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Ordinary Girls - by Jaquira Díaz (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 336

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Age Range: Adult

Author: Jaquira Díaz

Language: English

TCIN: 76469231
UPC: 9781616209131
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-6908

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Winner of a Whiting Award for Nonfiction

"[Ordinary Girls] belongs on your must-read lists. Díaz is a masterful writer . . . Writing with refreshing honesty, she talks about despair, depression, love, and hope with such vibrancy that her vivid portrayal will stay with you long after the final page."
--O: The Oprah Magazine

"Every once in a while, a truly electric debut memoir comes along, and this fall, Ordinary Girls is it. It's the story of an ordinary girl; it's the story of all of the extraordinary girls. Díaz is a skilled writer; the depth of layering is strong, from the details to the larger structures of identity, white supremacy, colonialism, and brown, queer, and femme resilience and resistance."
--BuzzFeed

"A skilled writer, Díaz is meticulous in her craft, and on page after page her writing truly sings . . . This brutally honest coming-of-age story is a painful yet illuminating memoir, a testament to resilience in the face of scarcity, a broken family, substance abuse, sexual assault, mental illness, suicide and violence."
--New York Times Book Review

"Incredible . . . Beautiful . . . Gorgeous and propulsive prose."
--NBC / Today (Isaac Fitzgerald)

"Díaz does not flinch with the hard-hitting details of growing up in communities that deserve our wholehearted attention. She complicates how we imagine girlhood and offers a beautiful memoir written with so much love, compassion and intelligence. This book is a necessary read at a time where the system and the media is so often working against the survival of women of color. This book burns in the memory and makes one feel all the feelings. A triumph!"
--Bustle (Angie Cruz, author of Dominicana)

"A dynamic examination of the power of persistence."
--Time (Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019)

"Outstanding. A powerful and lyrical coming-of-age story, Ordinary Girls is a candid illustration of shame, despair and violence as well as joy and triumph. Against a Puerto Rican backdrop, this debut is compassionate, brave and forgiving."
--Ms. Magazine

"At once heartbreaking and throbbing with life in a rich portrait that's anything but ordinary."
--Good Housekeeping (The 50 Best Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List)

"There's a certain ferocity throughout the entirety of Ordinary Girls. For some of the book, it's humming like a hardworking engine--concealed under the hood, always present--but then there are moments when it combusts, bursting from the page in such a way that you, as a reader, have to pause and take a breath. Ordinary Girls is an electrifying, deftly-paced debut."
--Salon

"Diaz's resilience and writing abilities are far from ordinary; she's an emissary from an experience that many young women have. Listen."
--Refinery29

"A whirlwind memoir. Like Maya Angalou's seminal 1969 memoir I know Why the Caged Bird Sings before it, Ordinary Girls, is brutally honest in a way that few books dare to be."
--Bitch

"Striking. Díaz's story is absolutely breathtaking."
--NBC Latino

"A fierce, unflinching account of ordinary girls leading extraordinary lives."
--Poets & Writers

"Every so often you discover a voice that just floors you--or rather, feels like it can bulldoze something in your very soul. This fall, that voice belongs to Jaquira Díaz."
--The Week (25 Books to Read in the Second Half of 2019)

"In her debut memoir, Jaquira Díaz mines her experiences growing up in Puerto Rico and Miami, grappling with traumas both personal and international, and over time converts them into something approaching hope and self-assurance. For years, Díaz has dazzled in shorter formats--stories, essays, etc.--and her entrée into longer lengths is very welcome."
--The Millions (Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2019 Book Preview)

"A powerful memoir, heart-wrenching, inspiring, thoroughly engrossing, reminiscent of Mary Karr's The Liar's Club, Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and more recently Tara Westover's Educated. Through one family's story, we learn about challenges of poverty, migration, uprootedness, addiction, sexism, racism--but also about the triumphant, spirited storyteller who survives to tell the tale. Jaquira Díaz is our contemporary Scheherazade, telling stories to keep herself alive and whole, and us her readers mesmerized and wanting more. And we get it: there is more life packed on each page of Ordinary Girls than some lives hold in a lifetime."
--Julia Alvarez, author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies

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