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⌛ 100 free 磻 Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir  ୕ ePUB Author Jean Guerrero ᠀ ⌛ 100 free 磻 Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir ୕ ePUB Author Jean Guerrero ᠀ The SummonsInterstate 5 slices northsouth and serpentine along the West Coast of the United States, parallel to the Pacific Ocean for than a thousand miles In the south, it curves into one of the worlds busiest border crossingsthe San Ysidro Port of Entry, where San Diego and Tijuana touch A green sign hangs over the highway Mexico Only.In the summer of 1986, a young Puerto Rican physician drove on a southbound lane just north of the juncture She sought an exit called Bonita Road But there is no such exit on I 5, and never was It exists on I 805, to the east The woman who would become my mother had just arrived in San Diego, in quest of the American dream, and her suitcase stuffed rental vehicle was on a straight course to Mexico Jeannette Del Valle grew up on the western tip of Puerto Rico, suffering asthma her father blamed on the sugarcane pollen of their pueblo, Aguadilla She had big, startled eyes that struggled to seediagnosed with myopia at age twelveand curly ash blonde hair her mother did not let her cut, so that it grew long and thick to her thighs, a heavy cloak on her bony limbs Her classmates called her Eskeleto, or Skeleton From her earliest memories, her throat constricted against her will She tried to pull oxygen into her convulsing lungs she could not Raised Catholic, she prayed to God for help It came in the form of Doctor Mendoza, a chubby, gray haired man who gave her shots of epinephrine and steroids, consoling her with a competent, bespectacled gaze At night, she was alone in her battles against death Her father purchased a nebulizer and an oxygen tank Blind in the blackness, she sucked air into her esophagus She survived each time to see the dawn.Her father, Luis, was a bespectacled mechanic with a wide nose and brown skin Despite his five foot stature, Jeannettes father had a towering, storybook tale He became a provider for his two younger siblings as a teenager, when his mother died of tuberculosis His father, a police officer married to another woman, refused to recognize him as his son until later in life Luis shined shoes in the street He learned to build and install central air conditioning units On the hot island, his skills were in high demand He helped establish El Colegio de Tcnicos Refrigeracin y Aire Acondicionado, to give the islands previously informal cool temperature trades a licensing structure He married Luz, a lean blonde with skin like carne de noni.Jeannette was the third of their four children, the most delicate in complexion and sizethe skinniest, the fairest, the most prone to sickness A verdant tangle of plants and panapen trees separated their house from Playa Crash Boat, with its peach colored sands and reaching blue waters Jeannettes hardy siblings spent much of their time there, imitating the coqui frogs song, kicking coconuts, chasing crabs in the mud Jeannette liked the ocean from an aesthetic point of view, but she preferred the indoors and its comfortable, controlled environments Her favorite pastime was readingmedical literature, for the most part, which she checked out from the local library, dreaming of discovering a cure for the asthma that asphyxiated her almost every day Naturally, her goal was to become a doctor Even with all the doors and windows of their little Aguadilla house shut, Jeannette suffered Even after the sugarcane harvests, when the fields were clean, the attacks came One day, as she doodled unicorn intestines in an anatomy text, it occurred to her that maybe the sugarcane pollen was not the sole cause of her asthma Posiblemente, she thought, it was also the creatures in the attic next door Every evening she saw the bats emerging in droves She wondered if spores from their dung or dander clung to the ubiquitous humidity and floated into her breathing space, irritating her lungs When her family moved to a nearby house for unrelated reasons, her asthma attacks abated, and she remembered her hypothesis She had a gift.Luz nurtured it It is humiliating to have to ask a man for everythingeven underwear, her mother whispered in Spanish In her adolescence, Luz had been known in her neighborhood as La Rubia Peligrosathe dangerous blonde The attention had planted vague dreams of grandeur in Luzs teenage mind perhaps she would be a movie star someday, or a powerful curandera Now she was a devoted wife and mother, linked forever to the whims, worries and wanderings of the man to whom she had committed Luz did not know how to read, write or drive a car She rarely left the house without her husband She had been eclipsed by her man and feared the same fate for her daughters She poured her passion into things she made for the family, food like savory sorullitos de maz and pasteles de yuque Luz also made the girls clothing, expressing her rebellion in bright colors and bold cuts.Luis was old fashioned, and didnt believe women should aspire beyond domesticity When he hired a painting tutor for his daughters, it was to increase their desirability as housewives But on the walls of their Caribbean home, Jeannette painted murals of an indecorous medical naturefor example, a grinning feline with a sinewy esophagus visible through a slit in its throat The oldest