Not for everyday use elizabeth nunez

Page Turners: Not For Everyday Use – A Memoir

I loved Not for Everyday Use: A Memoir by Elizabeth Nunez. This is the 2nd book I’ve read from our summer reading list and a page turner it was…well I didn’t actually turned pages.

I have a Nook HD and borrow ebooks from the New York Public Library using Overdrive. I borrowed Who Asked You?by Terry McMillan but didn’t realize it was an audio book. I didn’t return the book and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I really liked the experience and decided to signed up for an Audible Free Trial.

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I love books narrated by the author. Somehow I feel that they best convey the emotions and spirit of the character as they read the book to me. It was for that reason I decided to listen to Not For Everyday Use because it was narrated by Elizabeth Nunez herself. Her Trini accent as she narrated made the experience even more authentic and enjoyable for me.

I had the conflicting feeling of “can’t wait to see what happens” yet I didn’t want the story to be over. I wanted to take my time and savor it.

Nunez gives explores her upbringing by Caribbean parents and what affects both good and bad this upbringing had on her life. I and many others have been brought up on the “sterner stuff”. Sternness seems to be the universal, required trademark of Caribbean parenting. Her exploration of her parents siblings and upbringing will hit home and may give you a better understand and appreciation of your upbringing.

The book was amazing and after two books, I’m officially a fan of Dr. Nunez. Not For Everyday Use: A Memoir is a must read or in my case a must listen. You won’t regret the listening experience.


Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown is Founder & host of Carry On Friends one of the first podcasts dedicated to the Caribbean American Experience. She is leading the way for Caribbean Podcast as the founder of Breadfruit Media, the first Caribbean podcast production company; and founder of the Caribbean Podcast Directory a place to discover podcasts by people of Caribbean Heritage.