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Stories of our lives : memory, history, narrative

Author: F A De Caro
Publisher: Logan : Utah State University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Stories of Our Lives Frank de Caro demonstrates the value of personal narratives in enlightening our lives and our world. We all live with legends, family sagas, and anecdotes that shape our selves and give meaning to our recollections. Featuring an array of colorful stories from de Caro's personal life and years of field research as a folklorist, the book is part memoir and part exploration of how the stories  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: F A De Caro; F A De Caro
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: F A De Caro
ISBN: 9780874218930 0874218934
OCLC Number: 851285485
Description: xv, 214 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1 The Golden-Haired Maiden 1 --
2 7002 Ridge 16 --
3 Foreigners Arrive 26 --
4 The Lake 42 --
5 Beyond 7002 67 --
6 Becoming the East Village 90 --
7 Tinkly Temple Bells 113 --
8 Life in a Cornfield 142 --
9 Mexico 152 --
10 Long Ago and Far Away: Another Passage to India 176 --
11 Katrina: We Leave, We Return, Stories Abound 198.
Responsibility: Frank de Caro.
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"In Stories of Our Lives Frank de Caro demonstrates the value of personal narratives in enlightening our lives and our world. We all live with legends, family sagas, and anecdotes that shape our selves and give meaning to our recollections. Featuring an array of colorful stories from de Caro's personal life and years of field research as a folklorist, the book is part memoir and part exploration of how the stories we tell, listen to, and learn play an integral role in shaping our sense of self. De Caro's narrative includes stories within the story: among them a near-mythic capture of his golden-haired grandmother by Plains Indians, a quintessential Italian rags-to-riches grandfather, and his own experiences growing up in culturally rich 1950s New York City, living in India amid the fading glories of a former princely state, conducting field research on Day of the Dead altars in Mexico, and coming home to a battered New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Stories of Our Lives shows that our lives are interesting, and that the stories we tell--however particular to our own circumstances or trivial they may seem to others--reveal something about ourselves, our societies, our cultures, and our larger human existence"--

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