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Fortune Teller's Kiss, The. American Lives (Electronic book text)
Fortune Teller's Kiss, The. American Lives (Electronic book text): Brenda Serotte

Fortune Teller's Kiss, The. American Lives (Electronic book text)

Brenda Serotte

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Shortly before her Brenda Serotte's birthday, in the fall of 1954, she came down with poliopainfully singled out in a world already marked by differences. Her bout with the dreaded disease is at the heart of this poignant and heartbreakingly hilarious memoir of growing up a Sephardic Jew among Ashkenazi neighbors in the Bronx. This was a world of belly dancers and fortune tellers, shelter drills and vast quantities of Mediterranean food; a world of staunchly joined and endlessly contrary aunts and uncles, all drawn here in loving, merciless detail. The Fortune Tellers Kiss is a heartfelt tribute to a disappearing culture and a paean to the authors truly quirky clan, especially her beloved champion, her father. It is also a deft and intimate cultural history of the Bronx fifty years ago and of its middle-class inhabitants, their attitudes toward contagious illness, womanly beauty, poverty, and belonging.


Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2006
Authors: Brenda Serotte
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 248
ISBN-13: 978-6610466252
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > History > American history
Books > Humanities > History > American history > General
Books > History > American history
Books > History > American history > General
LSN: 6610466254
Barcode: 9786610466252

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