"Self- Discovery: The First Frontier" was just one of the mind-blowing panels at the 2017 LA Times Festival of Books (Conversation #1083).
"Being intersex was not an issue throughout my childhood at all," said Hida Viloria. "The exclusion I felt was in being the only Latina at my school."
Nevertheless, she was relieved to check her private parts with a mirror at age 8 and discover "I was a girl after all" because she did not pee through her large clitoris.
Her memoir is titled Born Both: An Intersex Life. Meeting her was very moving, and I hope Virginia Ramey Mollenkott will review her book for Christian Feminism Today's website, www.eewc.com.
"Being born as something that's not supposed to exist--that's difficult," she said.
Tash Aw described being an ethnically Chinese person raised in Malaysia in his memoir, The Face: Strangers on a Pier. It was nominated for the new Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, which was won by Wesley Lowery for They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice.
"We were taught not to examine or interrogate anything that goes on inside," Aw said. "For poor migrants, new life is dependent on scrubbing out everything that came before."
"My cousins work in factories and as bus drivers," he said, though he teaches at Columbia University. "I think about them every day," he added.
Steph Jagger went on a ski trip around the world and skied "some 4 million vertical feet" in search of something more in her life. Her memoir is Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery.
"I pushed away the models of mother, sisters, aunts," she said. "I took a solo journey with the mountains."
Each of these speakers was enchanting to meet.
I bought Faces and Born Both, resisting Unbound, much as I would have liked to buy and read it. Later.