Caitlyn Jenner is working with Buzz Bissinger on an all-encompassing memoir


Here are some photos of Caitlyn Jenner out and about this week. Can I just say? Caitlyn needs to rethink the bangs. I’m not entirely opposed to Caitlyn in particular having some longer fringe around her face, but the baby-bangs in the black-dress photos have got to go. Anyway, Caitlyn is about to start promotion on the second season of I Am Cait, which means more interviews, more misstatements, and more confusion about what she’s really trying to talk about. And now this: the New York Times reports that Caitlyn is working on a memoir, which will be published in 2017. She’s getting help from Buzz Bissinger, the Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist who profiled Caitlyn for Vanity Fair last year.

Caitlyn Jenner — the reality TV star and prominent transgender activist — will publish a memoir about her highly public transformation from the Olympic track star and motivational speaker Bruce Jenner into a glamorous transgender woman, Caitlyn Marie Jenner. Ms. Jenner will write the memoir with Buzz Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of “Friday Night Lights.” Grand Central Publishing is tentatively scheduled to release the Jenner book in the spring of 2017.

A book seemed like an inevitable extension of her brand, and publishing-industry executives have speculated that Ms. Jenner’s memoir could fetch a high seven-figure or low eight-figure sum. Grand Central declined to disclose the amount of the contract, which was negotiated by Ms. Jenner’s representatives at Creative Artists Agency.

Mr. Bissinger was a natural choice for a collaborator. For the Vanity Fair article, he spent hundreds of hours over three months with Ms. Jenner before her transition, and countless hours with her after she reintroduced herself as Caitlyn. Mr. Bissinger said that Ms. Jenner approached him about collaborating on her memoir a few months after the Vanity Fair article appeared.

“I made it clear to her before I agreed that everything has to be on the table, nothing can be left out, and I’m going to be interviewing dozens of other people,” he said. “It’s her book, but it’s going to be reported out to keep her honest. She’s been incredibly open, and I think it has the potential to be a really important book.”

The book will cover Ms. Jenner’s childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold- medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her first two marriages and her troubled relationship with her children; her marriage to Kris Kardashian, the matriarch of the Kardashian brood; her transition and her experience as the world’s most famous transgender woman.

In a statement released by Grand Central, Ms. Jenner said she hoped the book would help her to process all that’s happened to her in the past year, and in the decades leading up to her transition.

“Things have been moving so quickly that it will be nice to slow things down a bit and take the proper time to reflect on this journey,” she said.

[From The NY Times]

The NYT describes this as “inevitable” and I agree. It’s so inevitable that I actually had a moment of “wait, I thought this already happened?” While it’s true that then-Bruce Jenner wrote some books, this will be the first all-encompassing memoir/book involving Caitlyn. And the fact that Bissinger is interested in speaking to everybody about everything is also pretty interesting – I don’t think this is going to be the Jenner Apologia people might be expecting.



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  1. realitycheck says:

    Their PR team will never let her just die. I want this woman to go away so badly. I have never thought of her as brave or bold or anything. Actions speak louder than words and she is good at talking but she does not represent herself the same way.

    • C says:

      I agree with you 100%. Reality show, memoir etc etc. Go away, please. I feel so sorry for LGBT comunity cause Jenner is sooooo delusional. And this PR stunt about dating guys now is also pathetic.

    • prissa says:

      @REALITYCHECK – yes! Yes! YES!!!

  2. Dr. Funkenstein says:

    Yawn. I’d be interested if I knew she might come clean about her terribly indifferent parenting.

  3. celine says:

    She looks like a caricature of Bruce Jenner wearing a bad wig.

    • C says:

      +1 this hair is beyond ridiculous.

    • Mrs. Wellen-Mellon says:

      The hair is probably very on-trend for mature women in L.A. A lot of the older L.A. real estate brokers on the reality show about turning over high-end real estate (name escapes me!) wear this hair in blond and stilettos.

      I do love the hem on her black dress. It’s graceful. Good on her for being able to wear a knit dress at her age. Knit dresses, like spandex, are a privilege, not a right.

      I’d prefer her hair shorter with no obvious fall or wiglet in the back for height, black as an accent color only in her clothes, and lower heels on her. But I do not live in SoCal.

    • Zwella Ingrid says:


    • Pandy says:

      Stone face. Too many fillers. Yikes. And honestly is there really anything left worth reading about? Go away please

    • Sarah(too) says:

      +1. Remember her comment about not looking like a man in a dress? #fail.

    • joyce thomas says:

      No, she actually looks exactly like Bruce Jenner in a wig. Poor weak man.

  4. Dana m says:

    At a quick glance, caitlyn looks like Jen Garner, esp with the new bang hair cut/wig.

    • LadyMTL says:

      Seriously, it’s so true! Like…if Jen Garner aged by 25 years, she might look very similar. Creeeeepy. LOL.

  5. Skins says:


  6. Wentworth Miller says:

    Has anyone here ever seen her show?

