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Island of bones : essays

Author: Joy Castro
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2012]
Series: American lives.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is "identity" when you're a girl adopted as an infant by a Cuban American family of Jehovah's Witnesses? The answer isn't easy. You won't find it in books. Joy Castro has turned an unmoored life of searching and striving to account with literary alchemy in Island of Bones. In personal essays that plumb the depths of not-belonging, Castro takes the all-too-raw materials of her adolescence and young adulthood and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Joy Castro; Joy Castro
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joy Castro
ISBN: 9780803271425 0803271425
OCLC Number: 777002137
Description: 132 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Island of Bones; What My Mother Told Me When I Found Her; Clips of My Father's House; Turn of Faith; Getting Lost; In Theory; Farm Use; Hip Joints; No Mas Monkey; Edging; Fitting; The Athens of the Midwest; You Can Avoid the Mistakes I Made; An Angle of Vision; Grip; Getting "Grip"; Hungry; On Becoming Educated; Vesper Adest; "?Quien es ese Jimmy Choo?": A Latina Mother Comes of Age; Gratitude Source Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography
Series Title: American lives.
Responsibility: Joy Castro.

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