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When I Was Puerto Rican : A Memoir - Esmeralda Santiago

When I Was Puerto Rican

A Memoir

Paperback Published: 27th February 2006
ISBN: 9780306814525
Number Of 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.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 3/2/09 "[Santiagos] story is painful at points, funny in others, but it speaks a universal truth: We never totally leave our past behind." Teen Ink, 4/09 "It shows you the trials that immigrants face when they move to the United States, including the many differences in language and culture...Perfect for those who like books that have real meaning."

How to Eat a Guavap. 1
Jibarap. 5
Fighting Nakedp. 19
Someone is Coming to Take Your Lapp. 35
The American Invasion of Macunp. 61
Why Women Remain Jamonap. 85
Mami Gets a Jobp. 105
El Manglep. 131
Letters From New Yorkp. 153
Casi Senoritap. 171
Dreams of a Better Lifep. 187
Angels on the Ceilingp. 211
You Don't Want to Knowp. 241
A Shot at Itp. 255
One of These Daysp. 267
Glossaryp. 271
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ISBN: 9780306814525
ISBN-10: 0306814528
Series: Merloyd Lawrence Book
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 27th February 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1