    • Mrs. Wellen-Mellon says:

      I haven’t seen it.

      Filming a reality show is not the clearest path to living authentically. I don’t see how Caitlyn Jenner reconciles the smoke-and-mirrors of the reality show and her goal of being true to herself.

      If you want to live authentically, you strive for 100% of the time, not just during hiatus.

    • word says:

      I’ve seen it. It was a bit of a bore to be honest. I also couldn’t stand how they blurred the camera lens every time they did a close up of Caitlyn’s face. I guess wrinkles aren’t allowed on the E network.

    • FingerBinger says:

      I’ve seen it. The trans women Caitlyn hangs out with are far more interesting than she is.

      • Wentworth Miller says:

        It’s crazy how I was totally on board with watching the show, before it premiered because I liked who I thought Bruce was just from the episodes of that show. When I heard that half of his family would appear on the show, I decided against it.
        Then I saw all the cap Caitlin was saying. Nevermind.

  7. Tough Cookie says:

    Is there anything about this person we don’t already know? A memoir….bitch, please….

    Those gladiator sandals and black dress….I have to go wash my eyes

  8. Tiffany says:

    As someone who reads and likes Buzz’ work, I feel he can do better. The money has to be hella good, right?

    • raincoaster says:

      No, he’s emotionally invested in this story, and the perfect choice to write it. Yes, the money will be good, but he really is passionate about this story. Did you read the VF piece?

  9. lovemesseg says:

    JLaW can play Caitlyn in the biopic!

  10. IrishEyes says:

    Dear Caitlyn,
    Go away.

  11. Cupcake says:

    Is she really a “transgender activist?” I understand that she’s brought incredible awareness to the transgender community but is she involved with any activist organizations, etc.?

    • vauvert says:

      No. My eyes rolled so hard reading the activist part, I am still dizzy. I normally don’t comment on any K related post because I refuse to feed the beast, but this is ridiculous. She has never been an activist for anything other than lining her own pockets. More of the same here.
      Normally I say nothing bad about a person’s looks because you can’t help that. (Your style, fashion, makeup, sure but unless you re-engineer yourself, the face and body you get is what you get.) But she looks atrocious for so done whose sole purpose is to look pretty. Epic fail.

  12. Citresse says:

    I see some others here have noted the return of the bangs (fringe for the UK readers). The bangs/fringe look is working as a retroactive Bruce (effect) manly appearance; meaning Caitlyn is now looking more like Bruce in a dress than Caitlyn in a dress.

  13. Secretly says:

    *sigh* I really wish she’d dress more classy, the same goes for her make up and hair. I mean she’s 67 years old…
    When you’re in your teens and early twenties like Kylie and Kendall you might just get away with ‘too much’. Some age-appropriate understanding wouldn’t hurt.

    • Kitten says:

      I can’t stand Caitlyn but I don’t see what you’re seeing in terms of her clothing choices. Especially when you compare her to the rest her family, she’s actually very modestly-dressed.

      I love the outfit with the boots too. I think she looks quite nice.

    • stephanie says:

      She’s dressed modest but to me she looks like crap.

  14. Citresse says:

    Plus, Caitlyn isn’t looking happy. Maybe she’s thinking “damn, this life as a woman is a lot more high maintenance than I thought.” Though you would think living with the Kardashian women all those years (especially Kris) she would have known.

  15. Spike says:

    Establishment and extension of the brand has been the focus of her entire journey, not activism. Opposite of the actually heroic and selfless life saving incident with Jamie Foxx.

    Instead of using the entire scenario to enlighten and educate people about the trans experience for so many people who are at risk, homeless, assaulted & murdered sex workers, targets t of vicious attacks, and the high rate of suicide. Her friends are glamorous, famous transwomen. You never see her down with the proletariat.

    Has she spent one penny to help them? No, wait that would interfere with her relentless stunt queening. And please with all the awards. Her supportive comments have only been due to criticism by the community.

    Much more appreciative of Lana Wachowsky’s (sp) low key transition. CJ either use your celebrity to help others or please sit down.

    • hello says:

      Seems like the NY times agrees with you. Their statement describes Bruce Jenner as an “Olympic track star and motivational speaker” while Caitlyn is a “glamorous transgender woman.” No activism on her part; only glamour. Additionally, at the end of the statement, Caitlyn is quoted as saying that she hopes the book will help HER (caps for emphasis) process her life and transition. In other words, Caitlyn herself doesn’t even realize it: she’s focused on helping herself, not the community.

  16. Dani says:

    WHAT is she doing to her face??? Holy crap. She needs to put the botox and injections down!! And that outfit, those bangs? I can’t.

  17. bored_01 says:

    I’m wondering what’s happening with her hair exactly. Are the bangs a clip in? But yeah some layering around her face looks good and more age appropriate than the big fancy barbie hair all the time. Her legs look great in jeans. She does better with casual looks.