The Other Side of Paradise

The Other Side of Paradise

Staceyann Chin has appeared on television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show , CNN, and PBS, discussing issues of race and sexuality. But it is her extraordinary voice that launched her career as a performer, poet, and activist. Here, she shares her unforgettable story of triumph against all odds in this brave and fiercely candid memoir..No one knew Staceyann?s mo Staceyann Chin has appeared on television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show , CNN, and PBS, discussing issues...

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Title:The Other Side of Paradise
Author:Staceyann Chin
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Other Side of Paradise Reviews

  • Pamster
    Apr 14, 2010

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

    This book is terrific! It was hard to put down. It is the memoir of Staceyann Chin, a NY-based lesbian poet/performer, as she grows up abandoned and abused as an extremely precocious and determined child in 1970's Jamaica. The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have expe...

    This memoir was beautifully written. Reading about Chin's upbringing made me frustrated. I was angry at the way her family treated her, saddened by how her father refused to accept her and somewhat understanding of her mother abandoning both her & her brother (initially, I thought ...

    Performance poet Staceyann Chin writes a compelling memoir about growing up motherless, financially and emotionally impoverished, determined, and angry in Jamaica. One of the few memoirs or pieces of fiction I've read that contextualizes finding voice for for contemporary West Indian w...

    Just started. I'm happy I heard her read from this book. If I didn't have her voice in my head, I don't think I'd get the hilarity. Okay, super compelling memoir about an awesome, super smart Jamaican girl who just get shuffled around between family members in a terrifying way her w...

  • Betsy Housten
    Aug 24, 2009

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

  • Satia
    Apr 30, 2009

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

    This book is terrific! It was hard to put down. It is the memoir of Staceyann Chin, a NY-based lesbian poet/performer, as she grows up abandoned and abused as an extremely precocious and determined child in 1970's Jamaica. The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have expe...

    This memoir was beautifully written. Reading about Chin's upbringing made me frustrated. I was angry at the way her family treated her, saddened by how her father refused to accept her and somewhat understanding of her mother abandoning both her & her brother (initially, I thought ...

    Performance poet Staceyann Chin writes a compelling memoir about growing up motherless, financially and emotionally impoverished, determined, and angry in Jamaica. One of the few memoirs or pieces of fiction I've read that contextualizes finding voice for for contemporary West Indian w...

    Just started. I'm happy I heard her read from this book. If I didn't have her voice in my head, I don't think I'd get the hilarity. Okay, super compelling memoir about an awesome, super smart Jamaican girl who just get shuffled around between family members in a terrifying way her w...

    1. One of my favourite books. The fact that I went to a reading where she signed the book does mean favourite points went up. 2. Every young LGBT person from the Caribbean should read this. 3. If you're young, Jamaican, queer, not queer, too rebellious, too outspoken, liberal, a ...

    This book made me cry with its message of hope and redemption in the face of adversity. Stacyann Chin is that most rare of animals: an out (and outspoken) lesbian from the Carribean. Parts of this book resonated with my own experiences growing up, and parts from my own five-year marria...

    How Stacy Chin survived this upbringing is a miracle. Her telling of the story is part heartrenching and some times sounds as if she made it up.She and her brother are abandoned by their mother when they are babies. Her grandmother struggles to provides food and shelter.Stacy is shunte...

    This is a good, solid first write. The problem is that I did not feel invited into the experience, connected to the characters or the author, nor did I get a feeling of experiencing Jamaica as the author did. Having said that, if you want to know what a nation looks like and what it do...

    If you ever want need and want a glimpse into the lives of Jamaican women and their struggle for equality this is the book to read. Staceyann's vulnerable and open when telling her this aspect of her life. Childhood can make or break a human. For Stacyann it definitely makes her. I don...

    Staceyann Chin could write a book on just about any topic and I would want to read it, so I was excited when this one turned up on a recommended reading list from a friend. I read it over a week ago and I'm still shaking. Gorgeous. cw: child abuse, child and adult sexual abuse (desc...

    I cannot remember the last time I gave a book five stars. I tried not to read it too quickly and then caught myself trying to slow myself down when I was reaching the end because I didn't want to stop. Great memoir. Best I've read in a while. For a full review: http://satia.blogspot...

