Mean

Mean

Myriam Gurba's debut is the bold and hilarious tale of her coming of age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana. Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor, Mean turns what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy. This is a confident, funny, brassy book that takes the cost of sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and homophobia deadly seriously. We act mean to defend ou Myriam Gurba's debut is the bold and hilarious tale of her coming of age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana. Blending radic...

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Title:Mean
Author:Myriam Gurba
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1566894913
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:160 pages pages

Mean Reviews

  • M.
    Dec 02, 2017

    Hilarious and brutal. This is a must-read. I mean, damn! ...

    I reviewed this recently for 4Columns -- here's an excerpt: "?Being mean makes us feel alive,? Myriam Gurba writes in her new book, the memoir Mean. ?It?s fun and exciting. Sometimes, it keeps us alive.? Rooted in her experience growing up a queer mixed-race Chicana in a wo...

  • TaraShea Nesbit
    Jan 10, 2018

    Hilarious and brutal. This is a must-read. I mean, damn! ...

    I reviewed this recently for 4Columns -- here's an excerpt: "?Being mean makes us feel alive,? Myriam Gurba writes in her new book, the memoir Mean. ?It?s fun and exciting. Sometimes, it keeps us alive.? Rooted in her experience growing up a queer mixed-race Chicana in a wo...

    Myriam Gurba?s Mean is a powerful, creative, uproariously candid memoir of a woman between a slew of extremes. Set in the heat of California and adolescence, Mean bluntly unveils the racism, sexual violence, and homophobia braided into a queer Chicana?s coming of age?flavors of h...

    Gurba tells us, the readers, over and over how mean she is (ie, unkind and characterized by malice). The book shows her to be anything but. Instead, she's a mean writer (ie, excellent and effective) who has written a mean novel (ie, vexatious; causing trouble or bother) whose words mea...

    "German Jewish toker, hiker and intellectual Walter Benjamin wrote an essay titled 'Unpacking My Library: A Talk about Book Collecting.' In it, he describes his musty zeal, intoning that 'every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories...

    This book blew. me. away. One minute I was cringing away from the graphic descriptions of sexual assault and the next I was chuckling at the brilliant word play Gurba throws down. This is one of those books that make me feel like I'm not quite cool or smart enough ~ it humbled me and h...

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Phenomenal! You'll love and devour this and want to read it again in quick succession. ...

    This book is fierce. Queer, funny, mean, loving. Fierce. ...

  • MariNaomi
    Oct 23, 2017

    Hilarious and brutal. This is a must-read. I mean, damn! ...

  • Macartney
    Nov 28, 2017

    Hilarious and brutal. This is a must-read. I mean, damn! ...

    I reviewed this recently for 4Columns -- here's an excerpt: "?Being mean makes us feel alive,? Myriam Gurba writes in her new book, the memoir Mean. ?It?s fun and exciting. Sometimes, it keeps us alive.? Rooted in her experience growing up a queer mixed-race Chicana in a wo...

    Myriam Gurba?s Mean is a powerful, creative, uproariously candid memoir of a woman between a slew of extremes. Set in the heat of California and adolescence, Mean bluntly unveils the racism, sexual violence, and homophobia braided into a queer Chicana?s coming of age?flavors of h...

    Gurba tells us, the readers, over and over how mean she is (ie, unkind and characterized by malice). The book shows her to be anything but. Instead, she's a mean writer (ie, excellent and effective) who has written a mean novel (ie, vexatious; causing trouble or bother) whose words mea...

  • Sara
    Dec 26, 2017

    Hilarious and brutal. This is a must-read. I mean, damn! ...

    I reviewed this recently for 4Columns -- here's an excerpt: "?Being mean makes us feel alive,? Myriam Gurba writes in her new book, the memoir Mean. ?It?s fun and exciting. Sometimes, it keeps us alive.? Rooted in her experience growing up a queer mixed-race Chicana in a wo...

