Without A Net: The Female Experience Of Growing Up Working Class

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Much has been written about the plight of the working poor in America, but not by those with first-hand knowledge of how poverty shapes and distorts lives.

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Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of the working class that sociologists and journalists routinely offer up, Michelle Tea has collected these scorching yet tender essays from writers who grew up knowing the pressure of parents' dead-end dreams; scamming, stealing, and hustling just to get food on the table; the complex humiliation of free lunch and county hospitals; and a fierce impulse to gather and protect those who shared their tenements, houses, and neighborhoods. Includes: - Dorothy Allison - Diane di Prima - Terri Griffith - Daisy Hernandez - Frances Varian - Eileen Myles - Terry Ryan 'These narratives are so raw, so fresh, and so riveting that I read them compulsively, with one hand alternately covering my mouth, my heart, and my stomach, while the other hand turned the page. WITHOUT A NET is an important book for any woman who's grown up - or is growing up - in America.' -Vendela Vida, AND NOW YOU CAN GO

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Author Michelle Tea (editor)
Publisher Seal Press
Page Count 224pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.25
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date January 16, 2004
ISBN 978-1580051033

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