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Day 9 book 9 #12daysofbooksbywomen of color to buy as holiday gifts for people you especially love-including yourself: Hola and Goodbye by Donna Miscolta. Whatever your feels about your own family around the holidays, this is the perfect book to curl up with to get swept up in the joys and pains of a family maybe not so different than your own. In the 1920s Lupita Camacho leaves Mexico and finds work at a fish cannery in Southern California. These fifteen short stories follow her family through three generations of life in America. From a matchmaking wedding dressmaker and vacuum cleaner salesman to twin girls who are high school wrestling champs, the characters in this beautifully rendered, funny and moving collection stay with you long after you finish the book. It’s a joy to read. . . . . #holaandgoodbye #donnamiscolta #latinawriters #mexicanamericanwriters #womenofcolor #WoCbooks #shortstories #fiction #12daysofWoCbooks #holidaygifts #bookstagram #writersofinstagram #feminism #12DaysofInstagram #amreading

Rereading my chicken scratch writing from an amazing and relevant workshop/discussion “Body Image, Identity, and Sisterhood” by writer @misdonnacolta inspired by her characters Ofelia and Norma from her book “Hola and Goodbye”. I’ll be thinking about this discussion for a long time. #holaandgoodbye #donnamiscolta #writer #writersofinstagram #bodyimage #latinx #latina

@misdonnacolta there's a loooong story behind me buying your book today. I won't get into it - just know I have it and I can't wait to read it! #holaandgoodbye #donnamiscolta #seattle #local #localwriters #seattlewriters #chisme #elliotbaybooks

↡ Read this book. Read this book. Lee este libro. . This was just a wonderful, unexpected surprise. Through loosely connected short stories, Hola and Goodbye follows the lives of Lupita Camacho, a recent immigrant from Mexico, and her extended family as they settle in Southern California. They're just short slice of life stories, but they were so satisfying in their simplicity. The word "normalizing" comes up a lot as a caution -- and it should so we don't normalize hate and fascism. But normalizing is so important when it comes to minorities and people considered "Other." The people in Hola and Goodbye are just normal. Some have accents. I loved that it started with Lupita, who struggled with English after arriving in America, and came full circle at the end with her English only speaking granddaughter struggling with Spanish in her language program in Mexico. The stories in between those are wonderful as well. Lee este libro.

Minnie x Miscolta I bought Hola and Goodbye on a whim after the title and then the cover caught my eye while browsing at Barnes and Noble. I didn't know anything about the plot, author or publisher, but I'm so glad I picked it up. I just finished Part I which follows four women who have immigrated to the US from Mexico. #CurrentlyReading #RockTheDots

Donna Miscolta kicks off the Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series for spring quarter tonight at 7:30 in the SURC Theatre. The event is free and students can get extra credit for attending, so don't miss it!! #lionrockvisitingwriters #donnamiscolta #cwu

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