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08 August 2008 @ 03:10 pm
Without a Net  
My husband is always telling me that I must write my book because no one seems to know about the experiences of poor and working class people in their own words.

I hadn't heard about it before, but there's already a book by working class women that does just that: Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. Contributors include Dorothy Allison, Diane Di Prima, Terri Griffith, Daisy Hernandez, Frances Varian, Eileen Myles, Shawna Kenney, Siobhan Brooks, Terry Ryan, and more. There's an excerpt by Frances Varian here. You can read other excerpts by clicking on the "more about this book" link.
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The Scottish Guythescottishguy on August 9th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
write it.

everyone offers their own unique viewpoint, and from what I've read on here yours is amazing, not for any one facet but for the diversity of experience.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on August 9th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
I was going to say the same thing. :)
Tapatitapati on August 9th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm really happy to know that this book is out there--it won't stop me from writing too but I am glad other working class women spoke out about their experience. I was visualizing such an anthology in the 90s, in fact. I also think an anthology of welfare moms would be great. (Watch, there's probably one but it didn't get promoted so no one has heard about it.)
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on August 9th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with having several perspectives! :) We all have different stories to tell.
Tapatitapati on August 9th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am slogging through the book anyway, never fear, and it helps to know that. :)
(Anonymous) on December 27th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Please write it. :)

-Fran Varian
Tapatitapati on December 27th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
Thank you
Thank you so much for your encouragement! I am at work on a memoir and poverty is definitely one of the major things I address. :)