Not for Everyday Use

Not for Everyday Use

A Memoir

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
The author examines her relationship with her parents and their relationship with one another as she prepares to return to the Caribbean for her mother's burial.

Dreamscape Media Llc
Tracing the four days from the moment she gets the call that every immigrant fears to the burial of her mother, Elizabeth Nunez tells the haunting story of her lifelong struggle to cope with the consequences of the "sterner stuff" of her parents' ambitions for their children and her mother's seemingly unbreakable conviction that displays of affection are not for everyday use. But Nunez sympathizes with her parents, whose happiness is constrained by the oppressive strictures of colonialism, by the Catholic Church's prohibition of artificial birth control which her mother obeys, terrified by the threat of eternal damnation), and by what Malcolm Gladwell refers to as the privilege of skin color in his mother's Caribbean island homeland where the brown-skinned classes...came to fetishize their lightness.

Findaway World Llc
Tracing the four days from the moment she gets the call that every immigrant fears to the burial of her mother, Elizabeth Nunez tells the haunting story of her lifelong struggle to cope with the consequences of the "sterner stuff" of her parents' ambitions for their children and her mother's seemingly unbreakable conviction that displays of affection are not for everyday use. But Nunez sympathizes with her parents, whose happiness is constrained by the oppressive strictures of colonialism, by the Catholic Church’s prohibition of artificial birth control which her mother obeys, terrified by the threat of eternal damnation), and by what Malcolm Gladwell refers to as the “privilege of skin color” in his mother’s Caribbean island homeland where “the brown-skinned classes...came to fetishize their lightness.”

Publisher: Chicago : Dreamscape Media, LLC, 2014
ISBN: 9781629234823
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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