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Let me say, I was hooked on reading this book and could not put it down after the first few pages The way Josu describes his emotions, anger, and feelings towards the white man and towards his own family really captivates his experience as a child of an immigrant The dilemma of assimilation into the American white culture, and preserving his roots is one that many people can relate to The encountering with the doctors who are insensitive and oblivious to their questions Relatable, VALID I Let me say, I was hooked on reading this book and could not put it down after the first few pages The way Josu describes his emotions, anger, and feelings towards the white man and towards his own family really captivates his experience as a child of an immigrant The dilemma of assimilation into the American white culture, and preserving his roots is one that many people can relate to The encountering with the doctors who are insensitive and oblivious to their questions Relatable, VALID I personally enjoyed the way that Josu was able to captivate his conflict with his cultural identity, discrimination, and racism, as well as his descriptions of the Caribbean and Haiti I think that this is a book anyone who is an immigrant, immigrant child, or even those who really to understand the immigrant experience should take a peek at the book I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review Twelve Unending Summers by Dr Cholet Kelly Josu is quite a powerful memoir.The premise of the story surrounds the life of a Bahamian born, Haitian man who is trying to come to terms with his identity, as he has lived the U.S and schooled in the U.S for a great part of his life Truly, the story is a story about trying to find one s own identity when that identity is stretched between three very different countries.This book was v I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review Twelve Unending Summers by Dr Cholet Kelly Josu is quite a powerful memoir.The premise of the story surrounds the life of a Bahamian born, Haitian man who is trying to come to terms with his identity, as he has lived the U.S and schooled in the U.S for a great part of his life Truly, the story is a story about trying to find one s own identity when that identity is stretched between three very different countries.This book was very interesting and something that I was able to relate with personally I was born in the United Kingdom to a Bahamian mother and Spanish father, and from the age of two years old I have lived in the U.S It wasn t until I was twenty years old that I returned to England I don t feel like I belong to any country though, no matter where I go my values don t fit neatly into the norms of the society I talk different than everyone else, I hold a sort of racial ambiguity that no one quite knows how to place me.From that perspective I could relate to what the author was saying about not having a home anywhere between these countries and instead needing to find home within oneself Of course his narrative, also integrates racial views and racism between the countries he s lived and the countries that all are a part of him.In terms of content, I did enjoy the story that the author has to tell us I learned a great deal about Haitian culture, andabout the devastating natural disaster that hit them not all too long ago I think that this story would perhaps make a good film, as I would love to see Haiti as the author had seen it as a boy However, I did find quite a great deal of the story very repetitive and the writing was not as strong as I would have liked There were times where I considered that perhaps the way the story was told, distracted from the execution of the meaning of the story There were times as well where I did not agree with the message that the author was trying to convey But that all comes from my experience I do not share the exact same experience as with the author, so I can t really judge him on that front Overall, this was a pleasant reading experience and I would recommend it to people who are multi national or people who are interested with identity specifically cultural identity I am certain that people from the Caribbean will find this to be nostalgic of growing up there Bahamian, Haitian American author Cholet Kelly Josue novel Twelve Unending Summers Memoir of an Immigrant Child was a read that hit home for me I am a child of Haitian immigrants and the risk they took to come to the United States for better opportunity and a second chance in life is truly something Josue tells us his story of his Haitian Bahamian upbringing, the loose of his parents, his arrival to a new world at the age of sixteen and his prostitute to live that American Dream Although Bahamian, Haitian American author Cholet Kelly Josue novel Twelve Unending Summers Memoir of an Immigrant Child was a read that hit home for me I am a child of Haitian immigrants and the risk they took to come to the United States for better opportunity and a second chance in life is truly something Josue tells us his story of his Haitian Bahamian upbringing, the loose of his parents, his arrival to a new world at the age of sixteen and his prostitute to live that American Dream Although I was born and raised in the US, 80% of what Josue experienced here I dealt with and so have so many others This moving story will have you bringing out the tissues and inform you the struggles of immigrants and their decedents Thank you, Netgalley Authority Publishing, for this copy in exchange for an honest review 4 out of 5 This book tells the story of the struggles and difficulties that an immigrant has to face Even trying to get into your country in the first place and every step their after It will open your eyes to their struggles and the incredible amount of strength that they have all for the purpose of creating a better life for them Deeply moving an beautifully written Make sure you have tissues at hand. I received this review copy by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you Netgalley Those who have been given great gifts, also carry heavy burdens Twelve unending summer Memoir of an immigrant child by Dr Cholet Kelly Josue, MD is a soul stirring memoir of the author which will make the readers feel all the emotions he underwent, as it was The cultural and emotional instability a child undergoes when exposed different lifestyles and geographic regions has been written down st I received this review copy by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you Netgalley Those who have been given great gifts, also carry heavy burdens Twelve unending summer Memoir of an immigrant child by Dr Cholet Kelly Josue, MD is a soul stirring memoir of the author which will make the readers feel all the emotions he underwent, as it was The cultural and emotional instability a child undergoes when exposed different lifestyles and geographic regions has been written down straightly from his heart In the prologue the author poses a question where do I belong Born in Bahamas to a Haiti parents and lived a life as an American, this question haunts the author throughout his course of life This is a no simple question, we all need a ground to be anchored to and a place to be called ours Without knowing one s identity, history and background living a life is impossible, this what the author has tried to divulge in this book and has also succeeded extraordinarily It s not a book only immigrants could relate to, it s not a book only Haitians could relate to Once the reader reads the first page of the book he she will immediately