No Way Renee: The Second Half of My Notorious Life by Renee Richards, John Ames

By Renee Richards, John Ames

In 1975, on the age of 40, Richard Raskind, a popular eye health practitioner and hugely ranked novice tennis participant, "died," and Renée Richards was once "born," in what was once to develop into the main public and hugely scrutinized intercourse reassignment up to now. It used to be now not till Renée Richards used to be chanced on taking part in in an beginner tennis match that the realm took realize. large media assurance and feedback thrust Renée reluctantly into the highlight, sparking an severe public debate over her deepest existence. Now, at seventy-two, Richards appears again and speaks frankly approximately all facets of her complex and sometimes infamous lifestyles during this eye-opening, thought-provoking memoir.

Richards' sincere and compelling narrative explores the dichotomy among the profitable lifestyles she lived as Dr. Richard Raskind, who appeared to have every little thing (devoted buddies, a gorgeous spouse and son, a stellar list of educational fulfillment, and notable athletic ability), and a mystery lifetime of fight with a force which could now not be suppressed, even via years of psychotherapy and the strength of a substantial will.

Richards takes readers via her tricky selection to suffer surgical procedure and the complicated mix of aid and endured frustration that got here with the conclusion of her new identification. Discussing lifestyles after her transformation, Richards candidly relates the main points, trials, and pleasures of her romantic existence in addition to attention-grabbing tales approximately her tennis occupation, together with her reports as Martina Navratilova's trainer. She additionally offers an intimate account of her tricky yet lucrative courting together with her rebellious son: runaway youngster, high-stakes Vegas gambler, karate champion, and entrepreneur. She describes the deterioration of a once-loving marriage and the demanding situations of reclaiming her position on the vanguard of her not easy scientific specialty.
Having lived as a girl nearly so long as she lived as a guy, Richards attracts on a private historical past that illuminates thirty years of outstanding swap in society's perspective towards gender concerns. Her soaking up and encouraging tale, immediately heartbreaking and uplifting, is a sworn statement to how a long way we now have improved in our skill to debate and settle for sexuality in all its iterations, in addition to a reminder of ways some distance we nonetheless needs to shuttle.

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