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Drown by Junot Díaz
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I can't get enough of Junot! His writing is amazing- I laugh, I cry, I am left numb for days- mourning the reality of growing up in an immigrant family and not being to fully escape our generational pain.
The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia
The People of Paper
by Salvador Plascencia
read in March, 2013
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Oh the pain- the pain of heartbreak, broken dreams, broken families...

And the imagery of the pain is all too real in this novel. I think this interview with Plascencia sheds light on the pain:

http://bombsite.com/issues/98/article...

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The Road to Los Angeles by John Fante
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Wait Until Spring, Bandini by John Fante
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So I read Ask the Dust first, and now I got a chance to see Bandini's childhood. Kinda felt like a psychologist getting some insight to why he ended up the way he did. And it was a psychologist dream - Catholic school, racism, working class struggle,...more
Ask the Dust by John Fante
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LA history, a frustrated writer, heartbreak- what more could I ask for?

Bandini, a male protagonist that I hated for the most part...but at times rooted for- ah, I could relate to that Catholic guilt. So he ended up redeeming himself...sorta.
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Genuine love is rarely an emotional space where needs are instantly gratified. To know love we have to invest time and commitment...'dreaming that love will save us, solve all our problems or provide a steady state of bliss or security only keeps us stuck in wishful fantasy, undermining the real power of the love -- which is to transform us.' Many people want love to function like a drug, giving them an immediate and sustained high. They want to do nothing, just passively receive the good feeling.Bell Hooks
Emily Grijalva voted for Creepy Carrots! as Best Picture Books in the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards.
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This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
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I could not put this book down! I found myself getting teary-eyed, at times chuckling, but mostly sighing. And when I finished, I couldn't shake that ache in my heart and the knot in my throat. Ah, heartbreak, cheating, lying, and hopeless despair-...more
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Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
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“Genuine love is rarely an emotional space where needs are instantly gratified. To know love we have to invest time and commitment...'dreaming that love will save us, solve all our problems or provide a steady state of bliss or security only keeps us stuck in wishful fantasy, undermining the real power of the love -- which is to transform us.' Many people want love to function like a drug, giving them an immediate and sustained high. They want to do nothing, just passively receive the good feeling.”
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