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When I was Puerto Rican

Author: Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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[The author's] story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her warring parents and seven siblings led a life of uproar, but one full of love and tenderness as well. Growing up, Esmeralda learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of the 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. But just when Esmeralda  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Esmeralda Santiago
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Esmeralda Santiago
ISBN: 0679756760 9780679756767
OCLC Number: 44269768
Notes: 1st Vintage Books ed., August 1994.
Description: 274 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue: how to eat a guava --
Jibara --
Fighting naked --
Someone is coming to take your lap --
American invasion of macun --
Why women remain jamona --
Mami gets a job --
El mangle --
Letters from New York --
Casi senorita --
Dreams of a better life --
Angels on the ceiling --
You don't want to know --
Shot at it --
Epilogue: one of these days.
Responsibility: Esmeralda Santiago.

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[The author's] story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her warring parents and seven siblings led a life of uproar, but one full of love and tenderness as well. Growing up, Esmeralda learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of the 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. But just when Esmeralda seemed to have learned everything, she was taken to New York City, where the rules - and the language - were bewilderingly different. How Esmeralda overcame adversity, won acceptance to New York City's High School of Performing Arts, and then went on to Harvard, where she graduated with highest honors, is a record of a tremendous journey by a truly remarkable woman.-BooksInPrint.

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