“What the Mouth Wants” listed on 2018 Over the Rainbow Recommended Book List


agger Editions are thrilled to announce another “first" for our literary imprint. What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Belonging by Monica Meneghetti has been named in the 2018 Recommended Book List from Over the Rainbow (OTR). Congratulations Monica!

The Over the Rainbow Project creates an annual annotated bibliography of outstanding works of literature and nonfiction intended to promote the improved quality and accessibility of GLBTQ literature for general reacership. You can read the full 2018 Over the Rainbow Recommended Book List hereThe OTR Project is a committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA).

Monica Meneghetti reading What the Mouth Wants at the Dagger Reading Series

Learn more about What the Mouth Wants 

This mouthwatering, intimate, and sensual memoir traces Monica Meneghetti’s unique life journey through her relationship with food, family and love. As the youngest child of a traditional Italian-Catholic immigrant family, Monica learns the intimacy of the dinner table and the ritual of meals, along with the requirements of conformity both at the table and in life. Monica is thirteen when her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoes a mastectomy. When her mother dies three years later, Monica considers the existence of her own breasts and her emerging sexuality in the context of grief and the disintegration of her sense of family.

As Monica becomes an adult, she discovers a part of her self that rebels against the rigours of her traditional upbringing. And as the layers of her sexuality are revealed she begns to understand that like herbs infusing a sauce with flavour, her differences add a delicious complexity to her life.

But in coming to terms with her place in the margins of the margins, Monica must also face the challenge of coming out while living in a small town, years before same-sex marriage and amendments to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms created safer spaces for queers. Through risk, courage, and heartbreak, she ultimately redefines and recreates family and identity according to her own alternative vision.

Monica Meneghetti is a multilingual language professional and writer with a penchant for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Her work appears in print and online as well as in musical scores and on stage. Her written work has appeared in Prairie JournalPrairie Fire, Filling Station and Canadian Alpine Journal. She has also published online with CBC Canada Writes, CBC Hyperlocal, Trivia: Voices of Feminism and Plenitude Magazine. Her first work of literary translation, The Call of the Ice, was published by Mountaineer’s Books and was a finalist for a Banff Mountain Book Award.

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