[BOOKS] ✮ Malaya: Essays on Freedom ✰ Cinelle Barnes – Loufanet.info

Malaya: Essays on Freedom Cinelle Barnes crafts a beautiful collection of essays on personal and national freedom in this stunning collection A Filipina immigrant who was adopted by an American family as an early teen, Barnes has an interesting and unconventional history for on that, see her debut autobiography Monsoon Mansion A Memoir These essays capture many notions of freedom in all the ways we can be free and unfree She discusses the precarious and under the radar life of living undocumented in this country the jobs she worked as a house cleaner, a clothes washer, and a nanny with her family and other Filipina immigrants, who she felt put their hopes of an American dream on her shoulders She speaks of how dance and its deep, physical, emotional, tribal feeling freed her body Barnes has a gorgeous writing style and blends elements of psychology and sociology in her essays, adding another level of the study of what it means to be free Thanks to NetGalley and Little A for providing my review copy Also, can we appreciate that beautiful cover I really enjoyed reading these essays Cinelle Barnes is a writer who reaches into her gut to pick apart her harrowing life experiences and to show how it affected her adult outlook, her relationship to her parents, and her interactions with a country that considered her legally undocumented for several of her formative years This is a must read for anyone interested in true life immigrant stories. This set of essays by Cinelle Barnes reflects her journey from her childhood in the Philippines to her arrival in the U.S and the subsequent challenges she faced navigating life as an undocumented teenager and adult Life was difficult as she struggled to find work, make a living, and survive Her story is emotional, painfully so, and the ghosts of her experiences I expect will never leave her and won t set her free It s difficult to articulate, but at times I felt she almost drowned in herself and through her therapy was able to come out on the other side thankfully Having read Sonia Sotomayor s My Beloved World immediately before this book, I was struck by the different approach each woman takes in handling issues of race Not taking anything away from this author s lived experience, I was not wowed but the writing style its basic and sometimes mundane language was a surprise To enjoy a book means to savor the texture of language through which a riveting and absorbing story is told and, unfortunately, this did not happen here I had hoped for so much Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. From Cinelle Barnes, Author Of The Memoir Monsoon Mansion, Comes A Moving And Reflective Essay Collection About Finding Freedom In America Out Of A Harrowing Childhood In The Philippines, Cinelle Barnes Emerged Triumphant But As An Undocumented Teenager Living In New York, Her Journey Of Self Discovery Was Just Beginning.Because She Couldn T Get A Driver S License Or File Taxes, Cinelle Worked As A Cleaning Lady And A Nanny And Took Other Odd Jobs And Learned To Look Over Her Shoulder, Hoping She Wouldn T Get Caught When She Falls In Love And Marries A White Man From The South, Cinelle Finds Herself Trying To Adjust To The Thorny Underbelly Of Southern Hospitality While Dealing With Being A New Mother, An Immigrant Affected By PTSD, And A Woman With A Brown Body In A Profoundly White World From Her Immigration To The United States, To Navigating A Broken Legal System, To Balancing Assimilation And A Sense Of Self, Cinelle Comes To Rely On Her Resilience And Her Faith In The Human Spirit To Survive And Come Of Age All Over Again.Lyrical, Emotionally Driven, And Told Through Stories Both Lived And Overheard, Cinelle S Intensely Personal, Yet Universal, Exploration Of Race, Class, And Identity Redefines What It Means To Be A Woman And An American In A Divided Country.

About the Author: Cinelle Barnes

BEAUTY in TRUTHCinelle Barnes is a creative non fiction writer and educator from Manila, Philippines She writes memoirs and personal essays on trauma, growing up in Southeast Asia, and on being a mother and immigrant in America In 2014, she was nominated for the AWP Journal Intro Award for Creative Non Fiction, and in 2015 received an MFA from Converse College She was part of the inaugural Kund

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