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This memoir tells of Ceil Lucas' upbringing first in Guatemala City, then in Rome, and finally in America. As a result, upon meeting someone new, she invariably says, "I wasn't raised here." She has also studied the history of her family -- the stories of her ancestors, going back ten generations in America, help explain how she got here. The central thread of the memoir is the search for the balance between, "I wasn't raised here," and, "I'm deeply American."
Author Ceil Lucas is professor emerita of Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, where she taught linguistics through American Sign Language for 31 years. She was born in the United States but was raised from ages five through 21 in Guatemala City and Rome. The Guatemala of the mid-1950s saw intense American intervention in Guatemalan affairs, intervention shaped by the deep fear of Communism. Italy, on the other hand, was experiencing a post-war economic boom and the beginning of the "years of lead."
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