Dress Codes

Of Three Girlhoods--My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine

Noelle Howey

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Throughout her childhood in suburban Ohio, Noelle struggled to gain love and affection from her distant father. In compensating for her father’s brusqueness, Noelle idolized her nurturing tomboy mother and her conservative grandma who tried to turn her into “a little lady.” At age fourteen, Noelle’s mom told her the family secret: “Dad likes to wear women’s clothes.” As Noelle copes with a turbulent adolescence, her father begins to metamorphose into the loving parent she had always longed for—only now outfitted in pedal pushers and pink lipstick.

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“A profoundly affecting account of her father’s long road to self-realization and a meditation on what it means to be female.”—San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

“[Howey] never loses her sense of humor.... A clever writer, Howey takes this incredible material and creates a witty, warm, life-affirming memoir.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Howey’s voice is chatty and clear, sassy at times, with all the aplomb of somebody used to explaining an unusual family structure. Dress Codes is a mix of contemporary references and timeless emotion.”—The Oregonian (Portland)

“It’s hard to imagine any memoir of recent years that better exemplifies ‘family values’—in the form of openness, love, and the sharing of intimacies.”—Salon.com

“This memoir is told with an honesty and tenderness that truly sets it apart from other tell-all tales.”—Elle

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Noelle Howey

Noelle Howey lives with her husband and daughter in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Dress Codes
Of Three Girlhoods--My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine
Noelle Howey

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ALA Stonewall Book Award - Honor Book, Lambda Literary Awards - Winner

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
May 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312422202
ISBN10: 0312422202
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages, Includes two pages of black-and-white illustrations
$19.00

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e-Book Agency
Picador
May 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429975636
ISBN10: 1429975636
368 pages
$7.99
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