Split at the Root: A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity

Split at the Root: A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity

by Catana Tully

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479114696
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/24/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 916,488
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Dr. Catana Tully grew up trilingual (German, Spanish, English) in Guatemala where she attended elementary and middle school. In tenth grade she entered a boarding school in Jamaica, WI and received her Advanced Level Higher Schools Certificate from Cambridge University, England. Expecting to become an international interpreter, she continued her studies at the Sprachen und Dolmetscher Institut in Munich, Germany. However, she was called to work in a play and discovered her affinity for the dramatic arts. She became the actress and fashion model Catana Cayetano and appeared in Film and TV work in Germany, Austria, and Italy. In Munich she met and married the American actor Frederick V. Tully and ultimately moved to the United States. They have a son, Patrick. In Upstate New York, she completed the BA in Cultural Studies, an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Literature, and a DA (doctor of Arts) in Humanistic Studies. She held the position of tenured Associate Professor at SUNY Empire State College from which she retired in 2003, returning in 2005 for part time work in ESC's Center for International Programs, where she served as Mentor and instructor in the Lebanon program, and as Interim Program Director for the Dominican Republic. In 2011 she retired completely to dedicate herself to publishing Split at the Root. She is currently preparing an academic version discussing the psychological issues imbedded in the memoir.

