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California calling: a self interrogation
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Published:
Portland, Oregon : Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, 2017.
Format:
Book
Physical Desc:
313 pages ; 23 cm
Status:
Odenton Library - Nonfiction
921 SINGER
Description
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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Street Date:
1803
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780998825717, 0998825719

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"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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APA Citation (style guide)

Singer, N. (2017). California calling: a self interrogation. Portland, Oregon: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Singer, Natalie, 1977-. 2017. California Calling: A Self Interrogation. Portland, Oregon: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Singer, Natalie, 1977-, California Calling: A Self Interrogation. Portland, Oregon: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, 2017.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Singer, Natalie. California Calling: A Self Interrogation. Portland, Oregon: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, 2017. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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