Suits me: the double life of Billy Tipton
Houghton Mifflin, 1998 - 326 páginas
Suits Me is the biography of a now notorious jazz musician named Billy Tipton, who grew up as Dorothy Tipton in Oklahoma City and Kansas City but lived as a man from the time she was nineteen until she died at age seventy-four. Billy Tipton's death in Spokane, Washington, made news all over the world, not because he was celebrated as a musician but because the scale of his deception - he had been "married" to five women and had reared several adopted children - and the scarcity of ready explanations endowed the skimpy available facts with the aura of myth. But locked away in Billy's office closet lay files of clippings and photographs documenting the transformation of Billy from she to he, as well as a legacy of annotated comic routines, musical arrangements, and program notes. These revealed to Diane Wood Middlebrook how Billy scattered clues and riddles night after night about the drag she wore. These hints were so bold that they helped conceal Billy's secrets. With brio and pathos, Suits Me tells the life story of this brilliant deceiver, who lived and loved in two skins, one of each sex.
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William, who was sixteen, wanted a dog, which suited Billy just fine, and a black
Labrador puppy joined the household at ... and the three of them settled into what
William called "an unvarying routine," which it gave him great pleasure to recall, ...
suffered most from the postmortem disclosure of Billy's sex. "The night before he
died," William said, "I came to his place after my job as a dishwasher and prep
cook. I worked at night. Got off at 1 A.M., drove his car home — I'd wrecked my car
"Nobody could explain": William Alan Tipton, interview with DM, 14 Jan. 1992.
258 "I missed my mother": William Alan Tipton, interview with DM, 20 Mar. 1992. "
Scott would crank up": William Alan Tipton, interviews with DM, 14 Jan. 1992 and
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LibraryThing ReviewReseña de usuario - bookwormteri - LibraryThing
While I found this book super interesting, I definitely felt the lack of Billy's perspective in this story. An incomplete read without knowing what he was thinking and feeling and his motivation ... Leer reseña completa
LibraryThing ReviewReseña de usuario - ursula - LibraryThing
This was a very interesting book about Billy Tipton, a musician in the jazz/swing era who was born a woman but passed as a man almost his entire adult life. It's both fascinating and frustrating ... Leer reseña completa
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