get transformed to the world of Cholet Every unique cultural traditions and superstitions followed by the Haitians and local anecdotes was so enticing and I personally I loved those parts very much The community in which Cholet grew up in Haiti was so wonderful In today s every one of us are driven by ambition and self centredness but in Haitian community everyone lived harmoniously together supporting each other shoulder to shoulder Certain sequences such leaving behind his childhood friends in Haiti, passing away of his parents were extremely heart wrenching and moving And the childish essence that the book has to offer has been captured and penned beautifully Throughout the book he has insisted about the importance education in one s life, how it has the power to transform a person from a zero to an achiever His hunger for knowledge and soccer was inspiring and strikingly appreciable Even though the life at America had to offerdowns than ups, Cholet had faced them bravely with hope spread all across his soul The optimistic character of the author has what made him endure the unendurable The last two chapters were fast moving and electrifying nonetheless The epilogue was my personal favourite, it had so much to offer On the whole it was a easy read, the language was simple and engaging I finished it in one sitting It s one of the deep and moving memoirs you ever come across PS I don t read many biographies or memoirs but I seriously loved it I seriously recommend this book to everyone because I learned lot via this and it inspired me to look deep into my roots too Does the country we grow up in define our identity How much does our heritage shape us and what s the influence of the country we now live in Will immigrants always be the other or is it ever possible to fit in And at the some time maintain ones own cultural identity These are questions all immigrants can relate to.Besides his individual story the author tells us about Haiti, the difficult immigration process and racism in the USA, even blacks against blacks, being poor and the value of ed Does the country we grow up in define our identity How much does our heritage shape us and what s the influence of the country we now live in Will immigrants always be the other or is it ever possible to fit in And at the some time maintain ones own cultural identity These are questions all immigrants can relate to.Besides his individual story the author tells us about Haiti, the difficult immigration process and racism in the USA, even blacks against blacks, being poor and the value of education Twelve Unending Summers Memoir of an Immigrant Child by Cholet Kelly Josue is a book that hit just the right spots for me In the prologue, he posed the questions Where did I fully belong Where could I call home As a fellow immigrant that also came to the US as a teenager, his story really resonated with me While I do not come from a country as poverty stricken and in shambles as he speaks about Haiti being, I understand some of the confusion he felt of being torn between different culture Twelve Unending Summers Memoir of an Immigrant Child by Cholet Kelly Josue is a book that hit just the right spots for me In the prologue, he posed the questions Where did I fully belong Where could I call home As a fellow immigrant that also came to the US as a teenager, his story really resonated with me While I do not come from a country as poverty stricken and in shambles as he speaks about Haiti being, I understand some of the confusion he felt of being torn between different cultures Out of that catastrophe emerged a question of identity that had been simmering inside me for decades, after having spent all my adult life thinking like an American, after having been assimilated into the American melting pot Or maybe not so assimilated after all No matter what country you are from, I hazard a guess that the majority of immigrants in the US has felt this way at some point If you are looking for a read that will bring back those memories or want to learn about the struggles that immigrants face in the US, this is the right book for you I really enjoyed how he spoke about the importance of education, culture, and finding your place in the world This is the first book I have read since setting my goal of intentionally seeking out authors from different cultures and I am looking forward to readingfrom him on his blog Brain Science *Download Book ⇧ Twelve Unending Summers: Memoir of an Immigrant Child ↡ Bahamian Haitian American Where can I fully belong At age sixteen, Cholet Josu arrived on the shores of Miami in a wooden boat and immediately put the past behind him More than two decades later, the elusive question of identity pursues him, forcing him to confront a difficult truth the cultures that formed him have each indelibly stamped his soul Courageously, Cholet dismantles his own story to uncover a way to unashamedly, unabashedly fit in with three different worlds while belonging to noneHonest and compelling, Twelve Unending Summers is a deeply personal journey that resonates with the universal human need to find a home and embrace the legacy of family heritage I received an arc of this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this book.It was interesting to read about the life of the author but throughout the whole book I could just feel something was missing.I wasn t fully emersed in the story and found myself browsing past a few parts and I think it was due to how the story was structured and layered out to read.It was different and eye opening, reading about Haitian I received an arc of this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this book.It was interesting to read about the life of the author but throughout the whole book I could just feel something was missing.I wasn t fully emersed in the story and found myself browsing past a few parts and I think it was due to how the story was structured and layered out to read.It was different and eye opening, reading about Haitian life and traditions and what some have to face when it comes to trying to travel abroad Also how Chloet was trying to discover himself, trying to find an insight into who he is through living in America with his Haitian descent and birth, but also his life, from first going to America and his movement towards college.I went into the book thinking it would be directly on finding out who he is but by the end I felt it didn t answer the question.It left me wondering and slightly disappointed but it could have just been me and how I interpreted it compared to what he was actually trying to say Twelve Unending Summers is a memoir by a Haitian Bahamian American man as he explores his tangled sense of identity and self He discusses illegal immigration and being sent away from home and losing the most important people to you It s a very interesting read and it s actually quite short There are a couple chapters near the beginning that drag a little but overall it s a moving memoir that s full to the brim of life Thanks to NetGalley for giving me an advanced readers copy in return for a Twelve Unending Summers is a memoir by a Haitian Bahamian American man as he explores his tangled sense of identity and self He discusses illegal immigration and being sent away from home and losing the most important people to you It s a very interesting read and it s actually quite short There are a couple chapters near the beginning that drag a little but overall it s a moving memoir that s full to the brim of life Thanks to NetGalley for giving me an advanced readers copy in return for an honest review