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"Where are you from?" In one of the best of the recent anthologies by new immigrants, young women writers answer that question with immediacy and wit, displaying honesty about the pain, anger, and prejudice at home and outside. But they are also very funny when they talk about personal conflicts ("She'd eat the chip off her shoulder if only she weren't on a diet"). These testimonials reveal none of the rambling style so typical in oral history narratives. These women are writers and readers, and whether they have roots in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, or Europe, they know America's long tradition of diversity and they enrich it, even while they reveal how hard it can be to fit in. Tina Lee says her life "is so The Joy Luck Club meets Jerry Springer on acid." Two Haitian American lesbians speak about how different they are from each other and also about the universals of feeling connected to family and needing to leave home. Add this outstanding anthology to the titles listed in our "Core Collection: The New Immigration Story" [BKL Ag 05]. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; First Edition edition (September 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580051367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580051361
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Artist on January 22, 2012
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This book offers great insight into the lives of girls and women who struggle into what it means to be an American when you come from a family or upbringing that's not American. If you're a first-generation American and female, this books makes you feel less alone in your struggles for identity, belonging and meaning in your culture.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Knight on November 9, 2006
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While this is a great topic, the content is very uneven. The stories range from well-thought out and well expressed to superficial dash-offs.
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