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Catholic Girls: Stories, Poems, and Memoirs

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Stories, poems, and memoirs by Mary McCarthy, Louise Erdrich, and fifty other Catholic women of diverse ethnic backgrounds offer an impassioned, satiric, and often critical look at the Roman Church and its influence for good or ill. 15,000 first printing.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Plume
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Ann
Apr 14, 2010 Ann rated it really liked it
An interesting collection of short stories, memoirs and poems by women (mostly feminists) who were raised Catholic. The book is divided into 3 sections:

1. "The Company of Angels" reflects the spirit and innocence of early girlhood.

2. "Falling Away" explores the concept of faith from various perspectives.

3, "A Temple of The Holy Ghost" explores the emergence of sexuality and the loss of innocence.

It is a thought provoking book written by women and girls who did not acquiesce to prescribed roles
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Linda
Aug 23, 2014 Linda rated it it was ok
Catholic Girls is an anthology of short stories & poems by women who came of age in the pre-Vatican II days. Do not be misled by its generic title. It is not a lighthearted book of Parochial school antics. While there are a couple of stories with humor, quite a few are dark and several are very disturbing. This is clearly explained on the back cover, which I didn't read since I literally judged the book by its cover (a cute little blonde First Communicant running down the sidewalk), while pe ...more
Rita
Aug 10, 2008 Rita rated it it was ok
I chose this book because it was written in the same time frame as when I was growing up in Catholic school. I was looking for a bit of nostalgia. However ... I should have learned my lesson by now. Whenever a book has "Women's Studies" on the back, my red flag should ascend. There is usually too much "woe is me -- men are beasts -- we're oppressed -- " to make this an enjoyable read. Too bad.
marissa
Jun 23, 2007 marissa rated it really liked it
As with any anthology, some of the stories are better than others. But that does a good job of showing the variety of Catholic school experiences, and I was pleased to see that the stories chosen weren't all about the porn-fantasy staple of oversexed Catholic schoolgirls. As a member of the club, the stories rang very true even when they didn't relate directly to my own experience.
Ryan Mishap
Sep 15, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology
Many writers in diverse genres write about being female and raised catholic.
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Anyone who went to any kind of religious school will love this book. One of my favorites.
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This is a very fine collection of poems and short stories about Catholicism and girlhood.
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