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Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre


I love a good memoir, especially one that comes from such an unusual history. Here’s the back cover info:

The winner of CBC’s Canada Reads 2012, Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, re-issued by Vintage Canada.

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One loud woman and a girl on a train travel to the the top of this week’s National Post Bestseller List

The National Post Bestseller List is reported weekly by a different Canadian bookstore, featuring local favourites alongside national hits. This week’s list courtesy of Another Story Bookshop (315 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto). 368 more words


Mexican Hooker #1: And My Other Roles Since the Revolution by Carmen Aguirre

Aguirre previously wrote “Something Fierce“, about her revolutionary life in South America after the Chilean coup that killed Allende’s socialist revolution. Something Fierce won the CBC Canada Reads competition in 2012. 146 more words

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If possible I love starting the Auckland Writer’s Festival off with attendance at the NZ Listener Gala Night.  Eight authors get seven minutes each to ad lib a chosen topic.   695 more words

Beyond Something Fierce: Carmen Aguirre, child victim of the paper bag rapist, holds nothing back in her haunting memoir

Carmen Aguirre’s Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter made as big a splash as any writer could hope of a literary debut.

Published in 2011, the actress/playwright’s vivid account of fleeing post-coup Chile, living in Canada as a refugee, and returning to South America to covertly fight the Pinochet regime gained strong reviews and a decent-sized readership; then, with rapper and soon-to-be Q host Shad serving as its on-air advocate, the book won CBC Canada Reads and was catapulted to instant and enduring bestseller status. 1,387 more words


Something Fiercer: Trauma ignites Carmen Aguirre's new memoir Mexican Hooker #1, written in fire

Mexican Hooker #1: And My Other Roles Since the Revolution
By Carmen Aguirre
Random House Canada
288 pp; $29.95

A traumatic event might conclude after an hour or two, but the story it ignites in the mind, body and soul of the attendant person will write itself in fire over the course of a lifetime. 906 more words


Preyed upon at 13 by the ‘Paper Bag Rapist,’ survivor shares how she was able to look her attacker in the eye

It was the first hot day of spring, April 26, 1981. Two girls, giggling, talking about boys, shared a purloined cigarette on a wooded trail near their school in the University of B.C. 1,562 more words