Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class

Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class

by Michelle Tea (Editor)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580056663
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 573,977
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Michelle Tea is the author of five memoirs: The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, Valencia (now a film), The Chelsea Whistle (Seal Press), Rent Girl and How to Grow Up (Penguin/Plume), currently in development with Amazon Studios. Her novels include Mermaid in Chelsea Creek and Girl at the Bottom of the Sea, part of a Young Adult fantasy trilogy published by McSweeneys, and Rose of No Man's Land. Black Wave is a dystopic memoir-fiction hybrid. Forthcoming works include Castle on the River Vistula, the final installment of the YA series, and Modern Tarot, a tarot how-to and spell book published by Harper Elixir.

Tea is the curator of the Amethyst Editions imprint at Feminist Press. She founded the literary non-profit RADAR Productions and the international Sister Spit performance tours, and is the former editor of Sister Spit Books, an imprint of City Lights. She created Mutha Magazine, an online publication about real-life parenting. Her writing has appeared in Harper's, Cosmopolitan, The Believer, Marie Claire, n+1, xoJane, California Sunday Magazine, Buzzfeed, and many other print and web publications.

Table of Contents

Introduction Michelle Tea ix

Another Year Older and Deeper in Debt Rachel Ann Brickner 1

The Burden of Enough Ijeoma Oluo 5

Steal Away Dorothy Allison 11

Farm Use Joy Castro 20

The Best Professionals Have Never Seen an Arrest Naomi Begg 31

The Prison We Called Home Siobhan Brooks 38

A Catholic Leg Terry Ryan 50

Deep Cleavage, Black Dresses, and White Men Virgie Tovar 61

My Father's Hands Daisy Hernández 70

What's the Question Again? Aya De Leon 83

Winter Coat Terri Griffith 89

The Just-Add-Water Kennedys and Barbecue Bread Violence Polyestra 99

Career Counseling Ariel Gore 110

My Dead Abuelo Needs a Sugar Daddy Juliana Delgado Lopera 115

Reverse Silas Howard 123

My Memory and Witness Lis Goldschmidt Dean Spade 131

Aunt Marion, Who Lived in Florida Liz McGlinchey King 137

Wings Tatiana de la tierra 147

There are Holes in My Mandarin Dog Biscuit Shell Feijo 156

On Excess Chloe Caldwell 163

The Lower-Working-Class Narrative of a Black Chinese American Girl Wendy Thompson 169

The Sound of Poverty Eileen Myles 178

Ghetto Fabulous Tina Fakhrid-Deen 183

Getting Out Frances Varian 193

Fighting Bee Lavender 201

Scholarship Baby Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha 219

Something From Nothing Shawna Kenney 230

Passing as Privileged Lilly Dancyger 240

About the Contributors 247

About the Editor 253

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Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SquirrelyChick More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book that has captured the plight of working class/poor women like this book has. The stories may be heartbreaking and infuriating, but every single woman who contributed to this book has an inner core of steel. They didn't have a choice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with heart-felt stories that will anger and sadden you but in the end you feel empowered by these womyn of all ethnic backgrounds who have one thing in common...strength. Each story reminds you to appreciate what you have. These are powerful, real essays from powerful, real womyn. My favorite out of this collection is, There are holes in my mandarin dog biscuit by Shell Feijo.