Murakami Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Q&A | August 19, 2014

Richard Kadrey: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Richard Kadrey



Describe your latest book. The Getaway God is the sixth book in the Sandman Slim series. In it, the very unholy nephilim, James Stark, aka Sandman... Continue »
  1. $17.49 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer

On Order

$16.25
New Trade Paper
Currently out of stock.
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Qty Store Section
- Local Warehouse Biography- Literary

Native in a Strange Land: Trials and Tremors

by

Native in a Strange Land: Trials and Tremors Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In this substantial selection of her occasional journalism, poet Wanda Coleman has judiciously reshaped articles, essays, interviews and columns written over three decades (for, among other places, the Los Angeles Times. L.A. Weekly and The Free Press) into a nearly-seamless personal narrative: "a tour through the restless emotional topography of Los Angeles as glimpsed through the scattered fragments of my living memory".<P>This book follows in the footsteps or freeway tracks of such classic Los Angeles portraitists as John Fante, Carey McWilliams, and Nathanael West, not missing the seamy side of town, or its caricature dimensions: "a glitter queen with 5 o'clock shadow whose lovers don't care what sins have been committed... Loving you is an S&M trip. You gave birth to me. And while I love you for that I hate you for the painful afterbirth... Loving your horizons while hating your gutters. Your obscenely glorious fall skies that redden as deeply as any earthbound passion. The sun a big luscious lick. A visual bliss ozoning. Soon to be followed by a moon to swoon for, heavy and broad like the exposed doughy thigh of a tired old Hollywood harlot".<P>Coleman's tough-minded, high-voltage, straight-from-the-hip commentaries can be read as a manual on urban survival, a guide to navigating "the margins defined by poverty and race, presuming no escape". The object lesson in the tale is Coleman's own life — a tale of grit and determination, of growing up black and poor in South Central L. A. ("I was big and dark and ugly in a world that did not value me") and living to tell about it. From piece to piece we find the author laboring as waitress, bartender, pink collar corporate slave, editorof a sleazy men's magazine, while caught up in militant revolutionary politics, or witnessing the Watts and Rodney King riots. The triumph implicit in the stow is Coleman's escape into her true calling, that of poetry.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781574230222
Author:
Coleman, Wanda
Publisher:
Black Sparrow Press
Location:
Santa Rosa, CA :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Series Volume:
246
Publication Date:
19960931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
292 p.
Dimensions:
8.96x5.88x.89 in. .98 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. England England Used Trade Paper $5.50
  2. The collected stories of Chester Himes Used Trade Paper $7.95
  3. Pilgermann Used Hardcover $4.50
  4. The Unexamined Wife New Trade Paper $13.95
  5. The Choiring of the Trees 1st Edition Used Hardcover $9.95

Related Subjects

Biography » Literary
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Native in a Strange Land: Trials and Tremors New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$16.25 Backorder
Product details 292 p. pages Black Sparrow Press - English 9781574230222 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.