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Not for Everyday Use - A Memoir

Elizabeth Nunez

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.”

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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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.”

Language:

English

Length:

7h 35m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:47


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:13


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:43


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:19


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:41


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:33


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:56


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:50


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:00


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:48


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:52


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:03


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:47


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:09


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:36


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:54


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:13


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:16


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:07


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:27


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:56


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:15


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:59


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:43


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:09


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:45


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:45


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:48


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:50


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:25


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:32


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:56


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:37


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:56


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:39


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

01:55


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:41


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:43


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:06