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The Fortune Teller's Kiss (American Lives)


Mega Sale! Save 27% on the The Fortune Teller's Kiss (American Lives) by University of Nebraska Press at Translate This Website. MPN: black & white illustrations. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. There was always the incantation: “Whoever wishes you harm, may harm come to them!” And just in case that didn’t work, there were garlic and


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There was always the incantation: “Whoever wishes you harm, may harm come to them!” And just in case that didn’t work, there were garlic and cloves to repel the Evil Eye—or, better yet, the dried foreskin from a baby boy’s circumcision, ground to a fine powder. But whatever precautions Brenda Serotte was subjected to, they were not enough. Shortly before her eighth birthday, in the fall of 1954, she came down with polio—painfully 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 Teller’s Kiss is a heartfelt tribute to a disappearing culture and a paean to the author’s 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.

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Manufacturer:University of Nebraska Press
Part Number:black & white illustrations
Publisher:University of Nebraska Press
Studio:University of Nebraska Press
MPN:black & white illustrations
EAN:9780803243538
Item Weight:0.73 pounds
Item Size:0.75 x 8.75 x 8.75 inches
Package Weight:0.75 pounds
Package Size:5.43 x 0.79 x 0.79 inches

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