Cake, Coffee, and Chanel No. 5: A Memoir of an American Woman

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AuthorHouse, Aug 15, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 200 pages
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Two ladies sit down to talk about life. One is a granddaughter, interested in her family background. The other, a daughter of Slovakian immigrants and a mother of nine children, a strong and accomplished woman, who is ashamed of her family's ethnicity. For the first time she opens up about her Slavic heritage.

"Well, no one cares about people from the East. We were from the East, we were Slavs."

They discuss her childhood and the morals she was exposed to, living through the Depression and World War II. What is profound is her acknowledgment of her parents' old world ways in not wanted to educate their daughters. Helena takes the steps to secure an education and career in nursing despite her mother. She does not realize it as she explains herself to her granddaughter but she created her own version of American dream.

"I got along well with my parents as a teenager. I had a deep respect for them; their ability to come to a strange country, to learn a new language and acquire a better life under many adverse circumstances."

This oral history is transcribed from conversations into a documentary memoir of an American woman's experience. Helena tells her story in an honest and intimate manner.

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About the author (2011)

Grace Brummer-Faoro, known to her family and friends as Dida, was born in Chicago, IL. She was raised in Chicago, as well as New York, Indiana, Oklahoma and the Bahamas. Having a degree in socio-econpmics she is intrigued by the social and cultural history of post-war Europe and the rise to fascist politics. Having spent time studying and working in Austria and Germany, she furthers her interest in twentieth century history by reading and researching in both English and German. Grace volunteers for greyhound rescue and adoption, and enjoys cooking and entertaining for her friend at her home in Chicago.

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