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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: One of "The Best Memoirs of a Generation" (Oprah's Book Club): a young woman's journey from the mango groves and barrios of Puerto Rico to Brooklyn, and eventually on to Harvard In a childhood full of tropical beauty and domestic strife, poverty and tenderness, Esmeralda Santiago learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs, the taste of morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. But 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 a new identity. In the first of her three acclaimed memoirs, Esmeralda brilliantly recreates her tremendous journey from the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years, to translating for her mother at the welfare office, and to high honors at Harvard.

The Book Almost a Woman
The Author Esmeralda Santiago
The Publisher Hachette UK
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 Wij de wilden
The Author Justin Torres
The Publisher J.M. Meulenhoff
Release Date2012-01-09
Genre Literary Collections
Pages 214
ISBN 9789460232459
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Drie broertjes worstelen zich door hun kinderjaren. Ze zijn elkaars beste vriend maar ook elkaars grootste vijand. Ze houden tomatengevechten in de keuken, bouwen vliegers van afval en spelen verstoppertje wanneer hun ouders ruzie maken. Het is niet eenvoudig in deze familie te overleven. De liefde tussen hun Puerto Ricaanse vader en blanke moeder is hevig en bij vlagen destructief. Er heerst altijd chaos en het leven is wreed en fascinerend tegelijk. Het jongste broertje neemt de lezer moeiteloos mee in hun turbulente bestaan. Maar gaandeweg verliest hij zijn onbevangenheid en komt tot het besef dat hij zijn leven een radicale wending moet geven.

The Book Las Christmas
The Author Esmeralda Santiago
The Publisher Vintage
Release Date2007-12-18
Genre Religion
Pages 224
ISBN 9780307426550
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Twenty-five celebrated Latino writers delight and move us with their recollections of Christmas in this splendid holiday extravaganza. From Julia Alvarez's tale of how Santicló delivered a beloved uncle from political oppression to Junot Díaz's story of his own uneasy assimilation on his first Christmas in America, to Sandra Cisneros's poignant memories of her late father's holiday dinners, Las Christmas gives us true stories from writers of many traditions--memories of Christmas and Hanukkah that vividly capture the pride and pain, joy and heartbreak, that so often accompany the holidays in the Americas. Richly illustrated and embellished with songs and poems, along with recipes for an unforgettable Christmas dinner--from traditional sweet tamales to Puerto Rican asopao (stew) and coquito (coconut eggnog)--this is an enduring treasury of Latino writing to read again and again. A heartwarming holiday gift. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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 Puerto Rican Voices in English
The Author Carmen Dolores Hernández
The Publisher Greenwood Publishing Group
Release Date1997
Genre Literary Criticism
Pages 251
ISBN 0275958094
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: This work presents portraits of 14 of the most prominent Puerto Rican writers living in the United States and offers them a chance to speak directly about their lives and their literary tradition.