  • kate
    Apr 10, 2009

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

  • Mistinguette Smith
    May 30, 2009

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

    This book is terrific! It was hard to put down. It is the memoir of Staceyann Chin, a NY-based lesbian poet/performer, as she grows up abandoned and abused as an extremely precocious and determined child in 1970's Jamaica. The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have expe...

    This memoir was beautifully written. Reading about Chin's upbringing made me frustrated. I was angry at the way her family treated her, saddened by how her father refused to accept her and somewhat understanding of her mother abandoning both her & her brother (initially, I thought ...

    Performance poet Staceyann Chin writes a compelling memoir about growing up motherless, financially and emotionally impoverished, determined, and angry in Jamaica. One of the few memoirs or pieces of fiction I've read that contextualizes finding voice for for contemporary West Indian w...

  • Kellee
    Jan 24, 2012

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

    This book is terrific! It was hard to put down. It is the memoir of Staceyann Chin, a NY-based lesbian poet/performer, as she grows up abandoned and abused as an extremely precocious and determined child in 1970's Jamaica. The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have expe...

    This memoir was beautifully written. Reading about Chin's upbringing made me frustrated. I was angry at the way her family treated her, saddened by how her father refused to accept her and somewhat understanding of her mother abandoning both her & her brother (initially, I thought ...

    Performance poet Staceyann Chin writes a compelling memoir about growing up motherless, financially and emotionally impoverished, determined, and angry in Jamaica. One of the few memoirs or pieces of fiction I've read that contextualizes finding voice for for contemporary West Indian w...

    Just started. I'm happy I heard her read from this book. If I didn't have her voice in my head, I don't think I'd get the hilarity. Okay, super compelling memoir about an awesome, super smart Jamaican girl who just get shuffled around between family members in a terrifying way her w...

    1. One of my favourite books. The fact that I went to a reading where she signed the book does mean favourite points went up. 2. Every young LGBT person from the Caribbean should read this. 3. If you're young, Jamaican, queer, not queer, too rebellious, too outspoken, liberal, a ...

    This book made me cry with its message of hope and redemption in the face of adversity. Stacyann Chin is that most rare of animals: an out (and outspoken) lesbian from the Carribean. Parts of this book resonated with my own experiences growing up, and parts from my own five-year marria...

    How Stacy Chin survived this upbringing is a miracle. Her telling of the story is part heartrenching and some times sounds as if she made it up.She and her brother are abandoned by their mother when they are babies. Her grandmother struggles to provides food and shelter.Stacy is shunte...

    This is a good, solid first write. The problem is that I did not feel invited into the experience, connected to the characters or the author, nor did I get a feeling of experiencing Jamaica as the author did. Having said that, if you want to know what a nation looks like and what it do...

    If you ever want need and want a glimpse into the lives of Jamaican women and their struggle for equality this is the book to read. Staceyann's vulnerable and open when telling her this aspect of her life. Childhood can make or break a human. For Stacyann it definitely makes her. I don...

    Staceyann Chin could write a book on just about any topic and I would want to read it, so I was excited when this one turned up on a recommended reading list from a friend. I read it over a week ago and I'm still shaking. Gorgeous. cw: child abuse, child and adult sexual abuse (desc...

    I cannot remember the last time I gave a book five stars. I tried not to read it too quickly and then caught myself trying to slow myself down when I was reaching the end because I didn't want to stop. Great memoir. Best I've read in a while. For a full review: http://satia.blogspot...

    Stacey Ann Chin had a difficult, abusive childhood which she survived thanks to her beauty and sharp intelligence. Unfortunately, I have read too many other memoirs of a similar genre. I was left with the feeling that the book was more therapeutic than literary. ...

    I read this book in one sitting. It was really very good and drew you in. It was easy to forget this was somoene's real life story and not fiction. I'm glad the author was able to finally find out who she is. ...

    Not bad. I wouldn't have read this book on my own but it was a book club pick. Staceyann annoyed me when she got in college due to the way she made a name for herself. Overall, not a bad read but I wouldn't read it again or suggest it to anyone. ...

  • Jardley
    Mar 02, 2010

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

  • Nikhil P. Freeman
    Jun 24, 2011

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

  • Mocha Girl
    Apr 12, 2011

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

  • Kelly
    Mar 17, 2010

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

    This book is terrific! It was hard to put down. It is the memoir of Staceyann Chin, a NY-based lesbian poet/performer, as she grows up abandoned and abused as an extremely precocious and determined child in 1970's Jamaica. The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have expe...

