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Flaming Iguanas: An Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing: An All-Girl Road Novel Thing! [Paperback]

Erika Lopez
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17 Nov 1998
Tomato Rodriguez hops on her motorcycle and embarks on the ultimate sea-to-shining-sea all-girl adventure - a story in that combines all the best parts of Alice in Wonderland and Easy Rider as Tomato crosses the country in search of the meaning of life, love, and the perfect post office. Flaming Iguanas is a hilarious novel that combines text, line drawings, rubber stamp art, and a serious dose of attitude. The result is a wild and wonderful ride unlike any you you've ever taken before.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction Ed edition (17 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068485368X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684853680
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 786,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Feminist Bookstore News" Not for the faint of heart....Racy, raunchy, riotously funny, and hilariously incisive.

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To all of you who left comments:Hey, thanks for laughing
You don't know how great it is to hear I'm getting other people in trouble for laughing out loud. I'm used to getting kicked by own friends or pulled over by the police in certain states for laughing until my face turns inside out. Yeeha! Ladies and gentlemen, my work here is done... I'll see you in hell. Or in New Jersey. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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"Flaming Iguanas" is one of those books that you can't put down. The main character inspires me to take advantage of my freedom and sieze the open road that lies ahead of me. Every woman should read this book; not only for the humorous text, but for the wonderful and imaginative illustrations Lopez creates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, funny stuff 9 Feb 1999
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I was sitting, well actually squatting, in the bookstore and reading the first few pages of the book when I started laughing like a nut... Well people stared, so naturally I purchased it to avoid making a scene, and what a wise purchase it was. It's crazy, it's funny, it's so much more readable than "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". I felt empowered, I feel inspired, gosh darn I want a motorcycle gang too, and maybe someday I'll cross Canada and write a novel comparable to this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Female Ejaculating Bisexual Quakers Unite 13 Oct 1998
By A Customer
This book is a different experience from the start. The paper is similar to grocery bags, the typeface wavers on the line, and almost every page is decorated with rubber stamp art, doodles, and calligraphy.
But there's an intriguing story here, too, not just a fancy presentation. Tomato Rodriguez sets off on a motorcycle she can barely ride, as a motorcycle gang of one (the Flaming Iguanas), to cross the country and reunite with her ailing father, who runs a sex toy shop with his girlfriend.
Lopez definitely stands many of the conventions of the male road novel on their heads. When I tried to guess how things would end up, I was rarely successful, and I like that in a book. Still, I thought there were places that she abandoned a character or a plot line just as it was starting to bear fruit. Lopez implies that the book is semi-autobiographical, and it's hard to know whether it's the "truer" parts are the places where the plot veers as awkwardly as Tomato steering on gravel.
The strength of this book is its characterization. There are no strong male characters in this book, but they are not uniformly disgusting or stereotypical, a fault some feminist authors fall into. The portrait of her therapy-overdosed, boundary-obssessed lesbian mom is wonderful ("I imagined all of us protected by invisible squares of masking tape on the floor that followed us wherever we walked like hoop skirts, and if anyone crossed over into our space we were allowed to shoot to kill, the way you can when burglars break into your house.")
Let me leave you with the quote that will, I believe, provide the ultimate litmus test as to whether this book is for you: "I wanted a Bisexual Female Ejaculating Quaker role model. And where was she, dammit? From now on I would demand to be represented."
Go on. Ride on the wild side.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read 21 Sep 2013
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Only halfway through this as haven't had chance to sit and properly read it, but what I have read so far causes me to mark a definite day in the diary to finish it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute chick book 20 Jan 1999
By A Customer
From floating cat ghosts' to big Canadian Johns. I was rolling on the floor, in bed and at the laundrymat. I must now devour whatever else Ms. Lopez has to offer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great American Road Novel, late-90s version 16 Dec 1998
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Recently, on my own book tour, I happened to ask a sales guy at Shaman Drum Books in Ann Arbor if he could help me. I was an English grad student, I said; I was trying to draw up a syllabus for a course I hoped to teach in a year or two, on the American Road Novel. I'd come up with a handful of obvious titles--ON THE ROAD, ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTAINANCE, LOLITA, TRAVELS WITH CHARLIE, even THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. But all of them were by white guys, and I was looking for the rest of the picture. Was there, I asked him, a literary equivalent to "Thelma and Louise"? He handed me FLAMING IGUANAS. "Here," he said.
A woman on a motorcycle takes on America.
This is a great book. Erika, I am in love. It is an infectuous, cheerful, honest, ragingly sexy--but never prurient--book. It is very much within the tradition (Kerouac, Henry Miller, and several other sex-and-road dudes are mentioned explicitly, as sort-of precursors; Erica Jong's FEAR OF FLYING is a good point of comparison, too), but it also extends the tradition, and gloriously so. At moments Lopez makes the confessional-thing look so effortless you're tempted to try it yourself, but such ruthless self-exposure, no matter how fictionalized, is its own stringent discipline.
This is a soaring, liberating read. Week 12 on the twelve-week American Road Novel syllabus, without a doubt. Some undergrads may be scandalized; WILL be scandalized. Too bad. Erika, I love you. I tell all my friends in the Princeton English Department about you. I am a one-man word-of-mouth machine, spreading the gospel. You are too much. Exuberance is beauty. Don't stop!
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I first read this book about a year and a half ago and have been shamelessly forcing it on all friends/family/acquaintances/farm animals since then! Tomato was the first "novel heroine" that I've ever related to so well--reading the novel, I felt like I WAS her. I felt absolutely empowered by the book, and was ready to buy a motorcycle on a whim after reading it! Erika Lopez writes with such savvy; the mental imagery she creates is beyond fabulous! By all means, buy this book, read it, and then pass it on to everyone YOU know. Nobody should be without the experience of a Lopez "All Girl Road Novel Thing"!
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