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eBook Choir Boy download

by Charlie Anders

eBook Choir Boy download ISBN: 1933368470
Author: Charlie Anders
Publisher: Soft Skull Press (May 25, 2007)
Language: English
Pages: 310
ePub: 1541 kb
Fb2: 1969 kb
Rating: 4.3
Other formats: txt lit rtf mobi
Category: Teenager
Subcategory: Social Issues

CHOIR BOY owes, perhaps, more than a little to Augusten Burroughs’ Running With Scissors.

CHOIR BOY owes, perhaps, more than a little to Augusten Burroughs’ Running With Scissors. Each is the story of a smart, self-sufficient kid living in a whacked-out world with abusively neglectful parents, a loopy psychiatrist, and plenty of statutory sex. Both books have a tone of dry, black humor as well. Of course, Burroughs insists his work is non-fiction, while Charlie Anders’s is imaginary. And, having had the pleasure of meeting Charlie Anders several times in some most interesting venues, I can understand how it is she knows all about it. In a way, CHOIR BOY can be read as an overblown force-femme fantasy, but it is much more than that.

I don't want to talk a bunch of shit, because obviously Charlie Anders the person and activist is a friggin wonderful genius, so I'm just going to make one point: I know a lot of transsexual women

I don't want to talk a bunch of shit, because obviously Charlie Anders the person and activist is a friggin wonderful genius, so I'm just going to make one point: I know a lot of transsexual women. I may even know more transsexual women than most people.

Choir Boy is a 2005 novel by Charlie Jane Anders. Berry, a twelve-year-old boy, wants nothing more than to remain a choirboy. Desperate to keep his voice from changing, Berry tries to injure himself, and then convinces a clinic to give him ing drugs that keep his voice from deepening but also cause him to grow breasts. Suddenly Berry's thrown into a world of unexpected gender issues that push him into a universe far more complex than anything he's ever known.

She has written several novels and is the publisher of other magazine, the "magazine of pop culture and politics for the new outcasts"

She has written several novels and is the publisher of other magazine, the "magazine of pop culture and politics for the new outcasts". In 2005, she received the Lambda Literary Award for work in the transgender category, and in 2009, the Emperor Norton Award. Her 2011 novelette Six Months, Three Days won the 2012 Hugo and was a finalist for the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon Awards

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Fellow choirboys, an adult transsexual prostitute, wackily harmful parents and a rainbow of urban nonconformists surround Berry's identity struggle. This mostly ignored subject needs high-quality prose; one would hope that Berry's story, though memorable, foreshadows new-and tighter-entries.

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Book's title: Choir boy Charlie Anders. Library of Congress Control Number: 2005001108. Personal Name: Anders, Charlie. Publication, Distribution, et. Brooklyn, NY. International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 1932360816.

Comments: (7)
Olelifan
This book captured my attention from the beginning; I was captivated until the end. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it ended. I like the writing style of Pearl Cleage and will read more of her books.
Alianyau
I loved this book, on many levels!

I'm a white woman in the Midwest, whose reading tends towards mysteries and gory thrillers, or travel- or food-related fiction and non-fiction. I was looking for something "different" and "light" to read over Christmas, so a book by a black woman about black characters in Atlanta, dealing with "women's issues" and immigration sounded interesting. (See the editorial reviews for story line.)

The mystery thread was engaging (even without anyone getting murdered!) as were the minor plot lines. I was afraid the "single-mother" and "romance" themes might be too sappy, but they weren't.

The glimpse of 'black culture' was interesting and "natural". I liked the characters; you'd be lucky to have them in your circle of friends. It was refreshing to see well-educated, affluent black characters.

There were references to books I've heard of but not read, so I'm now interested in seeking them out (e.g., the one that plays in role in the storyline).

The author's style was so enjoyable. Her turns of phrase were pleasing and the pacing of the chapters made it hard to put down. This was a good story, well-told. I plan to read more of her books.
Silly Dog
Thank you Pearl Cleage for allowing me to celebrate my womanhood and the men who recognize and respect US. The line "Respect the Narrative of Women's Lives!" speaks volumes to those of us who cherish our womanhood, our specialness, our place in this world as the protagonist and her circle of friends in "Babylon Sisters" do. You and Catherine challenge those who want to destroy all that is vital to us and our daughters to do the right thing for ourselves and our daughters. I believe that my daughter is finally ready for your books so I am going to give her all of them and have her read them in order. Continue to encourage us to challenge all that is wrong with our world through your narratives about proud women who do the same.
Ramsey`s
THIS BOOK WAS ENTERTAINING, THE STORY-LINE WAS INTERESTING THE CHARACTERS HAD SOME DIMENSION, BUT OVERALL THE STORY WAS MARGINAL AT BEST. I WILL SAY THAT THE AUTHOR'S READING VOICE WAS CLEAR WITH APPROPRIATE EXPRESSION, AND THIS IS ALWAYS A BIG PLUS FOR ME WITH AN AUDIO BOOK. TRUST ME, WHEN THE READER'S VOICE IS DEEP AND THE RECORDING IS TOO LOW(AS WITH TONI MORRISON)LISTENING CAN BE ALMOST PAINFUL - I PERSIST BECAUSE IT'S TONI. PEARL'S EXCELLENT READING VOICE IS A HUGE BENEFIT TO HER. BOTTOM LINE, I'D BUY ONE OF HER AUDIOBOOKS AGAIN IF I WANTED SOME LIGHT LISTENING.
Tojahn
CHOIR BOY owes, perhaps, more than a little to Augusten Burroughs’ Running With Scissors. Each is the story of a smart, self-sufficient kid living in a whacked-out world with abusively neglectful parents, a loopy psychiatrist, and plenty of statutory sex. Both books have a tone of dry, black humor as well. Of course, Burroughs insists his work is non-fiction, while Charlie Anders’s is imaginary. One questions the journalistic accuracy of Burroughs (to start with, he cops to fictionalizing names), and I am conversely driven to wonder how much of CHOIR BOY reflects the author’s actual childhood.

Although the novel comes with a liberal amount of kink, the innocent, pure sex is more exciting—a kid’s first kiss, the first time he gets to second base, a young boy’s first brassiere. The stuff with transsexuals, cross-dressing, prostitution, and a bottle of Viagra that causes serious mischief is pretty ho-hum, just as it is in the real world if those things don’t happen to be your particular cup of tea; ho-hum as they would be to a prepubescent kid.

As a post-operative transsexual woman myself, I can attest to the accuracy of the transgender aspects of the book. And, having had the pleasure of meeting Charlie Anders several times in some most interesting venues, I can understand how it is she knows all about it.

In a way, CHOIR BOY can be read as an overblown force-femme fantasy, but it is much more than that. It’s the Peter Pan story of a boy who doesn’t want to grow up, updated for the twenty-first century. It’s a coming-of-age story. It’s a story about the struggle to find and create our authentic selves, despite the external, conflicting pressures to be what everyone else wants us to be.
Melipra
Good and engrossing,not deep.
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The book arrived in excellent condition and within 2 business days as promised. Ms. Cleage definitely did not disappoint with her tale about first loves, finding yourself, political/community activism, women's rights and more, all set within the backdrop of my hometown, Atlanta, GA. Loved it!
I love Mrs. Cleage's style of writing. I wished that the element of mystery and intrigue was introduced earlier as tidbits to draw the reader in deeper. I found myself frustrated that so much of the book focused on her inability to talk to her daughter. But the last 25% of the book was great!