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Indigenous: Growing Up Californian

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Publisher Comments:

Cris Mazza delivers a spirited rebuttal to pop-culture stereotypes about growing up female in Southern California. Coming of age in the 1970s and ’80s, Mazza’s memories aren’t about surfing, cheerleading or riding in convertibles. Though her story has its exotic elements—her family hunts and -gathers food in the semi-arid coastal hills well into the early ’70s—she sets herself in the context of familiar Americana. Repeating motifs—gender issues, the California landscape, dogs, musicians, plus the perplexing melancholy of a sexless marriage—thread through these very personal essays, as Mazza confronts madness, disability, sexual dysfunction and death, speaking to the drama of ordinary lives.

Cris Mazza’s most recent novel was Girl Beside Him, and she is the editor of Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction.

Review:

" ... Mazza reveals a normality beneath the California myth that seems all the more dazzling and exotic with the passage of time." ­ Los Angeles Times

Review:

"These essays shine with hard-won honesty and emotional clarity. You can trust Cris Mazza to level with you and entertain you with her stylish prose; this is an engaging collection." Phillip Lopate, editor of Writing New York: A Literary Anthology

Review:

"Cris Mazza's stunning memoir worries the notions of belonging, of be-longing for a place and of longing for the memories of same. Her tales of her native California expertly excavate an always surprising and always rewarding experience cache." Michael Martone, author of The Flatness and Other Landscapes

Review:

"Mazza's beautifully rendered love affair with her native state has nothing to do with gilded dreams or pretty postcard depictions of sun and surf. Her experience is rooted not in image but in a primal connection to the land itself. " Chicago Tribune

Book News Annotation:

Novelist Mazza recounts her childhood and coming of age in San Diego, revealing what natives think about their home and the mythos of The Golden State spouted by newcomers and out-of-staters. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Engaging memoir about growing up in rural Southern California and identifying as a "Californian" for life.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780872864221
Author:
Mazza, Cris
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Author:
Mazza, Chris
Location:
San Francisco
Subject:
California
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Regional Subjects - West
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Family -- California.
Subject:
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
ERDC/CRREL TR-02-15
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 BandW photographs
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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Product details 248 pages City Lights Publishers - English 9780872864221 Reviews:
"Review" by , " ... Mazza reveals a normality beneath the California myth that seems all the more dazzling and exotic with the passage of time." ­
"Review" by , "These essays shine with hard-won honesty and emotional clarity. You can trust Cris Mazza to level with you and entertain you with her stylish prose; this is an engaging collection." Phillip Lopate, editor of Writing New York: A Literary Anthology
"Review" by , "Cris Mazza's stunning memoir worries the notions of belonging, of be-longing for a place and of longing for the memories of same. Her tales of her native California expertly excavate an always surprising and always rewarding experience cache." Michael Martone, author of The Flatness and Other Landscapes
"Review" by , "Mazza's beautifully rendered love affair with her native state has nothing to do with gilded dreams or pretty postcard depictions of sun and surf. Her experience is rooted not in image but in a primal connection to the land itself. "
"Synopsis" by ,
Engaging memoir about growing up in rural Southern California and identifying as a "Californian" for life.
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