Indigenous: Growing Up Californian

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City Lights Books, May 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 293 pages
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Cris Mazza delivers a spirited rebuttal to pop-culture stereotypes about growing up female in Southern California. Coming of age in the 1970s and '80s, Mazza's memories aren't about surfing, cheerleading or riding in convertibles. Though her story has its exotic elements-her family hunts and -gathers food in the semi-arid coastal hills well into the early '70s-she sets herself in the context of familiar Americana. Repeating motifs-gender issues, the California landscape, dogs, musicians, plus the perplexing melancholy of a sexless marriage-thread through these very personal essays, as Mazza confronts madness, disability, sexual dysfunction and death, speaking to the drama of ordinary lives.

Cris Mazza's most recent novel was Girl Beside Him, and she is the editor of Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction.

 

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Contents

A Girl Among Trombonists
87
Land of MakeBelieve
141
Symphony Ex ExSymphony
183
Withstanding the Elements
227
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About the author (2003)

Cris Mazza is the author of numerous story collections and novels, most recently, Girl Beside Him, and she is the editor of Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction.

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