  • Rosanna
    Nov 02, 2011

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

    This book is terrific! It was hard to put down. It is the memoir of Staceyann Chin, a NY-based lesbian poet/performer, as she grows up abandoned and abused as an extremely precocious and determined child in 1970's Jamaica. The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have expe...

    This memoir was beautifully written. Reading about Chin's upbringing made me frustrated. I was angry at the way her family treated her, saddened by how her father refused to accept her and somewhat understanding of her mother abandoning both her & her brother (initially, I thought ...

    Performance poet Staceyann Chin writes a compelling memoir about growing up motherless, financially and emotionally impoverished, determined, and angry in Jamaica. One of the few memoirs or pieces of fiction I've read that contextualizes finding voice for for contemporary West Indian w...

    Just started. I'm happy I heard her read from this book. If I didn't have her voice in my head, I don't think I'd get the hilarity. Okay, super compelling memoir about an awesome, super smart Jamaican girl who just get shuffled around between family members in a terrifying way her w...

    1. One of my favourite books. The fact that I went to a reading where she signed the book does mean favourite points went up. 2. Every young LGBT person from the Caribbean should read this. 3. If you're young, Jamaican, queer, not queer, too rebellious, too outspoken, liberal, a ...

    This book made me cry with its message of hope and redemption in the face of adversity. Stacyann Chin is that most rare of animals: an out (and outspoken) lesbian from the Carribean. Parts of this book resonated with my own experiences growing up, and parts from my own five-year marria...

    How Stacy Chin survived this upbringing is a miracle. Her telling of the story is part heartrenching and some times sounds as if she made it up.She and her brother are abandoned by their mother when they are babies. Her grandmother struggles to provides food and shelter.Stacy is shunte...

  • Bianca
    May 03, 2009

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

  • Carla
    May 17, 2011

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

    This book is terrific! It was hard to put down. It is the memoir of Staceyann Chin, a NY-based lesbian poet/performer, as she grows up abandoned and abused as an extremely precocious and determined child in 1970's Jamaica. The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have expe...

    This memoir was beautifully written. Reading about Chin's upbringing made me frustrated. I was angry at the way her family treated her, saddened by how her father refused to accept her and somewhat understanding of her mother abandoning both her & her brother (initially, I thought ...

    Performance poet Staceyann Chin writes a compelling memoir about growing up motherless, financially and emotionally impoverished, determined, and angry in Jamaica. One of the few memoirs or pieces of fiction I've read that contextualizes finding voice for for contemporary West Indian w...

    Just started. I'm happy I heard her read from this book. If I didn't have her voice in my head, I don't think I'd get the hilarity. Okay, super compelling memoir about an awesome, super smart Jamaican girl who just get shuffled around between family members in a terrifying way her w...

    1. One of my favourite books. The fact that I went to a reading where she signed the book does mean favourite points went up. 2. Every young LGBT person from the Caribbean should read this. 3. If you're young, Jamaican, queer, not queer, too rebellious, too outspoken, liberal, a ...

    This book made me cry with its message of hope and redemption in the face of adversity. Stacyann Chin is that most rare of animals: an out (and outspoken) lesbian from the Carribean. Parts of this book resonated with my own experiences growing up, and parts from my own five-year marria...

    How Stacy Chin survived this upbringing is a miracle. Her telling of the story is part heartrenching and some times sounds as if she made it up.She and her brother are abandoned by their mother when they are babies. Her grandmother struggles to provides food and shelter.Stacy is shunte...

    This is a good, solid first write. The problem is that I did not feel invited into the experience, connected to the characters or the author, nor did I get a feeling of experiencing Jamaica as the author did. Having said that, if you want to know what a nation looks like and what it do...

    If you ever want need and want a glimpse into the lives of Jamaican women and their struggle for equality this is the book to read. Staceyann's vulnerable and open when telling her this aspect of her life. Childhood can make or break a human. For Stacyann it definitely makes her. I don...

    Staceyann Chin could write a book on just about any topic and I would want to read it, so I was excited when this one turned up on a recommended reading list from a friend. I read it over a week ago and I'm still shaking. Gorgeous. cw: child abuse, child and adult sexual abuse (desc...

