Native Country of the Heart by Cherríe Moraga audiobook

Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir

By Cherríe Moraga
Read by Cherríe Moraga

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665216630

  • ISBN: 9781665216623

  • ISBN: 9781665216647

Runtime: 7.33 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2019 in Nonfiction

Native Country of the Heart is the writer and activist Cherríe 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 Cherríe 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A sympathetic portrait of Mexican-American feminism (both in mother and daughter) . . . Poignant [and] beautifully written. Kirkus Starred Review
"[Written] with a poet’s verve…This memoir’s beauty is in its fierce intimacy.” New York Times Book Review
“Expertly told in Moraga’s lucid prose.” Los Angeles Times
“Moraga waxes poetically, philosophically and politically about the importance of memory, treating its preservation like a Holy Grail. With this book, Moraga is keeping her mother on her earth, capturing her, tethering her to the living.” Ms. magazine
“A sympathetic portrait of Mexican-American feminism (both in mother and daughter) delivered in a poignant, beautifully written way. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Cherríe Moraga

Author Bio: Cherríe Moraga

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 7.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English