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By Daisy Hernandez
A coming-of-age memoir through a Colombian-Cuban lady approximately shaping classes from domestic right into a new, queer life
In this lyrical, coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández chronicles what the ladies in her Cuban-Colombian kin taught her approximately love, funds, and race. Her mom warns her approximately envidia and males who seduce you with pastries, whereas one tía bemoans that her niece is popping out to be “una india” rather than an American. one other auntie instructs that once individuals are shut, they're guaranteed to develop into like uña y mugre, fingernails and grime, and that no, Daisy’s father isn't really godless. He’s easily praying to a sweet dish that may be traced again to Africa.
These lessons—rooted in women’s stories of migration, colonization, y cariño—define in evocative aspect what it ability to develop up woman in an immigrant domestic. in a single tale, Daisy units out to defy the dictates of race and sophistication that preoccupy her mom and tías, yet courting ladies and transmen, and coming to spot as bisexual, leads her to unforeseen questions. In one other piece, NAFTA shuts neighborhood factories in her homeland at the outskirts of recent York urban, and he or she starts translating unemployment types for her mom and dad, relocating among English and Spanish, in addition to inner most and collective fears. In prose that's either memoir and observation, Daisy displays on reporting for the recent York instances because the paper is rocked through the most important plagiarism scandal in its background and plunged into debates in regards to the function of race within the newsroom.
A heartfelt exploration of relations, id, and language, A Cup of Water less than My mattress is finally a daughter’s tale of discovering herself and her group, and of making a brand new, queer life.
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As it became a natural habit, I felt less embarrassed about it. I went to a sports store and purchased running gear and some decent shoes that suited my purpose. I bought a stopwatch, too, and read a beginners’ book on running. This is how you become a runner. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running Looking back now, I think the most fortunate thing is that I was born with a strong, healthy body. This has made it possible for me to run on a daily basis for almost a quarter century, competing in a number of races along the way.
I’ve gotten older, and time has taken its toll. It’s nobody’s fault. Those are the rules of the game. Just as a river ﬂows to the sea, growing older and slowing down are just part of the natural scenery, and I’ve got to accept it. It might not be a very enjoyable process, and what I discover as a result might not be all that pleasant. But what choice do I have, anyway? In my own way, I’ve enjoyed my life so far, even if I can’t say I’ve fully enjoyed it. —but I’m not the brightest person. I’m the kind of person who has to experience something physically, actually touch something, before I have a clear sense of it.
In the 51 three months up till now I was basically trying to rack up the distance, not worrying about anything, but steadily increasing my pace and running as hard as I could. And this helped me build up my overall strength: I got more stamina, built up my muscles, spurred myself on both physically and mentally. The most important task here was to let my body know in no uncertain terms that running this hard is just par for the course. When I say letting it know in no uncertain terms I’m speaking ﬁguratively, of course.
A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez