Autostraddle Speakeasy Book Club #2: Borderlands/La Frontera

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Autostraddle’s Speakeasy Book Club is their new book review series that features literature relevant to queer and trans people of color (QTPOC), welcoming all participants to read and engage. Recently, participants read Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera and shared their thoughts about the book. Speakeasy contributor Laura remarked:

“To be honest, I really struggled with this book. When I first started reading, I wanted to translate all of the words that weren’t English. If there was something awesome being said, I didn’t want to miss it! …What Anzaldúa did with her writing — leaving the reader to make their own translations, rather than her bending over backwards to accommodate them — was so, so important. I love that idea, even if the result is a work that’s less accessible to me as an individual. That’s kind of the point.”

Read what others are saying about Borderlands/La Frontera at, and join in by adding your comments to the discussion.

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