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The Book When I Was Puerto Rican
The Author Esmeralda Santiago
The Publisher Hachette UK
Release Date2006-02-28
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 288
ISBN 9780786736867
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: 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.

The Book Almost a Woman
The Author Esmeralda Santiago
The Publisher Da Capo Press
Release Date2012-06-12
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 336
ISBN 9780306821110
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Following the enchanting story recounted in When I Was Puerto Rican of the author’s emergence from the barrios of Brooklyn to the prestigious Performing Arts High School in Manhattan, Esmeralda Santiago delivers the tale of her young adulthood, where she continually strives to find a balance between becoming American and staying Puerto Rican. While translating for her mother Mami at the welfare office in the morning, starring as Cleopatra at New York’s prestigious Performing Arts High School in the afternoons, and dancing salsa all night, she begins to defy her mother’s protective rules, only to find that independence brings new dangers and dilemmas.

The Book Bildungsroman Written by Puerto Rican Women in the United States
The Author Ismael Muñiz Cruz
The Publisher
Release Date1996
Genre American fiction
Pages 132
ISBN OCLC:35752771
Language English, Spanish, And French
The Book A Doll for Navidades
The Author Esmeralda Santiago
The Publisher Scholastic Press
Release Date2005
Genre Juvenile Fiction
Pages 32
ISBN UTEXAS:059173019364357
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: While preparing for Christmas in Puerto Rico, seven-year-old Esmeralda asks the Three Magi for a baby doll like her cousin's, but when they bring something else instead she gains a deeper understanding of the meaning of the holiday.

The Book Puerto Rican Voices in English
The Author Carmen Dolores Hernández
The Publisher Greenwood Publishing Group
Release Date1997
Genre Literary Criticism
Pages 251
ISBN 0275958108
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Puerto Rican writers, living in the United States and writing in English, speak directly about their lives and their literary tradition in this provocative book of interviews.

The Book Experiencing Puerto Rican Citizenship and Cultural Nationalism
The Author Jacqueline N. Font-Guzmán
The Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Release Date2015-05-20
Genre History
Pages 244
ISBN 9781137455239
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Puerto Ricans experience their citizenship and cultural nationalism within the context of an unincorporated territory in which they have limited participation in the legal framework devised to govern them. Drawing from in-depth interviews with a group of Puerto Ricans who requested a certificate of Puerto Rican citizenship, legal and historical documents, and official reports not publicly accessible, Jacqueline N. Font-Guzmán shares how some Puerto Ricans construct and experience their citizenship and national identity at the margins of the US nation. The narratives shared in this book help us understand how citizenship construction can assert cultural national identity within colonial relationships. Moreover, discussing Puerto Rican identity as a necessity calls into the spotlight a discussion of the identity of U.S. citizens. What does it mean for a U.S. citizen to be seen as the 'Other'?

The Book Conversations with Ilan Stavans
The Author Ilan Stavans
The Publisher University of Arizona Press
Release Date2005-01-01
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 214
ISBN 0816522642
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: For almost twenty years, Ilan StavansÑdescribed by the Washington Post as "Latin AmericaÕs liveliest and boldest critic and most innovative cultural enthusiast"Ñhas interviewed path-breaking intellectuals and artists in a wide range of media. As host of the critically acclaimed PBS series La Plaza, he interviews guests on pressing issues that affect the Western Hemisphere today, asking hard-hitting questions on immigration, religion, bilingualism, race, and democracy. This book collects for the first time in one volume StavansÕs most provocative and enlightening interviews with Hispanics from both sides of the Rio Grande. Spontaneous and surprising, these conversations reflect Latino life in the United States in all its facets. Among the more than two dozen selections, Edward James Olmos talks about Hispanics in Hollywood; John Leguizamo describes how he shapes a stage show; author Richard Rodriguez reflects on his gang background; Esmeralda Santiago takes on the Puerto Rican stereotype; and Piri Thomas shares thoughts on the writing of Down These Mean Streets. "A conversation is a tango," writes Stavans, "for it takes two to dance it." Conversations with Ilan Stavans invites readers to catch the rhythm and enjoy these unique meetings of minds.

The Book Women s Life Writing and Imagined Communities
The Author Cynthia Huff
The Publisher Taylor & Francis
Release Date2005
Genre Literary Criticism
Pages 330
ISBN 0415372208
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: This book recognises the great legacy of Women's life writings. They provide an incomparable window into the various cultural and historical communities in which we live. Drawing from novels, memoirs, autobiographies, letters, religious records and many other sources, from many of the finest female writers in history, we critically examine how these writings both reflect and shape our communities. These writings are such that we can draw great insight into fields from cultural studies to feminism, postmodernism and new historicism. This is a Special issue of the Journal Prose Studies.

