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The Riots

4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Constantly surprising, these personal essays explore the attractions and dangers of intimacy and the violence that often arises in close relationships. Deulen’s artful storytelling and dialogue also draw the reader into complicated questions about class, race, and gender.

In “Aperture,” she considers how she has contributed to her autistic brother’s isolation from family an
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by University of Georgia Press
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Sara
Nov 27, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
First I have to confess I'm not generally a fan of memoir. I picked this book up off a freebie shelf because it was in a beautiful jacket (I'm a sucker for good design) and because it had the GLCA New Writers Award seal on the cover. That said, I savored every essay.
Duelen has a powerful, open, intense voice that, I admit, is sometimes disturbing in her honest depiction of childhood poverty, desperation, family abuse, addiction, and escape. I seldom read more than one essay at a time, often le
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Brian
Feb 21, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it
(4.0) Powerful topics/events, bordering on poetic writing

I wasn't surprised to read that she's also a published poet. She shifts her style around from piece to piece, but much of it is rhythmic and calls out to be performed. I particularly appreciated the earlier pieces and the one about the 1992 LA Riots and her experiences during the aftermath. She's had a tough time growing up and this is a powerful way to repurpose that negative energy.

Minor bugs:
- atriums instead of atria
- using I as an
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Ariel
Aug 11, 2013 Ariel rated it it was amazing
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A poetic collection of personal essays with crisp, evocative, original language. Painful and inspiring.
Ally Parsons
Feb 04, 2015 Ally Parsons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Assigned reading for a college class, and I finished it in one day. Absolutely gorgeous writing, staggeringly poetic even though it's a creative nonfiction essay collection. Amazing and moving.
Jeanne
Oct 13, 2011 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Beautiful, honest, hilarious & totally heart wrenching at times.
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