daughter, Irma, expressed plans to attend law school The youngest, Myriam, announced she would be a professional painter Luzs nocturnal whispers had worked like magic on the girls The three would make their way to the mainland in pursuit of their ambitions Only their brother established himself in Aguadilla.My mother was the first to leave As valedictorian of her high school class, she secured a full scholarship to pursue a bachelors in biology in Mayagez There, she applied to the U.S Air Force for a medical school scholarship But she had worn thick glasses since she was twelve, and at the time, the Air Force required 20 20 vision She applied to the Coast Guard and the Navy She was underweight Jeannette told herself it was for the best it was hard enough to breathe on land Despite living footsteps from the ocean, Jeannette had never learned to swim A rip current had sucked her out to sea once, endowing her with a permanent terror of el mar She had been splashing waist deep on the shore, clasping her sisters hands, when a swell of water buoyed the girls and separated their fingers Jeannette alone lost her balance Disoriented, she watched as her rooted sisters shrank, and the palm trees on the white beach became farther away She sought a place to rest her feet, in vain A tall wave crashed around her, knocking off her glasses and plunging her into the deep She saw the blurry sun cracked to golden pieces by turbulent undulations She was accustomed to mortal terror, thanks to her asthmaand as water filled her throat, she mentally chanted traga, traga, traga, like a magic spell, swallow, swallow, swallow She resolved to imbibe the whole sea if necessary traga, traga, traga, dont let water into your pulmones Even as her lungs screamed for air, Jeannette refused to succumb to irrational impulses So many times in the course of her life, she would be imperiled by invisible forces like the rip current over which she lacked controlor like Interstate 5, which would push her straight into my fathers arms Her will to survive was always militant She sank, her hair floating upward like Medusas snakes, eyes wide open, respiratory system secured Her uncle dove in and saved her.After rejections from the Navy and Coast Guard, Jeannette applied to the Army The recruiter looked at her with pitying eyes and advised her to try the National Health Service Corps she could remain a civilian and repay her debts as a primary care provider in an underserved community She applied The Service Corps notified her she would be going to medical school, all expenses paid She completed her bachelors in three years and moved to San Juan She specialized in internal medicine the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of adult illness.For a year, in anatomy class, she familiarized herself with the innards of an unclaimed corpse Having studied mutations, protrusions, rashes, gashes, warts, wounds and putrefactions in books since she was a child, Jeannette was not a queasy person She was fascinated by the labyrinth of tubes inside this human She sliced open the gray haired man with scalpels, planting labeled flags in his arteries, muscles and organs She removed his heart and held it in her hands, imagining the limp, defective organ in its last moments, its once moist coronary arteries clotted and trembling When Irma moved into Jeannettes apartment to study law, she was aghast to discover that Jeannette placed her textbooks on the dead man daily and brought them home to study on the kitchen table The corpse is sterile, Jeannette thought, shrugging They keep it cold.Living on their own was liberating Jeannette cut her hair short, bleached it and styled it voluminous and layered like the actress Farrah Fawcetts She had the same wide open eyes and pale, delicate lips She weighed ninety five pounds She was a top student, but her adventurous wardrobe, inspired by her motherthick belts, audacious colors, tall bootsmeant she was also named Most Fashionable in the yearbook.A medical student named Carlos proposed to Jeannette Like her, he was spindly and half blind Thick rimmed glasses hid the small eyes on his prodigious head They were engaged for about a year But as they neared graduation in 1983, Carlos realized he wanted a housewife He begged Jeannette to give up medicine She refused Carlos asked her to return his engagement ring For a few weeks, Jeanettes grades slipped.Heartbroken, Jeannette flew to New York for an interview at the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center She took in the shining, metallic skyscrapers, an alternate universe compared with the ripe green Eden of her home The silver city beckoned her When the cutting edge trauma center offered her a residency, she said goodbye to her relatives and moved to the mainland.Jeannette sent her family money and gifts, writing letters that focused on the positive aspects of her new life, such as the hospitals ethnic diversityI feel like I live all over the world and her improving English She described the workloadthirty six hours of emergency room duty every three nightsin cheerful cursive Spanish I find a way to sleep one or two hours, its enough.She said nothing about the dead who plagued her dreams, the patients she failed to save, such as the man whose skull was splintered by a bullet, whose heart she kept beating for nearly an hour She made no mention of her romantic anxiety, her fear that she might never love again Although