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Re: “Lori Horvitz

Lori Horvitz, who has been compared to David Sedaris, is a creative writing professor and director of women's studies (women, gender, and sexuality) at UNC Asheville. Her book, The Girls of Usually, is a collection of creative nonfiction essays, called "deeply intimate and wickedly funny."

About the book: ​Lori Horvitz grew up ashamed of her Eastern European Jewish roots, confused about her sexuality, and idolizing the "shiksa in her living room," a blonde all-American girl whose photo came in a double frame and was displayed next to a family photo from a bar mitzvah. Unable to join the "happy blonde families," she becomes a "hippie chick" who travels the world in search of … something. The Girls of Usually chronicles each trip, each romance, each experiment in reinventing herself that draws her closer to discovering the secret door through which she can escape from deep-rooted patterns and accept her own cultural, ethnic, and sexual identity.

Quote from the book jacket: "In the back of my underwear drawer, I left notes for myself: By the time you read this, you'll be happier and have bigger breasts! But for now, I practiced magic routines in front of my pocket poodle, Sunshine, the only family member I could hold and hug."
- Lori Horvitz, The Girls of Usually (Just released in February, 2015)

Posted by Katherine Franklin-Kent on 04/15/2015 at 1:19 PM

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