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

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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)
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
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 3 of 5 stars
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
Bending The Bookshelf
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
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
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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