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My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education I meant to savor this book and read it over the course of several days, but Crucet is so thoughtful and hilarious I ended up reading it in one sitting Though I will definitely be revisiting Also, full disclosure, I m a Cuban American who grew up in Hialeah and went to the northeast for college, then got my MFA in fiction, so I ve been counting down the days til publication for this one I cried a lot I wish this book had been in the world years ago, and I m so glad it is now. From The Author Of Make Your Home Among Strangers, Essays On Being An Accidental American An Incisive Look At The Edges Of Identity For A Woman Of Color In A Society Centered On WhitenessIn This Sharp And Candid Collection Of Essays, Critically Acclaimed Writer And First Generation American Jennine Cap Crucet Explores The Condition Of Finding Herself A Stranger In The Country Where She Was Born Raised In Miami And The Daughter Of Cuban Refugees, Crucet Examines The Political And Personal Contours Of American Identity And The Physical Places Where Those Contours Find Themselves Smashed Be It A Rodeo Town In Nebraska, A University Campus In Upstate New York, Or Disney World In Florida Crucet Illuminates How She Came To See Her Exclusion From Aspects Of The Theoretical American Dream, Despite Her Family S Attempts To Fit In With White American Culture Beginning With Their Ill Fated Plan To Name Her After The Winner Of The Miss America PageantIn Prose That Is Both Fearless And Slyly Humorous, My Time Among The Whites Examines The Sometimes Hopeful, Sometimes Deeply Flawed Ways In Which Many Americans Have Learned To Adapt, Exist, And In The Face Of All Signals Saying Otherwise Perhaps Even Thrive In A Country That Never Imagined Them Here Remarkable essays written by a Cuban American and her brush with whiteness I love the culture clash with her Cuban born parents Thanks to the publisher for the advance copy Using Chekhov s GunThere s an old saying often misattributed to Shakespeare that writers should never show a gun in the first act that isn t fired by the final act Or something like that In other words, don t bother giving a detail or introducing a theme unless you plan to do something with it later Otherwise, you are just navel gazing and being kind of a show off.Crucet takes this advice to heart making these collection of essays feel like parts of a greater whole She introduces herself a Using Chekhov s GunThere s an old saying often misattributed to Shakespeare that writers should never show a gun in the first act that isn t fired by the final act Or something like that In other words, don t bother giving a detail or introducing a theme unless you plan to do something with it later Otherwise, you are just navel gazing and being kind of a show off.Crucet takes this advice to heart making these collection of essays feel like parts of a greater whole She introduces herself as a first generation college student right at the beginning Describing what is was like for her family to come and stay with her throughout new student orientation although at Cornell from Florida And from there she moves on to other themes that on first pass may seem only tangentially related, but close readers will see that the author s identity as first gen to college and to the US drives everything that comes afterwards Crucet writes in the tradition of Laura Rendon who acknowledges both the blessings and the curses of being first in the family to go to college unlike Richard Rodriguez who only writes about the burdens And yet, as the author confesses, many things come with a price Paying a price is another theme that comes up later, unexpectedly and heartbreakingly She is not quite sure if she made the right decision to attend Cornell instead of taking the free ride at the University of Florida She leaves that to the reader to decide It s a tough call, but I think my favorite section is Say I Do, especially when she discusses the nuances of wedding DJs in Miami It was reminiscent of a Richard Blanco s storytelling he s also name checked here and just downright hilarious I think the people next to me on the plane thought I was crazy There s tonsI can say, but I will let other folks discover them I can t wait to readfrom this writer Interesting ideas on race ethnicity in society in an easy to read format It would be interesting to discuss the view and problems presented in the book with the author or in a mixed group Unfortunately, that isn t likely to happen where I live. My Time Among the Whites Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capo Crucet is a collection of essays about white spaces, family, and etc These essays are extremely beautiful I would read one essay and would have to just take a moment to take it in because it reminded me so much of my mother and my childhood I honestly was not prepared for how much I would relate to this book and cry.All of the essays will always stay with me, but the one that personally stood out to me was about how My Time Among the Whites Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capo Crucet is a collection of essays about white spaces, family, and etc These essays are extremely beautiful I would read one essay and would have to just take a moment to take