Cherríe Moraga - Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir

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Monday, April 8, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

In this powerful portrait of intergenerational trauma, Moraga interweaves the story of her own coming-of-age as a gender-queer Mexican-American activist with that of her mother, Elvira. In a moving act of preservation, Moraga records the memories Elvira is losing due to Alzheimer’s, chronicling how Elvira’s father hired out his daughter as a child to pick cotton in California’s Imperial Valley, and following the older Elvira as she moved to 1920s Tijuana, where a relationship with a rich white man taught her further lessons in the realities of power. Absorbing these and other truths, Moraga—editor of This Bridge Called My Back and cofounder with Barbara Smith and Audre Lorde of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press—set out on her own path, even as her devotion to activism and the history of her pueblo led her to work to uncover the experience of the Mexican-American diaspora.


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Non Fiction
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ISBN: 9780374219666
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 2nd, 2019

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