Kinky Gazpacho

Kinky Gazpacho

Life, Love & Spain

Book - 2008
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Magazine writer and editor Lori Tharps was born and raised in the comfortable but mostly White suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she was often the only person of color in her school and neighborhood. At an early age, Lori decided that her destiny would be discovered in Spain. She didn't know anyone from Spain, had never visited the country, and hardly spoke the language. Still, she never faltered in her plans to escape to the Iberian Peninsula.

Arriving in the country as an optimistic college student, however, Lori soon discovers Spain's particular attitude toward Blackness. She is chased down the street by the local schoolchildren and pointed at incessantly in public, and her innocent dreams of a place where race doesn't matter are shattered. The story would end there, except Lori meets and marries a Spaniard, and that's when her true Spanish adventure really begins.

Against the ancient backdrops of C#65533;diz and Andaluc#65533;a, Lori starts the intricate yet amusing journey of rekindling her love affair with Spain and becoming a part of her new Spanish family. From a grandmother who spies on her to a grandfather who warmly welcomes her to town with a slew of racist jokes, the close-knit clan isn't exactly waiting with open arms. Kinky Gazpacho tells the story of the redeeming power of love and finding self in the most unexpected places.

At its heart, this is a love story. It is a memoir, a travel essay, and a glimpse into the past and present of Spain. As humorous and entertaining as such favorite travel stories as Under the Tuscan Sun , this book also unveils a unique and untold history of Spain's enduring connection to West Africa. Kinky Gazpacho celebrates the mysticism of travel and the joys of watching two distinct cultures connect and come together.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, ©2008
ISBN: 9780743296489
Branch Call Number: 946.083092 THA 2008
Characteristics: 206 p. ; 21 cm

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Raynpetal May 09, 2016

Lori's story is a really good memoir about self-discovery and her love hate, and eventually love relationship with Spain.

Since I've always wanted to be in her shoes, I found the story very interesting and informative especially when she makes discoveries about Spain's African history.

If you'd like to learn a little more about Spain's African roots, give this read a try.

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