    Myriam Gurba?s Mean is a powerful, creative, uproariously candid memoir of a woman between a slew of extremes. Set in the heat of California and adolescence, Mean bluntly unveils the racism, sexual violence, and homophobia braided into a queer Chicana?s coming of age?flavors of h...

    Gurba tells us, the readers, over and over how mean she is (ie, unkind and characterized by malice). The book shows her to be anything but. Instead, she's a mean writer (ie, excellent and effective) who has written a mean novel (ie, vexatious; causing trouble or bother) whose words mea...

    "German Jewish toker, hiker and intellectual Walter Benjamin wrote an essay titled 'Unpacking My Library: A Talk about Book Collecting.' In it, he describes his musty zeal, intoning that 'every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories...

    This book blew. me. away. One minute I was cringing away from the graphic descriptions of sexual assault and the next I was chuckling at the brilliant word play Gurba throws down. This is one of those books that make me feel like I'm not quite cool or smart enough ~ it humbled me and h...

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Phenomenal! You'll love and devour this and want to read it again in quick succession. ...

    This book is fierce. Queer, funny, mean, loving. Fierce. ...

    this book fucked me up in the best way! I could read a million more of Gurba's essays and never tire. ...

    Gurba opens her memoir (?) with a horrific vignette of a woman being beaten to death and raped. This is her jumping off point to prove to us that her meanness is borne of political need as a woman of color. And, okay, some of my feelings about all this are clearly my own thing--I'm sen...

  • Andrea Quinlan
    Jan 03, 2018

    Hilarious and brutal. This is a must-read. I mean, damn! ...

    I reviewed this recently for 4Columns -- here's an excerpt: "?Being mean makes us feel alive,? Myriam Gurba writes in her new book, the memoir Mean. ?It?s fun and exciting. Sometimes, it keeps us alive.? Rooted in her experience growing up a queer mixed-race Chicana in a wo...

    Myriam Gurba?s Mean is a powerful, creative, uproariously candid memoir of a woman between a slew of extremes. Set in the heat of California and adolescence, Mean bluntly unveils the racism, sexual violence, and homophobia braided into a queer Chicana?s coming of age?flavors of h...

    Gurba tells us, the readers, over and over how mean she is (ie, unkind and characterized by malice). The book shows her to be anything but. Instead, she's a mean writer (ie, excellent and effective) who has written a mean novel (ie, vexatious; causing trouble or bother) whose words mea...

    "German Jewish toker, hiker and intellectual Walter Benjamin wrote an essay titled 'Unpacking My Library: A Talk about Book Collecting.' In it, he describes his musty zeal, intoning that 'every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories...

    This book blew. me. away. One minute I was cringing away from the graphic descriptions of sexual assault and the next I was chuckling at the brilliant word play Gurba throws down. This is one of those books that make me feel like I'm not quite cool or smart enough ~ it humbled me and h...

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Phenomenal! You'll love and devour this and want to read it again in quick succession. ...

  • Kate Olson
    Nov 14, 2017

    Hilarious and brutal. This is a must-read. I mean, damn! ...

    I reviewed this recently for 4Columns -- here's an excerpt: "?Being mean makes us feel alive,? Myriam Gurba writes in her new book, the memoir Mean. ?It?s fun and exciting. Sometimes, it keeps us alive.? Rooted in her experience growing up a queer mixed-race Chicana in a wo...

    Myriam Gurba?s Mean is a powerful, creative, uproariously candid memoir of a woman between a slew of extremes. Set in the heat of California and adolescence, Mean bluntly unveils the racism, sexual violence, and homophobia braided into a queer Chicana?s coming of age?flavors of h...

    Gurba tells us, the readers, over and over how mean she is (ie, unkind and characterized by malice). The book shows her to be anything but. Instead, she's a mean writer (ie, excellent and effective) who has written a mean novel (ie, vexatious; causing trouble or bother) whose words mea...

