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Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys

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Traveling Heavy is a deeply moving, unconventional memoir by the master storyteller and cultural anthropologist Ruth Behar. Through evocative stories, she portrays her life as an immigrant child and later, as an adult woman who loves to travel but is terrified of boarding a plane. With an open heart, she writes about her Yiddish-Sephardic-Cuban-American family, as well as the strangers who show her kindness as she makes her way through the world. Compassionate, curious, and unafraid to reveal her failings, Behar embraces the unexpected insights and adventures of travel, whether those be learning that she longed to become a mother after being accused of giving the evil eye to a baby in rural Mexico, or going on a zany pilgrimage to the Behar World Summit in the Spanish town of Bandeacute;jar.

Behar calls herself an anthropologist who specializes in homesickness. Repeatedly returning to her homeland of Cuba, unwilling to utter her last goodbye, she is obsessed by the question of why we leave home to find home. For those of us who travel heavy with our own baggage, Behar is an indispensable guide, full of grace and hope, in the perpetual search for connection that defines our humanity.

Synopsis:

In Ruth Behar's intimate, unconventional memoir, poignant memories of growing up as an immigrant child come together with reflections on being a traveling anthropologist who cherishes the kindness of strangers.

About the Author

Ruth Behar is an internationally acclaimed writer and Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She is the author of An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba; The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology that Breaks Your Heart; and Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza's Story. Behar is editor of Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba; The Portable Island: Cubans at Home in the World (with Lucía Suárez); and Women Writing Culture (with Deborah A. Gordon). She has been honored with many prizes, including a MacArthur "Genius" Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822354673
Author:
Behar, Ruth
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 photographs
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
7.81 x 5.25 in

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