A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir

  • Title: A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir
  • Author: Daisy Hernandez
  • ISBN: 9780807014486
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Cup of Water Under My Bed A Memoir A coming of age memoir by a Colombian Cuban woman about shaping lessons from home into a new queer life In this lyrical coming of age memoir Daisy Hern ndez chronicles what the women in her Cuban C
    A coming of age memoir by a Colombian Cuban woman about shaping lessons from home into a new, queer life In this lyrical, coming of age memoir, Daisy Hern ndez chronicles what the women in her Cuban Colombian family taught her about love, money, and race Her mother warns her about envidia and men who seduce you with pastries, while one t a bemoans that her niece is turniA coming of age memoir by a Colombian Cuban woman about shaping lessons from home into a new, queer life In this lyrical, coming of age memoir, Daisy Hern ndez chronicles what the women in her Cuban Colombian family taught her about love, money, and race Her mother warns her about envidia and men who seduce you with pastries, while one t a bemoans that her niece is turning out to be una india instead of an American Another auntie instructs that when two people are close, they are bound to become like u a y mugre, fingernails and dirt, and that no, Daisy s father is not godless He s simply praying to a candy dish that can be traced back to Africa These lessons rooted in women s experiences of migration, colonization, y cari o define in evocative detail what it means to grow up female in an immigrant home In one story, Daisy sets out to defy the dictates of race and class that preoccupy her mother and t as, but dating women and transmen, and coming to identify as bisexual, leads her to unexpected questions In another piece, NAFTA shuts local factories in her hometown on the outskirts of New York City, and she begins translating unemployment forms for her parents, moving between English and Spanish, as well as private and collective fears In prose that is both memoir and commentary, Daisy reflects on reporting for the New York Times as the paper is rocked by the biggest plagiarism scandal in its history and plunged into debates about the role of race in the newsroom A heartfelt exploration of family, identity, and language, A Cup of Water Under My Bed is ultimately a daughter s story of finding herself and her community, and of creating a new, queer life.

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    1. I always was (and remain) deeply envious of kids who grew up bilingual, who had parents at home who spoke something more interesting than English. Those kids always seemed so lucky, getting two languages -- and two cultures! -- for the price of one.A Cup of Water Under My Bed is about that experience -- of being bilingual, and bicultural -- and about the complexity of what's anything but a simple two-for-one deal. Growing up in Union City, NJ in a working-class Colombian and Cuban family, Daisy [...]

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    2. 2014: what a year for bisexual memoirs by people of colour! Among the fabulous Lambda award nominees fitting this category—including Fire Shut Up in My by Charles M. Blow, which I also highly recommend—is A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernández. Don’t both of those have amazing, intriguing titles? I simply loved Hernández’s book, on so many levels, for both its form and content.It’s a memoir, but, interestingly, not structured linearly. Instead, Hernández arranges the materia [...]

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    3. Found a lot to relate to in this lyrical and poignant collection of stories by Daisy Hernandez. Hernandez weaves multiple narrative strands together: stories of her parents' and their siblings emigration from Colombia and Cuba; of the ravages of colonialism on language, culture, and community; of compromise, negotiation, and syncretism between the faith and culture of the colonizers and the beliefs and traditions slaves brought with them to the Americas and transformed (often by necessity); of b [...]

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    4. There are so many things I want to say about this book, but much of it is too close to my heart to attempt to express. Daisy Hernandez has written something I wish I'd had about 20 years ago. She looks honestly at the many aspects of her life that have influenced who she is, and who she wants to be. I wish we had more narratives like this complex one. Although the quote below will not encompass the whole of the book in any way, I particularly loved this passage (even if I identify more with bell [...]

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    5. I feel blessed to read a novel that compells me to set it down, take a deep breath and just absorb the profound way it has hit to the core of ME, and my experiences but this memoir made me do this half a dozen times. Beautiful writing. Amazing truth. I too refuse be undone.

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    6. "Memories are like thread. They can be tugged and loosened and stitched in different directions." I LOVED THIS BOOK! I'm so glad I own it. I bought it on a whim on a daily deal and I'm glad I took the chance. Her writing is so lyrical. The way she compares her experiences or thoughts to other things is so beautiful! She jumps back and forth in time but it works really well. I enjoyed hearing about her life growing up and how she saw/sees the world. Her life was very interesting to me, she adds [...]

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    7. At first I told my friend this is a warrior writer. Her words are potent, fatal, each one is studied and delicately placed in that spot between engaged writer-who-cares and distanced, honest recorder. She succeeds to both ends. This book is a strong case for the feminist as every woman, and very expert in the personal-as-political style. It's a very raw and very matter of fact set of tales that make beautiful truths in the wake of the complicated and disturbing. Every story consists of concrete [...]

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    8. An awesome memoir about growing up a bisexual Colombian-Cuban American. The exploration of navigating borders and borderlands, about making choices that understand/respect and reflect on the past while also allowing for the freedom of newness and challenge, and the insights about people and the lives they live externally and internally are all really great. Even though they were the toughest to read, I thought the chapters about Hernandez's father and his secret life, the depths of who he is, we [...]

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    9. Fluid writing that navigates the space between Spanish and English, queer and straight, woman and man the list goes on.

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    10. Beautifully written memoir. I wish everyone would read it to expand their heart and understanding just a bit.

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    11. Beautiful writing!

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    12. Hernandez weaves words in a unique and effective fashion. She shares a perspective often neglected and offers an honest glimpse into a world many of us never experience. I found myself reading it more for her gift of writing than for the story.

