Mexican Hooker #1

Mexican Hooker #1

And Other Roles Since the Revolution

Book - 2016
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"A stunning follow-up to Carmen Aguirre's bestselling and Canada Reads-winning first memoir, Something Fierce. A powerful, heartfelt and grippingly honest memoir of finding meaning in life and one's voice as an artist after being a teenaged revolutionary, and of developing the strength to confront a childhood trauma. Carmen Aguirre has lived many lives, all of them to the full. At age six she was a Chilean refugee adjusting to life as a Latina in North America. At eighteen she was a revolutionary dissident married to a generous-hearted man she couldn't fully love. In her early twenties she fought to find her voice as an actress and to break away from the stereotypical roles thrust upon her--Housekeeper, Hotel Maid, Mexican Hooker #1--all the while navigating the complex paths of lust and heartbreak. As she grew in her career, Aguirre became a writer, a director, an actress, and then a mother, but alongside her many multi-faceted identities was another that was unbearable to embrace yet impossible to escape; that of the thirteen-year-old girl attacked by one of Canada's most feared rapists. Thirty-three years after the assault, Aguirre decided it was time to meet the man who changed her life. Fierce, funny and enlightening, Aguirre interweaves her account of overcoming the attack that shook her world with a host of stories of life and love. From her passionate but explosive relationship with a gorgeous Argentinian basketball player to the all-consuming days at drama school in Vancouver; from the end of the Chilean revolutionary dream to life among the Chicano theatre scene of Los Angeles; from the child who was made the victim of a terrible crime to the artist who found the courage to confront her assailant, Aguirre tells a story of strength and survival that will leave you speechless."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Random House Canada,, 2016
Description: 279 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780345813848
0345813847
Branch Call Number: 812.09 Agu

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uncommonreader
Jan 17, 2017

I enjoyed Aguirre's memoir, "Something Fierce" and was looking forward to reading her latest book. However, I found it very disappointing. It is poorly written and rambling. Although being sexually assaulted as a child was horrific, Aguirre did not add to one's understanding of this event and her narrative about her career as a playwright and actor was just not that interesting.

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LadyDi52
Nov 26, 2016

WARNING: Her lengthy re-telling of the effects of her rape may trigger pain and anger in sexual abuse survivors. I had to stop reading the book

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mclarjh
Jun 13, 2016

Badly written, and an unlikeable author.

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bronteside
May 01, 2016

Carmen Aguirre truly has lived nine lives.
And she writes, without sentiment,so beautifully about all of them.
At thirteen, she becomes an unwilling'newsmaker', a horrible introduction to adolescence and Canada,
Later on, she is 'fired ' from her career path, but in a way that re-defines her and opens up a world of opportunity.
She calls it a gift, but readers are the one who benefit from her talents.

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badgirls
Mar 07, 2016

The latest from multi-talented Vancouver based author and activist Carmen Aquirre.
Her previous book, 'Something Fierce', won the 2012 Canada Reads on the C.B.C.

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