Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class (Live Girls)

by Michelle Tea

Paperback, 2004




Seal Press (2004), Paperback, 256 pages


An urgent testament to the trials of life for women living without a financial safety net Indie icon Michelle Tea--whose memoir The Chelsea Whistle details her own working-class roots in gritty Chelsea, Massachusetts--shares these fierce, honest, tender essays written by women who can't go home to the suburbs when ends don't meet. When jobs are scarce and the money has dwindled, these writers have nowhere to go but below the poverty line. The writers offer their different stories not for sympathy or sadness, but an unvarnished portrait of how it was, is, and will be for generations of women growing up working class in America. These wide-ranging essays cover everything from selling blood for grocery money to the culture shock of "jumping" class. Contributors include Dorothy Allison, Bee Lavender, Eileen Myles, and Daisy Hernández.… (more)

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LibraryThing member sara_k
This is a collection of writings by women who grew up on the margins of society. There is much to think about and realize. I grew up without money or health insurance but there was some stolidity to our family life that kept us from despair (at least as children).


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256 p.; 8.26 inches


1580051030 / 9781580051033

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