edited by Jonna McKone
contributions by Stephanie Vega, K'La Coates, Gisell Delcid, Jonna McKone, Autumn Oberkehr, Mariah Pierce, Diosmiry Rodriguez, Mahogany Summers and Anthony Tullio
Rutgers University Press, 2021
Cloth: 978-1-9788-1900-9 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-1903-0
Library of Congress Classification LD4752.45.N68 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 378.74941

Notes from Home weaves a tapestry of personal stories from a group of youth who have experienced family insecurity during childhood. At Rutgers University, the Price Family Fellows Program provides financial, emotional, and academic support for students who seek to steer their own narratives and achieve their dreams through education. Eight graduates of the program now share reflections, photographs, and memories in search of new, often surprising meanings of home and family.
Through portraiture, oral history, writing, and family archives, the contributors explore childhood, geography, immigration, education, and family relationships, recovering misunderstood or overlooked moments. In the process of making this work, the group found old family photos, returned to sites of significance, and made new friendships, discovering the transformational potential of this kind of storytelling to reframe hardship, loss, and uncertainty. In the words of one contributor, “I felt like this process was a necessary step that allowed me to acknowledge and comprehend what I was experiencing at the time. It allowed me to create a more coherent understanding that I am who I am because of my past and because I was the one who had control of molding my own, better path.” Each chapter, encompassing one person’s story, is strikingly unique in its vision and approach.