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Transparent

Love, Family, and Living the T With Transgender Teenagers

Beam, Cris

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Transparent
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Houghton
When Cris Beam first moved to Los Angeles, she thought she might put in just a few hours volunteering at a school for transgender kids while she got settled. Instead she found herself drawn deeply into the pained and powerful group of transgirls she discovered. In Transparent she intro­duces four of them?Christina, Domineque, Foxxjazell, and Ariel?and shows us their world, a dizzying mix of familiar teenage cliques and crushes with far less familiar challenges like how to morph your body on a few dollars a day. Funny, heartbreaking, defiant, and sometimes defeated, the girls form a singular community. But they struggle valiantly to resolve the gap between the way they feel inside and the way the world sees them?a struggle we can all identify with.
Beam’s careful reporting, sensitive writing, and intimate relationship with her characters place Transparent in the ranks of the best narrative nonfiction.


Baker & Taylor
A Los Angeles transgender school volunteer traces her work with four students whose otherwise typical teen experiences were uniquely shaped by their circumstances, in a personal account that describes their efforts to resolve identity challenges while making contributions to their community.

Harcourt Publishing
When Cris Beam first moved to Los Angeles, she thought she might put in just a few hours volunteering at a school for transgender kids while she got settled. Instead she found herself drawn deeply into the pained and powerful group of transgirls she discovered. In Transparent she intro­duces four of them—Christina, Domineque, Foxxjazell, and Ariel—and shows us their world, a dizzying mix of familiar teenage cliques and crushes with far less familiar challenges like how to morph your body on a few dollars a day. Funny, heartbreaking, defiant, and sometimes defeated, the girls form a singular community. But they struggle valiantly to resolve the gap between the way they feel inside and the way the world sees them—a struggle we can all identify with.
 
Beam’s careful reporting, sensitive writing, and intimate relationship with her characters place Transparent in the ranks of the best narrative nonfiction.


Blackwell North Amer
When Cris Beam first moved to Los Angeles, she thought she might put in a few hours volunteering at a school for gay and transgender kids while she got settled. Instead, she found herself drawn more deeply than she could have ever imagined into the pained and powerful group of transgirls she discovered.
In Transparent she introduces four of them - Christina, Domineque, Foxxjazell, and Ariel. As she earns their trust she shows us their world, a dizzying mix of familiar teenage drama and far less familiar challenges like how to morph your body on a few dollars a day. Funny, heartbreaking, defiant, and sometimes defeated, the girls form a singular community. But they struggle valiantly to resolve the gap between the way they feel inside and the way the world sees them - and who among us can't identify with that?

Baker
& Taylor

A Los Angeles transgender school volunteer traces her work with four students whose otherwise typical teen experiences were uniquely shaped by their circumstances, in an account that describes their efforts to resolve identity challenges.

Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0151011966
9780151011964
Branch Call Number: 306.768 B
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 22 cm.

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I second that, the author was completely ignorant.

Jan 13, 2011
  • greenwick rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I had reservations about this book, which proved correct when I actually read it. The author writes about the transgender people that she encounters as exotic beings, gawking at them instead of writing about real individuals.

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