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“Equal parts pee-your-pants hilarity and break your heart poignancy- like the perfect brunch date you never want to end!"—America Ferrera, Emmy award-winning actress in Ugly Betty
From the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, an utterly original memoir-in-essays that is as deeply moving as it is disarmingly funny

Growing up as the daughter of Mexican immigrants in Chicago in the ‘90s, Erika L. Sánchez was a self-described pariah, misfit, and disappointment—a foul-mouthed, melancholic rabble-rouser who painted her nails black but also loved comedy and dreamed of an unlikely life as a poet. Twenty-five years later, she’s now an award-winning novelist, poet, and essayist, but she’s still got an irrepressible laugh, an acerbic wit, and singular powers of perception about the world around her.
In these essays about everything from sex to white feminism to debilitating depression to the redemptive pursuits of spirituality, art, and travel, Sánchez reveals an interior life that is rich with ideas, self-awareness, and perception—that of a woman who charted a path entirely of her own making. Raunchy, insightful, unapologetic, and brutally honest, Crying in the Bathroom is Sánchez at her best: a book that will make you feel that post-confessional high that comes from talking for hours with your best friend.
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“Equal parts pee-your-pants hilarity and break your heart poignancy- like the perfect brunch date you never want to end!"—America Ferrera, Emmy award-winning actress in Ugly Betty
From the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, an utterly original memoir-in-essays that is as deeply moving as it is disarmingly funny

Growing up as the daughter of Mexican immigrants in Chicago in the ‘90s, Erika L. Sánchez was a self-described pariah, misfit, and disappointment—a foul-mouthed, melancholic rabble-rouser who painted her nails black but also loved comedy and dreamed of an unlikely life as a poet. Twenty-five years later, she’s now an award-winning novelist, poet, and essayist, but she’s still got an irrepressible laugh, an acerbic wit, and singular powers of perception about the world around her.
In these essays about everything from sex to white feminism to debilitating depression to the redemptive pursuits of spirituality, art, and travel, Sánchez reveals an interior life that is rich with ideas, self-awareness, and perception—that of a woman who charted a path entirely of her own making. Raunchy, insightful, unapologetic, and brutally honest, Crying in the Bathroom is Sánchez at her best: a book that will make you feel that post-confessional high that comes from talking for hours with your best friend.
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        April 4, 2022
        Poet and essayist Sánchez (Lessons on Expulsion) tallies the “triumphs, disappointments, delights, and resurrections” of her life in this raw and sensuous memoir in essays. Since coming into the world as a “suicidal fetus” (“My umbilical cord almost strangled me when I was born”), Sánchez has experienced despair and wonder intensely. These dueling states become the through line to lyrical musings that, though blunt in their candor (“I called a suicide hotline, but no one answered, which I didn’t know was a thing”), are leavened by the author’s great wit and compassion. The daughter of working-class Mexican immigrants, Sánchez recounts befuddled and enlightening escapades—including succumbing to sexual urges “after battling a yeast infection” during her Fulbright year in Spain (in the aptly titled “The Year My Vagina Broke”), and combating depression with electroconvulsive therapy. In “Down to Clown,” she muses on humor as a way to cope with being marginalized—“oppressed people, without question, are always the funniest”—while “Difficult Sun” strikes a heart-wrenching chord in its reckoning with an abortion she had at age 34: “I’ve been a writer for most of my life, and words fail me here.” Even when Sánchez finds happiness and its traditional markers (successful writing career, husband, child, home), her writing shines with a deep humility wrought from the hard-won nature of her personal peace. The result is another satisfying addition to Sánchez’s deeply moving body of works.

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        June 1, 2022
        A Mexican American writer exults in her differences. S�nchez always wanted to be a writer. After publishing Lessons on Expulsion, an acclaimed poetry collection, and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, a young adult novel that became both a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Award finalist, she is now a faculty chair at DePaul University. In her first memoir, S�nchez gives voice to all of her "musings, misfortunes, triumphs, disappointments, delights, and resurrections." The author begins by examining her offbeat sense of humor--e.g., her assertion that greyhound dogs "look racist...like they would call ICE and ruin your cookout"--but much of her life story tends toward the tragic. S�nchez writes candidly about her painful abortion, debilitating depression, suicidal thoughts, and time at a psychiatric hospital. She became an atheist at age 12 "when I realized the Catholic Church hated women," and she eventually found her salvation in poetry, "the closest thing I had to religion." In a life "defined by letters, words, and books," S�nchez is drawn to melancholia. In Lisbon, while listening to the "beautifully mournful music" of fado, she "felt as if my soul was being purged"--similar to the "duende" she felt watching a flamenco dance, "a deep and satisfying ache." The author defines saudade as "a pleasure you suffer, an ailment that you enjoy," and she's after something similar in her memoir. She describes great professional successes in academia and the literary world as well as significant personal satisfactions with a loving husband and daughter, but she also recounts every bump she felt along the way. Nonetheless, she has the ability to tease out humor and meaning in the face of oppression, racism, and "colorism and anti-Blackness in Mexican culture." To her, an ordinary life promises only "slow, excruciating death," but in the end, S�nchez finds true gratitude for her gifts: "I always believed that I felt too much, cursed my sensitivity, but where would I be without it?" A rewarding debut memoir in which a sensitive soul finds salvation in poetry and a life in literature.

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        An accomplished poet and novelist, S�nchez (I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, 2017) expands her oeuvre with this refreshingly candid memoir. S�nchez spares no detail in relating her life experiences, from the gang-run Chicago streets of her youth to her difficult years as an angsty goth teen, early dating life, marriage, divorce, professional success, and motherhood. S�nchez examines the ways her body holds trauma, exacerbated by the ""complicated tapestry of sex and shame for a Latina."" S�nchez uses amusing anecdotes to chronicle the chronic pain she endured, while admitting she ""cried so much that it felt like an aerobic exercise."" S�nchez takes on colorism, anti-Blackness, and patriarchal standards of beauty in Mexican culture, working through these complicated, interrelated issues with conversational aplomb, quoting bell hooks and pop culture in equal measure. Her ability to relate to readers on personal, intellectual, and cultural levels is one of the book's great achievements. Another is how she situates her life stories within the wider narrative of the world. In the powerful titular chapter, S�nchez frames her depression and self-destructive behavior against the sacrifices of her immigrant parents, who worked demanding factory jobs so that their children could enjoy a different kind of life. An engrossing, accessible, heart-opening recollection of a fascinating life.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, an utterly original memoir-in-essays that is as deeply moving as it is disarmingly funny

Growing up as the daughter of Mexican immigrants in Chicago in the ‘90s, Erika L. Sánchez was a self-described pariah, misfit, and disappointment—a foul-mouthed, melancholic rabble-rouser who painted her nails black but also loved comedy and dreamed of an unlikely life as a poet. Twenty-five years later, she’s now an award-winning novelist, poet, and essayist, but she’s still got an irrepressible laugh, an acerbic wit, and singular powers of perception about the world around her.
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