When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir

When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir Author Esmeralda Santiago
ISBN-10 0306814528
ISBN-13 9780306814525
Year 2006-03-30
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Da Capo Press
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Esmeralda Santiago s story begins in rural Puerto Rico where her childhood was full of both tenderness and domestic strife tropical sounds and sights as well as poverty Growing up she learned the proper way to eat a guava the sound of tree frogs in the mango groves at night the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla and the formula for ushering a dead baby s soul to heaven As she enters school we see the clash both hilarious and fierce of Puerto Rican and Yankee culture When her mother Mami a force of nature takes off to New York with her seven soon to be eleven children Esmeralda the oldest must learn new rules a new language and eventually take on a new identity In this first volume of her much praised bestselling trilogy Santiago brilliantly recreates the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years and her tremendous journey from the barrio to Brooklyn from translating for her mother at the welfare office to high honors at Harvard

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Almost a Woman

Almost a Woman Author Esmeralda Santiago
ISBN-10 9780306821110
Release 2012-06-12
Pages 336

America s Dream

America s Dream Author Esmeralda Santiago
ISBN-10 9780061846946
Release 2009-10-13
Pages 336