The Book The Discovery of Female Adolescent Sexuality in the Cultural Context of Puerto Rico
The Author Magdalena Natalia Zalewski
The Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release Date2011-10
Pages 36
ISBN 9783656018445
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, LMU Munich (Amerika-Institut), course: Ethnicity and American Identity in Contemporary Fiction, language: English, abstract: Esmeralda Santiago's When I Was Puerto Rican was her first autobiographic novel and it was the precursor of two following memoirs: Almost a Woman and The Turkish Lover. In When I Was Puerto Rican Santiago tells of her early childhood during the 1950s and '60s. The story told in the novel starts in Puerto Rico at Santiago's age of four up to the age of thirteen when she immigrates with her mother and her then six siblings to the US to live in Brooklyn, New York. Her memoir does not only show the difficulty of switching between two different cultures and mentalities, American and Puerto Rican, but it also portrays the coming of age process of a girl who has to find a balance between her individual desires and expectations of her surrounding world. The novel reveals the Santiago family's dealings with the pitfalls of poverty and their dreams of a better life. This family experiences life in all varieties: they are moving from the rural town of Macun to the urban area of Santurce, a district of Puerto Rico's capital San Juan. The family's destiny as a whole unity is yet only a framing plot. The novel illustrates the struggle of understanding the world from a child's perspective. In the case of young Esmeralda it is especially hard to understand the dynamics of her unmarried parents' relationship. For her it is a challenging rethinking process to learn how to tell from her parents' behavior, who is right and who is wrong. She also longs for appreciation called forth by sibling rivalry and the maternal responsibility for her younger sisters and brothers make Esmeralda question woman- and manhood, which eventually leads her to an inner rebellion. In When I Was Puerto Rican Santiago shares the beginning of her search for the intricate question of her"

The Book Puerto Rico s Eastern Coast El Yunque Rainforest
The Author Kurt Pitzer
The Publisher Hunter Publishing, Inc
Release Date2009-09-02
Genre Travel
Pages 79
ISBN 9781588437976
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Most travelers to eastern Puerto Rico come to see and hike El Yunque, the island's second-most-visited tourist destination after Old San Juan, and probably the world's most user-friendly rain forest. Others come for the east coast's three sprawling resort hotels, half a dozen excellent golf courses, the US Navy base, and one of the biggest yachting and sailing charter ports in the Caribbean. But this side of the island has much to offer that eludes most visitors to Puerto Rico, from a glorious, six-mile stretch of deserted beach between Luquillo and Las Cabezas de San Juan, to the red cliffs and lonely lighthouse in the southeast. As with most places, you have to scratch the surface to find the hidden rewards here. Spend a day or two wandering around Lo za Aldea and talking to locals (or attending their fiestas patronales in late July) to get a deeper understanding of Afro-Caribbean culture. One of the old fishermen of Las Croabas may take you cay-hopping in his wooden sloop, setting you down on some deserted islet to swim in opaque waters. Local surfers gather at a few little-known breaks. Or visit one of the two other nature reserves on the east coast OCo Las Cabezas to San Juan and Humacao OCo where exotic waterfowl, mangrove and dry tropical forest ecosystems and a bioluminescent lagoon await. This guide tells you all about the history and culture of Puerto Rico, how to get there and how to get around, the general information you need. Then it zeros in on the eastern coastal area and all its places to stay and eat, the things to see and do, the fiestas, historic sites, museums, markets - everything you need to know. Filled with maps and photos."

The Book Writing Off the Hyphen
The Author José L. Torres-Padilla
The Publisher University of Washington Press
Release Date2008
Genre Literary Criticism
Pages 361
ISBN 029598824X
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: The sixteen essays in Writing Off the Hyphen approach the literature of the Puerto Rican diaspora from current theoretical positions, with provocative and insightful results. Prominent writers such as Rosario Ferr and Judith Ortiz Cofer are discussed alongside often-neglected writers such as Honolulu-based Rodney Morales and gay writer Manuel Ramos Otero. Jos Torres-Padilla is associate professor of English, State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Carmen Haydee Rivera is associate professor of English, University of Puerto Rico.

The Book Skin Color and Identity Formation
The Author Edward Fergus
The Publisher Routledge
Release Date2004-11-01
Genre Social Science
Pages 208
ISBN 9781135931292
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: The focus of this study is on the ways in which skin color moderates the perceptions of opportunity and academic orientation of 17 Mexican and Puerto Rican high school students. More specifically, the study's analysis centered on cataloguing the racial/ethnic identification shifts (or not) in relation to how they perceive others situate them based on skin color.

The Book Malinche
The Author Laura Esquivel
The Publisher
Release Date2011
Pages 216
ISBN 9041708863
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: De indiaanse Malinche helpt de Spaanse conquistador Hernán Cortés in het 16e eeuwse Mexico als tolk bij zijn onderhandelingen met de inheemse bevolking. Ze krijgen een verhouding: een verboden liefde tegen de achtergrond van de gewelddadige onderdrukking van de indiaanse bevolking door Cortés en zijn leger.

