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Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life Paperback – 20 Aug 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scout Publishing LLC; 2 edition (20 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989586820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989586825
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,530,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ryan Sallans, born and raised in rural Nebraska, began his transition from female to male in 2005. He works as a public speaker, diversity trainer, consultant, publisher and author specializing in health care, campus inclusion, and workplace issues surrounding the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community. Today, he is most known as a national speaker who shares his transition journey, as well as his struggles with an eating disorder. His story is told with an intermixing of humor and intricate clinical details surrounding the transition process. Ryan attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Anthropology, a Master of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in educational psychology. To learn more, visit Ryan’s website at: http://www.ryansallans.com.

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Ryan's story from the beginning, His transition, his personal life, his difficulties and how he faced them. I loved this book, couldn't put it down and have re-read again!
Would definitely recommend for anyone who is either transitioning or families/partners/friends of transgender people. Very informative and has a personal touch from Ryan's side
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book! 16 April 2016
By Listening - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sallans has been able to capture the complexities of identity, relationships and emotionality in his memoir Second Son. His story is a valuable resource for clinicians who work with transgender and eating disorder clients, families and individuals exploring their own identity. In addition to authoring a book(s), Sallans is an excellent Speaker. Link to current edition: http://www.amazon.com/Second-Son-Transitioning-Toward-Destiny/dp/0989586820/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460383635&sr=8-1&keywords=Second+Son+Sallans
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4.0 out of 5 stars An honest FTM narrative, mostly geared toward cis folk. 15 Sept. 2013
By tiny bear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ryan's story is put down very honestly and unflinchingly, which I appreciate. The writing quality isn't quite where I want it to be -- particularly, there are many points in which it feels very disorganized and disjointed, jumping rapidly from topic to topic and breaking from sections of more linear narrative in a way I found distracting, but it's a story that I'm glad to see out there, so I'll still give it four stars.

Something to keep in mind is that it feels like it's geared more toward educating a cisgender audience, with before/after photographs, a lot of description of "the surgeries," and a pretty typical trans narrative. He's very candid about his struggles with his body, partner, and family, but the discussion seems to be set up more for folks who aren't already familiar with transgender issues, and explores things on a very binary level, telling a transition story that will sound very familiar to anyone who has sought out similar material already. Still, I appreciate Ryan's honesty and self-disclosure, as well as the advocacy work in which he is involved.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story 6 May 2014
By G.R. Lyons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I think the best thing a person can do to help others is simply to tell his or her own story. When I was raped several years ago, I found the most therapeutic thing for me, in terms of the healing process, was simply talking about what I was going through to whomever would listen, as opposed to seeking psychotherapy. I quickly found that telling my story helped not only myself, but also encouraged other rape victims to open up and face their own demons. Now, having read Sallans's book, I see the same thing taking place. Telling his story of transitioning from female to male is very brave in this day and age, but it allows others like him to realize they are not alone, and that happiness is possible. I feel more encouraged to be true to myself, regardless of what society may have to say, after having read this book. Bravo, Mr. Sallans.
5.0 out of 5 stars He made me feel like I was alongside him every step of the way 15 July 2015
By Craig Bennett Hallenstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a psychologist and student of contemporary sexuality, I'm fascinated with all aspects of gender, particularly gender play and transitioning. Ryan's story of transitioning from a girl to a boy/man is not particularly unusual, but it's told with such candor and raw emotion that it makes for a captivating read. He made me feel like I was alongside him every step of the way. Only a skillful writer can do that. Treat yourself and get to know the Sallans' Second Son.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! Could not put it down! 3 April 2014
By Hillary Whittington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dear Ryan,
I just finished reading your book and I could NOT put it down! You are handsome, brilliant, talented, courageous, and a definite role model. I highly recommend this book to anyone. It's a story of humanity, love, and being true to yourself. I can honestly say Ryan's work has positively influenced my life and will continue to touch anyone who reads it. This book should be shared with your neighbors, friends and family! Loved it.
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