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When I Was Puerto Rican - (Merloyd Lawrence Book) by Esmeralda Santiago (Paperback)

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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.
  • About the Author: Esmeralda Santiago is the author of two memoirs, When I Was Puerto Rican and The Turkish Lover, and the novel Conquistadora.
  • 288 Pages
  • Biography + Autobiography, Literary Figures
  • Series Name: Merloyd Lawrence Book

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About 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.



Book Synopsis



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.



Review Quotes




"[Santiago's] story has so much to teach. The relationship between Esmeralda and her mother is a perfectly imperfect demonstration of how strong women raise even stronger daughters; the resilience of the females in this story is truly inspiring."--Her Campus

"[Santiago] portrays impoverished people as people, not statistics, and we see her pride in her heritage, as well as the inevitable culture clashes. She eventually graduated with honors from Harvard University, wrote her best-selling memoir (the first in a trilogy) and became a critically acclaimed novelist-a stylist with the grace to inspire others."--Oprah's Book Club, "The Best Memoirs of a Generation"

"A powerful tribute to the island of her childhood."--Washington Post Book World

"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 receiving high honors at Harvard. Santiago's story is one of the American dream both realized and deferred."
--Bustle.com

"Stylistically fluid and finely detailed."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Will speak to anyone whose parents loved and hated each other, to anyone who recalls a child's bittersweet loss of innocence, and to anyone who simply enjoys good writing."--Miami Herald



About the Author



Esmeralda Santiago is the author of two memoirs, When I Was Puerto Rican and The Turkish Lover, and the novel Conquistadora. A resident of Westchester County, New York, she is married to filmmaker Frank Cantor and is the mother of two adult children, jazz guitarists Lucas and Ila.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x .8 Inches (D)
Weight: .55 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 288
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Literary Figures
Series Title: Merloyd Lawrence Book
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Format: Paperback
Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Language: English
Street Date: February 28, 2006
TCIN: 11772767
UPC: 9780306814525
Item Number (DPCI): 248-21-2596
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.8 inches length x 5.5 inches width x 8.2 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.55 pounds
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