Thursday, July 24, 2008

"Fifteen Candles" edited by Adriana Lopez

As I read the essays in this book, I wondered how publishers, editors, and those higher book powers intend readers to tackle such a collection. I have some monster story collections by Grace Paley, Richard Bausch, Flannery O'Connor, and Eudora Welty (I just realized these are nearly all Southerners. Odd.) that I delve into occasionally. Surely...I think?...these books weren't designed to be read all at once. But with essay collections, I'm not sure.

Anyhow, as someone will very little exposure to quinceaƱera parties (or bat mitzvahs, debutante balls, cotillion, or anything so formal for that matter--I did go through a Girl Scout bridging ceremony, though?), these essays were enjoyable little journeys into places I know nothing about.

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