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

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    Editor(s): Michelle Tea

    Publisher: Seal Press



    Size: 225 pages

    ISBN: 9781580051033

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While many recent books have thoughtfully examined the plight of the working poor in America, none of the authors of these books is able to claim a working-class background, and there are associated methodological and ethical concerns raised when most of the explicatory writing on how poverty affects women and girls is done by educated, upper-class journalists. It was these concerns that prompted indie icon Michelle Tea—whose memoir, The Chelsea Whistle, details her own working-class roots in gritty Chelsea, Massachusetts—to collect these fierce, honest, tender essays written by writers who can't go home to the suburbs when their assignment is over. These wide-ranging essays cover everything from stealing and selling blood to make ends meet; to “jumping” class; how if time equals money, then being poor means waiting; surviving and returning to the ghetto; and how feminine identity is shaped by poverty. Contributors include Dorothy Allison, Diane Di Prima, Terri Griffith, Daisy Hernandez, Frances Varian, Eileen Myles, Shawna Kenney, Siobhan Brooks, Terry Ryan, and more.

What People Are Saying

"[Michelle Tea's] wonderful storytelling is charged with reflection, anger, and the feeling of being alive."—The Village Voice Literary Supplement

"Tea's exquisite writing performs the miracle, dancing along a razor's edge between humor and pathos, jaded exhaustion and wonder…."—Girlfriends Magazine

About Michelle Tea

Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, including the Lambda-winning Valencia and the illustrated Rent Girl. Her novel, Rose of No Man's Land, was declared “impossible to put down” by People Magazine. Her writing has been published in The Believer, Best American Erotica, Best American Non-Required Reading, and The Outlaw Bible of American Literature. She was voted Best Local Writer 2006 by both the San Francisco Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Tea is a founder of all-girl performance happening Sister Spit, and Artistic Director of Radar Productions, a nonprofit that stages underground, queer-centric literary events in the Bay Area and beyond.

Book Details

Editor: Michelle Tea
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781580051033
Size: 225 pages
Publisher: Seal Press
Year: 2003

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