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California calling : a self-interrogation

Author: Natalie Singer
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The first time Natalie Singer learns about California, she's nine, tucked between library stacks, a Canadian blizzard outside. In a book called All About California, she reads of mythological griffins, rupturing earthquakes, furnace deserts, and Hollywood stars, and an imprinting takes place. Could California be an answer to her dull existence in the nowhere of the North and the family secrets seeping out from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Natalie Singer
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Natalie Singer
ISBN: 9780998825724 0998825727 9780998825717 0998825719
OCLC Number: 1007497679
Description: 313 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Formation --
Preparation --
Interaction --
XXX --
Allegory of a caretaking --
Ex parte examination of the elements --
In which new breaks away from old --
Completion.
Responsibility: Natalie Singer.

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"The first time Natalie Singer learns about California, she's nine, tucked between library stacks, a Canadian blizzard outside. In a book called All About California, she reads of mythological griffins, rupturing earthquakes, furnace deserts, and Hollywood stars, and an imprinting takes place. Could California be an answer to her dull existence in the nowhere of the North and the family secrets seeping out from behind closed doors? The fantasy of California blooms out of Singer's father's collection of Beach Boys records, her pretty mother's perfect red nails, the boys and men she tries hungrily to connect with, and the haunting memory of being interrogated on a courtroom witness stand. At sixteen, she finally goes west to the place of her obsessions to find out whether you can cure longing with landscape alone. Reckoning with the power that family and cultural myths hold over us, California Calling is a universal coming-of-age story and one woman's lyrical, achingly honest search for a state of belonging."--Provided by publisher.

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