The Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner

The Secrets of My Life

The book will cover Caitlyn Jenner's childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her marriages and her relationships with her children; her transition; and her experience as the world's most famous transgender woman....

Title:The Secrets of My Life
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ISBN:1538743981
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages

The Secrets of My Life Reviews

  • Ary Chest
    Apr 27, 2017

    Ary: Hi, Caitlyn! Glad you have a moment to sit with me and chat about your new book. Congrats!

    Caitlyn: Hi, Ary. Beautiful home you have. I didn't know welfare bought you nice houses like this one nowadays.

    Ary: Oh, Caitlyn. You're so funny. Like when you said you endorsed Ted Cruz, and later stated that you believed Trump could be flipped in trans issues. You broke the internet more than Kim's butt!

    Caitlyn: That wasn't a joke.

    Ary: (Coughs.) Anyway, let's get to the book. Can you tell us about i

    Ary: Hi, Caitlyn! Glad you have a moment to sit with me and chat about your new book. Congrats!

    Caitlyn: Hi, Ary. Beautiful home you have. I didn't know welfare bought you nice houses like this one nowadays.

    Ary: Oh, Caitlyn. You're so funny. Like when you said you endorsed Ted Cruz, and later stated that you believed Trump could be flipped in trans issues. You broke the internet more than Kim's butt!

    Caitlyn: That wasn't a joke.

    Ary: (Coughs.) Anyway, let's get to the book. Can you tell us about it?

    Caitlyn: Of course! I'm so proud of it! It's got more words than I could produce in one season of a reality show!

    Ary: Can you tell us what's in it?

    Caitlyn: I cover a lot of time in 300 pages. It starts from when I was little boy. There's a lot of focus on the last two years, when Caitlyn was introduced and got adjusted into the world. I still am!

    Ary: Interesting. Last two years? You mean the same chunk of time that was extensively covered my every major media outlet, blogger, and your own reality show I Am Cait?

    Caitlyn: Exactly! It was the most turbulent yet rewarding time of my life!

    Ary: Interesting for a book titled The Secrets of My Life. Where are the secrets? It's not secret if cameras were on you 24/7.

    Caitlyn: Oh, there are secrets! You see, the book has a special structure. Each chapter alternates from my early years and olympic career to the more recent past. The last two years are sort of a framing device to show how I'm making a difference for the trans community, while the chapters on the past show how I came to terms with my trans identity.

    Ary: Wonderful! That's a lot like Alan Cummings memoir Not My Father's Son. He used the same structure to show how far he came from his poor, English town and how he navigated his adult life being in the closet. Was this contrast a shared goal with your book?

    Caitlyn: Not really. I have a much juicier goal. I use the present day chapters to debunk media myths that were made about me and fire back at people who talked about me in a way I didn't like. There's also a lot on how mean O.J. was.

    Ary: So what exactly is so unique and secretive about writing the last two years since your first Diane Sawyer interview?

    Caitlyn: You get to read about it from my point of view! I tell a lot about my Versace dress.

    Ary: Now let's go into the past a little.

    Caitlyn: I struggled with gender identity for a long time.

    Ary: Go on.

    Caitlyn: What? That's all you need to know. I give lots of stories about how I used to crossdress and see if I could get away with it in public. I had many close calls. That's pretty wild.

    Ary: What about the part when you truly accepted your trans identity? Did it happen, when your first wife caught you crossdressing.

    Caitlyn: The answer is in the book.

    Ary: It just says she was shocked. What happened after that?

    Caitlyn: Moving on.

    Ary: What about Linda? You wrote that you two went to couples therapy over the matter. What were on those sessions? That seems pretty secretive.

    Caitlyn: Nobody cares.

    Ary: What about Gertrude, the gender therapist you sought out. You had a special bond with her. Did you tell us what was talked about in those sessions?

    Caitlyn: Get over your obsessions with therapists. Therapists aren't glamorous.

    Ary: But Kris is. And she is pissed over what you wrote about her. What did you write that is irking her so much?

    Caitlyn: That she was controlling over my gender identity and didn't want me doing anything weird in public.

    Ary: That's kind of expected of a woman who trademarks herself as a momager. We all figured that she was also a wifeager. Anything else? There has to be something. You can't possible tell me that Kris being controlling of your image is the reality behind the reality show. Otherwise that would make her public statements about your book just another PR stunt to boost sales. I can't think of why she would do that, other than maybe so you'll stop suing her for money because you aren't collecting a paycheck from your show anymore.

