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M. Naomi

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  • Dahlia Season: Stories and a Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Myriam Gurba
    • Narrated By Marisol Ramirez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Chicana. Goth. Dykling. Desiree Garcia knows she’s weird and a weirdo magnet. To extinguish her strangeness, her parents ship her to Saint Michael’s Catholic High School, then to Mexico, but neurology can’t be snuffed out so easily: Screwy brain chemistry holds the key to Desiree’s madness. As fellow crazies sense a kinship with her, Desiree attracts a coterie of both wanted and unwanted admirers, including a pair of racist deathrock sisters, a pretty Hispanic girl who did time in California’s most infamous mental asylum, and a transnational stalker with a pronounced limp.

    Susie says: "A Goth Lesbian's Adventures in Catholic School"
    "So good."
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    This book is heartbreaking and hilarious, with a touching vulnerability to it. If you don't love this book, you may very well be a robot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Aren’t You Smiling?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alvin Orloff
    • Narrated By Jake Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Growing up in the 1970s has never before been portrayed with such delightful ludicrousness and heartrending tenderness as in Why Aren't You Smiling? When teenage Leonard decides to quit being a Dweeb and instead join the Burnouts, his "good kid" persona is abandoned as he embarks on a comically painful journey of self-discovery through his unconventional friendship with Rick, an older Jesus freak barefoot hippie. The farcical parallel story of how Irving Mandelbaum from Los Angeles transmogrifies into rag-tag cult leader Rick of The Forever Family paints an indelible portrait of California during one of its most preposterous eras.

    M. Naomi says: "Utterly charming"
    "Utterly charming"
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    This hilarious coming-of-age story has one of the most adorably geeky protagonists I've ever read. Utterly charming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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