Not for Everyday Use

Not for Everyday Use

A Memoir
Written by Elizabeth Nunez
Narrated by Elizabeth Nunez
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Not for Everyday Use

A Memoir
Written by Elizabeth Nunez | Narrated by Elizabeth Nunez
“A beautifully written exploration of the complexities of marriage and family life” (Booklist): When Elizabeth Nunez received the news of her mother’s passing, she couldn’t help but look back on their complicated past and her struggle to love and be loved in turn. This “moving and insightful character study” comes “highly recommended” by Library Journal.

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Tracing the four days from the moment she gets the call that every immigrant fears to the burial of her mother, Elizabeth Nunez tells the haunting story of her lifelong struggle to cope with the consequences of the “sterner stuff” of her parents’ ambitions for their children and her mother’s seemingly unbreakable conviction that displays of affection are not for everyday use. But Nunez sympathizes with her parents, whose happiness is constrained by the oppressive strictures of colonialism, by the Catholic Church’s prohibition of artificial birth control which her mother obeys, terrified by the threat of eternal damnation), and by what Malcolm Gladwell refers to as the “privilege of skin color” in his mother’s Caribbean island homeland where “the brown-skinned classes…came to fetishize their lightness.”

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Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Run time: 7 hours and 34 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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