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4.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 5 4.35 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Esmeralda Santiago Narrator: Esmeralda Santiago Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN:
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From a rippled zinc shack in rural Puerto Rico to the better life in a decaying Brooklyn tenement, Esmeralda Santiago's Puerto Rican childhood is one of sorcery, smoldering war between the sexes, and high comedy. Hers is a portrait of a harsh but enchanted world that can never be reclaimed.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vee | 2/17/2014

    " April 8, 2013 First read/listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 2/13/2014

    " First of multiple parts in her autobiography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Risheilly | 2/5/2014

    " This book was a very interesting book to read. It's a true story about the life of Esmeralda Santiago who was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She was a liitle girl who went through a hard time growing up. Her family was really poor and she had a lot of siblings. She sometimes had to cook for her family and even takae care of her siblings. Her father cheated on her mother and soon Esmeralda found out that she had a sister from her dad's side who was close to the same age as her and livesd with her mother in New York City. Esmeralda sometimes felt that her parents sometimes didn't care about her and she felt that every time a new sibling was born the further away she was getting from being loved by her parents. Her life goes on and she becomes a writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie Gnazzo | 2/1/2014

    " I am reading this book now and can't put it down... I missed dinner last night... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mara | 1/30/2014

    " One of my all-time favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 1/30/2014

    " Could not put this down, I felt like was on the island! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia Martinez | 1/28/2014

    " Wonderful book, it is a must read, fabulous "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Guitton | 1/14/2014

    " para practicar espanol. La vida de la autora es similar a mi vida (inmigrar en un otro pais) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 1/10/2014

    " a great memoir....the characters and landscape were so vivid. Santiago paints a very real picture of immigration - the positive and negative ways it affects people on an individual and family level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelina | 12/23/2013

    " A little slow, and left me hanging a few times where the stories got really interesting, but I liked it overall. Funny read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 12/20/2013

    " Remains my favorite coming of age book! I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorelei | 12/19/2013

    " It was a wonderful connection to my culture during a time when I was far from anyone who represented my culture "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/13/2013

    " Started this a couple of days before my trip to Puerto Rico. Enjoyed it very much! Thank you, Kathy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Wessely | 11/27/2013

    " Loved this book enough to use it in the classroom. My ESL students found her book comforting because her experience with immigration and learning English in American schools was similar to their own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 *Lisa* | 11/26/2013

    " A funny book of a young girls life in P.R. moving to the big apple. Having like 100 sibilings, lol. Good book to read to learn about the past and things that can happen while growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 9/12/2013

    " This was a school assignment, but really enjoyed the story about extreme poverty in Puerto Rican, and the cultural identity issues faced in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jla2113 | 4/6/2013

    " A wonderful book about a puerto rican girl who moves to NY. I absolutely love Esmeralda's story about her childhood! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terecitaazul | 12/17/2012

    " This book reminded me of when I growing up with a strict mother. How I saw things and what I interpreted them to be. She captured this in book.. I would definitely would read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia Williamson | 11/17/2012

    " Amazing autobiography that really lets you inside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 9/30/2012

    " I love Esmeralda Santiago's writing!! This book was beautifully written & cannot wait to read more of her books. I loved this one so much!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 7/19/2012

    " My new favorite book. Inspirational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 debbie | 7/11/2012

    " a beautifully written account of life in puerto rico during the eisenhower years (50-60's)...it opened my eyes to life as the author lived it and the terrible poverty her family experienced, and yet somehow the author came out of it alive and in one piece...definitely recommend... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 5/27/2012

    " Really good, made me realize that lives are not so different, the climate, the characters may change but the stories are similar. However, this book provided insight into Puerto Rican culture and environment which is what I hoped to achieve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camille | 5/22/2012

    " This was a satisfying read; I couldn't really appreciate the book and the author's writing style because I was looking for social constructions. But it was a pleasant, comfortable read nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nida Kurt | 12/31/2011

    " This book was like an memoir. It had alot of family issues that had occured in the story. I really thought this book was interesting it brought me into Esmeralda Santiago's POV, very moving. I felt like i was the one moving from puerto rico to Brooklyn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miah D | 11/11/2011

    " Lyrical and beautifully constructed. Strong contrast between the old country and Nueva York. Not only that, strong contrast between childhood and adulthood. Lots of contrasts and the vignettes are ripe with motifs and symbolism. Like the more adolescent version of the House of Mango Street. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andaye Hill | 9/24/2011

    " This is a funny yet, endearing coming of age story written by a witty and compelling author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Areliez | 7/26/2011

    " I loved this book. Any latina could relate to this book on some level. I thought of my mother the entire time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/4/2011

    " Seven years ago this was the first book I ever attempted to read in Spanish. Here I go with the English version (the original actually) now that its become, through life's little twist taking me to PR for a year, so relevant to my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 3/19/2011

    " never read anything that describes eating a guava more perfectly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 3/15/2011

    " When I travel I love to read something with local flavor. This book gave me great insight into real life in Puerto Rico...outside the beautiful resorts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 3/5/2011

    " This is actually a great book. We had to read it for English, and I wasn't really looking forward to it, but it actually ended up being very enjoyable. It is poignant and rather humorous in some parts, and told honestly. It's a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelina | 2/14/2011

    " A little slow, and left me hanging a few times where the stories got really interesting, but I liked it overall. Funny read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamar | 2/5/2011

    " I liked this book so much that I actually read it twice! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 1/31/2011

    " I thought of the Roosevelt School of the Arts when I read this coming of age book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 1/6/2011

    " This is Esmeralda Santiago's memoir of growing up in Puerto Rico and moving to New York at age thirteen. It ends with her about to start high school and I assume the second of her three memoirs picks up from there. I'm eager to read it. I'm sure it will be as well-written and engaging as this was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 12/9/2010

    " Very Good book. one of the only books that I would take the time to read again. "

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About the Author
Author Esmeralda SantiagoEsmeralda Santiago is the author of the memoirs When I Was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman, which she adapted into a Peabody Award–winning film for PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, and The Turkish Lover; the novel América’s Dream; and a children’s book, A Doll for Navidades. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and House & Garden, among other publications, and on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she lives in New York.