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‘A funny and brutally honest book about what it means to be a woman and what it takes to be a creator, She Wants It is deeply personal but always universal in its unapologetic recounting of a life lived and raw talent shared. Good. Detailed. Honest. Needed’ - Amy Poehler
One morning, half-awake in a shame spiral about what a shitty mother you are because you’re letting your kid watch so much TV, the phone rings.
‘Jilly? Are you sitting down?’
Are you sitting down? means something fucked up is coming…
When Jill Soloway’s father, whom they had always understood to be male, came out as transgender, everything shifted. For one, the moment became the inspiration to push through the male-dominated landscape of Hollywood and create the award-winning TV series Transparent. Exploring identity, love, sexuality, and the blurring of boundaries, the show gave birth to a new cultural consciousness. But also, by eventually coming out as queer and non-binary, the lines on Jill’s own gender map began to be erased.
This is the story of that journey.
She Wants It charts Jill's intense and revelatory experience, growing from straight, divorced, mother of two – to non-binary genderqueer director, show creator, and activist. Written with wild candour and razor-edged humour, it examines who we are, how we make art – and ultimately, who we can become.
This intimate, funny memoir from Soloway, the creator of the Amazon TV series Transparent, is many things at once: a behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry, a sometimes tumultuous but ultimately positive coming-out narrative, a wry and reflective family history, a cri de coeur about gender-based societal strictures, and a success story of, after some missteps, building a workplace culture around allyship. Soloway, who is nonbinary and uses the pronoun they, identified as female when they created Transparent a show about a Jewish family managing life after the revelation that the person family members knew as their father and husband identifies as a woman based on their own then-recent experiences with the parent they now call "Moppa." Soloway explicitly addresses the backlash regarding the casting of cis man Jeffrey Tambor as transwoman Maura Soloway originally chose him because of the resemblance he bore to their moppa, Carrie and their handling of accusations of sexual harassment by Tambor. But this is more than just a showbiz chronicle; it's a personal reflection, and Soloway shows incredible warmth toward almost everyone in their circle and toward their past self, even when it's clear they're looking back on professional or romantic choices they would not have made in retrospect. Soloway's sharp humor carries the day in an unusually kind and self-aware memoir that will both make readers laugh and leave them optimistic.