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Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. A year later, her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first Barbara Walters interview, aired at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable or accepting of the transgender community. This groundbreaking interview was followed over the years by other high-profile interviews, a documentary, the launch of her YouTube channel, a picture book, and her own reality TV series--I Am Jazz--making her one of the most recognizable activists for transgender teens, children, and adults. In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn't all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Through it all, her family has been beside her on this journey, standing together against those who don't understand the true meaning of tolerance and unconditional love. Now Jazz must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence--particularly high school--complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen. Making the journey from girl to woman is never easy--especially when you began your life in a boy's body.

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Genre: Gender nonconformity
Author: Jazz Jennings
Publisher: Ember
Release: 2017-06-14
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780399554674

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The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere "This is an essential tool for parents and teachers to share with children whether those kids identify as trans or not. I wish I had had a book like this when I was a kid struggling with gender identity questions. I found it deeply moving in its simplicity and honesty."—Laverne Cox (who plays Sophia in “Orange Is the New Black”) From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz's story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Jessica Herthel
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2014-09-04
File: 32 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780698176737

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In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Vintage
Release: 2007-07-24
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 0307388107

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Jazz Diaspora: Music and Globalism is about the international diaspora of jazz, well underway within a year of the first jazz recordings in 1917. This book studies the processes of the global jazz diaspora and its implications for jazz historiography in general, arguing for its relevance to the fields of sonic studies and cognitive theory. Until the late twentieth century, the historiography and analysis of jazz were centred on the US to the almost complete exclusion of any other region. The driving premise of this book is that jazz was not ‘invented’ and then exported: it was invented in the process of being disseminated. Jazz Diaspora is a sustained argument for an alternative historiography, based on a shift from a US-centric to a diasporic perspective on the music. The rationale is double-edged. It appears that most of the world’s jazz is experienced (performed and consumed) in diasporic sites – that is, outside its agreed geographical point of origin – and to ignore diasporic jazz is thus to ignore most jazz activity. It is also widely felt that the balance has shifted, as jazz in its homeland has become increasingly conservative. There has been an assumption that only the ‘authentic’ version of the music--as represented in its country of origin--was of aesthetic and historical interest in the jazz narrative; that the forms that emerged in other countries were simply rather pallid and enervated echoes of the ‘real thing’. This has been accompanied by challenges to the criterion of place- and race-based authenticity as a way of assessing the value of popular music forms in general. As the prototype for the globalisation of popular music, diasporic jazz provides a richly instructive template for the study of the history of modernity as played out musically.

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Genre: Music
Author: Bruce Johnson
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2019-11-14
File: 264 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781351266666

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A popular minister recounts his zealous early life pursuit of the Christian life and his experiences of emptiness and spiritual detachment, tracing his quest to connect with a God he perceived as distant.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Donald Miller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc
Release: 2012-04
File: 243 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781400204588

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Being Transgender in America examines how people who are transgender--who have a gender identity that doesn't match their sex assigned at birth--have experiences that are unique compared to those of the rest of the population. Features include a glossary, further readings, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

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Author: Duchess Harris
Publisher:
Release: 2019-08
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781532173219

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Publisher: NORDISC Music & Text
Release: 2000
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9788788619706

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Author: Ray Smith
Publisher:
Release: 2012-06-09
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 0985733217

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Sophisticated Giant presents the life and legacy of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923–1990), one of the major innovators of modern jazz. In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon has completed the book that her late husband began, weaving his “solo” turns with her voice and a chorus of voices from past and present. Reading like a jazz composition, the blend of research, anecdote, and a selection of Dexter’s personal letters reflects his colorful life and legendary times. It is clear why the celebrated trumpet genius Dizzy Gillespie said to Dexter, “Man, you ought to leave your karma to science.” Dexter Gordon the icon is the Dexter beloved and celebrated on albums, on film, and in jazz lore--even in a street named for him in Copenhagen. But this image of the cool jazzman fails to come to terms with the multidimensional man full of humor and wisdom, a figure who struggled to reconcile being both a creative outsider who broke the rules and a comforting insider who was a son, father, husband, and world citizen. This essential book is an attempt to fill in the gaps created by our misperceptions as well as the gaps left by Dexter himself.

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Genre: Music
Author: Maxine Gordon
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release: 2018-11-06
File: 284 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780520971622

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A must-read for music lovers and musicians alike, "Autobiography of a Jazz Trumpeter" is the story of Tracey D. Hooker and his journey from the innocence of his boyhood home in rural Vermont to becoming a Grammy Award winning trumpeter, music teacher and bandleader. Travel with him around the world during his 22-year career as a trumpeter with the U.S. Navy Music Program experiencing adventure, camaraderie, friendships and insights that develop as a part of the triumphs and failures in his life. Become part of "the gig" when, as Hooker describes it, "At some point in the evening the process of reciprocity begins to develop. Shared energy between the audience and the performers becomes evident. Your lover, your companion, your mistress is the music you've dedicated your life to. With the etudes, scales, the countless hours of practice, you can finally express your emancipated soul in total freedom." Music is transformative and Hooker describes from the inside out how one unknown trumpeter found healing through a life as a jazz musician.

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Author: Tracey D. Hooker
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release: 2016-09-19
File: 116 Pages
ISBN-13: 1535408693

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