Bittermelons and Mimosas: A Philippine Memoir
Nieves Villamin’s book is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in Philippine history, customs, and superstitions.
As a child in the Philippines, Nieves’ life was a challenge – backbreaking fieldwork, a father who often wasn’t there, and dirt-poor living conditions. Yet, this little girl found things to be thankful for such as the singing of the workers while they toiled under blistering sun. Her childlike sense of hope will inspire young readers and make them grateful for living conditions in America.
Full of historical data, the memoir also describes in detail a sort of magical thinking that ruled the Philippine people; plus, it celebrates foods, traditions, and rituals that will interest all.
How she and her young husband escaped to America and found “a land of opportunity” will amuse, impress, and inspire all-age readers. I enjoyed reading this memoir; in fact, I read it three times. You are sure to enjoy it, too.
Becky White, Author, Double Luck and Betsy Ross