    I cannot remember the last time I gave a book five stars. I tried not to read it too quickly and then caught myself trying to slow myself down when I was reaching the end because I didn't want to stop. Great memoir. Best I've read in a while. For a full review: http://satia.blogspot...

    Stacey Ann Chin had a difficult, abusive childhood which she survived thanks to her beauty and sharp intelligence. Unfortunately, I have read too many other memoirs of a similar genre. I was left with the feeling that the book was more therapeutic than literary. ...

  • Michele
    May 06, 2009

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

  • Margaret
    Apr 04, 2009

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

    This book is terrific! It was hard to put down. It is the memoir of Staceyann Chin, a NY-based lesbian poet/performer, as she grows up abandoned and abused as an extremely precocious and determined child in 1970's Jamaica. The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have expe...

    This memoir was beautifully written. Reading about Chin's upbringing made me frustrated. I was angry at the way her family treated her, saddened by how her father refused to accept her and somewhat understanding of her mother abandoning both her & her brother (initially, I thought ...

    Performance poet Staceyann Chin writes a compelling memoir about growing up motherless, financially and emotionally impoverished, determined, and angry in Jamaica. One of the few memoirs or pieces of fiction I've read that contextualizes finding voice for for contemporary West Indian w...

    Just started. I'm happy I heard her read from this book. If I didn't have her voice in my head, I don't think I'd get the hilarity. Okay, super compelling memoir about an awesome, super smart Jamaican girl who just get shuffled around between family members in a terrifying way her w...

    1. One of my favourite books. The fact that I went to a reading where she signed the book does mean favourite points went up. 2. Every young LGBT person from the Caribbean should read this. 3. If you're young, Jamaican, queer, not queer, too rebellious, too outspoken, liberal, a ...

    This book made me cry with its message of hope and redemption in the face of adversity. Stacyann Chin is that most rare of animals: an out (and outspoken) lesbian from the Carribean. Parts of this book resonated with my own experiences growing up, and parts from my own five-year marria...

    How Stacy Chin survived this upbringing is a miracle. Her telling of the story is part heartrenching and some times sounds as if she made it up.She and her brother are abandoned by their mother when they are babies. Her grandmother struggles to provides food and shelter.Stacy is shunte...

    This is a good, solid first write. The problem is that I did not feel invited into the experience, connected to the characters or the author, nor did I get a feeling of experiencing Jamaica as the author did. Having said that, if you want to know what a nation looks like and what it do...

    If you ever want need and want a glimpse into the lives of Jamaican women and their struggle for equality this is the book to read. Staceyann's vulnerable and open when telling her this aspect of her life. Childhood can make or break a human. For Stacyann it definitely makes her. I don...

    Staceyann Chin could write a book on just about any topic and I would want to read it, so I was excited when this one turned up on a recommended reading list from a friend. I read it over a week ago and I'm still shaking. Gorgeous. cw: child abuse, child and adult sexual abuse (desc...

    I cannot remember the last time I gave a book five stars. I tried not to read it too quickly and then caught myself trying to slow myself down when I was reaching the end because I didn't want to stop. Great memoir. Best I've read in a while. For a full review: http://satia.blogspot...

    Stacey Ann Chin had a difficult, abusive childhood which she survived thanks to her beauty and sharp intelligence. Unfortunately, I have read too many other memoirs of a similar genre. I was left with the feeling that the book was more therapeutic than literary. ...

    I read this book in one sitting. It was really very good and drew you in. It was easy to forget this was somoene's real life story and not fiction. I'm glad the author was able to finally find out who she is. ...

  •  Susan
    Oct 03, 2009

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

  • dora
    May 14, 2009

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

  • Cheryl
    Mar 05, 2013

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

  • Lakeesha J.
    Jun 01, 2009

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

    This book is terrific! It was hard to put down. It is the memoir of Staceyann Chin, a NY-based lesbian poet/performer, as she grows up abandoned and abused as an extremely precocious and determined child in 1970's Jamaica. The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have expe...

    This memoir was beautifully written. Reading about Chin's upbringing made me frustrated. I was angry at the way her family treated her, saddened by how her father refused to accept her and somewhat understanding of her mother abandoning both her & her brother (initially, I thought ...

