Vertigo: A Memoir / Edition 1

Vertigo: A Memoir / Edition 1

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by Louise DeSalvo
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558613951

ISBN-13: 9781558613959

Pub. Date: 08/01/2002

Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The

In her no-holds-barred family memoir, controversial scholar-critic Louise DeSalvo breaks the traditional silence around life for an Italian American girl coming of age in working-class Hoboken, New Jersey. Upon first publication, DeSalvo’s memoir–which sifts through painful memories of childhood incest, a sister’s suicide, a mother’s

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In her no-holds-barred family memoir, controversial scholar-critic Louise DeSalvo breaks the traditional silence around life for an Italian American girl coming of age in working-class Hoboken, New Jersey. Upon first publication, DeSalvo’s memoir–which sifts through painful memories of childhood incest, a sister’s suicide, a mother’s psychotic depression, and a father’s violent rage–enjoyed wide acclaim as an instant classic of the genre, written in "one of the most refreshing feminist voices around."—San Francisco Chronicle

Marketing Plans:
East Coast readings
Extensively promoted with new anthology Taste This: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Identity

Louise DeSalvo is professor of English at Hunter College. She has published thirteen books, including the acclaimed Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558613959
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Series:
The Cross-Cultural Memoir Series Series
Edition description:
1ST FEMINI
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,004,388
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionix
Prologuexxxi
1Fixing Things1
2My Sister's Suicide13
3Combat Zones38
4Finding My Way66
5Safe Houses87
6Colored Paper116
7Spin the Bottle130
8Boy Crazy145
9Vertigo161
10The Still Center of the Turning Wheel189
11Anorexia200
12A Portrait of the Puttana as a Woman in Midlife219
13Personal Effects242

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Vertigo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I think this book is really great. Louise is an amazing author, and she is wonderful to hear speak. If you get the chance, go see her. This book gives a different perspective on growing up in an Italian-American family, perhaps even a more realistic one. I have read and re-read the book, and am currently reading it for the third time. Highly reccomended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I began reading 'Vertigo' as an assigned reading requirement for a creative writing class and soon found myself reading far beyond assigned pages, wanted to delve further into the world Louise creates in this wonderful book! I recommend it to everyone. Her writing has changed how I see my own writing, and has become an inspiration to me. It saved me in many ways.