Caitlyn Jenner: My Life

The Secrets of My Life, by Caitlyn Jenner

Before the (in)famous reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” little I knew about Bruce Jenner. Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete and beloved “American hero“, Bruce used the fame he had won in sport to start a new career as an entrepreneur, product spokesperson, motivational speaker and tv personality. But the glitz of his public life as a celebrity did not match the reality of his private life; behind the scene, this young boy and exceptionally driven athlete from Mt. Kisco, New York, was secretly struggling with dysphoria and gender identity disorder.

At 65, raised all her children and back in an empty home after her third marriage [with Kris Jenner] ended in divorce, Bruce -now Caitlyn– finally decided it was time to tell her story: the story of Caitlyn Marie Jenner.


Synopsis:

“Imagine denying your core and soul. Then add to it the most impossible expectations that people have for you because you are the personification of The American Male Athlete.”
Bruce Jenner, the celebrated Olympic icon and later the patriarch of one of the most famous families in the world, seemed to be living a dream life of success, fame, and prosperity. But the all-American image and million-dollar smile belied a lifelong struggle with gender dysphoria, and it wasn’t until the sensational Diane Sawyer interview that the public mask of Bruce Jenner was finally retired, and through the memorable Vanity Fair piece by Buzz Bissinger, that Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world and set free to exist on her own terms. Since then, Caitlyn has undertaken an arduous emotional and physical odyssey to achieve the completeness she always felt was missing.

In The Secrets of My Life, Caitlyn reflects on the inner conflict she experienced growing up in an era of rigidly defined gender identities, and the cruel irony of being hailed by an entire nation as the ultimate symbol of manhood. She recounts her Olympic triumph, her rise to fame, and relates how her sense of frustration and shame grew with the passing years and the lengths to which she had to go to conceal her true self. Caitlyn in turn uncovers the toll that these personal struggles had on her three marriages and, subsequently, the relationships with her children. She also talks candidly about her life in the public eye as a member of the Kardashian clan, what led to her decision to become Caitlyn, and how she, her family, the transgender community, and the rest of the world has since embraced her new life.

Forget the “well-meaning but slightly doddering patriarch who has no life of his own [..] is subsumed by the women who surround him and only does what his wife tells himfrom “Keeping Up With the Kardashians“, the Jenner of today is funny and entertaining, and not at all afraid to talk.

Finally free to embrace her real self, Caitlyn Jenner candidly talks about her life; the relationship with her father, her athletic accomplishments as Bruce, her youngest brother’s death, her marriages and her struggles, an entire life in her first memoir –The Secrets of My Life– written with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author, Buzz Bissinger.

In The Secrets of My Life you will discover Caitlyn as a smart and compassionate woman, fiery advocate for the LGBTQ community who wants to make a difference in the world simply by sharing her story. One thing people would appreciate is Caitlyn’s humility and candor..qualities that wasn’t always possible to detect in the “Keeping Up with The Kardashians” version of Bruce.

The Secrets of My Life is a well written and entertaining reading with a powerful message in it: no matter what others think of you, you should always live your life authentically, with no secrets.

And that, I believe, is the best lesson we can take away from The Secrets of My Life and from Caitlyn Jenner.

 

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