Earth As It Is

Paperback | January 23, 2017

byJan Maher

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Charlene (aka Charlie) Bader is one of society's least understood people-a heterosexual cross-dressing man. It's the 1930s in Texas when Charlie comes of age with urges he has struggled with since childhood and does not understand. After his new bride finds him wearing her own sexy lingerie and leaves him in disgust, he tries to move on. His efforts lead him to Chicago, where he stumbles on a community of cross-dressers and begins to attend their secret soirees. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, he volunteers for the army, serving as a dentist and trying once again to leave his obsession with soft clothes behind. Instead,his wartime experiences combined with the army's faulty record-keeping lead to his reappearance in the small town of Heaven, Indiana, as Charlene. There, Charleneopens a beauty shop where Heaven's women safely share their stories and secrets as she shampoos, clips, curls, and combs their hair. Charlenedeftly manages to keep her own story hidden and her sexual desires quiet until she falls in love with a female customer and her life begins to change.

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Charlene (aka Charlie) Bader is one of society's least understood people-a heterosexual cross-dressing man. It's the 1930s in Texas when Charlie comes of age with urges he has struggled with since childhood and does not understand. After his new bride finds him wearing her own sexy lingerie and leaves him in disgust, he tries to move o...

Jan Maher is a senior scholar at the Institute for Ethics in Public Life, SUNY Plattsburgh.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:January 23, 2017Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253024048

ISBN - 13:9780253024046

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Table of Contents

1. Heaven, Indiana 1964
2. Dallas, Texas 1933
3. Chicago, Illinois 1933
4. Indianapolis, Indiana 1938
5. Chicago, 1941
6. Paris, France 1944
7. Belgium, 1944
8. Heaven, 1945
9. Heaven, 1950
10. Heaven, 1952
11. Heaven, 1954
12. Heaven, 1957
13. Heaven, 1960
14. Chicago, 1962
15. Heaven, 1963
16. Heaven, 1964
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"This book is an excellent read-the story is so very sweet and poignant. Maher has done a wonderful job showing the nature of true love." -Jan Brown, co-founder of Mid-Hudson Transgender Association