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Split at the Root: A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that SPLIT AT THE ROOT: A MEMOIR OF LOVE AND LOST IDENTITY by Catana Tully is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Shaka2U More than 1 year ago
Catana Tully's amazing novel "Split at the Root" caught me completely by surprise. I must admit my expectations prior to reading this novel were simple; it would be a race relations book. Split at the Root is so much more than just race. This memoir gives a full circle view on topics of mixed race, multiculturalism, family dis-functionality and much more. Tully provides a very detail account of her life from childhood straight through adulthood. The reader will appreciate Tully's thorough explanation of why she was a confused "German" kid who did not consider herself black. The relationship Tully had with both of her mother's in itself was touching but lead myself and mostly other readers into Tullys psyche, and truly explains her thought process. Split at the Root gives another dimension another insight to how race is perceived from someone who is multiracial. I quite enjoyed this book and the look into Catana Tully's life.
tiffanydavis2 More than 1 year ago
Split at the Root: A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity, by Catana Tully, is a story that is easy for any reader to relate to. Catana considers herself to be African Hispanic, and she tells her story of being raised as a privileged child by a white, European family. As she becomes older she begins to question her roots, and it's through these questions that her story really begins. As a reader, you really get to experience all of Catana's emotion right along with her as if you were a part of the story too. You see her story go from a happy childhood to a questioning adulthood, from heartbreak to triumph. I absolutely loved this book and found it to be quite the page turner, which really surprised me. When I read what it was about, I honestly was not expecting it to be as good as it was, and I loved that about it. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys memoir's, as this one is worth the read! Great job to the author!
sewolf0310 More than 1 year ago
In this case, the critique is on the positive side.  Catana (or Adriana as her birthname was) was given up by her biological mother to be raised by a German family.  Normally, that does not seem unusual, but in this case, the child is a Black child and the family is very white, and they are living in Guatemala. Growing up, Catana was loved and given the best of everything, never needing to want for anything, but also never knowing her Black heritage and family.  Years later, after succeeding in school and becoming a famous model and actress, she was encouraged to write about her life and find out about her biological family and their heritage. The truths she learned were not as she was led to believe growing up.  The secrets and mysteries she uncovered opened her eyes to her true upbringing. While you travel along with Catana, you will visit numerous locations described in vivid detail and meet her extended family, along with a very loving and supportive husband.  This is true determination to discover one’s history.  Travel with Catana to discover why her mother gave up her first born.  The family has quite the difference in characters and her travels will keep you turning the pages to see if she ever finds the truth.
tbower86 More than 1 year ago
Split at the Root by Catana Tully is an intricate study of self-identity, social influences, and familial ties. The first story Catana can remember is one Mutti, her German mother, tells about her “birth.” Mutti tells Catana that she floated down the river on a leaf, and that, in that moment, Mutti knew Catana was hers to keep. This is just one of many “fairytales” that Mutti tells Catana about her life (and her history). Catana was born to Rosa, a Black woman, in Livingston. However, she was raised by a White, German woman, who called her “Mohrle,” or “little Moor.” Catana grows up in a White household, treated as a privileged White. As such, she is uncomfortable around people of color and even begins to hate her birth mother. Throughout her life, she struggles with issues of race, identity, and prejudice. Mutti refuses to acknowledge the deeper issues, preferring to mold Catana into a likable, competent woman, who has “the right frame.” Catana decides to flout her education and become an actress. Along the way, she meets Fred, and they fall in love and marry. All her life, Catana has been surrounded by White people. She knows next to nothing about her birth mother and even less about her father and the rest of her biological family. On a trip back to her birth village, she begins to get hints that Mutti may not have been telling her the whole truth—words like “stolen child” are thrown around in context to Mutti and Catana’s relationship. As Catana digs deeper, she uncovers secrets about her heritage and her upbringing. Along the way, she must confront her racial identity and all that goes with it. Tully’s memoir is extremely detailed. She begins with her first memories and continues to the present day. By the end of the tale, it is as if the reader is a part of the family that Catana is trying to piece together. Her story is emotional—full of love, laughter, and even fear. The reader will watch Catana grow up and find her own identity. The story is impossible to put down as Catana attempts to unravel the complicated mystery that surrounds her biological family. It takes many years for her to learn the truth and just as long, maybe longer, for her to know herself. It may be a memoir, but at points, it reads like a detective novel. Even though it is one woman’s life and history, it touches on important racial, societal, and personal identity issues. 
Francine1440 More than 1 year ago
Split at the Root: A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity is the author’s look at her own life as she grew up in the house of rich white people, went to fancy private boarding schools and moved out on her own. Throughout she tries to come to terms with the fact that although she grew up in a white world she is a black woman. To be honest, even though I understand that her situation must have been very difficult, in my opinion she often seemed like an ungrateful rich spoiled brat. Yes, growing up as a black person in the 40s, 50s and 60s was certainly not a picnic in the park but this woman had it better than most black people and even most white people. The more I read the angrier I became at her attitude. All of this aside, the book is interesting and very well-written. It moves quickly and easily, moving through the years of Ms. Tully’s life as she recollects pertinent times in her very full life. After school, she became an actress and model, travelled the world and married actor Frederick Tully with whom she has a son. A constant throughout the book is her confusion at the emotions she has about not feeling like she belong to either the black culture or the white one. Included in the book are many pictures of the author and her family which lend a feeling of realism to the story. Overall, the book is very interesting to read and does provide an inside look into how someone in Ms. Tully’s unique situation may feel and how she deals with the division of cultures.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
Catana, a young Carib child has been torn from her home in an mysterious coastal city. This is a memoir telling the story of a woman's search to figure out her heritage and eventually, herself.  She was raised by a fancy and wealthy white European family, living in Guatemala during World War II. She is privileged and loved by her family, but she can't help but feel like something is missing. She becomes unable to handle the everyday pressures in life, and you'll read how she handles her struggles she deals with it internally.  Being a black skinned woman, she doesn't feel comfortable where she is at. She is being torn between everything she was raised as, and who she really is. So she goes in search of her old family to understand her own cultural background. Travel from Central America to the Caribbean, through Europe and the United States as she reveals her true self and reunites with her family that she left behind.  You'll see how she comes to terms with both of her families and who she is. It takes her awhile for her to make peace with how she was brought up as a black skinned woman. It was hard to put this book down because I just had to find out what happened next, at the end of each chapter. The characters were so honest and real, I felt I knew everyone and was right along side her as she faced her struggles head on. It was a great memoir worthy of 5/5 rating. 
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
The overall concept of this book was interesting and I'm sure that others will find it riveting. The writing was strong and the characters well-developed, but I just couldn't get into the story. I'm sure that others will enjoy this book a great deal.