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PLANTAINS AND THE SEVEN PLAGUES: A Memoir: Half-Dominican, Half-Cuban, and Full Life

PLANTAINS AND THE SEVEN PLAGUES: A Memoir: Half-Dominican, Half-Cuban, and Full Life

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Author, Paz Ellis, takes readers on a cross-cultural and trans-generational journey through her childhood in West New York, New Jersey to adulthood with Plantains and the Seven Plagues, A Memoir: Half-Dominican, Half-Cuban, and Full Life.

Paz insightfully describes the complexities and contradictions of growing up in the United States to a Dominican mother and a Cuban father. From her mother's obsessive cleaning rituals to her father's remarkable knack for invention, this book beautifully explains what living a hyphenated-life means for so many Hispanics. She writes about what it means to be American, and Cuban, and Dominican, and having to be all of those things and only one of them... all at the same time.

Following the passing of her mother, the author finds herself on a search for meaning through not only her past but also her mother's. This book is about life, loss, memory, culture, and family, the glue that determines who your family actually is... love. Written with a healthy dose of wit and an abundance of sincerity, Plantains and the Seven Plagues is honest, painfully relatable, and deeply heartfelt.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781952578038
Publisher: Paz Ellis
Publication date: 04/20/2020
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Paz Ellis has been writing since childhood. She began her journey as a writer with poetry and short stories. She wrote her first book 20 years ago but has yet to publish it. It currently resides on her bookshelves amongst the writers that have always inspired her craft. Besides her memoir, Paz also publishes fiction. Her first fiction novel, "Just Finn" was published in 2017. It is a fictional story about an autistic young man, inspired by her brother who has lived with Aspergers Syndrome for over 45 years. "Just Finn" is the 1st in a two-part series.​​Paz currently lives in Florida. She lived in Oklahoma for almost 20 years with her husband on a ranch where they raise red Angus cattle. They have two teenage sons. Paz is also a photographer and an avid reader.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Islands

Chapter 3. Apartments I

Chapter 4. Apartments II

Chapter 5. Apartments III

Chapter 6. Oh Brother

Chapter 7. The House

Chapter 8. California (for five minutes, and back)

Chapter 9. Unmerciful

Chapter 10. Bodegas

Chapter 11. Sidewalks, Dumpsters, and the Kitchen Table

Chapter 12. The Recliner

Chapter 13. Family Reunion

Chapter 14. The World (without Mami)

Chapter 15. A Legacy

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