Travels with Mae


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<P>With a series of lyrical vignettes Eileen M. Julien traces her life as an African American woman growing up in middle-class New Orleans in the 1950s and 1960s. Julien's narratives focus on her relationship with her mother, family, community, and the city itself, while touching upon life after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. </P><P>Haunted by a colonial past associated with African presence, racial mixing, and suspect rituals, New Orleans has served the national imagination as a place of exoticism where objectionable people and unsavory practices can be found. The destruction of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath revealed New Orleans' deep poverty and marginalized population, and brought a media storm that perpetuated the city's stigma. Travels with Mae lovingly restores the wonder of this great city, capturing both its beauty and its pain through the eyes of an insider.</P>
<P>Contents<BR>Contents<BR>Acknowledgments</P><P>What I Keep in My Freezer; or You Are What You Eat<BR>Routines<BR>Oatmeal Collage<BR>A Streetcar Story<BR>A Glimmer of Gender<BR>Going to Algiers<BR>"Buttons, anyone?" A Pacific Street Story<BR>Room at the Top<BR>Connie<BR>The Jug's Ball<BR>"The Country"<BR>Facts of Life<BR>Money Troubles<BR>Fudge and Jelly Donuts<BR>The Shadow of Death<BR>A Woman's Place<BR>Brother Boyfriends<BR>The House They Didn't Buy<BR>Family Affairs<BR>She Would Have Typed All Night<BR>Small Victories<BR>Daddy's Public Voice<BR>Hurricane Betsy<BR>Groovin'<BR>Christmas '66<BR>My Mother, My Hair<BR>Getting Over It<BR>Eunice, Mae, and Me<BR>Questions of Power<BR>Losing Mae<BR>Arriving Late<BR>Daddy's Gumbo<BR>Conversation<BR>Reflections<BR>Revisiting<BR>Birthday Surprise<BR>Dakar Hair<BR>The Carnival Spirit<BR>Katrina<BR>The Wake of the Storm<BR>The Keys</P>



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Published 06 July 2009
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EAN13 9780253029218
Language English

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