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Mark 947: A Life Shaped by God, Gender and Force of Will

4.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  34 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Mark 947 chronicles one woman’s progress from spirit to flesh, a literal transubstantiation by force of will. Born a boy to loving but religious parents in the rural heartland of Tennessee, Calpernia Addams found her way on an unlighted path from forbidden dreams to fulfillment as a scholar, showgirl and eventually, as a woman.

Sultry stage siren by night, intellectual cham

Paperback, 260 pages
Published December 31st 2002 by iUniverse
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E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Nov 01, 2013 E. Chainey (Bookowski) rated it really liked it
I wathced the movie, "Soldier's Girl". Haven't read the book.
(Brilliant acting, Lee Pace)

But I still don't understand how people think that they have right to judge people, and mostly kill innocent people.
Calpernia Addams, I read her life on Wikipedia, is a brave woman. And her lover died because of homophobia, transphobia whatever... I say again like the hundred times, love is the most important thing in this world. Because you love someone most people think that she/he is queer, you got kill
Apr 09, 2014 Thirstyicon rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a better understanding of transgender people and issues. If you are looking for details of the murder/trial, this is NOT the book. Calpernia is humble and private and that is made clear in this book.

I saw A Soldier’s Girl and read the Vanity Fair article about the murder, many years ago. So, I was familiar with the story.

I finally got a copy after hearing her on Jonny McGovern’s podcast (and on Lunatic Fringe too). She is more open these days, whi
Alyx Jane
May 26, 2007 Alyx Jane rated it liked it
Recommends it for: transfolk who question the validity of their feelings
Shelves: genderrelated
I'm not the biggest Calpernia Addams booster, but now I respect how hard she's worked to transcend her circumstances. Mark 947 chronicles her hellish childhood and eventual blossoming into a woman, but it features a somewhat novel approach to its storytelling. Her surprisingly evocative, deeply intimate style drew me into her inner world such that I recognized a lot of her demons in myself. It's a pretty affecting portrait of a person learning to love themselves, and the detail and clarity with ...more
Jan 15, 2016 Fishface rated it it was amazing
An excellent read by an excellent writer. What a wrenching story. The prose gets all five senses going at once -- I almost feel as if I'd been there myself. Primarily about the author's self-loathing, not to mention crushing loneliness, Fate delivers the coup de grace when the first person to really love her for herself gets murdered. Some people are dealt some absolutely brutal cards, and this is a really good example of that. Read it if you think you can take it.
Bending The Bookshelf
Dec 21, 2010 Bending The Bookshelf rated it really liked it
This was an extremely difficult read - it's a story full of sorrow and pain, not a lot of hope, and only a few fleeting moments of happiness. Yet it's also an amazingly courageous story that absolutely commands your attention and respect. It's never self-pitying, and never asks the reader to do anything more than witness the events (even if it does leave you wanting to hold her hand).

Almost too sad to be a true story, this a powerful work by a wonderful writer who effortlessly connects with the
Karen Todd Hagen
Feb 21, 2009 Karen Todd Hagen rated it it was amazing
I think this is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand what it's like to grow up as a transsexual, especially in a very religious family, and how challenging life as a transsexual is. The language in the second half of the book might be a bit strong for some, but it's worth reading through. I felt such empathy for the author. It's difficult enough to be a woman born with a man's body, but the fact that LGBT people--and often their allies and friends--are treated cruelly by others, makes ...more
Dec 10, 2012 Angie rated it it was amazing
This book was so beautiful!!! Calpernia is such an inspiration and having the courage to be who she is, is so wonderful. It was hard not to want to cry as she gives us intimate details of her relationship with Barry. Well written and nothing but good hope for her in the future to come
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