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My Time Among the Whites
My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education | Jennine Capo Crucet
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From the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, essays on being an accidental Americanan incisive look at the edges of identity for a woman of color in a society centered on whiteness In 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 familys attempts to fit in with white American culturebeginning with their ill-fated plan to name her after the winner of the Miss America pageant. In 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, andin the face of all signals saying otherwiseperhaps even thrive in a country that never imagined them here.
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alisonrose
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It‘s interesting that Crucet‘s talk at a college made a bunch of racists angry, b/c 1) everything she says about white privilege & how it has ALWAYS functioned in the US is true, & 2) they were basically proving that by getting all in their hurt feels and burning her book. I liked her discussion of passing, how it can be both a good & sad thing. Some stories of her life were fun, a couple less so, but overall an insightful & worthy read. 4/5 ⭐️

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White people who misread me as also white sometimes display the kind of pervasive racism usually reserved for white-only spaces. They inadvertently include me in these white power moments, ones that we aren‘t supposed to witness, which are perpetrated by the kind of well-meaning white folks—people who genuinely don‘t consider themselves racists—when they‘re sure we aren‘t around to hear them.

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Many white people I‘ve met often think of themselves as culture-less, as vanilla: plain, boring, American white. What they are revealing when they say this, which they often do in jest, is how little race impacts their lives, how whiteness is ubiquitous to them, and they mistake that ubiquitousness as a kind of neutrality or regularness that renders their race and culture invisible to themselves.

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...this is, after all, a story about the American Dream, right? Which means that many things will need to be unjustly eradicated.

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I‘ve heard such good things about this essay collection, and had put it on my TBR when I first heard about it. Then it made a bunch of racist white kids mad and they burned the fucking book, so I was like “Okay, take my money and fuck those douchebags.” #nowreading

Megabooks I loved it! 2w
Tamra 👏🏾 Stacked! 2w
Reagan 🙌🏻 yep! I‘m looking forward to reading this. 2w
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swynn
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This is a collection of personal essays from a Cuban-American woman living in a world designed for the comfort of European-American men. Among other things, Crucet discusses the first-generation college experience, wedding and funeral rituals, the Disney machine, racism in academia, and politics: Cuba, after all, buried a populist demagogue just as the U.S. elected one. Her voice is humorous, her prose liquid, her points sharp. Recommended.

Megabooks I enjoyed this as well. 3w
swynn @Megabooks Yay for a wide audience. So much here that needs hearing. 3w
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Megabooks
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My bff is Indian. Her college roomie was black. She said then, “I‘m so glad I had a minority roommate.” I didn‘t get it. But after reading this book & ones like over 20 years, I finally get how after a day of seeing people & profs who don‘t look like you, reading books by white people, etc., how comforting that must have been.

This book is a tight 200 pgs about being Latinx in academia. Other than a weird chapter about weddings, I loved it! 4.5⭐️

BarbaraBB Great post ❤️ 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB Thanks, friend! I hope you‘re doing well. 😊 2mo
BarbaraBB I am. I hope you will be too very soon. Your day sounds harsh - if that‘s a correct word to use in this context 🙏💙 2mo
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB Good! 👍🏻 It is and has been. I know it‘s all part of healing, but logically knowing that and physically dealing with pain can be two different things! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I can‘t imagine what you‘re going through and you are dealing so well with it. You deserve some relief now!! 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB Thank you! 💕💕 I hope my doctor will be able to help tomorrow. I‘ve been seeing her for 25 years, so we‘ve been through it together. I think part of the reason I‘m so frustrated is that I thought I would be able to read more easily. Reading engages me in a way that even the best TV doesn‘t, and when I don‘t have that escape, it‘s exponentially harder to deal with the pain. It‘s a frustrating cycle I‘ve been caught in. 👎🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB I can understand that! Audiobooks are no option? 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB No. Not with the way the family dynamics are/house is. I listen in the shower and sometimes when I‘m home alone, but otherwise, it‘s difficult. 2mo
k.reads.5 Great review! Been seeing this one around! 2mo
Megabooks @k.reads.5 Thanks! I‘d definitely recommend it! 2mo
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Okay, my book-buying ban lasted a day. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ I picked this one up because I loved her first book (tagged 👇🏻), and there has been so much controversy around this book, my library has not purchased it.

Definitely makes me think of a #borderline because Jennine is a first-generation Cuban-American. #movember @Cinfhen

(BTW, my favorite Madonna song!)

Cinfhen Will look into both of these books!!!!! Thanks for sharing. How are you feeling??? 2mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen Sleepy. I‘m having trouble reading fiction right now because I‘ll get like 100 pages into a book then sleep for 12 hours and be fuzzy on what I‘ve read. I‘m sleeping through the day and up all night right now. I think I‘m just in that post surgery mess/funk. I‘m just trying not to be hard on myself right now. That‘s the main thing because I am definitely my own worst critic!! Thank you so much for asking!! 😘😘😘 (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Post surgery haze can take weeks!!! Self care and self love 💕 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks 💜💜 I‘m trying. I called my doctor‘s office Tuesday/Wednesday to see if my type of pain was normal, and they were basically like, “Two weeks after surgery, any type of pain may be normal.” (Subtext: quit worrying silly!) 2mo
Texreader I was in pain at a least a month or more after similar surgery. (I cried a lot about the pain; it eventually subsided though so hang in there.) Please rest (and read). Take care of yourself. 😘 2mo
Megabooks @Texreader Thank you 💙❤️💕 it‘s really helpful to hear that it will end. I know with most of my surgeries, there‘s a day where I just turn a corner and suddenly don‘t need pain medication or help with living as much. I think I‘ve gotten so caught up in that, and I‘ve forgotten that, like you said, it‘s generally a month or more after surgery. I‘m still not at 3 weeks. Patience grasshopper... 2mo
RachelO 🌻🌻🌻 Wishing you a speedy recovery - take it easy 💐And wow, I hadn‘t heard of this controversy. 2mo
Megabooks @RachelO The book had passed my radar, but something made me think of her last night. I looked deeper into the controversy and decided I wanted to read the essays. So far, they are excellent! And thank you! 💙💜❤️ 2mo
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Sace
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I don't read a lot of essay collections so I don't know how this compares. I really enjoyed pretty much every essay in this.

