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When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican
Author : Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher : Da Capo Press
Release Date : 2006-02-28
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :288
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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.

When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican
Author : Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher : Palabra
Release Date : 2006
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :278
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Magic, sexual tension, high comedy, and intense drama move through an enchanted yet harsh autobiography, in the story of a young girl who leaves rural Puerto Rico for New York's tenements and a chance for success.

When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican
Author : Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release Date : 2006-02-28
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :288
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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

Almost a Woman
Author : Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher : Da Capo Press
Release Date : 2012-06-12
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :336
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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.

The Turkish Lover

The Turkish Lover
Author : Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher : Da Capo Press
Release Date : 2009-03-17
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :368
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Enthralled admirers of Esmeralda Santiago's memoirs of her childhood have yearned to read more. Now, in The Turkish Lover, Esmeralda finally breaks out of the monumental struggle with her powerful mother, only to elope into the spell of an exotic love affair. At the heart of the story is Esmeralda's relationship with "the Turk," a passion that gradually becomes a prison out of which she must emerge to become herself. The expansive humanity, earthy humor, and psychological courage that made Esmeralda's first two books so successful are on full display again in The Turkish Lover.

Conquistadora

Conquistadora
Author : Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher : Vintage
Release Date : 2011-07-12
Category : Fiction
Total pages :432
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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.

When I Was Puerto Rican Teacher Guide

When I Was Puerto Rican Teacher Guide
Author : Novel Units, Inc. Staff,Pat Watson
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2007
Category : Language arts (Secondary)
Total pages :36
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Suggests activities to be used in the classroom to accompany the reading of When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago.

Almost a Woman

Almost a Woman
Author : Mary Wood-Allen
Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
Release Date : 2018-04-06
Category : Fiction
Total pages :52
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Reproduction of the original: Almost a Woman by Mary Wood-Allen

America's Dream

America's Dream
Author : Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher : Harper Collins
Release Date : 2009-10-13
Category : Fiction
Total pages :336
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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.

Boricuas: Influential Puerto Rican Writings - An Anthology

Boricuas: Influential Puerto Rican Writings - An Anthology
Author : Roberto Santiago
Publisher : One World
Release Date : 2009-08-05
Category : Social Science
Total pages :400
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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.

When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican
Author : Morgan Warner,Kenneth Swensen,Zylkia Swensen
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2019-11-29
Category :
Total pages :126
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Hello everyone! My name is Zylkia Swensen. I am a 40 years mother, with 6 kids. I started writing this book as a source Getting everything I had bottle up. Its purpose was serve and now I can move on with my life. I'm the weird kind, was not very popular, if anything I was the Anti-popular. My hear was a mess, many moments where bullies would humiliate me. Contemplating Suicide is never the option although sometime it seems like a quick way out. I know, I been there. Join me, you see how no matter how bad everything goes there is always a silver lightning.

War Against All Puerto Ricans

War Against All Puerto Ricans
Author : Nelson A Denis
Publisher : Bold Type Books
Release Date : 2015-04-07
Category : Political Science
Total pages :400
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The powerful, untold story of the 1950 revolution in Puerto Rico and the long history of U.S. intervention on the island, that the New York Times says "could not be more timely." In 1950, after over fifty years of military occupation and colonial rule, the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico staged an unsuccessful armed insurrection against the United States. Violence swept through the island: assassins were sent to kill President Harry Truman, gunfights roared in eight towns, police stations and post offices were burned down. In order to suppress this uprising, the US Army deployed thousands of troops and bombarded two towns, marking the first time in history that the US government bombed its own citizens. Nelson A. Denis tells this powerful story through the controversial life of Pedro Albizu Campos, who served as the president of the Nationalist Party. A lawyer, chemical engineer, and the first Puerto Rican to graduate from Harvard Law School, Albizu Campos was imprisoned for twenty-five years and died under mysterious circumstances. By tracing his life and death, Denis shows how the journey of Albizu Campos is part of a larger story of Puerto Rico and US colonialism. Through oral histories, personal interviews, eyewitness accounts, congressional testimony, and recently declassified FBI files, War Against All Puerto Ricans tells the story of a forgotten revolution and its context in Puerto Rico's history, from the US invasion in 1898 to the modern-day struggle for self-determination. Denis provides an unflinching account of the gunfights, prison riots, political intrigue, FBI and CIA covert activity, and mass hysteria that accompanied this tumultuous period in Puerto Rican history.

When a Heart Turns Rock Solid

When a Heart Turns Rock Solid
Author : Timothy Black
Publisher : Vintage
Release Date : 2009-08-04
Category : Social Science
Total pages :464
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A WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR Based on an unprecedented eighteen-year study, the center of this riveting book are three engaging streetwise brothers who provide powerful testimony to the exigencies of life lived on the social and economic margins. With profound lessons regarding the intersection of social forces and individual choices, Black succeeds in putting a human face on some of the most important public policy issues of our time.

The Puerto Rican Syndrome

The Puerto Rican Syndrome
Author : Patricia Gherovici
Publisher : Other Press, LLC
Release Date : 2003
Category : Psychology
Total pages :296
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During the 1950s, US Army medical officers reported that Puerto Rican soldiers under stress exhibited a theatrical form of pseudo-epilepsy. This work examines the so-called Puerto Rican Syndrome and its social and cultural implications for the growing Hispanic population in the US.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Author : Junot Daz
Publisher : Penguin
Release Date : 2008
Category : Fiction
Total pages :339
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Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness. A first novel by the author of the collection, Drown. Reprint.