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Mistakes to run with : a memoir

Author: Yasuko Thanh
Publisher: Toronto : Hamish Hamilton Canada, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A devastatingly honest memoir that reckons with the past in order to ask whether the things that happen to us--and the choices we make--dictate the people that we become. Mistakes to Run With chronicles the turbulent early years of Yasuko Thanh's life, from a rough childhood to her teen years as a sex worker to her emergence as a writer. Growing up in a housing project in Victoria, BC, Thanh rebels against her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Thanh, Yasuko.
Mistakes to run with.
Toronto : Hamish Hamilton Canada, 2019
(OCoLC)1080210485
Named Person: Yasuko Thanh; Yasuko Thanh
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yasuko Thanh
ISBN: 9780735234413 0735234418
OCLC Number: 1080216506
Notes: Title from cover.
Description: 257 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Yasuko Thanh.

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"A devastatingly honest memoir that reckons with the past in order to ask whether the things that happen to us--and the choices we make--dictate the people that we become. Mistakes to Run With chronicles the turbulent early years of Yasuko Thanh's life, from a rough childhood to her teen years as a sex worker to her emergence as a writer. Growing up in a housing project in Victoria, BC, Thanh rebels against her extremely religious parents. She's an honours student, but also a nascent delinquent, cutting herself and getting arrested for shoplifting. By fifteen her parents have kicked her out. She runs away repeatedly from foster homes, acquiring a taste for drugs and alcohol and learning unlikely lessons about sex, power, and friendship. By the time she enters the world of sex work she feels completely abandoned--by her family, her friends, her school, and society. After a stint in jail at sixteen, she meets her pimp, Jesse, and falls in love. The next chapter of her life takes us from the motel rooms of Victoria to the streets of Vancouver, as Thanh endures further hardship: beatings, arrests, Jesse's crack cocaine addiction, and an unwanted pregnancy. It's the act of writing that ultimately becomes a solace from her suffering--but even as publication and awards bolster her, she remains haunted by her past."--

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