it in because it reminded me so much of my mother and my childhood I honestly was not prepared for how much I would relate to this book and cry.All of the essays will always stay with me, but the one that personally stood out to me was about how her parents chose her name I say that because not only is it so emotional but extremely hilarious too It s a book that I will probably read again because I really saw myself in these essays I cannot wait for the next book that Jennine writes This book was a 11 10 and I recommend everyone read this book I received an advance review copy of My Time Among the Whites Notes from an Unfinished Education from the publisher through NetGalley all opinions are my own I loved this book of essays The daughter of Cuban refugees, Crucet writes about her relationships with her family, whiteness and white supremacy, being a first gen college student, working in academia, and the consequences of sexual violence I especially liked reading about her lifetime adoration of Disney World and the consequences of buying into the fantasy , as well as her essay on trying to account for both Cuban and white cultural s while wedding planning and her subsequent wedding I loved this book of essays The daughter of Cuban refugees, Crucet writes about her relationships with her family, whiteness and white supremacy, being a first gen college student, working in academia, and the consequences of sexual violence I especially liked reading about her lifetime adoration of Disney World and the consequences of buying into the fantasy , as well as her essay on trying to account for both Cuban and white cultural s while wedding planning and her subsequent wedding crashing habit after moving into an apartment building that doubles as a wedding venue Her essay on her parents naming her after a Miss America runner up was wonderful as well Highly recommended.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the advanced copy This collection of essays was really great Jennine Capo Crucet writes in a very conversational way like she is telling you a story or answering a question What was your first year of college like How was your move to Nebraska How do you like being a professor and once you re hooked, she opens up the story with nuance and depth to explore issues of race, ethnicity, and being a first generation Cuban American I saw her on a panel with Mira Jacob at the Decatur Book Festival, and the ti This collection of essays was really great Jennine Capo Crucet writes in a very conversational way like she is telling you a story or answering a question What was your first year of college like How was your move to Nebraska How do you like being a professor and once you re hooked, she opens up the story with nuance and depth to explore issues of race, ethnicity, and being a first generation Cuban American I saw her on a panel with Mira Jacob at the Decatur Book Festival, and the title of the panel was something about getting into deep experiences through humor She definitely did that in this collection It s incredibly timely and I highly recommend it Thank you to Macmillan Picador and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Beautiful, intimate prose that deeply touched me I am not a POC, but grew up a foreigner and cultural outsider in the US, raised by parents that were in many instances clueless about what that meant for me as their oldest child The remarkable openness with which the author reflects on her upbringing, what shaped her, and the mindsets she encounters is in turn hilariously funny, touchingly vulnerable, ac Thank you to Macmillan Picador and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Beautiful, intimate prose that deeply touched me I am not a POC, but grew up a foreigner and cultural outsider in the US, raised by parents that were in many instances clueless about what that meant for me as their oldest child The remarkable openness with which the author reflects on her upbringing, what shaped her, and the mindsets she encounters is in turn hilariously funny, touchingly vulnerable, achingly familiar, and a challenge to those that do not need to contend with being obviously an outsider.Highly recommended A very good collection of essays written by Jennine Capo Crucet, which made me realize how much I didn t know about Cuban Americans.She mostly but not only explores how it took her to actually leave Miami and go live in Nebraska of all places to realize she had pretty much always thought of herself as white, being fair skinned and Cubans being so plentiful in her area Living in a very very white part of the country sadly taught her she was seen as other by way too many people.Another thin A very good collection of essays written by Jennine Capo Crucet, which made me realize how much I didn t know about Cuban Americans.She mostly but not only explores how it took her to actually leave Miami and go live in Nebraska of all places to realize she had pretty much always thought of herself as white, being fair skinned and Cubans being so plentiful in her area Living in a very very white part of the country sadly taught her she was seen as other by way too many people.Another thing I liked in My Time Among the Whites is how Crucet s love for books and literature shines throughout the whole book


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