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Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir

af Cherrie Moraga

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Biography & Autobiography. LGBTQIA+ (Nonfiction.) Nonfiction. Native Country of the Heart is the writer and activist Cherrie Moraga's love letter to her "unlettered" mother. It begins with her mother, Elvira Isabel Moraga, who as a child, along with her siblings, was hired out by her own father to pick cotton in California's Imperial Valley. The lives of Cherrie and her mother, and of their people, are woven together in a story of critical reflection and deep personal revelation as Moraga charts her own coming to consciousness alongside the heartbreaking story of her mother's decline. As a young woman, Elvira left California to work as a cigarette girl in glamorous late-1920s Tijuana, where an ambiguous relationship with a wealthy white man taught her life lessons about power, sex, and opportunity. While Moraga reflects on her mother's journey-from impressionable young girl to battle-tested matriarch to, later on, old woman suffering under the yoke of Alzheimer's-she traces her own discovery of her queer body and lesbian identity, as well as her passion for activism and the history of her pueblo. As her mother's memory fails, Moraga unearths shards of what it means to be Mexican in the United States, of her diaspora's Indigenous origins, and of an American story of cultural loss.… (mere)
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Moving mother/daughter memoir.

Mother Elvira is a Mexican American doing her best to raise her family. In spite of no education and a oddly distant relationship with her husband, Elvira manages to raise a strong family.

The daughter Cherrie tells the story of growing up being both and neither Mexican and American. She tells the story of discovering and coming out as a lesbian woman. And ultimately caring for her mother through Alzheimer's disease.

The writing is beautiful, but really meanders around a lot. ( )
  sriddell | Aug 6, 2022 |
Cherríe's Native Country of the Heart provides the reader with a beautifully written narrative detailing the life of her mother, from 1930s Tijuana to San Gabriel in the 2000s. Along the way, the reader gains insight into the life experience of a Chicana lesbian feminist writer, so that the reader comes away not only with a very well told story - but a better understanding of being Chicana, Mestiza, Indigenous, and Queer. ( )
  AmericanAlexandria | May 27, 2022 |
Quality rating: 4 1/2 stars
Personal rating*: 3 1/2 stars

Totally unrelated notes:

Thinking of stopping the star-rating system. I started on Goodreads thinking it was an honest reflection of my own personal enjoyment (which meant lower scores for most nonfiction books just because I prefer fiction), but lately it seems like ratings are being mistaken for an opinion about overall quality. The system is, consequently, being abused to down-rate books even when people haven't read them, and it's possible to pay for fake accounts to up-rate a book as well (though it looks like this tactic is more often used to down-rate others' books). So yeah, I'm losing faith in Goodreads except as a way to remind myself which books I've read and what I thought of them.

Which makes it pretty ironic that I also feel like I have less and less time to write my reviews, even for books that deserve it. I would love to add reviews and quotes later, when I have time. Will I? Intention: Yes. Reality: Unlikely. ( )
  books-n-pickles | Oct 29, 2021 |
all about her mother. I am not interested in other people's mothers. her mom was crazy. . so was mine. ( )
  mahallett | Sep 3, 2021 |
This was awesome...devastating and awesome, the way Moraga explores so many facets of identity as well as the meditation on caring for ailing parents. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
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Biography & Autobiography. LGBTQIA+ (Nonfiction.) Nonfiction. Native Country of the Heart is the writer and activist Cherrie Moraga's love letter to her "unlettered" mother. It begins with her mother, Elvira Isabel Moraga, who as a child, along with her siblings, was hired out by her own father to pick cotton in California's Imperial Valley. The lives of Cherrie and her mother, and of their people, are woven together in a story of critical reflection and deep personal revelation as Moraga charts her own coming to consciousness alongside the heartbreaking story of her mother's decline. As a young woman, Elvira left California to work as a cigarette girl in glamorous late-1920s Tijuana, where an ambiguous relationship with a wealthy white man taught her life lessons about power, sex, and opportunity. While Moraga reflects on her mother's journey-from impressionable young girl to battle-tested matriarch to, later on, old woman suffering under the yoke of Alzheimer's-she traces her own discovery of her queer body and lesbian identity, as well as her passion for activism and the history of her pueblo. As her mother's memory fails, Moraga unearths shards of what it means to be Mexican in the United States, of her diaspora's Indigenous origins, and of an American story of cultural loss.

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