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 Boricuas Influential Puerto Rican Writings An Anthology
The Author Roberto Santiago
The Publisher One World
Release Date2009-08-05
Genre Social Science
Pages 400
ISBN 9780307554833
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: MANY CULTURES * ONE WORLD "Boricua is what Puerto Ricans call one another as a term of endearment, respect, and cultural affirmation; it is a timeless declaration that transcends gender and color. Boricua is a powerful word that tells the origin and history of the Puerto Rican people." --From the Introduction From the sun-drenched beaches of a beautiful, flamboyan-covered island to the cool, hard pavement of the fierce South Bronx, the remarkable journey of the Puerto Rican people is a rich story full of daring defiance, courageous strength, fierce passions, and dangerous politics--and it is a story that continues to be told today. Long ignored by Anglo literature studies, here are more than fifty selections of poetry, fiction, plays, essays, monologues, screenplays, and speeches from some of the most vibrant and original voices in Puerto Rican literature. * Jack Agüeros * Miguel Algarín * Julia de Burgos * Pedro Albizu Campos * Lucky CienFuegos * Judith Ortiz Cofer * Jesus Colon * Victor Hern ndez Cruz * José de Diego * Martin Espada * Sandra Maria Esteves * Ronald Fernandez * José Luis Gonzalez * Migene Gonzalez-Wippler * Maria Graniela de Pruetzel * Pablo Guzman * Felipe Luciano * René Marqués * Luis Muñoz Marín * Nicholasa Mohr * Aurora Levins Morales * Martita Morales * Rosario Morales * Willie Perdomo * Pedro Pietri * Miguel Piñero * Reinaldo Povod * Freddie Prinze * Geraldo Rivera * Abraham Rodriguez, Jr. * Clara E. Rodriguez * Esmeralda Santiago * Roberto Santiago * Pedro Juan Soto * Piri Thomas * Edwin Torres * José Torres * Joseph B. Vasquez * Ana Lydia Vega From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Book 29 geschenken
The Author Cami Walker
The Publisher
Release Date2010
Pages 262
ISBN 9068342398
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Dagboekaantekeningen van een MS-patiënte, die haar lichamelijke en geestelijke conditie wist te verbeteren door dagelijks kleine geschenken te geven.

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 Anne Huff
The Publisher Taylor & Francis
Release Date2005
Genre Literary Criticism
Pages 330
ISBN 0415372208
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Recognising the great legacy of women's life writings, this book draws on a wealth of sources to critically examine the impact of these writings on our communities.

The Book Las Mamis
The Author Esmeralda Santiago
The Publisher Vintage
Release Date2010-01-20
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 208
ISBN 0307486958
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: A marvelous new anthology from the editors of Las Christmas in which our most admired Latino authors share memories of their mothers. The women lovingly portrayed in Las Mamis represent a cross section of Latino life and culture. They come from rich families in the big cities of Latin America, from rural immigrant families, and from the worlds in between-and they share an extraordinary inner strength, often maintained against incredible odds. Pressed by conflicting cultural expectations, circumstance, and religion, they have managed the challenges of motherhood, leaving enduring legacies for their children. Now, in these vivid, poignant, and sometimes hilarious reminiscences-all of them infused with distinct sabor latino-Las Mamis celebrates the universality of family love and the special bond between mothers and children. Contributors include: Esmeralda Santiago, Piri Thomas, Marjorie Agosin, Junot Diaz, Alba Ambert, Liz Balmaseda, Mandalit del Barco, Gioconda Belli, Maria Escandon, Dagoberto Gilb, Francisco Goldman, Jaime Manrique, Gustavo Perez-Firmat, Ilan Stavans From the Trade Paperback edition.

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 Cultural Activisms
The Author Gertrude M. James Gonzalez
The Publisher SUNY Press
Release Date1999-01-01
Genre Social Science
Pages 374
ISBN 0791439666
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: This text presents art and writing which is political rather than theorizing about how art and writing might be political. The wide array of voices and styles is one of the book’s strengths as it not only offers a multi-faceted approach toward activism and positive change, but also speaks a range of emotions from anger, passion, and fear, to joy and courage. This book also opens and creates space for the humor and hope which can come even in the presence of violence and despair.

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 America s Dream
The Author Esmeralda Santiago
The Publisher Harper Collins
Release Date2009-10-13
Genre Fiction
Pages 336
ISBN 9780061846946
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: América Gonzalez is a hotel housekeeper on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, cleaning up after wealthy foreigners who don't look her In the eye. Her alcoholic mother resents her; her married boyfriend, Correa, beats her; and their fourteen-year-old daughter thinks life would be better anywhere but with América. So when América is offered the chance to work as alive-in housekeeper and nanny for a family in Westchester County, New York, she takes it as a sign that a door to escape has been opened. Yet even as América revels in the comparative luxury of her new life, daring to care about a man other than Correa, she is faced with dramatic proof that no matter what she does, she can't get away from her past.

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.