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"... we bemoan the inaccuracy and misinformation perpetuated by American writers and reporters who see Cuba as material, how their vague efforts to bring attention to the island and its people are in actuality silencing them, because by telling their own version of Cuba--a version white American audiences are receptive toward because the messenger often looks and sounds like them--they are replacing the islands true voices with their own."

Sace I checked out the e-book from the library, but I want to own the physical book. I see a book purchase in my future. 2mo
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ReadingEnvy
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I wanted to read this after some students in Georgia burned the author's books after she spoke there. I'd say there's a bit of shared thematic content between this group of essays and her novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, but this is a quick read and moves farther into the present. Not surprisingly, the Georgia incident is not the first time she's had to deal with white tears at a college when she has been brought there for the campus read.

ReadingEnvy I'm counting this the fifth memoir I've read for #nonfictionnovember 2mo
Megabooks I need to read this. 2mo
kspenmoll This is what I love about Litsy; hearing about books that I would have never known about. Thanks for posting & reviewing this book. A must read for me. 2mo
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Cinfhen I love seeing your posts! Always something interesting and insightful xx 🙏🏻 2mo
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If I bought books for my sister for Christmas, does it matter if I read them before wrapping? 🙋👾🐎😁🤫

Hoopiefoot Just don‘t break the binding! 🤫 2mo
AprilMae As long as it's in good shape, do it!!! 😂 2mo
Sharpeipup Not at all, you‘re just ensuring it‘s a good gift, right? 2mo
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Lchnessmnstr You should never gift a book you‘ve never read! 2mo
Lcsmcat We always do that in my family! It “isn‘t done” to give a book you haven‘t read. 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Hoopiefoot oh good point. I was very careful. 😁🤫 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Sharpeipup yessss 🐎 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Lchnessmnstr 😳 but the exact copy I'm sending? 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Lcsmcat ahhh good 🏌️ 2mo
Lcsmcat @ReadingEnvy Yep, that‘s what we do. 2mo
kspenmoll We do it in my family too all the time! Read it!!! 2mo
Lchnessmnstr @ReadingEnvy We do! We aren‘t particular about things like that. Assuming there‘s not major damage that prevents future reading. The gift really isn‘t about the paper, it‘s about the shared story! 💙 2mo
Centique When I worked at a bookshop as a teen I would very carefully read the shelf stock during my breaks 😬 The manager didn‘t mind as long as I didn‘t fully open the book and crack the spine. What a book rebel I was. 😂😂 2mo
Lindy I do that all the time. 😁 2mo
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Sace
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I am so enjoying the #WeeklyForecast. It's a perfect goal setting time frame. (Apparently long term goals are not in my nature.) This is a somewhat prioritized list.

While the #catherbuddyread hasn't officially started, I want to get a jump on it because I am a slow and polygamous reader.

Dracula will be my driving-to-work listen this week.

I doubt I will finish anything.

Thanks for the wonderful and fun idea @Cinfhen!

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Am I crazy? Shouldn't this be "etymology"?

Hooked_on_books You are not crazy. I don‘t think the study of insects would have much to say about this at all. 3mo
Ava_Black Omg! I feel so bad for this poor author! If I‘m not mistaken, entomology is the study of insects. Editor should‘ve caught this. 3mo
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sprainedbrain Whoops. 😂 3mo
Sace @Hooked_on_books @Ava_Black @sprainedbrain thank you! I feel like an editor should have caught that. But that's easy for me to say. I'm not an editor! 3mo
tournevis No insects involved. 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly 😂🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Sace @tournevis @Clare-Dragonfly mistakes like this always make me question what little knowledge I think I have. 😂 3mo
tournevis @Sace @Clare-Dragonfly English being my second language, I never know how to spell words that are just not quite the same. Is it an A or an E there? Inflammable, not the dame in English and French. Also, English spelling makes not sense. 3mo
Sace @tournevis English spelling is ridiculous! 😜 I like Spanish spelling. It makes much more sense and is more consistent than English. 3mo
ravenlee I HATE these errors! They drive me bonkers and make me question everything else in the book. 3mo
Ava_Black @Sace No, they most definitely should have. Trust me. ❤️ 3mo
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Sace
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I just know all these holds I've got will come in at the same time. Oooo... In time for the next #deweyreadathon?

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Well-ReadNeck
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OMG! I love this essay collection so hard!!! Another read for this year‘s Decatur Book Festival!! #netgalley #DBF2019

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Liberty
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Awesome book mail this morning! This one was near the top of my must-read list. I loved Jennine Capó Crucet‘s novel, MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS, which I will admit I 100% bought for the cover, but was delighted to find the inside was equally awesome. It‘s out September 3rd (along with a LOT of other amazing 2019 releases that day.) ???

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