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California calling: a self interrogation

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This book split my heart open and reminded me how much immigrants matter, how much we all carry the traces of other worlds. LIDIA YUKNAVITCH, The Chronology of Water California Calling is a lyrical self-interrogation of obsession, emigration, and identity. Natalie Singer's story opens in a courtroom on a witness stand, where she's forced to testify in a family breakup that changes the course of her life. At sixteen Natalie emigrates from Montreal and the secrets it holds to the golden promise of the California Bay Area, just as her Jewish ancestors fled Russia and went west for a new life. Through uneasy rituals of high school pep rallies and college sex in boats andthe backs of pickups, to a summer tracing a serial killer through the heart of Gold Country, to an eventual journalism career in San Francisco and the deserts of Palm Springs, Natalie aches to forge an American identity. At once an intimately unflinching memoir and a probing examination of the family and cultural myths that shape us, California Calling calls upon history, reportage, witness interrogation tactics, music and pop culture, and the iconography of the West to explore whether we can cure loneliness through landscape.Ultimately, California Calling is a search for a state of belonging.
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display_description"The first time Natalie Singer learns about California, she's nine, tucked between library stacks, a Canadian blizzard outside. In a book called All About California, she reads of mythological griffins, rupturing earthquakes, furnace deserts, and Hollywood stars, and an imprinting takes place. Could California be an answer to her dull existence in the nowhere of the North and the family secrets seeping out from behind closed doors? The fantasy of California blooms out of Singer's father's collection of Beach Boys records, her pretty mother's perfect red nails, the boys and men she tries hungrily to connect with, and the haunting memory of being interrogated on a courtroom witness stand. At sixteen, she finally goes west to the place of her obsessions to find out whether you can cure longing with landscape alone. Reckoning with the power that family and cultural myths hold over us, California Calling is a universal coming-of-age story and one woman's lyrical, achingly honest search for a state of belonging."--Provided by publisher.
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ils:a1432037BookBooksEnglishHawthorne Books & Literary Arts, 2017.313 pages ; 23 cm
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subject_facetCalifornia -- Social life and customs
Canadians -- California -- Biography
Coming of age
Man-woman relationships
Singer, Natalie, -- 1977-
Young women -- California -- Biography
title_displayCalifornia calling : a self interrogation
title_fullCalifornia calling : a self interrogation / by Natalie Singer
title_shortCalifornia calling
title_suba self interrogation
Coming of age
Man-woman relationships
Singer, Natalie
Social life and customs
Young women