The Secrets of My Life

Caitlyn Jenner, with Buzz Bissinger. Grand Central, $30 (336p) ISBN 978-1-4555-9675-1
Athlete and reality TV star Jenner (Finding the Champion Within) teams up with Bissinger (Friday Night Lights) for a sincere though uneven tell-all autobiography. Jenner jumps back and forth among her childhood, her iconic Olympic decathlon win, and her subsequent fame, while keeping the central focus on her former secret: gender dysphoria and the steps she took to alleviate it, in and out of the public eye. Jenner attempts to explain transgender identification, but despite her candor and vulnerability, a lack of clarity may render her message difficult to grasp; for example, she says she has “always been female” while also describing herself pretransition as “a man who wears a dress.” Though she says she loves her trans community, this isn’t a book for her trans critics, whose attitude she feels is “hostile and exclusionary” (she writes, “we are all in this together, or at least we should be”). Jenner appeals to the reader’s sympathies: self-deprecating humor abounds, and she shares frank, relatable anecdotes about depression and suicidal ideation. Readers will find her insight on O.J. Simpson fascinating (“he was the most narcissistic, egocentric, neediest asshole in the world of sports”), and fans of the Kardashian clan will take an interest in how Jenner describes her marriage to Kris Kardashian (“I am the product and Kris the agent and manager and negotiator”). While she won’t win over her critics, her fans will appreciate this candid look into her life. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 05/01/2017
Release date: 04/25/2017
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