Download A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez PDF

By Daisy Hernandez

A coming-of-age memoir by means of a Colombian-Cuban lady approximately shaping classes from domestic right into a new, queer life

In this lyrical, coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández chronicles what the ladies in her Cuban-Colombian kin taught her approximately love, funds, and race. Her mom warns her approximately envidia and males who seduce you with pastries, whereas one tía bemoans that her niece is popping out to be “una india” rather than an American. one other auntie instructs that once individuals are shut, they're certain to develop into like uña y mugre, fingernails and grime, and that no, Daisy’s father isn't godless. He’s easily praying to a sweet dish that may be traced again to Africa.

These lessons—rooted in women’s stories of migration, colonization, y cariño—define in evocative element what it ability to develop up lady in an immigrant domestic. in a single tale, Daisy units out to defy the dictates of race and sophistication that preoccupy her mom and tías, yet courting ladies and transmen, and coming to spot as bisexual, leads her to unforeseen questions. In one other piece, NAFTA shuts neighborhood factories in her homeland at the outskirts of latest York urban, and he or she starts translating unemployment varieties for her mom and dad, relocating among English and Spanish, in addition to deepest and collective fears. In prose that's either memoir and statement, Daisy displays on reporting for the recent York occasions because the paper is rocked via the most important plagiarism scandal in its historical past and plunged into debates concerning the position of race within the newsroom.

A heartfelt exploration of family members, id, and language, A Cup of Water less than My mattress is eventually a daughter’s tale of discovering herself and her group, and of constructing a brand new, queer life.

Show description

Read or Download A Cup of Water Under My Bed PDF

Similar memoir books

Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life

Within the spirit of her blockbuster number one big apple occasions bestseller The Happiness venture, Gretchen Rubin embarks on a brand new venture to make domestic a happier place.
 
One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by means of a wave of homesickness. Homesick—why? She used to be status correct in her personal kitchen. She felt homesick, she learned, with love for domestic itself. “Of the entire components of a cheerful life,” she notion, “my house is an important. ” In a flash, she made up our minds to adopt a brand new happiness venture, and this time, to target home.

And what did she wish from her domestic? a spot that calmed her, and energized her. a spot that, by way of making her consider secure, could loose her to take hazards. additionally, whereas Rubin desired to be happier at domestic, she desired to get pleasure from how a lot happiness was once there already.
 
So, beginning in September (the new January), Rubin committed a faculty year—September via May—to making her domestic a spot of higher simplicity, convenience, and love.  
 
In The Happiness venture, she labored out common theories of happiness. right here she is going deeper on components that subject for domestic, akin to possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood. How can she keep an eye on the cubicle in her pocket? How may possibly she highlight her family’s valuable possessions? And it quite was once time to switch that dud toaster.
 
Each month, Rubin tackles a special topic as she experiments with concrete, workable resolutions—and this time, she coaxes her kinfolk to aim a few resolutions, to boot.  
 
With her signature combination of memoir, technology, philosophy, and experimentation, Rubin’s ardour for her topic jumps off the web page, and studying quite a few chapters of this ebook will encourage readers to discover extra happiness of their personal lives.  
 

---
Uploader unlock Notes:
Retail EPUB, contains TOC/chapters
---

What Mad Pursuit: A Personal View of Scientific Discovery

Candid, provocative, and disarming, this can be the widely-praised memoir of the co-discoverer of the double helix of DNA.

James Baldwin: The Last Interview and Other Conversations

By no means prior to on hand, the unexpurgated final interview with James Baldwin

“I used to be now not born to be what a person acknowledged i used to be. i used to be no longer born to be outlined by means of another person, yet on my own, and myself in basic terms. ” whilst, within the fall of 1987, the poet Quincy Troupe traveled to the south of France to interview James Baldwin, Baldwin’s brother David instructed him to invite Baldwin approximately everything—Baldwin used to be significantly in poor health and David knew that this may be the writer’s final likelihood to talk at size approximately his existence and work.

The result's essentially the most eloquent and revelatory interviews of Baldwin’s occupation, a talk that levels greatly over such subject matters as his early life in Harlem, his shut friendship with Miles Davis, his dating with writers like Toni Morrison and Richard Wright, his years in France, and his ever-incisive ideas at the background of race kinfolk and the African-American experience.

Also gathered listed here are major interviews from different moments in Baldwin’s existence, together with an in-depth interview carried out via Studs Terkel almost immediately after the ebook of no one is aware My identify. those interviews exhibit, specially, Baldwin’s fearlessness and integrity as a author, philosopher, and person, in addition to the profound struggles he confronted alongside the best way.

Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past

[b]Foreword via Wilco's Jeff Tweedy

"Memories are way more indelible whilst married to the actual international, and Spitznagel proves the purpose during this shiny booklet. we adore vinyl documents simply because they mix the tactile, the visible, the seeable results of age and care and carelessless. while he searches for the files he misplaced and sold, Spitznagel is trying to come back to a tangible previous, and he info that strategy with nice sensitivity and impression. "
—Dave Eggers, writer of [i]The Circle

High constancy meets Killing your self to stay during this memoirof one man's look for his misplaced list assortment. As he unearths himself inside of spitting distance of middle-age, journalist Eric Spitznagel feels acutely the loss of…something. Freedom? probably. Coolness? should be. The documents he offered in a monetary pinch? certainly. to determine evidently, he units out on a quest to find  the unique vinyl artifacts from his previous. not only copies. the very same documents: The Bon Jovi record along with his first girlfriend's cell quantity scrawled at the entrance sleeve. The KISS Alive II he as soon as shared along with his little brother. The Replacements Let It Be he’s lovely definite, twenty years later, might nonetheless odor like weed.

As he embarks on his hero's trip, he reminisces concerning the real documents, the tune, and the folks he listened to it with—old girlfriends, his highschool friends, and, such a lot poignantly, his father and his younger son. He explores the magic of song and reminiscence as he interweaves his adventures in checklist- tradition with questions about our connection to our previous, no matter if we will be able to ever recapture it, and even if we might are looking to if shall we.

Extra resources for A Cup of Water Under My Bed

Example text

That’s the way I kept score. As for the great book, who knows? It sure is a good story. ONE E arly on the morning of August 19, 1946, I was born under a clear sky after a violent summer storm to a widowed mother in the Julia Chester Hospital in Hope, a town of about six thousand in southwest Arkansas, thirty-three miles east of the Texas border at Texarkana. , one of nine children of a poor farmer in Sherman, Texas, who died when my father was seventeen. According to his sisters, my father always tried to take care of them, and he grew up to be a handsome, hardworking, fun-loving man.

She took it all out in raging tirades against my grandfather and my mother, both before and after I was born, though I was shielded from most of them. She had been a good student and ambitious, so after high school she took a correspondence course in nursing from the Chicago School of Nursing. By the time I was a toddler she was a private-duty nurse for a man not far from our house on Hervey Street. I can still remember running down the sidewalk to meet her when she came home from work. Mammaw’s main goals for me were that I would eat a lot, learn a lot, and always be neat and clean.

I don’t remember hearing about his letter, and considering all the other bullets we were dodging then, it’s possible that my staff kept it from me. Or maybe the letter was just misplaced in the mountains of mail we were receiving. Anyway, when I read about Leon, I got in touch with him and later met him and his wife, Judy, during one of my stops in northern California. We had a happy visit and since then we’ve corresponded in holiday seasons. He and I look alike, his birth certificate says his father was mine, and I wish I’d known about him a long time ago.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.32 of 5 – based on 41 votes