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My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education (edició 2019)

de Jennine Capo Crucet (Autor)

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From the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, essays on being an "accidental" American--an incisive look at the edges of identity for a woman of color in a society centered on whiteness In this sharp and candid collection of essays, critically acclaimed writer and first-generation American Jennine Capó Crucet explores the condition of finding herself a stranger in the country where she was born. Raised in Miami and the daughter of Cuban refugees, Crucet examines the political and personal contours of American identity and the physical places where those contours find themselves smashed: be it a rodeo town in Nebraska, a university campus in upstate New York, or Disney World in Florida. Crucet illuminates how she came to see her exclusion from aspects of the theoretical American Dream, despite her family's attempts to fit in with white American culture--beginning with their ill-fated plan to name her after the winner of the Miss America pageant. In prose that is both fearless and slyly humorous, My Time Among the Whites examines the sometimes hopeful, sometimes deeply flawed ways in which many Americans have learned to adapt, exist, and--in the face of all signals saying otherwise--perhaps even thrive in a country that never imagined them here.… (més)
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Títol:My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education
Autors:Jennine Capo Crucet (Autor)
Informació:Picador (2019), 208 pages
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Etiquetes:prose-fiction-and-nonfiction, latino

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My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education de Jennine Capó Crucet

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Thoughts from a Cuban-American author on her alienation from predominantly white spaces. Her essays on her experiences in academia were compelling (both from her POV as a first gen immigrant student and later as a Latinx professor), but I didn’t fully click on many of her other essays. Some nice insights peppered throughout but I didn’t care for the Disney or wedding hall content. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
A biting and engaging memoir from a talented novelist. I read Make Your Home Among Strangers (and loved it) and find Crucet's insights to be particularly necessary in our current political moment. A must-read. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
This was an amazing read with beautiful prose. Crucet tells stories in a way that sucks you right in, and I’d love to read more from her. ( )
  spinsterrevival | Jan 19, 2020 |
Not familiar with the author but the title grabbed my attention straight away. A parody of those titles where (the usually white) person visits an "unexplored" land or planet, etc. and writes about their time living among the "natives," I thought this would be an interesting. The author takes us through what it's like navigating the US in various spaces while being visibly non-white and not necessarily understanding the nuances of the cultural, political, societal details as such.

The first essay grabbed me. I could totally relate to the experiences Crucet, even if those exact ones were not my own. But I could totally see how she and her family did not know orientation was for the student, how they hung around (they had rearranged schedules, took vacation time, saved money for the hotel for the week, etc.) to settle her in. Very relateable and understandable.

But my interested sort of dwindled from there. None of the other essays really kept me and I know part of it is because I'm not one for essay collections. That said, I'll bet this is for a lot of people, especially maybe younger people in college or graduating still trying to find their place in the world, etc.

It wasn't for me. Library borrow was best. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Oct 5, 2019 |
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From the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, essays on being an "accidental" American--an incisive look at the edges of identity for a woman of color in a society centered on whiteness In this sharp and candid collection of essays, critically acclaimed writer and first-generation American Jennine Capó Crucet explores the condition of finding herself a stranger in the country where she was born. Raised in Miami and the daughter of Cuban refugees, Crucet examines the political and personal contours of American identity and the physical places where those contours find themselves smashed: be it a rodeo town in Nebraska, a university campus in upstate New York, or Disney World in Florida. Crucet illuminates how she came to see her exclusion from aspects of the theoretical American Dream, despite her family's attempts to fit in with white American culture--beginning with their ill-fated plan to name her after the winner of the Miss America pageant. In prose that is both fearless and slyly humorous, My Time Among the Whites examines the sometimes hopeful, sometimes deeply flawed ways in which many Americans have learned to adapt, exist, and--in the face of all signals saying otherwise--perhaps even thrive in a country that never imagined them here.

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