I AM WOMAN-A MEMOIRABILIA PODCAST BOOK REVIEW
by Daliah Husu
A Memoirabilia Podcast Book Review by Viga Boland
With today’s Memoirabilia podcast, #28, I bring to a close, not just my podcasts for 2016, but my podcasting of memoir book reviews on this site. In 2017, all book reviews, including those of memoirs, will be posted and podcast from my book reviewing site at http://www.vianvi.com
So what will followers of Memoirabilia and its podcasts be reading and listening to in 2017? Beginning in January 2017, I will be podcasting my book on Memoir writing, “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME!” chapter by chapter. After all, this site was originally meant to give advice on how to write memoir and what better place to start with my own “how-to” book on that subject?
“Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME!” was written at the request of my followers, and suggested by the many folks who have attended my live workshops. Now you will be able to listen for FREE by continuing to follow these Memoirabilia Podcasts. If you have decided 2017 is the year you will write your Memoir, then stay tuned and don’t miss a single episode as each chapter follows on the previous. But if you’re in a hurry, just remember that “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME!” is available in both digital and softcover formats directly from the author herself…ME…from my website store at http://www.vigaboland.com/store
And now, to today’s podcast book review of I AM WOMAN, by the beautiful and talented Daliah Husu.
For me, as a reader, there’s nothing more satisfying than picking up a book that I just can’t put down. That usually only happens if the book is a thriller or a mystery written by a very skilled writer. It rarely happens when I read a memoir. So what a treat to pick up Daliah Husu’s I am Woman and find myself turning pages at “thriller speed.” Not that I am Woman is a thriller, but for someone who is relatively unfamiliar with, and curious about what it is like to be born male and, and as an adult, transition fully into a female, I was enthralled by what Daliah Husu shared about her life. What was even better was that she has the skill to write a memoir as if she were writing fiction. I haven’t found that talent with many memoirists. I had to pinch myself a few times to realize I was reading a true story.
A lot happens to Daliah in I am Woman. After Daliah is born, as a boy, into Dominican poverty, his birth mother leaves Daliah to be raised by a grandmother, only to summon him some years later to live in comparative wealth in the US. But after a divorce a few years later, as he’s constantly getting into trouble, his mother sends him back to an upper crust Dominican boarding school. As Dalia grows, the many moves from place to place, and eventually from job to job once back in the US, parallel the inner transition from male to female. Keeping nothing back, Daliah Husu shares it all: dancing in gay bars, snorting cocaine, holding top-level management jobs, being arrested for prostitution and more. I am Woman discloses everything openly, honestly and emotionally. Daliah simultaneously loves and hates her life, looking for love of herself and others in all the wrong places, fighting internal and external demons all the way, yet never feeling sorry for herself. As a result, she earns the reader’s full respect.
The most satisfying memoirs are those that relate a story of overcoming struggles and finding oneself in the process. Even more satisfying are those where, by the end of the journey, protagonists are, at last, at peace with themselves. They have come to love the beautiful person inside. In I am Woman, Dalia Husu emerges a multiple winner: she finds peace, learns to love herself, meets a loving soulmate and partner, and discovers her talent as a writer. She also earns a new fan: me. I look forward to reading more by this remarkable woman and thank her for enlightening me about the difficulties faced by members of the LGTB community.
****Coming up in 2017: CHAPTER by CHAPTER PODCAST of the book, “Don’t Write Your MEmoir without ME!”