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

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Harper Collins, Jul 6, 2004 - Literary Collections - 336 pages
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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.

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?
 

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

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

User Review  - Katherine Spencer Inskeep - Goodreads

A collection of essays by Latina writers on a variety of topics. Interesting, if a bit too long or too many essays. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
75
Section 2
86
Section 3
99
Section 4
118
Section 5
131

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Page 82 - A border is a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge. A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary.
Page 117 - Antonio's very little international airport, and for the first time in a long time I was glad to be home. My aunts and cousins had flown in, too, and at my grandparents' house we talked and laughed, and I indulged in all the rich and comforting Mexican foods I had discarded.

About the author (2004)

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.

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