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Transparent (Book - Cris Beam)Cris Beam's book about transgender teenagers in L.A. is, by her own admission, ''more memoir than social science.'' Told in the first person, Transparent (Book - Cris Beam)Nonfiction, Gay and LesbianCris Beam's book about transgender teenagers in L.A. is, by her own admission, ''more memoir than social science.'' Told in the first person, 2007-01-22Harcourt
Transparent (Book - Cris Beam)
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Transparent (Book - Cris Beam)

Genre: Nonfiction, Gay and Lesbian; Author: Cris Beam; Publisher: Harcourt

Cris Beam’s book about transgender teenagers in L.A. is, by her own admission, ”more memoir than social science.” Told in the first person, Transparent is a snapshot of four transgirls (i.e., people born male who live as females) she met while volunteering at a high school in the ’90s. Beam vividly conveys the alienation that shapes their lives as she peeks into the bleak underworlds of prostitution and black-market hormones. But too often she relies on generalizations (”it’s safe to say that transwomen have to endure more rejection and shame and loss than your average genetic woman”), diminishing her book’s poignancy. B