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When Cris Beam moved to Los Angeles, she thought she might volunteer just a few hours at a school for gay and transgender kids. Instead, she found herself drawn deeply into the pained and powerful group of transgirls she discovered. Transparent introduces four: Christina, Dominique, Foxxjazell, and Ariel. As they accept Cris into their world, she shows it to usa dizzying mix of familiar teenage cliques and crushes and far less familiar challenges, such as 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 themand who among us can’t identify with that? Beam’s astute reporting, sensitive writing, and passionate engagement with her characters place this book in the ranks of the very best narrative nonfiction.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Cris Beam is the author of several award-winning books, including To The End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care, and Transparent: Love, Family and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers. Her journalism has been featured in several national magazines and on public radio. Beam teaches creative writing at Columbia, NYU, and Bayview Women's Correctional Facility and lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very powerful book- it gives you an insight into a world not everyone is familiar with. It taught me a lot- showed me to see someone very close to me with different eyes. It was hard at the beginning trying to start reading this book because I wasn't sure I wanted to enter that world. My sister gave me this book but didn't pressure me to read it- until she moved out and i realized that just because i refused to openly acknowledge who she really is- it didn't mean that i no longer had a brother, but a sister. This book helped me in so many ways- from being able to talk openly with other people about my sister without feeling afraid of their rejection. I believe everyone should read this book- especially young people.