What writers read

March 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm Leave a comment

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I had a lovely invitation last week from Writers Read  to share with their readers what I’ve been reading.  The invitation came after Dr. Cynthia M. Bulik, an author they featured on the blog earlier in the month, revealed that she had just finished Hijas.  I am putting together my post for them but thought I’d share a few other thoughts about what I’ve been reading here…

For a while, I was reading parenting books out the wazoo because I felt like I knew so little about parenting and had a lot to learn.  The books were helpful but then it dawned on me a few weeks ago that I just needed to turn my parenting brain off some.  So, I went to Barnes and Noble and promptly bought some fiction.  The two books I picked up were Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld and Joe College by Tom Perrotta. 

Prep is Sittenfeld’s debut novel and tells the coming of age story of Lee, a girl trying to fit in and find herself at a boarding school where she constantly feels the other.  Joe College is the story of Danny, a college junior who spends the two weeks of his spring break driving a Roach Coach.  As you might imagine, I was looking to get as far away from parenting as I could with my choices but I also love coming of age lit of any kind. 

The next book I’ll tackle after those two is John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederancy of Dunces, the 1981 Pulitzer Prize winner.  I read it years ago and loved it, but it’s the April pick for my bookclub so I need to crack that spine back open.  Speaking of book club, my book club will soon pick its next six books.  What do you recommend from what you are reading– we read fiction or non-fiction and are fairly game for anything?

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What does it mean to be beautiful in America? For years, pop culture has insisted that beautiful women are tall, thin, and blonde. So what do you do if your mirror reflects olive skin, raven hair, and a short build? Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina offers a provocative account of the struggles and triumphs of Latina forced to reconcile these conflicting realities. Rosie Molinary combines her own experience with the voices of hundreds of Latinas who grew up in the US navigating issues of gender, image, and sexuality. This empathetic ethnography exemplifies the ways in which our experiences are both profoundly individualistic and comfortingly universal.
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