When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican
Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780786736867
Available:
Release: 2006-02-28
Editor: Da Capo Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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
Pages: 278
ISBN: 0306814528
Available:
Release: 2006-02-28
Editor: Palabra
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780786736867
Available:
Release: 2006-02-28
Editor: Hachette UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican
Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780786736867
Available:
Release: 2006-02-28
Editor: Da Capo Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

Almost a Woman

Almost a Woman
Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780306821110
Available:
Release: 2012-06-12
Editor: Da Capo Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780786738335
Available:
Release: 2009-03-17
Editor: Da Capo Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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
Pages: 413
ISBN: 9780307388599
Available:
Release: 2012
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Drawn to the exotic island of Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de León, Ana Cubillas becomes involved with enamored twin brothers Ramón and Inocente before convincing them to claim a sugar plantation they have inherited. By the author of Almost a Woman. 75,000 first printing.

When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican
Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0605160104
Available:
Release: 1993-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Cuando era puertorrique a

Cuando era puertorrique  a
Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9780679756774
Available:
Release: 1994
Editor: Vintage Espanol
Language: es

Explanation of the Book:

La historia de Esmeralda Santiago comienza en la parte rural de Puerto Rico, donde sus padres y siete hermanos, en continuas luchas los unos con los otros, vivían una vida alborotada pero llena de amor y ternura. De niña, Esmeralda aprendió a apreciar cómo se come una guayaba, a distinguir la canción del coquí, a identificar los ingredientes en las morcillas y a ayudar a que el alma de un bebé muerto subiera al Cielo. Pero precisamente cuando Esmeralda parecía haberlo aprendido todo sobre su cultura, la llevaron a Nueva York, donde las reglas --y el idioma-- eran no sólo diferentes, sino también desconcertantes. Cómo Esmeralda superó la adversidad, se ganó entrada a la Performing Arts High School y después continuó a Harvard, de donde se graduó con altos honores, es el relato de la tremenda trayectoria de una mujer verdaderamente extraordinaria.

America s Dream

America s Dream
Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780061846946
Available:
Release: 2009-10-13
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Lyrical [and] haunting, América’s liberating epiphany will have readers . . . on their feet and cheering." — Washington Post Deftly written and fiercely resilient, América’s Dream explores the ever-shifting definition of what it means to be American and exemplifies the spirit of every 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, New York, she takes it as a sign to finally make the escape she's been longing for. 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 the disquieting realization that no matter what she does, she can never really escape her past.

The Cruel Country

The Cruel Country
Author: Judith Ortiz Cofer
Pages: 226
ISBN: 9780820347639
Available:
Release: 2015
Editor: University of Georgia Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The Cruel Country is a memoir centered around the author's journey to Puerto Rico after her mother had been diagnosed with late stage lung cancer. The story takes us through Cofer's journey as she sits by the her mother's hospital bed during the last moments of her life, through the grieving process and Catholic funereal rites that follow her mother's death and her return to her life in the U.S. Cofer's writerly talents richly inform this narrative meditation on her family's life in Puerto Rico and the States, her frantic research on cancer, considerations of Catholicism, family, and culture , and much more. The book at the same time is very much a study of cultural differences and the balance that the author must find as a Puerto-Rican American, not wholly part of her mother's culture. We see this come to a head as she communicates with doctors, participates in funeral arrangements and sacraments, and recollects her Anglo husband John's father's death. This very personal story about the author's life will resonate with Cofer's legions of fans including students and those interested in memoir, ethnic and cultural crossings, spirituality, loss, grief, and reconciliation"--

Boricuas Influential Puerto Rican Writings An Anthology

Boricuas  Influential Puerto Rican Writings   An Anthology
Author: Roberto Santiago
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780307554833
Available:
Release: 2009-08-05
Editor: One World
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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

Los Republicanos

Los Republicanos
Author: Leslie Sanchez
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780230607422
Available:
Release: 2007-08-07
Editor: St. Martin's Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Hispanics comprise one of America's largest business-minded, faith-based, culturally-conservative entities—and their numbers continue to grow. Long assumed to be aligned with the Democrats, Hispanics have been ignored by many Republicans. Noted Hispanic marketing expert and political commentator Leslie Sanchez passionately argues that Hispanics, after years of watching Democrats fail them, need to shift their bets to Los Republicanos or risk gambling away their political future. In her book, Sanchez debunks the cultural and political myths about Hispanics and Republicans alike. She also offers a look at today's changing Hispanic mindset and the new dynamic force that is rising.

When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican
Author: Santiago Esmeralda
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1632451131
Available:
Release: 2014-07-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Riveting."--Booklist, starred review

Almost a Woman

Almost a Woman
Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0676590926
Available:
Release: 2021
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Boricua Literature

Boricua Literature
Author: Lisa Sánchez-González
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9780814731468
Available:
Release: 2001-08-01
Editor: NYU Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Punctuated by marches across the United States in the spring of 2006, immigrant rights has reemerged as a significant and highly visible political issue. Immigrant Rights in the Shadows of U.S. Citizenship brings prominent activists and scholars together to examine the emergence and significance of the contemporary immigrant rights movement. Contributors place the contemporary immigrant rights movement in historical and comparative contexts by looking at the ways immigrants and their allies have staked claims to rights in the past, and by examining movements based in different communities around the United States. Scholars explain the evolution of immigration policy, and analyze current conflicts around issues of immigrant rights; activists engaged in the current movement document the ways in which coalitions have been built among immigrants from different nations, and between immigrant and native born peoples. The essays examine the ways in which questions of immigrant rights engage broader issues of identity, including gender, race, and sexuality.

The Taste of Sugar

The Taste of Sugar
Author: Marisel Vera
Pages: 384
ISBN: 1631499041
Available:
Release: 2021-07-06
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Marisel Vera emerges as a major voice of contemporary fiction with a heart-wrenching novel set in Puerto Rico on the eve of the Spanish-American War.

When I Was Puerto Rican Novel Units Teacher Guide

When I Was Puerto Rican Novel Units Teacher Guide
Author: Novel Units,Pat Watson
Pages: 36
ISBN: 1581309627
Available:
Release: 2019-07-15
Editor: Novel Units, Incorporated
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Suggests activities to be used in the classroom to accompany the reading of When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago.

When I Was Puerto Rican

When I Was Puerto Rican
Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1627651748
Available:
Release: 2021
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

West Side Story

West Side Story
Author: Leonard Bernstein,Arthur Laurents
Pages: 128
ISBN: 0435235281
Available:
Release: 1972
Editor: Heinemann
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This series of contemporary plays includes structured GCSE assignments for use by individuals or groups. These include questions which involve close reading, writing and discussion. This play places the "Romeo and Juliet" story in a New York gang-warfare context.