Life Without Pockets--My Long Journey into Womanhood is a deeply personal story written to help all audiences better understand gender dysphoria, identity, and transformation. The book is an intimate true story chronicling Carla Ernst's journey from male to female. She offers her take on what it's like to "transition" in the context of societal expectations, while candidly revealing the mental, emotional, and physical impact that gender change can have on a human being.
This memoir is an inspiring and thought-provoking view on being transgender, and the challenges of pretending to be someone society says you are until you eventually become the person you know you are. The author uses her own experiences to convey the unique challenges of being transgender while providing a broader framework of the many influences that gender has on the individual and people around her. In response to the countless questions that Ms. Ernst - like most trans people - receives about being transgender, the book is written in an FAQ style. Through these experiences, Ms. Ernst has found her own sense of joy, peace, and happiness.
Carla's wish is to help others better understand and cope with the confusion, pain, and fear inherent in the transgender experience. Whether you are on that journey yourself or are a loved one of a transgender person, Life Without Pockets is a powerful narrative that will transform the way you think and feel about transgender.