    Caitlyn: .....

    Ary: So I guess you could say the secret in The Secrets of My Life is that the media and people are getting you wrong.

    Caitlyn: Bingo!

    Ary: Let's talk about the most controversial quality about you. Your politics. Do you go into why being a Republican can go hand in hand with being transgender or part of the L.G.B.T.Q. community?

    Caitlyn: No, actually, Bill Bissinger, my ghost writer made me appear more liberal. I say nothing about my politics, but I talk extensively about my white privilege and how not enough light is shed on the community. That's pretty openminded.

    Ary: That's pretty intriguing. Did that get you thinking about how the L.G.B.T.Q. movement goes hand in hand with the Black Lives Matter movement. Both minorities knows what it's like to be discriminated. The Stonewall Riot was instigated by a trans women. Do you see parallels between that revolutionary communal act and the protests happening today?

    Caitlyn: Hey, let's not go too far. Khloe was married to a black guy, Kylie was dating one, and Rob almost got married to Blac Chyna. I'm good in that department.

    Ary: I guess those talks with Bill didn't go so great.

    Caitlyn: No, but he did do a good job writing in my voice. I've struggled with reading my whole life, so Bill was courteous to write the book like I would've done it, with tons of grammatical errors that make reading it hard. I tell you, I hate commas. When I write, I don't bother creating clauses in my sentences, so they run on.

    Ary: It looks to me like Bill did a lot more than write in your voice. He captured the characteristics you most value in yourself. Like you humble you say you were after the Olympics, not wanting to milk your fame too much, even though you did nothing but make public appearances for a living and signed on to me a sports correspondent. But it's not your fault. It's not like there was anything you could've done. Triathlon coach is so old retiree work. And then there's how you say you're such a god listener. Never mind you turning into a nuclear bomb when your costars on I Am Cait disagreed with you on who should be the next president. I can see these listening skills were applied to the L.G.B.T.Q. community. You did a lot of research. Like when you said there had never been an openly gay N.F.L. star.

    Michael Sam: Hey, I beg to differ!

    Caitlyn: Shut up, Michael. Your fifteen minutes are over. I didn't even have my first public kiss with a guy yet. And, Ary, you're wrong about me and the community. I talk about my trans friends a lot in the book.

    Ary: Yes, everyone who was on the show with you. I can tell you are nostalgic for I Am Cait. You ever refer to Jenifer Finney Boylan as your I Am Cait sister. Not your trans sister, your I Am Cait sister. Yes, because reality TV is what binds us all together for life. Isn't that right, Kim?

    Kim: What did you say? Cait, you better not get a bigger ass than me!

    Cait: The show as groundbreaking. I mean, I spot the spotlight on a community in the shadows.

    Ary: Yes, I love all those interviews you conducted with so many people who suffered. You were like a real journalist. I could feel the passion to take a bad experience and use it to make the world a better place. Oh, wait, I'm thinking of Leah Remini's docuseries on Scientology.

    Leah: Hey, my book kicks way more ass!

    Ary: Yes, it does, Leah. Yes, it does.

    I can't with this woman. I know this will be a #1 bestseller. She's like that one guest at the party you have to invite so you don't appear like a dick, not because you want to. She just keeps barging into our lives with some ridiculous statement. Caitlyn does try to humble herself in this book, but she only does it to the bare minimum she needs to. She isn't this deep, introspective person because she wants to, but because she knows she has to, if she wants to be liked. Caitlyn, take an example from The Art of the Deal. If there's anything Trump has taught us, being liked has nothing to do with being successful.

    I know you still have your flaws. I know you are still working things out. I'm proud you can be open about them. And, I'll give it to you, the humor sprinkled in your book was kind of funny. But, please, for someone who admires Janet Mock's and Kate Bornstein's books you could've taken the opportunities to amplify their messages in your writing. I know this is a memoir, and it is about you. It should be, of course. But, like your show, we don't learn anything new about being trans that we already got from the internet. God forbid a trans woman be your ghost writer.

    This book is just an extension of her reality show because, like the rest of the Kardashians, she only way she can see herself is through a camera.

