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Ordinary Girls: A Memoir de Jaquira Díaz
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Ordinary Girls: A Memoir (edição: 2019)

de Jaquira Díaz (Autor)

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"Jaquira Díaz writes an unflinching account of growing up as a queer biracial girl searching for home as her family splits apart and her mother struggles with mental illness and addiction. From her own struggles with depression and drug abuse to her experiences of violence to Puerto Rico's history of colonialism, every page vibrates with music and lyricism"--… (mais)
Membro:JamesBanzer
Título:Ordinary Girls: A Memoir
Autores:Jaquira Díaz (Autor)
Informação:Algonquin Books (2019), 336 pages
Coleções:Untitled collection
Avaliação:*****
Etiquetas:Puerto Rico, memoir

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Ordinary Girls de Jaquira Díaz

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Whew, Ms. Diaz has LIVED. She has lived through so much. So much. She is fierce. She has so many stories to fill these pages and those stories are worth hearing. ( )
  Slevyr26 | Oct 17, 2020 |
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Here is a book of what appears as transparent raw honesty told by a woman who was born in Puerto Rico. She moved with her parents to Florida as a young girl. Ordinary Girls: A Memoir, by Jaquira Diaz, was published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in 2019.

This work provides substantial insight into the realities of life in a less than desirable Puerto Rican neighborhood. It's a slice of life in a mixed-race household that consisted of of mother of Puerto Rican ethnicity, a black father and their three children, including Jaquira and her two siblings.

Jaquira's father is described as having been a drug dealer. The author says he made money by selling perico, the Spanish word for cocaine. Jaquira's mother made unflattering accusations about what the father's night life was like when he philandered away from home. Despite whatever the undesirable circumstances of home life may have been, this girl seems to have been happy with her Puerto Rican childhood.

The father ditched the illegal activity he had practiced in Puerto Rico and moved the family to Miami. Things were far from perfect there. In Florida, the mother exhibited violent behavior and was diagnosed as schizophrenic. She made heavy use of drugs. Jaquira suffered beatings at the hands of her mother.

There is a high degree of sadness in this book which weaves stories of a girl who was born into poverty. She struggled with drugs, participated in Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and was a juvenile delinquent. Jaquira was troubled with questions about her sexuality. With the help of military, she transitioned away from negatives in her life. Near the end of her interesting tale, we see a self-confidence in this person who I trust should be able to treat us with more forthcoming good literature.

Way to go Jaquira! ( )
  JamesBanzer | Jul 30, 2020 |
A well written and surprising memoir. It amazes me that Díaz lived to tell her story. She had a rough life and came through it beautifully. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Jul 3, 2020 |
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I received an ARC of Ordinary Girls from Algonquins Books' LibraryThing Giveaway. Thank you.
Jaquira (Jaqui) Diaz is an extraordinary woman. She was born in Puerto Rico, in a bi-racial family. Her mother's mother seemed to hate that she looked black, and had no maternal qualities at all, and was an addict. Her Father's mother was the only positive adult influence in her life offering her calm love. Her mother was self absorbed and later suffered from Schizophrenia and drug addiction, her father seemed preoccupied and dissatisfied with his life. Her brother hated her and beat her up all the time, she loved her little sister. They moved to Miami and the parents broke up. Her brother got to stay with her father, while she and her sister lived with their mother. With no supervision, no guidance, and a lot of anger, she ran away a lot, rebelled against discipline, did drugs, drank, hung out on the streets, attended school when she felt like it. She is confused, hurt and really doesn't have many places to go. She has her friends and that's what gets her through much of her pain and childhood. After several misstarts, she joins the Navy and while she faces struggles there, it is there she also gets some balance. The book skips all over the place which makes it very hard to follow sometimes. It's as if she's telling one story and a memory is triggered and launches another. Still one can't help but admire her grit. ( )
  cjyap1 | May 5, 2020 |
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There are some lives that, if you hear their story, you wonder how they could have survived. The story is tragic, filled with violence and anger, a life that is tarnished and broken in so many ways. Poverty, racism, sexism, depression, addiction: Jaquira's early life was filled with all of these, yet somehow, she managed to not only survive, but thrive and find her way out, moving toward the girl she always wanted to be. ( )
  scotlass66 | Apr 3, 2020 |
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We're going to right the world and live. I mean live our lives the way lives were meant to be lived. With the throat and wrists. With rage and desire, and joy and grief, and love till it hurts, maybe. But goddamn, girl. Live. -Sandra Cisneros, "Bien Pretty"
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Para Abuela, para Mami, para Puerto Rico, and for all my girls.
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