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The Dirty Girls Social Club | [Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez]

The Dirty Girls Social Club

In this heartfelt and absorbing novel, Valdes-Rodriguez opens up the lives of six upwardly mobile Latina friends in their late 20's. These women, who come from widely varied backgrounds, meet at Boston University and, after graduating, reunite every six months to share their stories. Facing the complications and pressures of everyday lives, the Social Club offers a chance to meet regularly, dish, dine, and help each other over the bumpy course of life and love.
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Publisher's Summary

A vibrant and absorbing novel of six friends - each an unforgettable Latina in her late twenties - and the complications and triumphs in their lives.

In this heartfelt and absorbing novel, Valdes-Rodriguez opens up the lives of six upwardly mobile Latina friends in their late 20's. These women, who come from widely varied backgrounds, meet at Boston University and, after graduating, reunite every six months to share their stories. Facing the complications and pressures of everyday lives, the Social Club offers a chance to meet regularly, dish, dine, and help each other over the bumpy course of life and love.

©2003 Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez; (P)2002 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This is a fun, irresistible debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is a heartfelt, fast-moving, and often funny page-turner." (Booklist)
"As a guilty pleasure I would say The Dirty Girls Social Club ranks somewhere between Valrhona chocolate and Jimmy Choo shoes - I simply could not put it down." (Whitney Otto, author of How to Make an American Quilt)

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    Jennifer bonner springs, KS, USA 10-13-04
    Jennifer bonner springs, KS, USA 10-13-04
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    "Lots of fun!!"

    Just need to pay attention ....a lot of characters! I really loved it and would highly recommend it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MelindaCogs Wisconsin 10-02-04
    MelindaCogs Wisconsin 10-02-04 Member Since 2002

    316 audiobooks in my library and counting. I'm an addict but I'm not sure I'll ever seek help.

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    "Entertaining but not spectactular"

    This book was a light, entertaining listen as long as you don't expect too much. While the character were interesting, the story was somewhat predictable. My biggest disappointment with this audiobook however was not with the story, which was amusing enough. Instead- it was with the author who insited on reading the book herself. She tries to hold on to character voices and accents, but slips back into her natural voice an accent within a few sentences. This became distracting to the point of annoyance at times. Other than that, it was a fun, easy listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Olivia Camarillo, CA, United States 06-07-07
    Olivia Camarillo, CA, United States 06-07-07 Member Since 2006

    Love to sew

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    "The Dirty Girls Social Club"

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listen to in a long time. I wish I could rate this a 10 star! This book has funny, interesting characters and their situations are real life. I have downloaded her other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Geri-Ann Venice, CA, USA 11-02-04
    Geri-Ann Venice, CA, USA 11-02-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Great stories!"

    I loved this book! The characters were interesting and I cared about them. Even though I am not Latina, I could totally related to the characters. They were women, who happened to be Hispanic. As an anthropologist, I found the variations between different subcultures fascinating.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chaz Macomb, MI, United States 10-08-03
    Chaz Macomb, MI, United States 10-08-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Great American stories"

    This book does a great job of of setting a common American story, that which describes the experiences, differences and similarities between immigrants and natives of (perhaps) the same ethnic group. This group of girlfriends explore the varied hardships, adventures,and joys that comprise the latina experience in the USA. The well written stories are sad, thought provoking and at times hilarious. This would make a great movie and do much to show other Americans how varied Hispanic life and culture can be. The only problem with this book is that it wasn't long enough. I would peek at the timer and lament that this book was almost over.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn 02-16-04
    Lyn 02-16-04
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    "Go unabridged!"

    A great book - would have rather had an unabridged edition to hear every last detail!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    JLH 11-19-04
    JLH 11-19-04 Member Since 2003

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    "The Dirty Girls Social Club"

    Absolutely loved this book. The characters were colorful and wonderful. Women of all ages will appreciate the deep friendships and their circle of love and support. It was a treat to hear the author 'read' her book to us. My only criticism is I would have preferred an unabridged version. I look forward to a sequel from this talented writer.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Angie 11-11-08
    Angie 11-11-08 Member Since 2008

    Have a Nice Audible Day!

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    "The book is Awesome!!"

    The narrator was great. She didn't confuse me even though their are 5 main characters. She would change her voice and ascent for each one and it made so much easier to understand.The story line was great and the sensual parts where descriptive without it being corny. Highly recommend.

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    Nicole Tulsa, OK, USA 06-19-05
    Nicole Tulsa, OK, USA 06-19-05
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    "Excellant book and well read"

    This book is so engaging I found myself staying in my car long after I arrived at my destination just to finish a chapter. It was a bit long and I may reccomend an abridged version if there is one.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S. Perreten 05-15-05
    S. Perreten 05-15-05
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    "Wonderful"

    I loved this delightful, human book. It is wonderfully read, and I was sorry when it was finished.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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