Border-Line Personalities by Michelle Herrera Mulligan

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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?

About Michelle Herrera Mulligan

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Michelle Herrera Mulligan coedited and contributed an essay toBorder-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting. Her articles have appeared in Time, Woman's Day, and Publishers Weekly. A former editor at Latina, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 338 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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" '¿Y qué dice la juventud?' 'What does the youth have to say for itself?' " Julia Alvarez, in her introduction, remembers childhood family gatherings, when one of the viejos would wander over to ask the young people this question, fishing for intimidades .

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