Rose Hill: An Intermarriage Before Its Time

Rose Hill: An Intermarriage Before Its Time

by Carlos E. Cortés
     
 

The son of a Mexican Catholic father with aristocratic roots and a mother of Eastern European Jewish descent, Carlos Cortés grew up wedged between cultures, living a childhood in "constant crossfire-straddling borders, balancing loves and loyalties, and trying to fit into a world that wasn't quite ready." In some ways, even his family wasn't quite

Overview

The son of a Mexican Catholic father with aristocratic roots and a mother of Eastern European Jewish descent, Carlos Cortés grew up wedged between cultures, living a childhood in "constant crossfire-straddling borders, balancing loves and loyalties, and trying to fit into a world that wasn't quite ready." In some ways, even his family wasn't quite ready (for him). His request for a bar mitzvah sent his proud father into a cursing rage. He was terrified to bring home the Catholic girl he was dating, for fear of wounding his mother and grandparents. When he tried to join a high school fraternity, Christians wouldn't take him because he was Jewish, and Jews looked sideways at him because his father was Mexican. In his new memoir, Rose Hill: An Intermarriage before Its Time, Cortés lovingly chronicles his family's tumultuous, decades-long spars over religion, class, and culture, from his early years in legally segregated Kansas City during the 1940s to his return to Berkeley (where his parents met) in the 1950s, and to his parents' separation, reconciliation, deaths, and eventual burials at the Rose Hill Cemetery. Cortés elevates the theme of intermarriage to a new level of complexity in this closely observed and emotionally fraught memoir adapted from his nationally successful one-man play, A Conversation with Alana: One Boy's Multicultural Rite of Passage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597141888
Publisher:
Heyday Books
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

arlos E. Cortés is a professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of The Children Are Watching: How the Media Teach about Diversity and is a creative/cultural advisor for Nickelodeon's Peabody Award-winning children's television series Dora the Explorer and its spinoff, Go, Diego, Go!, for which he received a 2009 NAACP Image Award. He performs his one-man autobiographical play, A Conversation with Alana: One Boy's Multicultural Rite of Passage, across the country and has lectured widely throughout the world. He is General Editor of the Sage Encyclopedia of Multicultural America, due out in 2013.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >