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Fish Out Of Agua

Michele Carlo

ISBN 9780806531465
Publish Date 8/1/2010
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Citadel, Memoirs
List Price: $15.95

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A voice from the loudspeaker blared, “Will the family who brought the little redheaded white girl to the Puerto Rican Day parade please come to the bandstand to pick her up.” I looked around. Wait a minute. I am at the bandstand. I am that lost girl!

Michele Carlo, a redheaded, freckle-faced Puerto Rican raised in the Polish section of the Bronx, grew up as a permanent outsider. Too white for her proud, Spanish-speaking relatives and a mystery to her schoolmates, Michele braved a search for identity that was a long, rough and tumble ride…

By turns heartbreaking and humorous, she recalls the family calamities, fumblings of first love, and all the people and events that shaped her. From her “playground battlefield” in the not-so-wholesome summer of ’69 to many adrenaline-fueled, graffiti-filled afternoons and her emergence as an artist with a unique and alluring voice, Michele’s story is an homage to a New York City gone by…and an iconically American, unforgettable portrait of growing up.


About Michele Carlo:

Michele Carlo is a writer, performer and comedic storyteller who has lived in four of the five boroughs of New York City and remembers when a slice of pizza cost fifty cents. Her stories have been published in Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul, Lost and Found: Stories from New York and Smith Magazine. She has often appeared with The Moth and other NYC storytelling communities. Like almost every other writer in NYC, Michele is a Brooklynite (since 1988) with no plans of leaving anytime soon.

“Warm and insightful…Michele’s take on life as a Latina is the most original I have ever seen.” —Linda Nieves Powell, author of Free Style

“Michele’s humor, heart—and every sweet and razor-sharp note of her writing—reach far beyond the edges of this island.” —Dan Kennedy, author of Rock On

“Poignant, funny, and authentic.” —Janice Erlbaum, author of Girlbomb

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