Who is Jennifer Booker?

A confessed education junkie, Dr. Jennifer Booker has earned degrees in Aerospace Engineering (BS), Mechanical Engineering (MS), and Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.).  She has also studied feminist theory and psychology.

She has been a systems engineer in the aerospace and defense industries, literally a rocket scientist, a professor of computing, and is pursuing a career in nursing.

She has been a massage therapist, licensed pilot and skydiver, Wiccan clergy, EMT, and student midwife.  She has performed as an actor, dancer, burlesque performer, singer, spoken word artist, pole dancer, and really bad pianist.  

Her goal is to be a Renaissance woman, learning about pretty much everything except accounting. Someone else can do that.

She decided to write The New Normal after seeing how many people benefitted from hearing her story, whether they had a friend or child who was transgender, or simply wanted to better understand what this journey might be like.

"Jennifer Booker tells a story that is brilliantly evocative in its colorful narrative of the pedestrian aspects of everyday life. I found this presentation humanizing and compelling.  With curiosity and humor, she moves us away from the often salacious portrait of transwomen presented by the media to a practical one, like managing the lack of pockets in women’s clothing and discovering that urinating with a vulva is messier than with a penis because pee can dribble into your butt crack, which gave me a chuckle because I never thought of it before, but it’s so true!

Raw, honest, and tender, it’s a story that lingers in your mind and I found myself thinking about Jennifer a number of times after I finished reading. Her pre-transition love letter to Jennifer, saying “thank you for being patient with me. It’s taken a long time to acknowledge you” was an incredibly powerful moment in the book and made me weepy.

But for as much as Jennifer, or Dr. Booker I should say, lets us in on the emotional, there’s no doubt she’s a true academic and scientist. I loved the analytical approach to this storytelling, cracked a smile at her organized charts on everything from the different collar styles in clothing designed for men vs women to her Gender Affirmation Surgery preparation timeline, and delighted in her thorough citations (she even cited her sources in her coming out letter to her family, which I found absolutely charming).

She’s gifted us with both a memoir of a whole human with a rich life and a helpful guide for trans folks considering transitioning or allies wanting to learn what to (and not to do) to support a transgender loved one."

"Jennifer Booker tells a story that is brilliantly evocative in its colorful narrative of the pedestrian aspects of everyday life. I found this presentation humanizing and compelling.  With curiosity and humor, she moves us away from the often salacious portrait of transwomen presented by the media to a practical one, like managing the lack of pockets in women’s clothing and discovering that urinating with a vulva is messier than with a penis because pee can dribble into your butt crack, which gave me a chuckle because I never thought of it before, but it’s so true!

Raw, honest, and tender, it’s a story that lingers in your mind and I found myself thinking about Jennifer a number of times after I finished reading. Her pre-transition love letter to Jennifer, saying “thank you for being patient with me. It’s taken a long time to acknowledge you” was an incredibly powerful moment in the book and made me weepy.

But for as much as Jennifer, or Dr. Booker I should say, lets us in on the emotional, there’s no doubt she’s a true academic and scientist. I loved the analytical approach to this storytelling, cracked a smile at her organized charts on everything from the different collar styles in clothing designed for men vs women to her Gender Affirmation Surgery preparation timeline, and delighted in her thorough citations (she even cited her sources in her coming out letter to her family, which I found absolutely charming).

She’s gifted us with both a memoir of a whole human with a rich life and a helpful guide for trans folks considering transitioning or allies wanting to learn what to (and not to do) to support a transgender loved one."

Jill McDevitt, Ph.D.
Sexologist and Sexuality
Educator for Adults