    "German Jewish toker, hiker and intellectual Walter Benjamin wrote an essay titled 'Unpacking My Library: A Talk about Book Collecting.' In it, he describes his musty zeal, intoning that 'every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories...

    This book blew. me. away. One minute I was cringing away from the graphic descriptions of sexual assault and the next I was chuckling at the brilliant word play Gurba throws down. This is one of those books that make me feel like I'm not quite cool or smart enough ~ it humbled me and h...

  • Verity Sturm
    Aug 02, 2017

    Hilarious and brutal. This is a must-read. I mean, damn! ...

    I reviewed this recently for 4Columns -- here's an excerpt: "?Being mean makes us feel alive,? Myriam Gurba writes in her new book, the memoir Mean. ?It?s fun and exciting. Sometimes, it keeps us alive.? Rooted in her experience growing up a queer mixed-race Chicana in a wo...

    Myriam Gurba?s Mean is a powerful, creative, uproariously candid memoir of a woman between a slew of extremes. Set in the heat of California and adolescence, Mean bluntly unveils the racism, sexual violence, and homophobia braided into a queer Chicana?s coming of age?flavors of h...

  • Elise Karlsson
    Nov 19, 2017

    Hilarious and brutal. This is a must-read. I mean, damn! ...

    I reviewed this recently for 4Columns -- here's an excerpt: "?Being mean makes us feel alive,? Myriam Gurba writes in her new book, the memoir Mean. ?It?s fun and exciting. Sometimes, it keeps us alive.? Rooted in her experience growing up a queer mixed-race Chicana in a wo...

    Myriam Gurba?s Mean is a powerful, creative, uproariously candid memoir of a woman between a slew of extremes. Set in the heat of California and adolescence, Mean bluntly unveils the racism, sexual violence, and homophobia braided into a queer Chicana?s coming of age?flavors of h...

    Gurba tells us, the readers, over and over how mean she is (ie, unkind and characterized by malice). The book shows her to be anything but. Instead, she's a mean writer (ie, excellent and effective) who has written a mean novel (ie, vexatious; causing trouble or bother) whose words mea...

    "German Jewish toker, hiker and intellectual Walter Benjamin wrote an essay titled 'Unpacking My Library: A Talk about Book Collecting.' In it, he describes his musty zeal, intoning that 'every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories...

  • Alyse
    Jan 08, 2018

    Hilarious and brutal. This is a must-read. I mean, damn! ...

    I reviewed this recently for 4Columns -- here's an excerpt: "?Being mean makes us feel alive,? Myriam Gurba writes in her new book, the memoir Mean. ?It?s fun and exciting. Sometimes, it keeps us alive.? Rooted in her experience growing up a queer mixed-race Chicana in a wo...

    Myriam Gurba?s Mean is a powerful, creative, uproariously candid memoir of a woman between a slew of extremes. Set in the heat of California and adolescence, Mean bluntly unveils the racism, sexual violence, and homophobia braided into a queer Chicana?s coming of age?flavors of h...

    Gurba tells us, the readers, over and over how mean she is (ie, unkind and characterized by malice). The book shows her to be anything but. Instead, she's a mean writer (ie, excellent and effective) who has written a mean novel (ie, vexatious; causing trouble or bother) whose words mea...

    "German Jewish toker, hiker and intellectual Walter Benjamin wrote an essay titled 'Unpacking My Library: A Talk about Book Collecting.' In it, he describes his musty zeal, intoning that 'every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories...

    This book blew. me. away. One minute I was cringing away from the graphic descriptions of sexual assault and the next I was chuckling at the brilliant word play Gurba throws down. This is one of those books that make me feel like I'm not quite cool or smart enough ~ it humbled me and h...

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Phenomenal! You'll love and devour this and want to read it again in quick succession. ...

    This book is fierce. Queer, funny, mean, loving. Fierce. ...

    this book fucked me up in the best way! I could read a million more of Gurba's essays and never tire. ...