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When I Was Puerto Rican | Edition: 1

When I Was Puerto Rican | Edition: 1

Author: Esmeralda Santiago
ISBN: 9780306814525
publisher: Da Capo Press
publisher Date: 02/28/2006
Price: 14.95
eBookPrice: 14.95
Schools: Temple University,University of Michigan -Flint,Wayne State University,Rutgers,The State University of New Jersey,Buffalo State College(SUNY),Pace University-New York City,Indiana University -Purdue University Indianapolis,Stony Brook University(SUNY),University at Albany (SUNY),Massachusetts Institute of Technology,University of New Hampshire,Boston University,University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Description: 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.