book fails, despite the author's protestations, to offer a progressive understanding of gender. And it is primarily on this basis that I give it low marks.

This book is one of the most sexist, gender-stereotypical books I have ever read. The author categorises interests, personalities, hobbies, activities, etc. as being EITHER masculine/male OR feminine/female, and doesn't seem able to consider the possibility that a single individual can possess both 'sides' simultaneously (literally, at the same time). Instead, in order to engage in supposedly 'feminine' behaviour (an issue I will come to in a moment), one has to look/act like a woman, and vice versa for 'masculine' behaviour. The two 'sides' never comfortably co-exist for this author.

The blatant sexism really steps to the fore with the author's notions regarding those activities/interests/behaviours that are supposed to belong exclusively to women. Apparently, we women spend our time "fussing" over each other's clothes, lying back with our tousled, long hair, giggling, being coy about sex, and waiting - passively, of course - to be "taken." Apparently, we don't have hopes and dreams (let alone real lives) beyond those that pertain to men and our appearance.

To add fuel to the fire, the author seems boastful about that fact that s/he gets to pick and choose those aspects of (supposed) womanhood that s/he enjoys, leaving the dirty laundry (literally and figuratively) of being a woman to her/his wife. Who takes primary responsibility for the running of the household and the children?? Certainly not the author! When it comes time to deal with this kind of stuff, s/he is now a man and, therefore, not obliged to participate equally.

It seems to me that the author's understanding of what it is to be a woman is entirely derived from male (sexual) fantasy and a lack of understanding of real women's *complete* lives. Or if not a lack of understanding, than an explicit decision to ignore those other parts, because they just aren't so fun/sexy, are they?

And the icing on the cake is that the author uses psychological theory to justify his egocentrism. S/he claims everything s/he does falls under the auspices of "self-actualization" and is, therefore, beyond reproach. As a psychologist myself, I must point out that the author does not use this term very accurately. Self-actualization is NOT doing whatever you want, no matter its effects on everyone else. Self-actualization is: achieving an understanding of oneself and one's place in the world, knowing and accepting one's assets and faults (as well as the assets and faults of others), tolerating ambiguity (things don't have to be either/or), having compassion for others, being humble, being ethical (with respect to both means and ends), and finding meaning *outside oneself*.

If you want an easy read about the development of one particular cross-dresser and his/her journey to self-acceptance, then this book is for you. But be aware: it also contains a large measure of gender stereotyping topped with a dose of psychological self-justification for rather hurtful behavior. Clearly, Novic (or Alice, if you prefer) is no feminist.
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Alice in Genderland Hits "Home" Run 21 avril 2005
Par Linda Clarke - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I was hooked from the opening of the book and drawn into the special world and subculture of the cross-dresser. The book resonated as it helped me, a cross-dresser myself, understand that I am far from alone in what I feel and experience in my own life. It gave me some insight into the common feelings of others with this exotic taste and helped me feel that I may be able to find a lifestyle that considers this behavior OK. Most importantly, I could see a life evolution in another person that was similar in many ways to mine. Besides all the relevance, it was just a well-written and readable book, with vivid and interesting vignettes. I strongly recommend to both those in the community and those who are curious about it.
19 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
It should be on the bookshelf of every PFLAG and GLBT group in every city. 22 décembre 2005
Par Diane Kramer - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I have been researching my own TG issues and stumbled on this book. From page one its a compelling well written document of an outgoing crossdressor who has explored and effectively negotiatied a life lived to the fullest. Like most transgendered individuals, the early childhood history of events reads like a parallel bio of my own youthful confusion. The book also serves as very accurate documentation of the details of the TG social scene in LA in the late 90's. But this book's real value is realized because "Alice" speaks so candidly of the connundrum of being born transgendered,and presents a clear vision of the mindset, motivations, and yielding to her basic nature of being born different. Nothing is left out to protect the innocent, and many walls are broken down and laid bare by the author's ability to communicate effectively and be so honest and frank. I admire Alice's ability to understand her basic needs, and effectively get those needs met. Many of us TG's just have too much emotional baggage from years spent trying to live up to being "the good son" - to sort out our own best path, with a positive sense of self worth. Its a balancing act which for some has caused great guilt, shame and often suicide over ones basic nature. The bottom line is that Richard Novic M.D., by writting "Alice in Genderland" has manifested into the world a special tome of TG knowledge which will certainly endure and take on a life of its own as a valueable resource for transgendered individuals and those who love them. Its very existence is such a wonderful gift to me. I'm telling all I know of its merits. It should be on the bookshelf of every PFLAG and GLBT group in every city.

Best of luck to you all this holiday season.

Diane Kramer.
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An amazing crossdressing biography 12 août 2005
Par Lowla Valentine - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Alice/Richard Novic writes an accomplished account of her life as a crossdresser part time and a well educated psychiatrist, father and devoted husband the rest of the time. To the uninformed reader these seem to be conflicting paradigms. She (I'll refer to her in the feminine during this review to streamline the narrative) does a masterful job in explaining and reconciling her two realities. Speaking as a crossdressing MD of comparable vintage, I can confirm that her experiences ring true. Her confusion and searching in her 20's, the self analysis, the shame and internal bargaining, the initially unrealized hope that others in her life will understand and embrace both her feminine and masculine personalities echo the lives of so many cd's. At times the book had me nodding my head in recognition, at other times marvelling at some new insight. The description of her current marital and family relationship and expression of her crossdressing is remarkable and most unusual. I'm not certain that her lifestyle can serve as a workable template for most crossdressers, but it serves as an example of someone who has truly triumphed and reached a rarely achieved equilibrium in her life. Her candor and courage in sharing her experience is commendable. Absolutely amazing and highly recommended reading!
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