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Chicana Falsa and Other Stories of Death, Identity, and Oxnard

CHICANA FALSA AND OTHER STORIES OF DEATH, IDENTITY, AND OXNARD Michele Serros (Riverhead, $10) A Lollapalooza ”Road Poet,” Mexican-American Michele Serros makes her print debut with this charming if rough-hewn collection of stories and poetry. Serros writes sassily about her family (from their chronic grudge holding to her sister’s botched appearance on The Price Is Right) and her life as a ”Chicana falsa” (from being mistaken for a cleaning lady at the gym to getting flack from Chicanos for her lousy Spanish). Although Serros sometimes strains for political irony, Chicana Falsa pulsates with the exuberance of an unmistakably original poetic talent. B

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