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Cool for You?s tough-girl narrator wants to be an astronaut. Instead, she becomes a poet and journeys through a series of low-end schools, pathetic jobs, and unmade beds. Schooled by mean and memorable Catholic nuns, this tomboy heroine stumbles and dreams her way through the painful corridors of family, early sexual encounters, and an eye-opening series of jobs caring for the sick and insane?the abandoned wards of the state. This is a book hell-bent on telling the truth about poor women, and how they do (and do...
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Cool for You’s tough-girl narrator wants to be an astronaut. Instead, she becomes a poet and journeys through a series of low-end schools, pathetic jobs, and unmade beds. Schooled by mean and memorable Catholic nuns, this tomboy heroine stumbles and dreams her way through the painful corridors of family, early sexual encounters, and an eye-opening series of jobs caring for the sick and insane—the abandoned wards of the state. This is a book hell-bent on telling the truth about poor women, and how they do (and do not) get out of the hands of their families and the state. Without artifice or pseudonym, protagonist Eileen Myles boldly sets down a rich and graphic account of female experience in this world.
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Editorial Reviews

Jim Cory
Myles' novel much resembles her poetry. Her narrative has the same jagged edges, the same turn-on-a-dime intellectual quirkiness, the same quality of pitiless observation…the ironic point-of-view, supplies the author with abundant comic effects, making her book, like Celine's, a tragedy that's God-awful funny.
Lambda Book Report
Kate Clinton
The Style is experimental without being annoying and without any condescension. Ms. Myles makes real the tough-girl narrator who muses on ambition and sexuality, grief and delight, with equal candor and grace.
The Progressive
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593762100
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2003

    Cool for Us

    Too many novels/memoirs get lost in pretty words and pat observations which lead to little or no insight into the 'real' author. Eileen Myles doesn't play this game. Memories of sexual experiences, horrible jobs, too much booze, and a family life that doesn't resemble reruns of Ozzie and Harriet spill onto the page without artifice and without regard for chronology. The result is a dizzying, beautiful, tough and honest view into one woman's life. I couldn't stop turning the pages as I wandered deeper into Ms. Myles's memories and connected, at times, with her sense of displacement. There's also much humor in this book: Ms. Myles has an ability to paint scenes of her Catholic school experiences that can make you laugh out loud. More authors should write this honestly.

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