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Title: Reading Like A Girl
Publisher: Black Moss Press
Publication Date: 2004
Book Condition: Good
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Reading Like a Girl recounts the story of immigration to Canada from India as a small child, the daughter of Sikh Punjabi parents. Juxtaposed against cultural displacement are the narratives of childhood in a suburb ranging from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. Themes of childhood and adolescence, cultural difference, hybridization, and the education of girls and women are intertwined with the lyrics of Punjabi lullabies and ghazals, the music of Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and Harry Belafonte. The narrator constructs her life through the books and comics she reads: Nancy Drew and Wonderwoman, Emma Bovary, Anna Karenina and the love stories of Chekhov.
Reading Like a Girl moves from learning to skate to struggling to reconcile diverse cultural, ethnic and religious customs, to grieving for the premature death of a father, and ultimately, to a sense of grace.About the Author:
Rishma Dunlop immigrated to Canada with her family as a one year oldchild. The white upper middle class Anglophone suburb of Montreal whereshe was raised, the Sikh Punjabi heritage of her parents, as well as their legacies of British Imperialism, provide the author with a multitude of contrasts and paradoxes within which this exploration of identity is presented.
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