    Performance poet Staceyann Chin writes a compelling memoir about growing up motherless, financially and emotionally impoverished, determined, and angry in Jamaica. One of the few memoirs or pieces of fiction I've read that contextualizes finding voice for for contemporary West Indian w...

    Just started. I'm happy I heard her read from this book. If I didn't have her voice in my head, I don't think I'd get the hilarity. Okay, super compelling memoir about an awesome, super smart Jamaican girl who just get shuffled around between family members in a terrifying way her w...

    1. One of my favourite books. The fact that I went to a reading where she signed the book does mean favourite points went up. 2. Every young LGBT person from the Caribbean should read this. 3. If you're young, Jamaican, queer, not queer, too rebellious, too outspoken, liberal, a ...

    This book made me cry with its message of hope and redemption in the face of adversity. Stacyann Chin is that most rare of animals: an out (and outspoken) lesbian from the Carribean. Parts of this book resonated with my own experiences growing up, and parts from my own five-year marria...

    How Stacy Chin survived this upbringing is a miracle. Her telling of the story is part heartrenching and some times sounds as if she made it up.She and her brother are abandoned by their mother when they are babies. Her grandmother struggles to provides food and shelter.Stacy is shunte...

    This is a good, solid first write. The problem is that I did not feel invited into the experience, connected to the characters or the author, nor did I get a feeling of experiencing Jamaica as the author did. Having said that, if you want to know what a nation looks like and what it do...

    If you ever want need and want a glimpse into the lives of Jamaican women and their struggle for equality this is the book to read. Staceyann's vulnerable and open when telling her this aspect of her life. Childhood can make or break a human. For Stacyann it definitely makes her. I don...

  • sash.
    Sep 19, 2012

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

    This book is terrific! It was hard to put down. It is the memoir of Staceyann Chin, a NY-based lesbian poet/performer, as she grows up abandoned and abused as an extremely precocious and determined child in 1970's Jamaica. The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have expe...

    This memoir was beautifully written. Reading about Chin's upbringing made me frustrated. I was angry at the way her family treated her, saddened by how her father refused to accept her and somewhat understanding of her mother abandoning both her & her brother (initially, I thought ...

    Performance poet Staceyann Chin writes a compelling memoir about growing up motherless, financially and emotionally impoverished, determined, and angry in Jamaica. One of the few memoirs or pieces of fiction I've read that contextualizes finding voice for for contemporary West Indian w...

    Just started. I'm happy I heard her read from this book. If I didn't have her voice in my head, I don't think I'd get the hilarity. Okay, super compelling memoir about an awesome, super smart Jamaican girl who just get shuffled around between family members in a terrifying way her w...

    1. One of my favourite books. The fact that I went to a reading where she signed the book does mean favourite points went up. 2. Every young LGBT person from the Caribbean should read this. 3. If you're young, Jamaican, queer, not queer, too rebellious, too outspoken, liberal, a ...

  • Frances Donovan
    Mar 06, 2010

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

    This book is terrific! It was hard to put down. It is the memoir of Staceyann Chin, a NY-based lesbian poet/performer, as she grows up abandoned and abused as an extremely precocious and determined child in 1970's Jamaica. The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have expe...

    This memoir was beautifully written. Reading about Chin's upbringing made me frustrated. I was angry at the way her family treated her, saddened by how her father refused to accept her and somewhat understanding of her mother abandoning both her & her brother (initially, I thought ...

    Performance poet Staceyann Chin writes a compelling memoir about growing up motherless, financially and emotionally impoverished, determined, and angry in Jamaica. One of the few memoirs or pieces of fiction I've read that contextualizes finding voice for for contemporary West Indian w...

    Just started. I'm happy I heard her read from this book. If I didn't have her voice in my head, I don't think I'd get the hilarity. Okay, super compelling memoir about an awesome, super smart Jamaican girl who just get shuffled around between family members in a terrifying way her w...

    1. One of my favourite books. The fact that I went to a reading where she signed the book does mean favourite points went up. 2. Every young LGBT person from the Caribbean should read this. 3. If you're young, Jamaican, queer, not queer, too rebellious, too outspoken, liberal, a ...

    This book made me cry with its message of hope and redemption in the face of adversity. Stacyann Chin is that most rare of animals: an out (and outspoken) lesbian from the Carribean. Parts of this book resonated with my own experiences growing up, and parts from my own five-year marria...

