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Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain

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Magazine writer and editor Lori Tharps was born and raised in the comfortable but mostly white suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she was often the only person of color in her school and neighborhood. At an early age, Lori decided that her destiny would be discovered in Spain. She didn't know anyone from Spain, had never visited the country, and hardly spoke the language. Still, she never faltered in her plans to escape to the Iberian Peninsula.

Arriving in the country as an optimistic college student, however, Lori soon discovers Spain's particular attitude toward blackness. She is chased down the street by the local schoolchildren and pointed at incessantly in public, and her innocent dreams of a place where race doesn't matter are shattered. The story would end there, except Lori meets and marries a Spaniard, and that's when her true Spanish adventure really begins.

Against the ancient backdrops of Cadiz and Andalucia, Lori starts the intricate yet amusing journey of rekindling her love affair with Spain and becoming a part of her new Spanish family. From a grandmother who spies on her to a grandfather who warmly welcomes her to town with a slew of racist jokes, the close-knit clan isn't exactly waiting with open arms. Kinky Gazpacho tells the story of the redeeming power of love and finding self in the most unexpected places.

At its heart, this is a love story. It is a memoir, a travel essay, and a glimpse into the past and present of Spain. As humorous and entertaining as such favorite travel stories as Under the Tuscan Sun, this book also unveils a unique and untold history of Spain's enduring connection to West Africa. Kinky Gazpacho celebrates the mysticism of travel and the joys of watching two distinct cultures connect and come together.

Review:

"Joining the ranks of such fine books as Frances Mayes's Under the Tuscan Sun and Sarah Turnbull's Almost French, Lori Tharps takes us on an adventure of love, language, and travel. In her capable hands, it's not a small world after all — but rather a big one, with much to discover and a great deal of fun to be had." Veronica Chambers, author of The Joy of Doing Things Badly and Kickboxing Geishas

Review:

"With flawless agility, Tharps...juggles a coming-of-age story, a portrait of the writer as a young woman, a travel book and a detective story along with a memoir about learning to love oneself and one's world." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Growing up and outsider in a white suburb, Lori Tharps dreamed of finding a place where race didn't matter. As an optimistic college student, she looked for that place in Spain. But her innocent dream was shattered when she discovered that racism is everywhere. Except, perhaps, in the heart of the Spaniard she unexpectedly falls for and marries — and that's where the adventure really begins.

About the Author

Lori L. Tharps is the author of Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain, named by Salon.com as one of their top ten books for 2008, and the co-author of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America. She is an assistant professor of journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she makes her home with her husband and family. She doesn’t have a nanny.

Table of Contents

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Contents

Author's Note

1: International Day

2: Josephine Baker Was My Hero

3: Almost Africa

4: Quique

5: Black Like Me

6: Dreaming en Español

7: Sally

8: La Morena

9: If You Want My Body, and You Think I'm Sexy€¯...

10: Rupert

11: La Reconquista

12: Guess Who's Coming to la Cena?

13: Love. Life.

14: How Do You Say "Aunt Jemima" in Spanish?

15: Black to the Beginning

16: Kinky Gazpacho

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

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kymp322, June 7, 2009 (view all comments by kymp322)
This was a fantastic read! I found myself unable to put the book down, because I didn't want to miss a thing. I was overwhelmed with emotions...I laughed, cried, dropped my jaw in shock, and was filled with admiration for the woman's strength and perseverance. Kinky Gazpacho leads you to a place you didn't know existed. She teaches you that things are not always what they seem on the surface, and you need to look to the past in order to appreciate and comprehend the present.
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hollyord, June 1, 2009 (view all comments by hollyord)
I absolutely loved this memoir; it was a simple and lightweight read that packed a punch of reality that is undeniable. I devoured her memoir in utter anticipation of what her next move in life would be and was overjoyed over her boldness and determination to uncover a black past in a country where most of its citizen were unaware of the world that had come before and still revolved around them. The only flaw with the book is that it leaves you wanting to know and experience more of her life and general thoughts. Kinky Gazpacho will bring you on a journey that is so much more than merely a life led by a woman who dares to open her mouth and question her surroundings.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743296489
Author:
Tharps, Lori
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Author:
Tharps, Lori L.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Americans -- Spain.
Subject:
Milwaukee (wis.)
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Wsp Readers Club
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 7.385 oz

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Product details 240 pages Washington Square Press - English 9780743296489 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Joining the ranks of such fine books as Frances Mayes's Under the Tuscan Sun and Sarah Turnbull's Almost French, Lori Tharps takes us on an adventure of love, language, and travel. In her capable hands, it's not a small world after all — but rather a big one, with much to discover and a great deal of fun to be had."
"Review" by , "With flawless agility, Tharps...juggles a coming-of-age story, a portrait of the writer as a young woman, a travel book and a detective story along with a memoir about learning to love oneself and one's world."
"Synopsis" by , Growing up and outsider in a white suburb, Lori Tharps dreamed of finding a place where race didn't matter. As an optimistic college student, she looked for that place in Spain. But her innocent dream was shattered when she discovered that racism is everywhere. Except, perhaps, in the heart of the Spaniard she unexpectedly falls for and marries — and that's where the adventure really begins.
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