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Transparent Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers

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ISBN-10: 0156033771

ISBN-13: 9780156033770

Edition: N/A

Authors: Cris Beam

List price: $19.95
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Description:

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 us—a 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 them—and 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.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 1/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Cris Beam is the author of Transparent and has written for public radio's This American Life, as well as for several national magazines. She has an MFA in writing from Columbia and teaches creative writing at Columbia , NYU , and the New School . While living in LA, Cris volunteered at Eagles, a high school for gay and transgender kids. During the 2.5 years Cris taught there, she became deeply involved with a complex but marginalized tribe of transgender teens who had nowhere to go but the streets, one of whom became her foster daughter.

School
Eduardo/ Geri/ Christina
Mothers
Arriving
Body
Boyfriends
Lockdown Skidmarks
Violence
Change
Commencement
Author’s Note
Endnotes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments