Ambassador Book Award: Ambassador Book Award Winners, the Accidental Tourist, Middlesex, the Bonfire of the Vanities, Underworld

Ambassador Book Award: Ambassador Book Award Winners, the Accidental Tourist, Middlesex, the Bonfire of the Vanities, Underworld

ISBN: 1233082590

ISBN 13: 9781233082599

Publication Date: August 18, 2011

Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series

Format: Paperback

Author: Source Wikipedia

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 28. Chapters: Ambassador Book Award winners, The Accidental Tourist, Middlesex, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Underworld, American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, Gilead, In the Beauty of the Lilies, This Boy's Life, Maureen Howard, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, A Bright Shining Lie, Fiasco, Where I'm Calling From, Empire Falls, The Time of Our Singing, A Thousand Acres, I Married a Communist, They Marched into Sunlight, Washington's Crossing, Lake Wobegon Days, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Close Range: Wyoming Stories, Averno, Roger's Version, Miami, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. Excerpt: Middlesex is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Jeffrey Eugenides published in 2002. Despite slow initial sales, the book became a bestseller. Its characters and events are loosely based on the author's life and his observations of his Greek heritage. Eugenides decided to write Middlesex after he read the memoir Herculine Barbin and was unsatisfied with its discussion of an intersex's anatomy and emotions. Narrator and protagonist Cal Stephanides (initially called "Callie") is an hermaphrodite man of Greek descent with a condition known as 5-alpha-reductase deficiency, which causes him to have certain feminine traits. The first half of the novel is about Cal's family, and depicts Cal's grandparents migrating from Smyrna, a city in Asia Minor, to the United States in 1922. It then follows their assimilation into the American society. The latter half of the novel, which is set in the late 20th century, focuses on Cal's experiences in his hometown Detroit, Michigan and his escape to San Francisco where he comes to terms with his modified gender identity. Primarily a Bildungsroman and family saga, the novel ...

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