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    13. The American culture richly combines with Colombian/Latino culture "Spanglish", in this expressive "A Cup of Water Under MY Bed: A Memoir" authored by Daisy Hernandez- (DH).With her mother immigrating from Colombia, DH father left Cuba in 1961, and (1982) settled in Union City, N.Y. where she was raised. Working in the textile manufacturing plants for decades, DH relates the hardship and difficulty of her parents/laborers who had to transition from manufacturing to a service economy, when the pl [...]

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    14. " Writing is how I leave my family, and how I take them with me" from "A Cup of Water Under My Bed" by Daisy HernandezThis quote describes how the author, who chooses a career as a writer, diverges away from the traditional ways of her Colombian and Cuban family heritage. She is encouraged however, as the family believes that this talent of writing will lead her to the life that they want for her without the hardships that they've had to encounter. Along the way, as Hernandez comes of age, she b [...]

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    15. I recieved this book by winning it in a giveaway and i am so ecstatic that i won this specific novel, because of how good it is. If you love sandra cisneros you'll love Daisy Hernandez. Her memoir was so well written and I couldnt put it down. I literally read this in one day. In the novel we follow Daisy's memories of her as a young child in a catholic school to a grown woman who's more interested in her sexuality and her family. I think what made me love this more is that she is from North Jer [...]

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    16. I enjoyed the way Hernandez compared her two cultures and contrasted them against this upper class educated -mostly white culture she begins to work and live around while feeling somewhat as being undercover, thinking deep to herself that she did not belong, that they would find her out as if her family and her had not worked hard enough to earn her place in society. This memoir was so entertaining and insightful about an individual's intersectionalities.

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    17. Twelve million estrellas. This is not so much a memoir, starting at a child and running chronologically through somebody's life. Instead, it's a series of stories that illustrate different points about immigration and language and family and race. There's an additional wrinkle that the author identifies as bisexual so there's some fascinating interplay around sexuality and immigration and traditional expectations.

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    18. This book was a stretch for me in many ways. At first glance it would seem I would have little in common with an angry, feminist, bisexual child of Colombian and Cuban immigrants. But Hernandez' strong voice drew me in; her way of exploring her memories was irresistible. I'm very glad I read this book.

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    19. I absolutely loved this book. the author writes about navigating the intersectionality between religion, orientation, race. Not only that but it also tells about her experiences working with white folks as a queer, latina. I'm not doing it much justice but seriously read this book.

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    20. One of the best memoirs I have read.Also, she has a cat named Zami and thanks her in the acknowledgements.

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    21. I'm a huge fan of Daisy Hernandez, so I am not surprised that this was such a great read.

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    22. The Personal is Political - and Also Poetic in Hernández's Deft Hands(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing's Early Reviewers program. Trigger warning for child abuse.)Journalism: A fancy word to say that I spent days with my hands in other people's stories, asking and telling, because nothing happens in isolation, especially when it has to do with language. Nothing is more vulnerable than the words in our mouths, because nothing has more power.## [...]

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    23. My Takeaway“Generally speaking, gay people come out of the closet, straight people walk around the closet, and bisexuals have to be told to look for the closet. We are too preoccupied with shifting.”Daisy Hernández, A Cup of Water Under My BedA Cup of Water Under My Bed was chosen by my book club at work (lovingly named El Barrio Book Club). The memoir was heartfelt, witty, honest and full of sentiment. I truly enjoyed the vivid vignettes Hernández's provided throughout the book. I found m [...]

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    24. The writing in this was just lovely, a bit ethereal and ponderous, but also detailed. I highlighted a lot of very apt descriptions of happenings, as Hernandez's opinions are insanely astute and sharp. At the same time, while events are described beautifully, I think she could have gone a bit deeper into her thoughts or the impact. I looked up her age because I assumed she was pretty young - just because I think time gives us way more perspective and ability to better articulate and realize how o [...]

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    25. A memoir exploring the intersections of culture, language, class, sexuality, and religion. Hernandez grew up in New Jersey with immigrant parents--her mother from Columbia, her father from Cuba. She learned both Spanish and English and helped her parents navigate the world, including filling out her father's unemployment applications when factory work dried up. She was sent to Catholic school, and observed as her father practiced Santeria. Her family (including numerous aunties) expect much of h [...]

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    26. Hernandez's story of life as a Latina in American culture is eye-opening and heart-rending. Not that she feels sorry for herself as she simply tells it like it is. But her tales of searching for and finding her sexuality, the subsequent lack of acceptance from her family, and her minority status in the mainstream work world show how difficult it is to live outside white American culture. And it's not that white Americans even notice or take responsibility for this as they are in the majority, in [...]

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    27. This book made my heart smile. I grew up in Union City around the same time. My parents were from the Dominican Republic. I was the first of many things including the first born here from both sides of my family, first to speak English. I was the one my family came to for translations, phone calls, and office visits. I also have very vocal and opinionated Tias. Who loved me and guided me and let me name my primos with American names like Michael, Robie, and Vicki. I too found it hard and sometim [...]

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    28. This is terrible to say, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I didn't think I had all that much in common with Hernandez (aside from our experiences as minority women in America, which, yeah, I guess actually gives us a lot in common), but the way she told her story, with such poetry and fluidity, resonated with me so deeply. Ultimately, they were about seeking love and belonging, and if that's not something humans have in common, I don't know the definition of the phrase "in co [...]

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    29. A Latina look at life in NY. A difficult book for me to rate. Many times the writing was wonderful. I understood the whole focus of the book except the author's need to discuss her sexuality. To other readers this may have been pertinent but to me I felt it subtracted from the story. The was much richness in this book but not all of the book entertained or enlightened. It is an interesting insight into this lati na woman' s life and thoughts.

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    30. An interesting memoir about a girl who grows up between Cuba and America, navigating the pressure of being the first English speaker in her family, the first to go to college, and the only member of her immediate family to express gender fluidity. The story is lyrical and a look into a kind of life I've never read about before. Worth the read.

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