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Two Reviews: Little Green & Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead

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I recently reviewed two titles of Hawthorne Books at The Rumpus, the just released Little Green, and Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead. Click on images for reviews.

What if all life choices are flawed? In her first novel, Little Green, Loretta Stinson, winner of the Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Fiction, introduces Janie Marek, a young girl with few options. Left an orphan in care of an indifferent stepmother, heartbreak propels Janie to run away at the age of sixteen. On the road and needing money, she enters a topless bar; after displaying her wares and lying about her age she is hired. Janie’s life will become worse…

Frank Meeink is the most famous ex-skinhead in America, his life the basis for the character of Derek Vinyard, the neo-Nazi portrayed by Edward Norton in American History X. But Frank is not quite Derek; as he states in Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, “American History X isn’t my story. It’s every skinhead’s story to some extent… it was every other kid who ever got sucked up into the white supremacy movement…”

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Written by Caleb Powell

June 12, 2010 at 9:23 am

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  1. I thought the film American History X made the American Nazis dangerously glamorous. The comeuppance failed to overcome the positive images planted earlier in the film.

    blackwatertown

    June 13, 2010 at 4:24 pm


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