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Suits Me The Double Life of Billy Tipton

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ISBN-10: 0395957893

ISBN-13: 9780395957899

Edition: 1998

Authors: Diane Wood Middlebrook

List price: $18.95
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The jazz pianist Billy Tipton was born in Oklahoma City as Dorothy Tipton, but almost nobody knew the truth until the day he died, in Spokane in 1989. Over a fifty-year performing career, Billy Tipton fooled nearly everyone, including Duke Ellington and Norma Teagarden, five successive "wives" with whom Billy lived as a man, and three children who he "fathered." As Billy Tipton herself said, "Some people might think I'm a freak or a hermaphrodite. I'm not. I'm a normal person. This has been my choice." This jazz-era biography evokes the rich popular-music history of the Great Depression and reads like a detective story.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 6/16/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Billy Tipton's Family Tree
Author's Note
Beginnings: 1889-1932
Born Naked (21 January 1989)
But Who Was She? (1889-1928)
Kansas City (1929-1932)
From Dorothy to Billy: 1933-1940
The "In" Sex (1933-1934)
Graduation (1934-1935)
The Playboy (1935-1938)
Reggie's Daughter (1937-1940)
The Impersonator: 1940-1948
Self-Made Man (1940-1943)
Swinging (1943-1946)
The Son-in-Law (1946-1949)
Rising: 1949-1958
Mobility (1949-1953)
Making It (1954-1958)
Settling: 1958-1989
Man's World (1958-1961)
Family Man (1962-1979)
Out and Down (1980-1986)
The End (1986-1989)