  • Leanne
    Oct 09, 2010

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

    This book is terrific! It was hard to put down. It is the memoir of Staceyann Chin, a NY-based lesbian poet/performer, as she grows up abandoned and abused as an extremely precocious and determined child in 1970's Jamaica. The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have expe...

    This memoir was beautifully written. Reading about Chin's upbringing made me frustrated. I was angry at the way her family treated her, saddened by how her father refused to accept her and somewhat understanding of her mother abandoning both her & her brother (initially, I thought ...

    Performance poet Staceyann Chin writes a compelling memoir about growing up motherless, financially and emotionally impoverished, determined, and angry in Jamaica. One of the few memoirs or pieces of fiction I've read that contextualizes finding voice for for contemporary West Indian w...

    Just started. I'm happy I heard her read from this book. If I didn't have her voice in my head, I don't think I'd get the hilarity. Okay, super compelling memoir about an awesome, super smart Jamaican girl who just get shuffled around between family members in a terrifying way her w...

    1. One of my favourite books. The fact that I went to a reading where she signed the book does mean favourite points went up. 2. Every young LGBT person from the Caribbean should read this. 3. If you're young, Jamaican, queer, not queer, too rebellious, too outspoken, liberal, a ...

    This book made me cry with its message of hope and redemption in the face of adversity. Stacyann Chin is that most rare of animals: an out (and outspoken) lesbian from the Carribean. Parts of this book resonated with my own experiences growing up, and parts from my own five-year marria...

    How Stacy Chin survived this upbringing is a miracle. Her telling of the story is part heartrenching and some times sounds as if she made it up.She and her brother are abandoned by their mother when they are babies. Her grandmother struggles to provides food and shelter.Stacy is shunte...

    This is a good, solid first write. The problem is that I did not feel invited into the experience, connected to the characters or the author, nor did I get a feeling of experiencing Jamaica as the author did. Having said that, if you want to know what a nation looks like and what it do...

  • Jeruen
    Jun 09, 2011

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

  • Claire
    Nov 17, 2011

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

  • Erika Coldman
    Sep 08, 2012

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

    This book is terrific! It was hard to put down. It is the memoir of Staceyann Chin, a NY-based lesbian poet/performer, as she grows up abandoned and abused as an extremely precocious and determined child in 1970's Jamaica. The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have expe...

    This memoir was beautifully written. Reading about Chin's upbringing made me frustrated. I was angry at the way her family treated her, saddened by how her father refused to accept her and somewhat understanding of her mother abandoning both her & her brother (initially, I thought ...

  • Danni Green
    Sep 13, 2017

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

    This book is terrific! It was hard to put down. It is the memoir of Staceyann Chin, a NY-based lesbian poet/performer, as she grows up abandoned and abused as an extremely precocious and determined child in 1970's Jamaica. The subject matter is heavy and may disturb those who have expe...

    This memoir was beautifully written. Reading about Chin's upbringing made me frustrated. I was angry at the way her family treated her, saddened by how her father refused to accept her and somewhat understanding of her mother abandoning both her & her brother (initially, I thought ...

    Performance poet Staceyann Chin writes a compelling memoir about growing up motherless, financially and emotionally impoverished, determined, and angry in Jamaica. One of the few memoirs or pieces of fiction I've read that contextualizes finding voice for for contemporary West Indian w...

    Just started. I'm happy I heard her read from this book. If I didn't have her voice in my head, I don't think I'd get the hilarity. Okay, super compelling memoir about an awesome, super smart Jamaican girl who just get shuffled around between family members in a terrifying way her w...

    1. One of my favourite books. The fact that I went to a reading where she signed the book does mean favourite points went up. 2. Every young LGBT person from the Caribbean should read this. 3. If you're young, Jamaican, queer, not queer, too rebellious, too outspoken, liberal, a ...

    This book made me cry with its message of hope and redemption in the face of adversity. Stacyann Chin is that most rare of animals: an out (and outspoken) lesbian from the Carribean. Parts of this book resonated with my own experiences growing up, and parts from my own five-year marria...

    How Stacy Chin survived this upbringing is a miracle. Her telling of the story is part heartrenching and some times sounds as if she made it up.She and her brother are abandoned by their mother when they are babies. Her grandmother struggles to provides food and shelter.Stacy is shunte...

