EBOOK READ Mean by Myriam Gurba
E probably not going to agree with her on every issue She can also be a little mean See title This one made me both cringe and laugh out loud and for me that s the BEST kind of book I classified this memoir under fierce feminist fables and it is but it is also wise and funny and written by someone who loves language Myriam Gurba twists and turns and spirals English and Spanish into
her own interior language which is a really cool gift She own interior language which is a really cool gift She a funny kid with really great parents and twin pack of a brother and sister Her life is blessed with wonderful things parents who are educated and loving who want their children to be happy Myriam had tough girl friends who were loyal and mean but not to each other only to those who deserved it She also had terrible things happenThe memoir starts with the death of a Wicked Affairs p 2 young woman raped and bludgeoned to death by a man destroying her face We don t know why this story impacts Myriam so much until near the end MEAN is author Myriam Gurba s memoir about coming of age as a mixed race ueer Chicana She looks back at her childhood and teenears through the lens of the repeated assaults on her body she endured It s a look at the life of a girl drowning in misogyny This book is incredible Gurba s writing is next level Her words hold multiple meanings and call back to each other throughout the book Layer that with her biting black humor and MEAN is a sharp punch to the gut He This was absolutely stunning The only reason this was not uite a five star read for me was because it took me about 60 pages to find my rhythm with this book and the book is not particularly long But once I did it was beyond incredible Myriam Gurba has a way of structuring her thoughts of coming at her point from different angles that I found particularly brilliant And I might still change my rating This memoir will for sure stay with me and I can already see it featuring on my best of the Jane of Gowlands year list which is still a long way offMyriam Gurba s tone is abrasive and funny like my favourite essayists she is unapologetically honest and herself andes sometimes mean She puts herself at the centre of her art and I adore that nothing new here Her art is clever and intellectual without losing an emotional heart the whole book being intricately structured not unlike a dance while still packing a punch The Piper in the Wind you would not believe The last half builds like crescendo and when I realized what she was leading up to I was knocked aside her way of reaching her points from different angles really took me unawares here The reaction I had cannot be overstatedI cannot recommend this highly enough ifou like memoirs if The Proposal you like voices that are uniue ifou like to be viscerally moved if Prey you like good books This is brilliant Myriam Gurba is brilliantPS I have updated my rating because the book has stayed with me and is one of the best memoirs I read thisear and I read a lot An intelligent darkly humorous and irreverent memoir about growing up as a ueer mixed race Chicana I Always Find It always find it for books to make me laugh but I laughed out loud several times reading Mean Myriam Gurba s distinct voice reflects both her ability to form sharp observations about the people and situations around her as well as her capacity to know herself so that she can elicit laughter even when discussing topics like sexual assault eating diso. Efend our clubs and institutions We act mean because we like to laugh Being mean to boys is fun and a second wave feminist duty Being mean to men who deserve it is a holy mission Sisterhood is powerful but being mean is exhilaratingBeing mean isn't for everybodyBeing mean is best practiced by those who understand it as an art formThese virtuosos live closer to the divine than the rest of humanity They're ueersMyriam Gurba is a ueer spoken wo. .
A caustic coming of age tale Mean charts the author
S Journey Toward Feminist Consciousness As A Ueer Mixed Racejourney toward feminist consciousness as a ueer mixed race In terse prose spoken word performer Myriam Gurba recollects dozens of disparate memories of her childhood and adolescence in the Southwest over the course of sixty one fast moving chapters Common themes link standalone vignettes the author s development as a writer and artist her family s effort to preserve their heritage the sexual abuse of the Mexican American female body the political power of meanness Interestingly Gurba subverts several conventions of the white ueer coming of age narrative from glossing over the details of her coming out to rarely describing her romantic relationships The author seems less interested in sketching a movement toward self acceptance and happiness than in detailing the social uses of solidarity and anger Well worth checking out I don t think I ve ever been so uncomfortable enraged and Addicted to Womanhood Book One yet so enthused and sometimes giggly at a memoir as dark as this one Written in an often poetic style in fits and bursts of brutality and nostalgia this book is going to makeou FEEL Gurba s journey is a little too familiar but that s what makes her story an important one to hear remember Her cheeky style will stay with me TW RapeAssault I have issues with Gurba Primarily with how she is flippant about traumas that are not her own This memoir is still worth reading though I ll be thinking about it for some time It s OK to be mean It isn t just greed that s good Mean is good too Being mean makes us feel alive It s fun and exciting Sometimes it keeps us alive Well thank heaven for this Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth year s Big Book Brouhaha or I might never have heard of this author It may seem mean but I m gonna say it anyway I never had any interest in reading the other book When I first saw it listed as a Goodreads giveaway I read the description then scrolled on past dismissing it aset another Ladies Book Club Book a book featuring burning social issues ripe for tsking and clucking over by middle aged white ladies while they munch expensive chocolate cake covered with decadent ganache that was purchased at that chic new gluten free bake shop downtown And no I don t mean to insult anyone who LOVED that book and I belong to a book club and Once is Never Enough yep I ve eaten that cake But I know what I like and I know I won t feel guilty for giving that one a miss This book on the other hand is MY KINDA THING My gal Myriam is the REAL DEAL and this is her story of growing up a Molack Mexican Polack She offers deliciously honest and occasionally snarky observations on pretty much everything and her use of the C word and I don t mean Cancer will probably keep this memoir from being book club fodder Though ifou know of any clubs that pick this title dammit I want to join By eighth grade being called a ho was water off my wet back I was a paradoxical ho though a bookworm ho with a fading Mexican complexion Young people of color are supposed to enjoy looting and eating trans fats not sustained silent reading but I found a way to reconcile my assigned stereotype with my passions I "microwaved nachos and ate them while reading Jackie Collins paperbacks I stole from my mother trans fats looting and literature "nachos and ate them while reading Jackie Collins paperbacks I stole from my mother trans fats looting and literature Be warned Myriam discusses bodily functions sexual assault and her love of reading with eual candor AND ou Myriam Gurba's debut is the bold and hilarious tale of her coming of age as a ueer mixed race Chicana Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor Mean turns what might be tragic into piercing revealing comedy This is a confident funny brassy book that takes the cost of sexual assault racism misogyny and homophobia deadly seriouslyWe act mean to defend ourselves from boredom and from those who would cut off our breasts We act mean to .