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Ebook Details
  • 02/2019
  • B07P13YQQJ
  • 108 pages
  • $6.99
Paperback Details
  • 02/2019
  • 1790919517
  • 108 pages
  • $15.99
Snapshots: Say Cheese! The World Is Watching
Cara Cilento, author
Snapshots: Say Cheese! The World Is Watching reflects on growing up in a close knit suburb where there is significant familial and social pressure to fit the mold. What would happen if you didn’t? What if you were a lesbian? Do you conform? Become unseen? Rebel? To what lengths does one go to be accepted into the fold? Snapshots details through photograph, poetry and prose those struggles. Snapshots: Say Cheese! The World Is Watching, begs the question, "Who would you become if the world was watching you?" Snapshots explores a more intimate legacy, one that is relatable to most women. It explores the legacy a mother leaves with her daughter implicitly and explicitly. If a daughter models what she sees, what happens when the model is dysfunctional? Hypocritical? Yet expecting success and social assimilation? Snapshots describes what daughters saw at home conflict with the desire to break free of cultural expectations. Finally, Snapshots culminates into self acceptance. It expresses a victory over social pressure yet establishes a peace through what links women together: our ability to persevere, our ability to mother, our ability to be culturally engaged without sacrificing ourselves.
Reviews
Independent Book Review

Featuring evocative poetry and crisp prose, Snapshots: Say Cheese is an honest exploration of one woman’s growth into self-fulfillment and the world’s refusal to accept her.

Cilento’s writing style offers a truly unique sound, begging to be read aloud.

Independent Book Review Final

Snapshots: Say Cheese: The World is Watching! is bare and raw with emotions, often bringing to the surface things that are difficult to discuss. Evenly distributed between prose to move the story forward and poetry to remind you what it feels to be in that
exactly moment, Cilento’s book will help shed a light behind the scenes of real life, whether we like it or not.

Self-Publishing Review

"An emotive collection. The imagery in each leaps from the page, flavored by the author's unapologetic attitude - filled with pathos, but also confidence. Pushed by her family to “assimilate,” speech therapist Cilento has found her place within and outside the mainstream, eloquently sharing her struggles and triumphs through her clear poetic gifts."

News
04/10/2019
LIVE EVENT

**New Location** 73 See Gallery & Design Studio. 73 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ

Please join us for our monthly poetry series with 2 featured readers and a generous open mic. Admission is free - and Montclair digs poetry - so come early to sign up for an opportunity to share your work with the audience. Also, all are welcome to the show, so please share this event with your friends. 

Cara Cilento grew up in a small suburban North Jersey town. Her family of origin did not. Her parents came from urban North Jersey.  Cara’s grandparents were a combination of immigrants from Italy and first generation Italian-Americans that lived in Newark, NJ.  They were a close knit family who pushed academic and personal goals. Most of all, they pushed assimilation.

Cara is a divorced mother of two boys. She has been a speech therapist for  over twenty years in the public school system.  She lives in suburban North Jersey on her own terms. Cara defines her own personal success as living her truth and not what is expected of her. Snapshots is her first work. She has taken a lifetime of experiences; traumatic, joyful, abusive, healing and reaffirming, as her muse

04/08/2019
Live Event!
  •  Monday, April 08, 2019 at 07:00 PM
  •  Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown, NJ

 

Join our happy chatters in the library at 7:00 PM for our weekly Open Talk discussion group.  Open Talk will run until approximately 8:00 PM, when we take a 10 minute intermission.  

At approximately 8:10 PM, meet local lesbian author and photographer, Cara Cilento, who comes to GAAMC to share her new published book Snapshots: Say Cheese!

Cara Cilento grew up in a small suburban North Jersey town. Her family of origin did not. Cara’s grandparents were a combination of Italian immigrants and first generation Italian-Americans. They were a close-knit family that lived in Newark, NJ and who pushed academic and personal success. Most of all they pushed assimilation.

     
Cara Cilento came out as a lesbian later in life and hasn’t looked back. She is undeniably proud of the LGBT Community and it shows in her everyday. Cara Cilento is a divorced mother of two boys and three dogs. She has been a speech therapist for over twenty years in various public schools. Currently, she lives in suburban North Jersey. Snapshots: Say Cheese! is her first published book which has taken a lifetime of experiences—traumatic, joyful, abusive, healing and reaffirming—as her muse.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.  

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 02/2019
  • B07P13YQQJ
  • 108 pages
  • $6.99
Paperback Details
  • 02/2019
  • 1790919517
  • 108 pages
  • $15.99

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