Left Coast of Paradise: California and the American Heart

Left Coast of Paradise: California and the American Heart

by Judith Moore

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Moore introduces us to ``Peggy,'' a feminist lesbian into S & M, who explains in matter-of-fact language what, exactly, she and her partners in pleasure/pain do. We also meet a black mortician named Ragsdale who explains why black undertakers traditionally have been looked up to, even admired, in their communities in contrast to their white counterparts. Moore's reminiscence of her Arkansas grandmother (``brutal, powerful, repulsive'') leaves a nightmarishly indelible impression. Other characters include a female dwarf, a male hairdresser, a pimp, a Hollywood-bruised English professor, an ``evil'' elephant named Cindy, a blues singer and Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse. A writer who can do much with little, Moore is particularly evocative in her description of places. Anyone who reads her piece on the San Diego Greyhound bus station will not likely forget it, a tribute to the power of her writing talent. (September 29)
Library Journal
This is an eclectic collection of loose, essay-type segments on wildly varying people encountered by Moore at one time or another in the California milieu. Her subjects run the gamut from a feminist lesbian to transients in a Greyhoud Bus terminal; to an elephant named Cindy; the author's grandmother; Maxine Howard, singer of blues; and philosopher Herbert Marcuse. Moore's stream-of-consciousness style encourages a speedy read. The people are real. The Left Coast will probably appeal most to a curious and liberal adult audience.Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology at Alfred

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