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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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The expression of that masculinity , in Billy ' s case , began with clothing , the
clearest set of cues by which others judge our social status . It was clever of Billy
to figure out that wearing men ' s clothes would make her actual sex invisible ...
Was it unusual for women to wear men ' s clothing and a man ' s haircut ? “ I don '
t know whether it ... In fact , the only time I ever forced the union to give me two
weeks ' notice , I had bought a lot of evening clothes . I wanted them to use me for
Billy would write out for each week what they were going to wear every night on
the bandstand , so they could play for a month and never wear the same clothes
twice . Given that they shopped in small towns , Billy ' s fussiness about clothes ...
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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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