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A Family Memoir

Elizabeth Alvarado

Publication Year: 2011

Anthropologies reenacts the process of remembering and so evokes a compelling narrative. Each snapshot provides a glimpse into the past, illuminating the ways in which memory and history are intertwined. Whether the experience is of her own drug use or that of a great-great-grandmother’s trek across the Great Plains with Brigham Young, Alvarado’s insight into the binding nature of memory illuminates a new way of understanding our place within families, generations, and cultures.

Published by: University of Iowa Press

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Part One: Notes on Silence

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pp. 1-35

My mother and I are sitting in the small dining room of her townhouse; we are sitting at the table she’s had since I was a girl, but I am nearly fifty. The table is warm in the sunlight, the wood a dark grain; she’d found it in an old junk shop and asked the man to refinish it, the same junk shop where she’d found her baby grand piano, also in...

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Part Two: Notes on Travel

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pp. 37-109

At the restaurant, Fernando wipes a porthole clear with his sleeve. People on the boardwalk step into the clarity of the circle, just for an instant, and then back into the mist. Behind them, the gray seawall, the open ocean and sky, all gray, the surf pounding. It is raining, a misty rain. Sandpipers skirt the waves. A man with a beard stands...

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Part Three: Notes on Art

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pp. 111-167

Thirty degrees centigrade. In London, this is hot. It’s 2006, a summer of record heat, the air is thick and still. Kathryn and I have stopped over for a few days on our way home from Prague where, for three weeks, we have been at a conference for writers and photographers. Every morning, workshops; every evening, smoky readings or foreign...


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pp. 169


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pp. 171-172

E-ISBN-13: 9781609380380
E-ISBN-10: 160938038X
Print-ISBN-13: 9781609380373
Print-ISBN-10: 1609380371

Page Count: 202
Illustrations: N/A
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: first