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From the beloved author of The House on Mango Street: a richly illustrated compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that, taken together, form a jigsaw autobiography: an intimate album of a literary legend’s life and career.

From the Chicago neighborhoods where she grew up and set her groundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico, in a region where “my ancestors lived for centuries,” the places Sandra Cisneros has lived have provided inspiration for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. But a house of her own, where she could truly take root, has eluded her. With this collection—spanning nearly three decades, and including never-before-published work—Cisneros has come home at last.

Ranging from the private (her parents’ loving and tempestuous marriage) to the political (a rallying cry for one woman’s liberty in Sarajevo) to the literary (a tribute to Marguerite Duras), and written with her trademark sensitivity and honesty, these poignant, unforgettable pieces give us not only her most transformative memories but also a revelation of her artistic and intellectual influences. Here is an exuberant, deeply moving celebration of a life in writing lived to the fullest—an important milestone in a storied career.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An extraordinary and magical journey. Sandra Cisneros makes me so happy that I am a reader, so joyful that she is a writer, and even more exhilarated that she is part of our world. Read this book and laugh, cry, and rejoice!”

    Edwidge Danticat, bestselling author of The Dew Breaker

  • “Profound insights, striking detail…a patchwork-quilt memoir resplendent with color photographs…At once righteously irreverent and deeply compassionate, Cisneros writes frankly and tenderly of independence and connection, injustice and transcendence, resilience and creativity, the meaning of home and the writer’s calling…This mosaic of autobiographical stories [is] guaranteed to enthrall her many fans; her true tales of coming-of-age and becoming a writer against all odds [are] deeply compelling.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Sandra Cisneros’s sweet, wry, Latin-inflected voice is the perfect accompaniment to the true stories that comprise this engaging memoir. The author…blends the personal…with political commentary and essays on her literary heroes to create an unusual autobiographical quilt. Cisneros has an inviting, quirky tone that encourages listeners to stay…She varies her rhythm and pitch as ably as a professional narrator, and often reads with an audible smile, making us smile too for this moving tribute to life.”


  • “Charming, tender: a warm, gently told memoir, assembled from essays, talks, tributes to artists and writers, and poems…Besides reflecting on her writing, Cisneros discloses a period of severe depression when she was thirty-three; a tantalizing family secret; and eulogies for her parents. The making of a Latina writer.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick for 11 Memoirs That Read Better Than a Novel
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for October 2015
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick
  • Winner of the 2016 PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction
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