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Author: Myriam Gurba
Publisher: Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Myriam Gurba's debut is the bold and hilarious tale of her coming of age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana. Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor, Mean turns what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy. This is a confident, funny, brassy book that takes the cost of sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and homophobia deadly seriously. We act mean to defend ourselves from boredom and from those who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Myriam Gurba; Myriam Gurba
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Myriam Gurba
ISBN: 9781566894913 1566894913
OCLC Number: 974677350
Notes: "An Emily Books original."
Description: 175 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Wisdom --
English is Spanish --
The whites --
Judas and Icarus --
The problem of evil --
Googolplex --
Señorita --
Cuban interlude --
Acorn --
Mamase Mamasa Mamakusa --
Mormonse Mormonsa Mamakusa --
Hammer --
Bonnie --
Via Dolorosa --
Something I often reflect on as an adult woman --
The unbearable whiteness of certain girls --
Crack --
Summer in Sumer --
Cyndi Lauper --
OMG --
Dorm --
Fall semester 1995 --
ID --
Magdaleno --
c c cummings --
Nicole --
Aesthetic boners --
Spring semester 1996 --
Hart Crane --
Babylon --
A wrinkle in time after time --
Hella Ukiyo-e --
Omnipresence --
Strawberry picker --
Exquisite corpse --
Siluetas --
I wandered lonely s a dissociated cloud --
Jeans --
Fall semester 1996 --
Transcript of a 9-1-1 call : November 15, 1996 --
Battered body found at school : mysterious phone call alerted the authorities --
Burrito --
The albatross --
Page : 17 --
Spring semester 1997 --
The other women --
Summer session 1997 --
Fall semester 1997 --
Spring semester 1998 --
Fall semester 1998 --
Spring semester 1999 --
Fall semester 1999 --
The return of Elizabitch --
The collector --
The post-traumatic bitch and the sea --
Jobs --
Doing donuts --
Capital murder --
Flower girl --
Radio.
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Gurba grows up queer, chicana, and take no prisoners. Her story is a revelation, a delight, and an eye-opener.  Read more...

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Finalist for the 2017 Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction "Mean calls for a fat, fluorescent trigger warning start to finish -- and I say this admiringly. Gurba likes the feel of radioactive Read more...

 
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