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Not Your Average American Girl Paperback – September 14, 2011
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From the Inside Flap
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING. . .
"Christine Beatty is not your average American writer, either--she has lived life well beyond the pale of most people's imaginings and come out to tell the tale. Her story is a wild ride, filled with skin‐peeled‐back self‐revelation and sharp, compassionate acuity of vision."
‐ Carol Queen, PhD, author of Real Live Nude Girl
"This is a terrific, tantalizing, and sometimes terrifying tranny tale--one that's never been told. Christine Beatty and I have been good friends for over twenty years, and lucky you!, you get to know what I know about her and a whole lot more."
‐ Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw
"Thankfully, she is more concerned with telling the truth than with public relations. Through it all, she displays a courage and rebellious attitude that has us cheering for her, hoping against hope that she will catch a break."
‐ Patrick Califia, author of Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism
"Christine's raw, bold, brash, gritty, and ultimately triumphant story traces her journey of self‐discovery though sex, gender, sexuality, drugs, and rock'n'roll --all the things a typical American boys expect will define them... but Christine's an American girl. She just had to get there more creatively, and she does!"
‐ Jamison Green, author of Becoming a Visible Man
"Christine has overcome! She has been around the block, gained great wisdom through excess, and lived to tell her dramatic story. She has made the world a far sexier and better place. Plus she has a way with words. Buy her fabulous book! You will be moved and inspired."
‐ Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., author of Dr. Sprinkle's Spectacular Sex
"Of all the transsexual lesbian junkie prostitute memoirists I know, Christine Beatty is the one I'd most like to end up in prison with. Consistently biting, incisive, selfsatirizing and funny in that irresistibly droll, end‐of‐the‐world way that still motivates some independent booksellers to move the William S. Burroughs books behind the register because they keep getting stolen, Christine always seizes the page like it's the last Dolly Parton wig at a sinking chicken ranch, smacks that hypocritical look
right off our smirking culture's face."
‐ Cintra Wilson, author of Caligula for President and Colors Insulting to Nature
From the Back Cover
A person can be reincarnated without dying.
Christine Beatty's memoir chronicles her odyssey from collegiate husband to transsexual prostitute, recovery from addiction, and the achievement of her most improbable dreams. Set mostly in the purgatory of San Francisco's Tenderloin district, her story guides readers on an intimate journey through worlds of hippies, strippers, soldiers, urban transsexuals, prostitutes, addicts, jail, skid row and finally recovery. Ascending against all odds in her career, she is also a pioneering rock musician, a controversial journalist and a survivor of the worst pandemic of the 1980s. Told with the unflinching honesty of someone with nothing left to hide, the humor of a survivor who discovers silver linings in the darkest clouds, and the spirit of a rebel who refuses to be broken, Beatty's is a tale of sublime pathos and the triumph of the human spirit. She proves you can't keep a good woman down.
"Consistently biting, incisive, self-satirizing and funny in that irresistibly droll, end-of-the-world way that still motivates some independent booksellers to move the William S. Burroughs books behind the register because they keep getting stolen"
- Cintra Wilson, author of Caligula for President and Colors Insulting to Nature
"Christine Beatty's wonderfully vivid and gripping story of her personal journey is not
just a wild ride through her wild life--it's a valuable piece of California history and an
important document of transwoman experience."
- Marke Bieschke, Managing Editor, San Francisco Bay Guradian
"Not your average transsexual memoir! Rigorously honest, frightfully adventurous,
extremely well told." - Richard J. Novic, M.D., author of Alice in Genderland
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I recommend this book to any of unsure sex, or to any who may want a glimpse into that existence.
Any complaints? Well, only one, really. Throughout the book Christine dances with God. Does He love her, or hate her? Does He expect her to be male, or female. Does He exist, and if not, why does she exist? And in the end, apparently, Christine embraces God as her savior,
Please! For forty years or so of life, Christine's acquaintances, friends, and lovers face hate, addiction, and mostly death. So where was her God through all of this? Did He hate all of them, but love only Christine? If so, why?
I've faced being TG quite well without the need for God. Sorry, Christine, but there's no real reason to believe in this God of yours. Yes, the thought that He exists makes you happy. But is that alone sufficient reason to believe a fairy tale? Why, after so many thousands of years, is there absolutely no proof?
With or without God, our world is beautiful! And redemption, without God, does happen.
Whether it's attempting to hide her femininity behind a military uniform, avoiding it with the pretence of a 'normal' heterosexual marriage, or flaunting it with a prostitute's fetish attire, there's a common theme to Christine's pre-rehab life of looking for solace in all the wrong places. Given the obstacles in her life, it's no mystery that she would so often look for a means of escape, even if her steady decline into a life of drugs does make for a frustrating journey.
By the time she has her (literal) sword-swinging break with reality, we realise that being condemned to the forced detoxification of a prison cell is probably the best end to which she could have come. By the time we catch up with the diary-writing Christine, on the eve of graduation from rehab, the story begins the process of redeeming itself (and her). Despite family rejection, a failed marriage, the alienation of friends, lost jobs, and the looming spectre of HIV, Christine seizes the opportunity forced upon her and begins dealing with (rather than escaping) her gender issues.
The challenges never stop - more than once she's forced to abandon her hormone treatments and postpone surgery because of her HIV status - but she learns to deal with them without escaping into the oblivion of drugs. That's not to say every decision is the right one, or that she doesn't continue to struggle with the harsh reality of integrating her true, feminine self with society, but we see her rapidly maturing before our eyes.
A large part of what makes the book work so well is that she has such an engaging voice, and writes with such honesty and candor. There is a wide range of emotion captured here, but every one is both deep and sincere. In the end, Christine is most definitely not your average American girl but, then again, neither are we.