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My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education


Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781250299437
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 03/09/2019
  • Category: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs
  • Imprint: Picador US
  • Pages: 208
  • Price: $26.99
In this sharp and candid collection of essays, critically acclaimed writer and first-generation American Jennine Capó Crucet explores the condition of finding herself a stranger in the country where she was born. Raised in Miami and the daughter of Cuban refugees, Crucet examines the political and personal contours of American identity and the physical places where those contours find themselves smashed: be it a rodeo town in Nebraska, a university campus in upstate New York, or Disney World in Florida. Crucet illuminates how she came to see her exclusion from aspects of the theoretical American Dream, despite her family’s attempts to fit in with white American culture—beginning with their ill-fated plan to name her after the winner of the Miss America pageant. In prose that is both fearless and slyly humorous, My Time Among the Whites examines the sometimes hopeful, sometimes deeply flawed ways in which many Americans have learned to adapt, exist, and—in the face of all signals saying otherwise—perhaps even thrive in a country that never imagined them here.

Author Information

JENNINE CAPÓ CRUCET is the Miami-born author of the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, a New York Times Editors' Choice book, and winner of the 2016 International Latino Book Award; and the story collection How to Leave Hialeah, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize and the John Gardner Book Award. She is a Contributing Opinion Writer for The New York Times and an associate professor at the University of Nebraska in the Department of English and the Institute for Ethnic Studies.