Sunday, January 11, 2015

Memoirs I'm Loving GP from Georgia Clark on the Parched #PrismBookTours

Georgia Clark visits Colorimetry to share her fav Memoirs!

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by Georgia Clark
YA Romantic Sci-Fi
Hardcover, 312 Pages
March 14th 2014 by Holiday House

Robots, renewable resources, and romance get tangled together in this thrilling futuristic adventure novel about a utopian city struggling to keep its peace.

"Bold futurist adventure with unusual romance, riveting action and ominous ecological red flags." —Kirkus Reviews

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Georgia Clark is an Australian writer and performer based in Brooklyn. She is the author of the young adult novels SHE’S WITH THE BAND (Allen & Unwin) and sci-fi/romance PARCHED (Holiday House). Widely published online and in print. Won some awards/grants/residencies. Has a play on at the NY Fringe festival. Pretty keen on cheese plates. 

Georgia is gearing up to teach a short, online writing class about writing sci-fi through a Lit Reactor course. Want to go check it out and join? Go HERE! Begins January 14th.

Three lady memoirs I’m loving
By Georgia Clark

How To Be A Woman, by Caitlin Moran

Warning: Do not start listening to this book unless you’re prepared to have your internal monologue hi-jacked by a Brit. It’s driving me literally balmy! It’s a testament to Caitlin’s distinctive voice as a writer that I’m able to channel her so successfully. Part memoir, part feminist cry-to-arms, How To Be A Woman is bold, brazen and funny. Even if I didn’t always agree with Caitlin’s arguments, I didn’t mind because I’m just so happy someone funny and brave is having them. We can’t all agree on everything, and picking something apart for what you don’t agree with is not as productive for celebrating what you do. Plus, this will let you become a Londoner vicariously, as it’s got loads of references to Top of the Pops, the Spice Gals and eating crisps.

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

I did not expect to love this book. I’d seen the cover many times (always a recommended pick by bookstore staff, should’ve been a dead giveaway), but to be honest, a memoir about hiking seemed as interesting to me as memoir about playing organized sport or waking up before the sun. Then I saw the movie. POW! BAM! BLAMMO! What a great film! Cheryl wasn’t a crunchy granola type who referred to her body as ‘my temple’, she was an effed up ex-heroin addict who made bad choices. She even changed her last name to Strayed because of all her infidelity! This was a main character I could sink my teeth into. I was with Cheryl for every blister-inducing step of the way as she bravely/naively set off to hike the Pacific Crest trail. The author deftly balances her past (childhood, marrying young, death of her mother) with the present difficulties and joy of her hike. She’s strong, flawed, resourceful, angry and real. Reese Witherspoon does a great job in the film, but of course, you must read the book first!

Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham

Of course, no list of lady memoirs can be complete without Lady Lena, reigning queen of young feminists. Lena comes across as such a lovable eccentric in this book, but I had to really think about whether her descriptions of truly terrible relationship instincts (“If you ignore me, I’m interested in you”) were indeed eccentric, born of middle class artistic precociousness, or (more frighteningly) just… true. Relatable. God knows I made some truly atrocious choices in my 20s. I think the answer, and the key to Lena’s popularity, is both. Her voice, complete with its anxieties, is unique but she also taps into universal truths of girlhood. The part where she listed all the foods she ate while attempting to calorie count did feel a bit bad performance poetry-ish, but I loved hearing her rile against sexist male Hollywood types: it made me realize just how hard she’s fought, just to get a show about real girls on TV. Keep fighting the good fight Lena, you gorgeous weirdo!

Honorable Mentions:

Bossypants, by Tina Fey

As a huge 30 Rock fan/amateur improviser/human with my eyes open, naturally, I adore Tina Fey, the ultimate “obedient white girl from the suburbs”.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling

Because, Mindy.

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