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When I Was Puerto Rican : A Memoir

by Esmeralda Santiago
| Item # P1704
When I Was Puerto Rican : A Memoir P1704
Format: Paperback
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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.

Product Information

  • AR Level6
  • AR Quiz Number20915
  • AR Quiz Points13
  • AuthorEsmeralda Santiago
  • Page Count288
  • ISBN100306814528
  • ISBN139780306814525
  • PublisherDa Capo Press, Incorporated
  • Year Published2006
  • Grade Level9 - 12
  • SubjectBiography: general
    Social & cultural anthropology
  • Lexile Level1020

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