A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir


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$18.00  $16.74
Beacon Press
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5.4 X 0.7 X 8.4 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Daisy Hernández is the coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism and the former editor of ColorLines magazine. She speaks at colleges and conferences about feminism, race, and media representations, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Ms. magazine, CultureStrike, In These Times, Bellingham Review, Fourth Genre, and Hunger Mountain, and on NPR's All Things Considered. In 2022, she won the PEN Literary Award for The Kissing Bug (Tin House).


"Warm and thoughtful, Hernández writes with cleareyed compassion about living, and redefining success, at the intersection of social, ethnic and racial difference. Personal storytelling at its most authentic and heartfelt."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Gorgeously written from start to finish."
--Boston Globe

"Journalist, feminist, and first-time memoirist Hernández presents a coming-of-age story that dives into the complexities of language, sexuality, and class. ... An accessible, honest look at the often heart-wrenching effects of intergenerational tension on family ties."

"This book is a compelling glimpse into the life of a young Latina struggling to hold onto her background and make her way in a world she often finds difficult to embrace. Hernandez's use of language is often poetic, especially when intermingling Spanish and English, with the cultural tones of each."
--Windy City Times

"By the end of this beautiful book, Daisy Hernández, a queer American Latina, has threaded Spanish and English together to create an inimitable new language in a brave and brilliant negotiation of a multilingual world."
--Los Angeles Review of Books

"With wit and respectful grace, Hernández shares stories of love for family, of strong (despite herself) roots, and of assimilation and claiming who you are without losing who you were."
--Dallas Voice

"During a time in history when so much is said about women of color, working-class folks, immigrants, Latinas, poor people, and los depreciados but seldom from them, Hernández writes with honesty, intelligence, tenderness, and love. I bow deeply in admiration and gratitude."
--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

"A striking and illuminating memoir of stark beauty that challenges our notions of identity and feminine power; absolutely riveting and unforgettable."
--Patricia Engel, author of It's Not Love, It's Just Paris

"Hernández writes with grace and clarity about the singular joys and unique pains of growing up in two worlds. ... A marriage of power and poetry."
--Laila Lalami, author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

"Hernández is a stone-cold truth teller, and her talent is eclipsed only by her fearlessness. If this debut is a sign of what's to come, plan to have your heart and head broken wide open. Again and again."
--John Murillo, author of Up Jump the Boogie