Her book, Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina, was inspired by her graduate manuscript of non-fiction essays and linked poetry entitled Giving Up Beauty.
A few days ago I asked her what she was reading. Her response:
The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan is the kind of well-told memoir that breaks you open and, because of Corrigan’s gifted writing, puts you back together again. The book made me ache, because it was beautifully written, because of Corrigan’s good humor, honesty, and vulnerability, because of the awful fates that give a young mother of two stage 3 breast cancer and at the even worse fates that give that young mother’s beloved father his own grave cancer diagnosis just months after her own. It’s a book that I couldn’t read fast enough while simultaneously feeling sad that it was ending, and I have searched out Corrigan’s essays and other writings ever since finishing The Middle Place.Read an excerpt from Hijas Americanas, and visit Rosie Molinary's website, blog, and MySpace page.
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld is a novel loosely inspired by Laura Bush. Sittenfeld’s book is provocative and interesting. There were times when I felt like I was a voyeur into the presidency and the marriage behind a presidency.
And I am cracking open A Saint on Death Row: The Story of Dominique Green by Thomas Cahill this week after hearing Cahill on NPR’s Tell Me More last week. A Saint on Death Row looks at the life and death of Dominique Green but it also looks at poverty and the way poverty—not guilt— can play a role in death sentence convictions.