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Fall 2019 book selection: A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir

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About the book

In her coming-of-age memoir, Hernández reflects on her struggle to make sense of the competing expectations of her family, her community, and her own personal desires. Tackling issues of race, class, feminism, and queer sexuality, Hernández examines how the experiences of her past informed her ability to create a new kind of life for herself, without having to abandon the people and the places that shaped her.

About the author

Hernández is co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism, and the former editor of ColorLines magazine. She has reported for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Slate, and she has written for NPR’s All Things Considered and CodeSwitch. Her essays and fiction have appeared in Aster(ix), Bellingham Review, Brevity, Dogwood, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, Juked, and Rumpus among other journals. A contributing editor for the Buddhist magazine Tricycle, Daisy is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Miami University in Ohio.

See our companion guide for more information and past interviews with the author.