Cynthia Dewi Oka discusses her new collection, FIRE IS NOT A COUNTRY.
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In this lush and raw account, musicians play, voices harmonize and then separate again, town after Alaska town rolls by… and Waterfield searches for home. ...more
Tags: absent father, absent fathers, absent mother, absent mothers, absent parent, Alaska, Anchorage, book review, Borrowed Finery, childhood, community, depression, Fairbanks, family, Frank Conroy, Inside Passage, Keema Waterfield, Mary Karr, memoir, mothers, mothers and daughters, music festivals, parents, Paula Fox, Portage, review, Ronit Feinglass Plank, Ronit Plank, sexual abuse, single motherhood, Single Mothers, Stop-Time, The Liars Club
Just the two of us. Daddy and me. Charro and escaramuza. ...more
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It hadn’t felt like teasing. It felt the way it always did these days—that I had disappointed her. ...more
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As soon as life begins, its impulse is to divide. ...more
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For years, decades even, my father tried to escape meth’s hold. ...more
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Patsy’s imagined freedom in America, she discovers almost immediately, was an illusion. ...more
Tags: American Dream, book review, caribbean, colonialism, cutting, gender roles, gender stereotypes, identity, immigrants, immigration, Jamaica, Keishel Williams, Lesbian, LGBTQ, literary tropes, Liveright, marriage, migration, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Patsy, queer, relationships, review, self harm, single motherhood, Single Mothers
Alison Stine discusses her new novel, ROAD OUT OF WINTER.
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I won’t say I brought this on myself, but I wrote it. I wrote it myself. ...more
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Turn the corner, let the darkness swallow you, and you’re in the stacks. ...more
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Simon(e) van Saarloos discusses PLAYING MONOGAMY.
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The pleasure comes from the bounty itself, the viewing of it, knowing that she doesn’t have to eat it but that she could. ...more
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We want your essays on mothering outside the margins!
Our bodies will not be your banners. We are not yours to use and abuse, we are not yours to dupe. We see through your words, and we see your violence. ...more
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So my No-Trump Vote is for all the grown kids of single mothers, in the hope that they come to value—before it’s too late—the person who more closely resembles our sacrificing moms than our dodgy deadbeat dads. ...more
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The author of
The Way We Weren’t talks about why she decided to write about being a single mother, the effect it’s had on her daughter, and the adjunct crisis. ...more
Tags: absent father, addiction, adjuncts, alcoholism, Cheryl Strayed, child support, Jesmyn Ward, jill talbot, Loaded, memoir, Men We Reaped, Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction, motherhood, mothers, nonfiction, parenting, Sarah Einstein, single mother, Single Mothers, The Way We Weren't, Wild, workers rights