Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Diaz audiobook

Ordinary Girls: A Memoir

By Jaquira Diaz
Read by Almarie Guerra

Highbridge Audio 9781616209131
10.15 Hours Unabridged
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In this searing memoir, Jaquira Díaz writes fiercely and eloquently of her challenging girlhood and triumphant coming of age. While growing up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, Díaz found herself caught between extremes. As her family split apart and her mother battled schizophrenia, she was supported by the love of her friends. As she longed for a family and home, her life was upended by violence. As she celebrated her Puerto Rican culture, she couldn’t find support for her burgeoning sexual identity. From her own struggles with depression and sexual assault to Puerto Rico’s history of colonialism, every page of Ordinary Girls vibrates with music and lyricism. Díaz writes with raw and refreshing honesty, triumphantly mapping a way out of despair toward love and hope to become her version of the girl she always wanted to be. Reminiscent of Tara Westover’s Educated, Kiese Laymon’s Heavy, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club, and Terese Marie Mailhot’s Heart Berries, Jaquira Díaz’s memoir provides a vivid portrait of a life lived in (and beyond) the borders of Puerto Rico and its complicated history—and reads as electrically as a novel.

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Summary

Summary

A Good Housekeeping Pick of Best Books of the Year

A Time Magazine Pick of Best Books of the Year

An Electric Literature Pick of Best Books of the Year

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019

An October 2019 LibraryReads Pick

In this searing memoir, Jaquira Díaz writes fiercely and eloquently of her challenging girlhood and triumphant coming of age.

While growing up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, Díaz found herself caught between extremes. As her family split apart and her mother battled schizophrenia, she was supported by the love of her friends. As she longed for a family and home, her life was upended by violence. As she celebrated her Puerto Rican culture, she couldn’t find support for her burgeoning sexual identity. From her own struggles with depression and sexual assault to Puerto Rico’s history of colonialism, every page of Ordinary Girls vibrates with music and lyricism. Díaz writes with raw and refreshing honesty, triumphantly mapping a way out of despair toward love and hope to become her version of the girl she always wanted to be.

Reminiscent of Tara Westover’s Educated, Kiese Laymon’s Heavy, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club, and Terese Marie Mailhot’s Heart Berries, Jaquira Díaz’s memoir provides a vivid portrait of a life lived in (and beyond) the borders of Puerto Rico and its complicated history—and reads as electrically as a novel.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A dynamic examination of the power of persistence.” Time
“Belongs on your must-read lists. Díaz is a masterful writer…about despair, depression, love, and hope with such vibrancy that her vivid portrayal will stay with you long after the final page.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Outstanding. A powerful and lyrical coming-of-age story, Ordinary Girls is a candid illustration of shame, despair, and violence as well as joy and triumph.” Ms. Magazine
“A gripping, gorgeous story from start to finish is brought to life by narrator Almarie Guerra. Like author Jaquira Díaz, Guerra was born in Puerto Rico and is bilingual. In a smooth, engaging voice that isn’t overly theatrical, she brings a balance of spirit and restraint to her delivery of Díaz’s electric memoir.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Jaquira Diaz

Author Bio: Jaquira Diaz

Jaquira Diaz is a Puerto Rico-born author. Her work has been published in Rolling Stone, the London Guardian, the New York Times Style Magazine, and others, as well as being included in The Best American Essays 2016. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Kenyon Review, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 10.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English