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Calpernia Addams
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Mark 947 chronicles one woman's progress from spirit to flesh, a literal transubstantiation by force of will. A large portion of the book concentrates on Calpernia's narrow, suffocating childhood

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. A large portion of the book concentrates on Calpernia's narrow, suffocating childhood. Raised to accept strict doctrine, somehow Calpernia was capable of independent thinking, and instead of sinking into her family's way of life, she reasoned her way through feelings of alienation and lack of identity as a male.

Calpernia Sarah Addams (born February 20, 1971) is an American author, actress, musician and spokesperson and . Calpernia Addams, Mark 947: A Life Shaped by God, Gender, and Force of Will (Writers Club Press, 2002).

Calpernia Sarah Addams (born February 20, 1971) is an American author, actress, musician and spokesperson and activist for transgender rights and issues.

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Mark 947 chronicles one woman's progress from spirit to flesh, a literal transubstantiation by force of will

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 chameleon by day, she worked her way to the top of Nashville's underground entertainment scene without ever succumbing to drugs, alcohol or bitterness, and through it all never lost her heart

Mark 947: A Life Shaped by God, Gender and Force of Will is a book by Calpernia Addams. Mark 947 chronicles one woman’s progress from spirit to flesh, a literal transubstantiation by force of will.

Mark 947: A Life Shaped by God, Gender and Force of Will is a book by Calpernia Addams. Addams grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. She served as a Hospital Corpsman with the Navy and United States Marine Corps. During her last year in the military, she came out as a transgender woman. Addams chose the name "Calpernia" from the William Shakespeare play Julius Caesar (a variant spelling of Caesar's wife Calpurnia) and its appearance.

Marital status of Calpernia Addams: partner/spouse; wife/husband;. Calpernia Addams, Tag 947: A Lifestyle Shaped by God, Gender, and Drive of Can (Writers Membership Press, 2002). What is Calpernia Addams nationality, education, ethnicity? Biography. Sultry stage siren by night, intellectual chameleon by day, she worked her way to the top of Nashville's underground entertainment scene without ever succumbing to drugs, alcohol or bitterness, and through it all never lost her heart

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 chameleon by day, she worked her way to the top of Nashville's underground entertainment scene without ever succumbing to drugs, alcohol or bitterness, and through it all never lost her heart. When love walked into her new life in the form of a handsome young Army private, it seemed everything had at last come together. Then at the pinnacle of her career, as she was crowned Tennessee Entertainer of the Year in front of hundreds of adoring fans, her love was murdered in his sleep sixty miles away by bigoted fellow soldiers, sparking a national controversy that resonates still.Whether ablaze in the dazzle of the spotlight or haunting the woods of Tennessee in flannel and pigtails, Calpernia lives her life with the humor and spirit of a woman who can face anything and still move forward with hope intact.
  • A few years ago I rented and watched the 2003 movie, Soldier's Girl, as many of those who may be reading this review probably did. This movie is based on the true story of love affair between an Army soldier and a transwoman, depicting a lovely and innocent romance between the two. It culminates with the savagely vicious hate crime killing of the soldier, PVT Barry Winchell. Barry was murdered by an ignorant, viscous, possibly developmentally challenged, homophobic "comrade in arms," egged on by another bigoted soldier. I had noted with interest that the murder victim's real-life love interest, Calpernia Addams, had been a consultant for the movie, a task that must have been a difficult thing for her to do, requiring exceptional courage by a person squarely facing her demons. Courage being something that Ernest Hemingway once aptly defined as "grace under pressure."

    This movie was eventually followed by Calpernia's own memoir, Mark 947: A Life Shaped by God, Gender and Force of Will. I had looked forward to reading this book for some time and was pleased to learn that it had finally been recently released for Kindle, text to speech enabled, which is my major reading medium these days. Eloquently written, Calpernia's memoir did not disappoint in the least as it built toward a haunting and inexorable conclusion. Although I knew the story well, I was still shocked and deeply moved by the depiction of this terrible crime against an innocent, the ripples of which directly changed the lives of many and has affected the Armed Forces policies toward gay and gender issues. There are also wonderful passages and descriptions of Calpernia's early years and her transition process. If you haven't read it already in paperback, Mark 947 on Kindle is a very worthwhile acquisition.

  • Wow! I cannot believe how beautifully Calpernia Addams writes. One would think this would be a poorly-written but authentic first-person account of the tragedy she experienced, together with some filler about her early life, but this book is so much more! First, were it not that this is a book about a well-known transgender woman (and you would think this is how I would remember the book) the book would have been reviewed as the work of a new talent in literature. I am so in awe of her writing. So beautiful, so full of emotion, perception and wisdom. This book deserves to be read as fine literature! It's that good. Then there is the deep and emotional account of her childhood and struggles with her transgender truth. Finally, the raw account of the death of her lover and how she death with it afterward. This is a milestone in the transgender movement, but also a book to be read and reread simply for the story of a soul in torment seeking peace.

  • Calpernia Addams came to national attention when she was named as the transgender lover of Private Barry Winchell. Winchell, who suffered continuous harassment for his relationship with Calpernia, was brutally beaten to death by another soldier at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The excellent film "Soldier's Girl" is the story of their relationship. "Mark 947: A Life Shaped by God, Gender, and Force of Will" is Calpernia Addams' courageous memoir describing her childhood, her identification with the female sex, her decision to become female, and her relationship with Barry Winchell.

    Calpernia was born a male and named Scott--the eldest of three children born to a fundamentalist couple in rural Tennessee. A strict, barren upbringing was alleviated by a progressive high school--although Calpernia's parents, unfortunately, curtailed this. Unable to connect as a male, Scott drifted into the navy and served as a medic in the first Gulf War. Finally discovering the courage to live as a woman, Calpernia moved to Nashville, attended university, and became a nightclub entertainer.

    A large portion of the book concentrates on Calpernia's narrow, suffocating childhood. Raised to accept strict doctrine, somehow Calpernia was capable of independent thinking, and instead of sinking into her family's way of life, she reasoned her way through feelings of alienation and lack of identity as a male. Ironically Calpernia's strict upbringing allowed her to discover a niche in the Navy, as many of the restrictions placed upon her as a teenager covered her lack of machismo when attending boot camp. Calpernia states that her "religious upbringing had allowed me sanctuary" from engaging in raucous behaviour. She describes the agony of being surrounded by men, wanting their attention, and affection, but being afraid of saying the wrong thing. The memoir is quite detailed when discussing moments and pivotal events that influenced Calpernia's life. While the author is not a professional writer, the writing is good. In one passage, the description of a dead body manages to convey the incident's powerful impact on the author, and it's clear that this incident helped energise Calpernia into making the decision to become female--displacedhuman

  • Beautiful read. Very well written. Very human story. Engaging from page one. Love this book.

  • good

  • Not what I expected. There seems to be so much information the reader wants to read about Calpernia which just was not there. Largely about her childhood been brought up by very religious parents. Not enough about her adult years and story there after.

  • This book really captures the torment of what life is like, even before the realization of the truth arises. If you are questioning your gender and feel insecure about how others will react, I hope you read this book and see things can be bad, but it;s a art of life that you just need to see.