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How to Write a Suicide Note: Serial Essays That Saved a Woman's Life
by Sherry Quan Lee (Goodreads Author)
How to Write a Suicide Note examines the life of a Chinese/Black woman who grew up passing for white, who grew up poor, who loves women but has always married white men. Writing has saved her life. It has allowed her to name the historical trauma--the racist, sexist, classist experiences that have kept her from being fully alive, that have screamed at her loudly and consis ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published June 6th 2008 by Modern History Press
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Aug 07, 2008 Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: poetry lovers, journal writers
An introspective memoir in poetry by a woman whose mother was black and whose father, who left when Quan Lee was five, was Chinese. Growing up, Quan Lee was able to pass for white or, failing that, to emphasize her Chinese heritage for the sake of being "exotic;" one father-in-law was even allowed to believe she was Polynesian. Such flexibility of her apparent race leads not only to a crisis of identity for Quan Lee, but a sense of invisibility, the cure for which, her introduction suggests, was ...more
This one's a LibraryThing early reviewers book and not something I'd probably pick up on my own. It's a collection of essays that walk the line between poetry and prose from the mind of someone going through a major depression and using writing to try and cope and heal. So far the essays in which the author gives some of her back story interspersed with raw emotion and truth are surprsingly powerful. The style and content, however, do not make for an easy read and it is going to take me a while ...more
SHERRY QUAN LEE, author of How to Write a Suicide Note (2008) approaches writing as a community resource and as culturally based art of an ordinary everyday practical aesthetic. She is a Distinguished Alumni of North Hennepin Community College. Currently, she is the Program Associate for the Split Rock Arts Program summer workshops and the Online Mentoring for Writers Program at the University of ...moreMore about Sherry Quan Lee...