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Skin: Talking About Sex, Class & Literature

book by Dorothy Allison

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Through this collection of inspiring essays and other writing produced over the years, Allison distills the essence of her life; the hard-fought battles that helped her to forge a ‘…meaningful politics…’ (35). 1,158 more words

November Reading List

As the holidays approach, I find myself thinking more and more about family. It’s probably the most-written-about subject in all of literature, so compiling a list about families might be an insane venture, but I’ve got a few favorites to recommend. 218 more words

Reading & Writing

What We Carry

“Behind the story I tell is the one I don’t. Behind the story you hear is the one I wish I could make you hear.” — Dorothy Allison, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure… 892 more words

Review: Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina tells the story of Bone Boatwright, a little girl growing up in Greenville, South Carolina. She’s poor as dirt, surrounded by women that love her and family suffering under poverty and the shame instilled by poverty. 1,228 more words


Bastard out of Carolina

Content warning: child abuse.

My bestie lent me this book ages ago, and knowing that I was travelling to America, I thought I would take the opportunity to add it to my five weeks of American literature. 429 more words

Book Reviews

Trauma and Survival in Contemporary Fiction

How can trauma be written, or read about, when much of the impact of traumatic events is so overwhelming as to debilitate functional emotional, cognitive, and physical responses? 132 more words