    This is a good, solid first write. The problem is that I did not feel invited into the experience, connected to the characters or the author, nor did I get a feeling of experiencing Jamaica as the author did. Having said that, if you want to know what a nation looks like and what it do...

    If you ever want need and want a glimpse into the lives of Jamaican women and their struggle for equality this is the book to read. Staceyann's vulnerable and open when telling her this aspect of her life. Childhood can make or break a human. For Stacyann it definitely makes her. I don...

    Staceyann Chin could write a book on just about any topic and I would want to read it, so I was excited when this one turned up on a recommended reading list from a friend. I read it over a week ago and I'm still shaking. Gorgeous. cw: child abuse, child and adult sexual abuse (desc...

  • J Beckett
    Oct 29, 2014

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

  • Trish Rowe
    Jan 04, 2015

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

    won this in a goodreads "contest" and took a while to get to me because of stupid mail issues... anyways, enjoyed the memoir of this person growing up in jamaica. sad how religious and prejudice and selfish people can run/ruin children's lives like this poor girl had to deal with howe...

    My gf picked this gem up for me at a Queer conference in Phillie. Im glad she did. I have always loved Staceyann's blogs and poetry so the book was a welcomed addition. I definitely agree that its a fast read so you really need to pace yourself to take in the difficulties and blatant a...

    Review published at Bitches With Books. To read, click the link! Excerpt: Amazing. I can?t even put into words the strength found in this book. The Other Side of Paradise is a witty memoir touching on a range of issues that plague the Caribbean, and in extension, the world, in th...

    After seeing Stacey Ann at a conference I was captivated by her strong, ambitious charisma. I immediately knew I had to purchase and read her book. As a native Jamaican I must say that this book hit home on many levels and I was blown away by her strength to overcome. She is a voice an...

  • James F
    Jan 26, 2018

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...

    The Other Side of Paradise written by Staceyann Chin is startling in its clarity, fresh in its narration and the writing is as bold as the young poet, writer, lesbian activist is daily in her tweets or one of her performances. TOSoP is about a young girl who refused to be quiet. She ca...

    I love Staceyann Chin's writing and performances, so I was eager to read her memoir about her early life. The best parts are I and II, encompassing the majority of the book and detailing Chin's experiences growing up poor, abandoned and lesbian in Jamaica. Although at times I put it do...

    I'm a fan of memoir so this was right up my alley. Not bad. Like others have mentioned, the ending left me wanting. More. ...

    Another book for the Goodreads group which is reading Jamaican literature, this is the memoir of a Jamaican woman from the age of about four to her emigration to New York in her early twenties. Actually, I think that it is somewhat fictionalized, or at least "filled in", because I don'...

  • Obsidian
    Jan 28, 2016

    An excellent memoir. I had to keep turning the book over and looking at staceyann's photograph to remind myself that yes, this is her life, yes, this is a memoir, no, this is not fiction - which made her narrative that much more compelling and heart-breaking and triumphant. ...

    I've only read one other memoir in the past, when I read The Aquariums of Pyongyang by North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan. So, I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book from the library. Little did I know that I would enjoy this piece of literature very much. ...

    oh man. my only complaint is that this book didn't sprawl out a bit more. at 276 pages, the narrative felt rushed -- i wanted at least another hundred or so. ...

    The Other Side of Paradise is the childhood memoir of Staceyann Chin, an award-winning, highly celebrated performing artist, spoken word poet, and political activist. In the novel, she reminisces about her early beginnings in rural Jamaica living in a shack with her brother and her par...

    For several years I have followed the poetry of Staceyann Chin before I happened upon this gem. As stated by biblio-friend Nea, the book was a slow trek at the beginning, told from the perspective of a young girl whose observations and emotional development was filled with the bitter-s...

    "I liked the story at the beginning and the middle, but towards the end it just felt rushed, nor did I get a clear sense of the process of her realizing she was a lesbian. It feels like an option she makes rather than something she realizes was always in her. I also got the belief that...

    Amazing how a person can grow up unwanted and unloved, first by her family and then by her environment, to then go on to create a beautiful life through using her voice without being swallowed up by silences or consumed by uncontrollable rage against the wounds of childhood. ...

    Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, however since Goodreads does not have half stars I rounded this up to 5 stars. This book has a lot of things going on with it, but I really did enjoy it. There were some flow issues here and there and the epilogue honestly did not even f...