IN-PERSON EVENT: Bookshop welcomes Erika Sánchez, New York Times bestselling author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, for a reading and signing of her new memoir, Crying in the Bathroom, an utterly original memoir-in-essays that is as deeply moving as it is hilarious. Sánchez will be in conversation with author and journalist Liza Monroy.
"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
Growing up as the daughter of Mexican immigrants in Chicago in the nineties, Erika Sánchez was a self-described pariah, misfit, and disappointment--a foul-mouthed, melancholic rabble-rouser who painted her nails black but also loved comedy, often laughing so hard with her friends that she had to leave her school classroom. 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, Sánchez writes about everything from sex to white feminism to debilitating depression, revealing an interior life rich with ideas, self-awareness, and perception. 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.
Erika L. Sánchez is a Mexican-American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was published by Graywolf in July 2017, and was a finalist for the PEN America Open Book Award. Her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, published in October 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers, was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Awards finalist. It is now is being made into a film directed by America Ferrera. Sanchez was a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow, a 2018 recipient of the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation, and a 2019 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
Liza Monroy's books include Mexican High (her debut novel), her controversial memoir The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took To Keep My Best Friend In America And What It Taught Us About Love and Seeing As Your Shoes Are Soon To Be On Fire, a collection of personal essays based on one of the “most popular, provocative, and unforgettable” columns for The New York Times’ “Modern Love” column. Liza’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Oprah Magazine, Poets & Writers, Marie Claire, Longreads, Newsweek, Catamaran, and Publishers Weekly. A graduate of Emerson College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Liza has taught writing at Columbia, UC Santa Cruz, and at numerous retreats and workshops.