  • Janet
    Apr 25, 2017

    I picked this up whilst on vacation as I wanted to read something fluffy. What a badly written book. Torturous. Yikes. What a waste of money.

    KUWTK is fluffy, inane and stupid ... as is this book. Yes, a fluffy read --- if you do not like my opinion, stick it in your pipe and smoke it. (that is the G-rated version of what I wanted to state in response to all the lovely hate messages I have been getting)

    I am not a bigot --- I have family and friends of all genders, races and sexual persuasions (no

    I picked this up whilst on vacation as I wanted to read something fluffy. What a badly written book. Torturous. Yikes. What a waste of money.

    KUWTK is fluffy, inane and stupid ... as is this book. Yes, a fluffy read --- if you do not like my opinion, stick it in your pipe and smoke it. (that is the G-rated version of what I wanted to state in response to all the lovely hate messages I have been getting)

    I am not a bigot --- I have family and friends of all genders, races and sexual persuasions (not that I should have to state that but YOU called me that and told me to go back to my KKK meeting).

    I am practicing my FREEDOM OF SPEECH...if I hate a book I hate a book. It is not because the writer is not my kind of person...it is because it is a BADLY WRITTEN BOOK.

  • Susan Crowe
    Apr 25, 2017

    So very glad I decided to read/listen to this book. I did it all in one day. Highly recommended if you want to know Caitlyn's story.

  • Tina Panik
    Apr 27, 2017

    Do you know yourself as well as Caitlyn Jenner does? This honest and candid story, full of Jenner's voice and Bissinger's strong writing, covers the landmark successes and failures, both personally and professionally, that define Jenner's life. Bruce is here, and so is Caitlyn. Those who have followed the media frenzy and I AM CAIT show will appreciate the expanded context of those recent moments. Those new to this tale can follow the arc of Jenner's journey and understand--or at least appreciat

    Do you know yourself as well as Caitlyn Jenner does? This honest and candid story, full of Jenner's voice and Bissinger's strong writing, covers the landmark successes and failures, both personally and professionally, that define Jenner's life. Bruce is here, and so is Caitlyn. Those who have followed the media frenzy and I AM CAIT show will appreciate the expanded context of those recent moments. Those new to this tale can follow the arc of Jenner's journey and understand--or at least appreciate--the candor it takes to acknowledge how internal personal pain can destroy a family. Read this, and then talk about it--as candidly as Jenner does--with everyone you know.

  • Gina *loves sunshine*
    Apr 26, 2017

    The memoir of Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn. I thought it was well paced, interesting and the narrator was good. In the case of memoirs, I really enjoy when a author narrates their own book. But as Caitlyn explains in the beginning, she is not a great reader, has always suffered from dyslexia, and thought it would work better with a professional - it was fine and still felt authentic!

    I do watch the Kardashian's show, I did watch the interview with Diane Sawyer, I did not watch The Cait show after th

    The memoir of Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn. I thought it was well paced, interesting and the narrator was good. In the case of memoirs, I really enjoy when a author narrates their own book. But as Caitlyn explains in the beginning, she is not a great reader, has always suffered from dyslexia, and thought it would work better with a professional - it was fine and still felt authentic!

    I do watch the Kardashian's show, I did watch the interview with Diane Sawyer, I did not watch The Cait show after the first few episodes. I don't pay much attention to Enews or magazines, etc. I didn't read Vanity Fair. I tell you this because I did feel like the first 60% of the book was more of a rehash of what they have all talked about on their show - because a lot of what this book is about - is feelings!! I had read Linda's book, his ex-wife, and she told a lot of the same stories. I would not say this book is full of secrets. I do feel like so much is already out there! It's not dishy, just a "getting to know you better" feel to it!! It's a look at the life of Bruce and his family and how he felt at key parts. As a boy, in college while he was competing, at the olympics, with his parents and siblings and with each of his wives. I imagine it does feel good to just put your side out there!

    The final 40% of the book covers his relationship with Kris, which may be the most revealing. Also the last 2 years of life that does touch on a lot of the struggles with his relationships with family and covers all the things she did to achieve her full transition.

    Obviously pick up this book if you are curious!!!

  • Karisa
    Apr 27, 2017

    I like Caitlyn. This is a good book. However, it didn't disclose anything really that I didn't already know about her since I've read every article and seen every interview of hers in the last ten years. If you want to know her story and don't already, this is the book for you.

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