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The fortune teller's kiss / Brenda Serotte.

By: Serotte, BrendaMaterial type: TextTextSeries: American livesPublication details: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2006. Description: 1 online resource (xii, 218 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0803253877; 9780803253872Subject(s): Serotte, Brenda -- Childhood and youth | Serotte, Brenda | Jews -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography | Sephardim -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography | Poliomyelitis -- Patients -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography | Jews, Turkish -- New York (State) -- New York -- Anecdotes | Bronx (New York, N.Y.) -- Biography | New York (N.Y.) -- Biography | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Historical | HISTORY -- State & Local | HISTORY -- State & Local -- General | Jews | Jews, Turkish | Poliomyelitis -- Patients | Sephardim | New York (State) -- New York | New York (State) -- New York -- BronxGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. | Anecdotes. | Biographies. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Fortune teller's kiss.DDC classification: 974.7/1/004924 | B LOC classification: F128.9.J5 | S434 2006ebOnline resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Turks -- Fortuna -- Lost -- Contagious -- Grace -- Northern lights -- Quiche lorraine -- Celebrity.
Action note: digitized 2010 committed to preserveSummary: "There was always the incantation: "Whoever wishes you harm, may harm come to them!" And just in case that didn't work, there were garlic and cloves to repel the Evil Eye - or, better yet, the dried foreskin from a baby boy's circumcision, ground to a fine powder. But whatever precautions Brenda Serotte was subjected to, they were not enough. Shortly before her eighth birthday, in the fall of 1954, she came down with polio - painfully singled out in a world already marked by differences. Her bout with the dreaded disease is at the heart of this memoir of growing up a Sephardic Jew among Ashkenazi neighbors in the Bronx." "This was a world of belly dancers and fortune tellers, shelter drills and vast quantities of Mediterranean food; a world of staunchly joined and endlessly contrary aunts and uncles, all drawn here in loving, merciless detail. The Fortune Teller's Kiss is a heartfelt tribute to a disappearing culture and a paean to the author's truly quirky clan, especially her beloved champion, her father. It is also a deft and intimate cultural history of the Bronx fifty years ago and of its middle-class inhabitants, their attitudes toward contagious illness, womanly beauty, poverty, and belonging."--Jacket.
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Turks -- Fortuna -- Lost -- Contagious -- Grace -- Northern lights -- Quiche lorraine -- Celebrity.

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"There was always the incantation: "Whoever wishes you harm, may harm come to them!" And just in case that didn't work, there were garlic and cloves to repel the Evil Eye - or, better yet, the dried foreskin from a baby boy's circumcision, ground to a fine powder. But whatever precautions Brenda Serotte was subjected to, they were not enough. Shortly before her eighth birthday, in the fall of 1954, she came down with polio - painfully singled out in a world already marked by differences. Her bout with the dreaded disease is at the heart of this memoir of growing up a Sephardic Jew among Ashkenazi neighbors in the Bronx." "This was a world of belly dancers and fortune tellers, shelter drills and vast quantities of Mediterranean food; a world of staunchly joined and endlessly contrary aunts and uncles, all drawn here in loving, merciless detail. The Fortune Teller's Kiss is a heartfelt tribute to a disappearing culture and a paean to the author's truly quirky clan, especially her beloved champion, her father. It is also a deft and intimate cultural history of the Bronx fifty years ago and of its middle-class inhabitants, their attitudes toward contagious illness, womanly beauty, poverty, and belonging."--Jacket.

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