Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting

Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting

by Michelle Herrera Mulligan, Robyn Moreno
     
 

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Why, in the minds of most Americans, are Latinas still thought of as maids, seductresses, and booty-shaking salsa divas?

Never has the concept of Latina identity been more relevant. Also, never has there been a new generation of Latinas so ready to say what they mean and even criticize the Latina generation that preceded them. Until now.

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Overview

Why, in the minds of most Americans, are Latinas still thought of as maids, seductresses, and booty-shaking salsa divas?

Never has the concept of Latina identity been more relevant. Also, never has there been a new generation of Latinas so ready to say what they mean and even criticize the Latina generation that preceded them. Until now.

In Border-Line Personalities, twenty writers share their poignant and wickedly funny stories about fighting with their mothers, struggling with speaking Spanish, and dealing with the men who've done them wrong, among a myriad of other topics. In the end, each essay encompasses a different point of view, lending credence to the theory that no one can label any one item, idea, or person more Latina than the other.

Questions posed to Latinas of all ages in Border-Line Personalities:

  • Why do many of us often feel more American than Latina?
  • How important is Spanish, really?
  • Do we all really fit under one cultural umbrella?
  • When thinking about having children, do we really have to consider being stay-at-home moms as most of us were raised to believe was law, or can Latinas even consider the possibility of raising children while working?
  • What do we do when we fall in love with someone (male or female) outside our culture?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
" `Y que dice la juventud?' `What does the youth have to say for itself?' " Julia Alvarez, in her introduction, remembers childhood family gatherings, when one of the viejos would wander over to ask the young people this question, fishing for intimidades. Of course, the juventud shut up immediately. A generation later, editors Moreno and Herrera Mulligan are also asking questions-and now, finally, it's okay to talk. How do today's young Latinas deal with the expectations of their mamis? Do they deal with men any better than their mothers did? What does it mean to be Latina today? The essays show a variety of Latina attitudes and lifestyles. Most contributors have survived several romances or divorces; some have children and spouses. All have struggled, somehow or other, to define and understand themselves as they straddle cultural borderlines. Readers will have their own favorites, but no one should miss Maria Hinojosa's "Ain't Dishin'," on her strong preference for sexual privacy, or Lynda Sandoval's painful essay on her relationship with her alcoholic father. Since some discuss universal problems and others focus on uniquely Latina issues, readers get an unusually balanced look at what's on the minds of this "new generation" of Latinas. Agent, Joy Tutela. (July) Forecast: Hot cover art, low price, plus lots of media-connected, articulate contributors should add up to robust sales. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060580766
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/06/2004
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
423,421
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Herrera Mulligan is a writer originally from Chicago, Illinois. She's published articles in Time, Publishers Weekly, and Teen People magazines, among many others. She was an associate articles editor at Latina and coordinated a special issue of Time Latin America focusing on young Mexican leaders. She is currently working on her first novel.

Robyn Moreno is a writer and editor at Woman's Day as well as their spokesperson, and is a frequent guest on Today, PlumTV, NY1, Good Day New York, and the Early Show on CBS. She has written fashion, travel, and lifestyle articles for InStyle, Glamour, Latina, Woman's Day, Cooking Light, Quest, and the New York Daily News. She lives in New York City.

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