When I Was Puerto Rican

Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0786736860
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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.

Almost A Woman

Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0306821117
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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.

Finding My Face

Author: Fernando Colon-Lopez
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1412053072
Size: 72.96 MB
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My parents were born and raised in Puerto Rico and immigrated to the United States. I was born in the United States and raised in foster homes because my parents were unable to care for me. The memoir is about my experience of growing up in foster care, being disconnected from my biological families and the consequent sense that I had of not knowing who I really was. This led to my decision as an adult to go to Puerto Rico to see if I could find my family and reconnect to my roots. The memoir is the story of my successful effort to find and reconnect with my families of origin.

Puerto Rican Voices In English

Author: Carmen Dolores Hernández
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275958091
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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 Turkish Lover

Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher: Merloyd Lawrence Books
ISBN: 9780738208206
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The memoir continues with the author finally freeing herself from the influence of her mother, only to be caught up in a new, romantic, relationship.

America S Dream

Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061846945
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America’s Dream is the Fifth selection in the inaugural launch of RAYO’s master comtemporary classic series. Told with a wry sense of humor, this novel explores issues associated with becoming an American, and exemplifies the spirit of RAYO, every Hispanic American, and any other immigrant who has dared to realize the American dream. América Gonzalez is a hotel housekeeper on Vieques, 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 a live-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.

Mainland Passage

Author: Ramón E. Soto-Crespo
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 0816655871
Size: 30.12 MB
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Conquistadora

Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307596772
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As a young girl growing up in Spain, Ana Larragoity Cubillas is powerfully drawn to Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de Leon. And in handsome twin brothers Ramon and Inocente—both in love with Ana—she finds a way to get there. Marrying Ramon at the age of eighteen, she travels across the ocean to Hacienda los Gemelos, a remote sugar plantation the brothers have inherited. But soon the Civil War erupts in the United States, and Ana finds her livelihood, and perhaps even her life, threatened by the very people on whose backs her wealth has been built: the hacienda’s slaves, whose richly drawn stories unfold alongside her own in this epic novel of love, discovery and adventure. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Memoir

Author: Rosario Ferré
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
ISBN: 1611486637
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Memoir is Rosario Ferré’s account of her life both as a writer and as a member of a family at the center of the economic and political history of Puerto Rico during the American Century, one hundred years of territorial “non-incorporation” into the United States.

Troubling Nationhood In U S Latina Literature

Author: Maya Socolovsky
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813561191
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This book examines the ways in which recent U.S. Latina literature challenges popular definitions of nationhood and national identity. It explores a group of feminist texts that are representative of the U.S. Latina literary boom of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, when an emerging group of writers gained prominence in mainstream and academic circles. Through close readings of select contemporary Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and Cuban American works, Maya Socolovsky argues that these narratives are “remapping” the United States so that it is fully integrated within a larger, hemispheric Americas. Looking at such concerns as nation, place, trauma, and storytelling, writers Denise Chavez, Sandra Cisneros, Esmeralda Santiago, Ana Castillo, Himilce Novas, and Judith Ortiz Cofer challenge popular views of Latino cultural “unbelonging” and make strong cases for the legitimate presence of Latinas/os within the United States. In this way, they also counter much of today’s anti-immigration rhetoric. Imagining the U.S. as part of a broader "Americas," these writings trouble imperialist notions of nationhood, in which political borders and a long history of intervention and colonization beyond those borders have come to shape and determine the dominant culture's writing and the defining of all Latinos as "other" to the nation.