2) It struck me as odd that you mention in Alice in Genderland that your wife preferred not knowing exactly what you’re up to as Alice, and yet. Alice in Genderland is the memoir of Dr. Richard Novic, a successful psychiatrist who, in a certain milieu, is known as Alice: a six feet tall. Collection: LadyLike. Institution: Transgender Oral History Project. Creator: Creative Design Services. Date: Topics: Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Drag.

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But one night a week, Alice is a woman about town, shopping, dining, dancing, and dating a man for nearly a decade.

Alice in Genderland: A Crossdresser Comes of Age

Most of the time, Harvard-educated psychiatrist Richard Novic is Rick, a man at the office or a husband and father at home. Thanks for telling us about the problem. So my question is: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This book really does pull no stops. I asked myself whether in fact I did think this was an offense to God and I had to answer that I thought it was.

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Holger Pinske rated it really liked it Jan 09, Skip to main content. One can be honest and self-actualize without being a selfish, cheating, narcissist. It is a manner in which, although fully confessing to his wife-to-be, this man comes to terms with himself and far im shutting himself away from life, learns how to embrace the seeming contradiction that is his life into one cohesive whole.


Also his insistence over and over again that he wants to alcie treated ‘like a woman’ in the bedroom is horribly misogynistic. The social aspects of transgenderism are equally well captured in Alice in Genderland. Novic describes Alice’s sex life in particular may put some off, her encounters seem wrapped seamlessly into what is, through and through, an open and honest re-telling.

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However, the reader will learn that all of this is possible concomitantly, and that dual existences do not seem to be problematic for the author. Open Preview See a Problem?

In this way the results are quite admirable. Ultimately, Richard sets himself up as a just one example of a crossdressing life, inviting us to take from his experiences what we will. In the end, Richard not only gets what it means to be a crossdresser who craves the full feminine experience, he doesn’t apologize for the fact, or make excuses for how he expresses such cravings.

Just once, he felt, while he still could, he had to know how it felt to be a woman.

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However, I think this is an offense to God in the myriad of ways in which human beings are not perfect. Like Alice in Wonderland, his curiosity led him to fall headlong down a rabbit hole, through desperate straits, mind-opening surprises, heart-rending changes, and boundless love.

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Apr 20, Rhonda rated it liked it Shelves: Linda Jensen, contributing writer, Transgender Forum Alice bravely explores the limits of gender, sexuality, and relationshipsa sexy, poignant, and often hilarious memoir of transgenderism.

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.


The conclusion you came to in the book was not to go out with your wife anymore, which surprised me — as I would have expected you to not let men put their arms around you when you were out with her, instead. While describing many and most of her intimate encounters, the writing stays on task and helps one understand her better and appreciate the relationships she has.

Whether or not one agrees with the direction the writer takes ultimately, one has to admire his diligence and his thoroughness in making a path with which he becomes comfortable. Thus in a sense this book may be all about selfishness in a way.

From masturbation involving anal penetration with carrots to numerous other detailed accounts of heterosexual and homosexual intercourse, the book leaves little to the imagination. Peter Hanson rated it really liked it Apr 16, I only wish I’d read it sooner. When it first appeared on the scene 6 years ago, Alice in Genderland was one of the first memoirs to deal proudly and openly with the subject of crossdressing.

Alice in Genderland

In the end, after a high-wire act of amazing adventures and near disasters, Dr. He goes through therapy to find the early causes of this behavior but ultimately discards this as unfruitful. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.