This Is Mexico: Tales of Culture and Other Complications

This Is Mexico: Tales of Culture and Other Complications

by Carol M. Merchasin


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This Is Mexico is a collection of essays on the often magical and mysterious—and sometimes heartrending—workings of everyday life in Mexico, written from the perspective of an American expatriate.

By turns humorous and poignant, Merchasin provides an informed look at Mexican culture and history, exploring everything from healthcare, Mexican-style, to religious rituals; from the educational role of the telenovela to the cultural subtleties of the Spanish language. Written with a clear eye for details, a warm heart for Mexico, and a lively sense of humor, This Is Mexico is an insider's look at the joys, sorrows, and challenges of life in this complex country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631529627
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 801,335
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Carol M. Merchasin is a lawyer, a former partner at a large law firm, and an author involved in a longtime love affair with Mexico. She fell in love with the country’s language, people, and culture during her first trip south in 1983, and she moved to San Miguel de Allende in 2005. She is a keen observer, an experienced researcher, and an enthusiastic student of Mexican culture.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Section 1 One Wild and Precious Life

Where We Wake Up to the Revolution and Meet El Circo Más Grande y Muy Famoso 7

Every Country Has Its Cold Remedies 16

Section 2 There Is Welcome Here

"Let Us Be Joyous, Friends…" 27

Learning to Love Imperfection 33

Where La Patrona Gets a Cook and Gives Up Her Fantasy of Domestic Bliss 41

Saving My Breath 51

Where the Doctor Looks Like Antonio Banderas and Comes to Your House When You Are Sick 56

Risk Is Relative 65

Announcing the Winner of My Personal Travel Contest, Called "The Best Undiscovered Beach Spot Ever" 72

Where We Purchase Diego's Freedom for 140 Pesos 79

Semana Santa 83

Section 3 The Face of Poverty

The Face of Poverty 95

Small Things Make Big Differences, or How Juan Pablo Got Hot Water 101

Change We Don't Want 111

Hard Work 120

Where the Bank Meets the Tanda 129

We Need Burros and Bricks 131

Section 4 Culture and Other Complications

We Are Not the World? 147

There Are Rules That State… 157

A Conversational Fugue in Three Parts, No Harmony 167

Ser, Estar, and the Charms of Living in Spanish 178

Protection Against Colds and Flu 186

The Rhythm of Religion 191

How I Learned to Love Fiestas 202

The Envelopes Are Made with Love but Have No Glue 211

Section 5 Deeper into Mexico

How Some Things Make No Difference, or How La Señora Got Hot Water 225

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