Amá, Your Story Is Mine: Walking Out of the Shadows of Abuse / Edition 1

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Overview

In the preface to her memoir, Ercenia "Alice" Cedeño recalls the secrecy and turmoil that marked her youth: "I spent most of my growing years mad at my mother and wanting her to change to fit in with the rest of the world," she writes. "When my sisters and I wanted her to visit our friends' mothers, she would say, 'Why do people need to know other peoples' lives?' Looking back, I wonder if she was really saying, 'I don't want them to know our business.' There was so much to hide."

Now bringing those hidden memories to light, Amá, Your Story Is Mine traces the hardship, violence, deceit, and defiance that shaped the identity of two generations of women in Alice's family. Born in the mountains of northern Mexico, Alice's mother married at age 14 into a family rife with passion that often turned to anger. After losing several infant children to disease, the young couple crossed into the United States seeking a better life.

Unfolding in a series of powerful vignettes, Amá, Your Story Is Mine describes in captivating detail a daring matriarch who found herself having to protect her children from their own father while facing the challenges of cultural discrimination. By turns wry and tender, Alice's recollections offer a rare memoir that fully encompasses the Latina experience in the United States.

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What People Are Saying

Norma E. Cantú
A significant contribution to the field of Latina autobiography.... It would [also] be very useful to many readers in other disciplines, especially to those in American studies, sociology, and women's studies.
Norma E. Cantú, Professor of English and U.S. Latina/o Literature, University of Texas at San Antonio, and author of Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la frontera
Norma E. Cantú
A significant contribution to the field of Latina autobiography.... It would [also] be very useful to many readers in other disciplines, especially to those in American studies, sociology, and women's studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292716575
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

ALICE CEDEÑO has been a hairstylist for more than thirty years. Born in Salinas, California, she now lives in Anchorage, Alaska. This is her first book.

SUSAN DIXON is a freelance writer and editor.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Part I
Amá
Escape to a New Life
La Migra
Joe Recalls
Mexicali
Queena
Joe and the Pool Hall
The Cellar
Vultures
Apá
Wailing Cry
Domingo
Mujeres

Part II
Bleach
Abuelita
Ragtag Band
Crossing the Threshold
A Neighbor's Scheme
School
Fresno
Grapes
Hombres
Summer Ends

Part III
The Clean Start
Monster Machines
Menstrual Wars
Graduations
The Curse
My Knight in Shining Armor
The Reunion
Marriage and Children
The Last Frontier
Beauty School
Fly Free
The Cycle

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