The Book Cultural Activisms
The Author Gertrude M. James Gonzalez
The Publisher SUNY Press
Release Date1999
Genre Literary Collections
Pages 374
ISBN 0791439666
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Offers a multiple-genred mosaic of multiple resistances to oppression through a variety of styles and mediums.

The Book Latino Voices in New England
The Author David Carey Jr., Robert Atkinson
The Publisher SUNY Press
Release Date2009-03-01
Genre Social Science
Pages 236
ISBN 9780791493847
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Compelling stories and striking photographs illustrate the challenges and highlights of Latino/a life in Portland, Maine.

The Book Sabbaths theater
The Author Philip Roth
The Publisher Bezige Bij b.v., Uitgeverij De
Release Date2011-10-31
Genre Fiction
ISBN 9789023468974
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Sabbaths theater is een van de meest gedurfde romans in het oeuvre van Philip Roth: choquerend, meedogenloos en weergaloos grappig. Mickey Sabbath, een diabolische en scandaleuze poppenspeler, vereert ontucht als principe en is op vierenzestigjarige leeftijd nog even vijandig als altijd. Hij heeft een heftige, erotische relatie met Drenka, de wellustige vrouw van een Joegoslavische hotelhouder. Sabbath raakt volledig uit zijn doen als zij plotseling aan kanker sterft. Beroofd van zijn Drenka wordt hij belegerd door de geesten van hen die hem het meest hebben liefgehad of gehaat, en hij begint een wanhopige zoektocht in zichzelf en naar zijn verleden.

The Book Family Matters
The Author Marisel C. Moreno
The Publisher University of Virginia Press
Release Date2012-08-29
Genre Literary Criticism
Pages 248
ISBN 9780813933337
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Adopting a comparative and multidisciplinary approach to Puerto Rican literature, Marisel Moreno juxtaposes narratives by insular and U.S. Puerto Rican women authors in order to examine their convergences and divergences. By showing how these writers use the trope of family to question the tenets of racial and social harmony, an idealized past, and patriarchal authority that sustain the foundational myth of la gran familia, she argues that this metaphor constitutes an overlooked literary contact zone between narratives from both sides. Moreno proposes the recognition of a "transinsular" corpus to reflect the increasingly transnational character of the Puerto Rican population and addresses the need to broaden the literary canon in order to include the diaspora. Drawing on the fields of historiography, cultural studies, and gender studies, the author defies the tendency to examine these literary bodies independently of one another and therefore aims to present a more nuanced and holistic vision of this literature.

The Book Switching Languages
The Author Steven G. Kellman
The Publisher U of Nebraska Press
Release Date2003
Genre Language Arts & Disciplines
Pages 339
ISBN 0803227477
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Though it is difficult enough to write well in one?s native tongue, an extraordinary group of authors has written enduring poetry and prose in a second, third, or even fourth language. Switching Languages is the first anthology in which translingual authors from throughout the world examine their experiences writing in more than one language or in a language other than their primary one. Driven by factors as varied as migration, imperialism, a quest for verisimilitude, and a desire to assert artistic autonomy, translingualism has a long and brilliant history. ø In Switching Languages, Steven G. Kellman brings together several notable authors from the past one hundred years who discuss their personal translingual experiences and their take on a general phenomenon that has not received the attention it deserves. Contributors to the book include Chinua Achebe, Julia Alvarez, Mary Antin, Elias Canetti, Rosario Ferrä, Ha Jin, Salman Rushdie, Läopold Sädar Senghor, and Ilan Stavans. They offer vivid testimony to the challenges and achievements of literary translingualism.

The Book Prejudice
The Author
The Publisher Lichtenstein Creative Media
Release Date
ISBN 9781888064841
Language English, Spanish, And French
The Book Kleurenblind
The Author Trevor Noah
The Publisher Lev.
Release Date2017-02-21
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9789044975758
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Trevor Noahs bijzondere levensverhaal - van een arme jeugd onder de apartheid in Zuid-Afrika tot geliefde comedian en presentator van The Daily Show - begon met een misdaad: zijn geboorte. Hij werd, hoewel gemengde relaties verboden waren, geboren als zoon van een blanke Europese vader en een zwarte Xhosa-moeder, die voor de buitenwereld moest doen alsof ze zijn nanny was in de weinige momenten dat ze als gezin samen waren. Zijn briljante, excentrieke moeder speelde een hoofdrol in zijn leven: ze was komisch en diepgelovig (ze gingen zes dagen per week naar de kerk en op zondag zelfs drie keer), en hielp Trevor op zijn hobbelige weg naar wereldfaam. Trevors belevenissen zijn afwisselend bizar, gevoelig en hilarisch. Zo vertelt hij hoe ze rupsen aten als er geen geld was, hoe hij uit een auto werd geslingerd tijdens een poging tot kidnapping, en over tienerverliefdheden in een door huidskleur geobsedeerde maatschappij. Zijn verhalen schetsen een onvergetelijk portret van een jongen die opgroeit in een snel veranderende wereld, gewapend met een scherp gevoel voor humor en onvoorwaardelijke moederliefde.