About My Life and the Kept Woman (Grove Press)
We're proud to host local luminary and national treasure Rechy as he reads from his first memoir.
Growing up Mexican-American in El Paso, Rechy became fascinated with a local kept woman, and here ruminates on how difference, discrimination, sexuality, and those childhood obsessions have shaped his own life.
Publishers Weekly says "About My Life and the Kept Woman is a marvelous autobiography by a writer whose life is as interesting as his fiction." Gore Vidal has hailed him as "one of the few original American writers of the last century," and his first novel, City of Night, is a modern classic.
Rechy is the first novelist to receive PEN-USA-West's Lifetime Achievement Award; he is the recipient of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle and a NEA fellow; he is a faculty member at the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC and is the first recipient of One Magazine Culture Hero Award.
(photo: Tim Courtney)