she cloaked her insecurities in her letters, I detect them in her praise for Myriam, the artist, whom she called the smartest of the sisters for pursuing a passion she saw as less exhausting Career is not everything in life, Jeannette wrote I hope God blesses you all and helps me keep going forward with a whole life in service of health She ended her letters on playful notes P.S Theyve changed my name a little bit they call me Jeannette Dval As if I were French Americansor Gringosdont know how to pronounce my beautiful last name Del ValleThe winter of the East Coast sank into her tropical bones like teeth Gargantuan, grimy rats wriggled into her apartment She slept with her inhaler under her pillow and scattered glue traps In the mornings, her landlord stopped by to toss their sticky tombs from her window Once or twice, she passed their twitching tails protruding from the snow like stems of animate flowers.In the emergency room one night, Dr Del Valle admitted two drowned bodies as blue as icicles The corpses had been pulled from a frozen river and transported by helicopter For hours, Jeannette warmed these dead lovers with blankets, intravenous injections of warm fluids and the aggressive motions of cardiopulmonary resuscitation She watched as the womans cheeks regained color and she took a sudden breath of air The man did not awaken again, but the womans recovery was remarkable Miracles such as this, and the role she played in them, allowed her uncertainties about prioritizing her career to dissolve with the snow Spring came.She befriended an aspiring radiologist starting his residency at a nearby hospital Mark Anthony had a thick brown beard, vulnerable brown eyes and a contrasting conspiratorial air that gave him an edgy charm In Puerto Rico, men had not preferred Jeannette because of her thinness and her ambition, perceived as masculine traits In New York, with its multicultural range of ideals, she was a desirable Twiggy, with a sexy, superior mind, and Mark Anthony was infatuated with her They went dancing He lifted her petite body, spinning her as others looked on with envy They spent hours conversing about their fields They both felt that familiar tug of the heart, but they resisted it They wanted to be realistic Mark Anthony was younger than Jeannette, and would not finish his residency for another two years Jeannette planned to establish herself in a habitable climate, ideally in the Golden State.She was accepted at several Service Corps facilities, including her top choice the San Ysidro Health Center in San Diego, California She picked up her residency diploma and hired a moving van Maybe you can follow me someday, she told Mark Anthony Maybe I will, he said Then she got on a plane and flew to California.In herdevastatingly beautiful memoir Guerrero tracks her father through his lineage of mystics his shadowy past and his years of obsession, self destruction, and even brilliance She writes poeticallyabout bordersas a metaphor for the boundary of identity between father and daughter and theporous connective tissues that bind them The National Book Review Crux, at its heart, isGuerreros love letter to her dad expressive and affecting,especially in the moments whereshe grounds her reader in her own explorationof the mystical The book isdeeply researchedand tightly written This admissionthat shes willingly choosing a different storyhelps the reader suspend disbelief.NPR Crux is everything I want in a memoir prose that dazzles and cuts, insights hard won and achingly named, and a plot that kept me up at night, breathlessly turning pages Jean Guerrero has a poets lyrical sense, a journalists dogged devotion to truth, and a fast and far reaching mind This is a book preoccupied with chasingthat is one of its harrowing pleasuresbut, like all great memoirs, it is ultimately a story about the great trouble and relief of being found.Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me Crux is a triumphant memoir driven by the search for home and a fathers elusive love The twists and unexpected turns across borders are enchanting A poignant, lovely debut.Alfredo Corchado, author of Midnight in MexicoJean Guerrero has done excellent reporting from the U.S.Mexico borderlands Now she examines the mysterious borders of family history and that unknown region of the heart You will be moved by Cruxthis book is powerful and true.Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devils Highway From the very beginning, Crux draws the reader inGuerreros language is as poetic as the story is engrossing The characters, though, shine brightest She draws from record, history, myth, and rumor to create compelling portraits of a family navigating multiple borders as well as the complexities of love and life within them.Adriana E Ramrez, author of Dead BoysUsing her investigative and writerly skills to confront her father, his past, and the magic and mystery in their legacy,Jean Guerrero crosses the familial borders that have both captivated and terrified her since childhood Cruxis intimate, powerful, and atestament to the lengths well go for our families.Leah Carroll, author of Down City A powerful memoir 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    • Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir
    • 2.2
    • 122
    • Format Kindle
    • 0399592393
    • Jean Guerrero
    • Anglais
    • 26 May 2017

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