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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,362 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Alvarez Narrator: Various Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781436101592
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Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "simply wonderful" How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents captures the vivid lives of the Garcia sisters, four privileged and rebellious Dominican girls adapting to their new lives in America. In the 1960s, political tension forces the Garcia family away from Santo Domingo and toward the Bronx. The sisters all hit their strides in America, adapting and thriving despite cultural differences, language barriers, and prejudice. But Mami and Papi are more traditional, and they have far more difficulty adjusting to their new country. Making matters worse, the girls-frequently embarrassed by their parents-find ways to rebel against them. A touching coming-of-age tale, this enthralling book perfectly illuminates the intergenerational struggles and multicultural clashes so common to the American immigrant family. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 2/17/2014

    " I did not care for this book....as the saying goes; to every reader her book, every book its reader "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karla | 2/17/2014

    " this is the first book of hers that i've read. it was recommended by my english 2010 prof. it was so truly familiar, funny, disturbing, clever. and it had guayabas... what more could a girl want?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 1/30/2014

    " Wonderfully well written and engaging. Thought-provoking too. I'm still trying to figure out what it was all about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Lessard | 1/30/2014

    " Very sweet and touching view to the dynamics of a Dominican family in the U.S. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/28/2014

    " This is a quick and very enjoyable read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Bella | 1/25/2014

    " I'm a fan of Julia Alvarez and so in good conscience I can't rate this book anything less than three stars. I actually didn't like the way the stories jumped around from different perspectives. If done correctly, it's captivating like The Joy Luck Club (5 stars, obviously) but I wasn't engaged in their stories and I only finished out of respect for the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/21/2014

    " This was a great book and I can't wait to read more by Julia Alvarez. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lillian | 1/20/2014

    " easy, engaging read about immigrant family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lily | 1/13/2014

    " Meh. I thought I would love it, but ...Meh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmen | 12/26/2013

    " Eh. Nice writing and some lovely metaphors, but the class elitism and casual racism of the book was a bit much for me. I'm very surprised to learn it's marketed as a young adult book though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richael Faithful | 12/20/2013

    " An incredibly captivating story about family, relationships, migration, self, and place. Now, among my favorites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 kenpen | 12/5/2013

    " I loved In the Time of the Butterflies, but could not get into this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keli Wright | 12/2/2013

    " I read this book mostly while I was at work and I was not a fan of it... It moved backwards and I don't feel like their was enough development with any of the characters or plots... I actually liked the end more than the beginning "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/25/2013

    " Time frame: 1956-1989, immigrant family story told in three chapters, reverse chronological order. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lexi Muhlenbeck | 11/20/2013

    " Even after finishing this book I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. There was really no plot. It was basically a whole bunch of short stories about the four Dominican sister's lives. The book went backwards in time from their adulthood in America to their childhood in the Dominican Republic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosa | 9/2/2013

    " Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofia are going to be on a journey to the United States fron the Dominican Republic. In 1960 they immigrate to New York where life begins though for them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Britt | 7/10/2013

    " The constant changes in voice made the whole novel feel disjointed to me. I felt like I couldn't connect with any one character or their experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sphinx Feathers | 6/22/2013

    " Yo is the most interesting character in this. At times it sort of felt like the author was trying to give all the girls equal screen time, but she was only particularly interested in Yo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn Joi | 6/18/2013

    " I read this book for my women's studies class, and I am surprised how much I liked it. The structure is uncommon and at times it was difficult to capture how the narrator was, but it was definitely worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saeed | 5/10/2013

    " A well written piece that takes a fresh look at the immigrant experience and uses crafty literary devices to exemplify the transition in identity and personality that occurs for many immigrants. My only problem: it feels false and construed at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate LaClair | 1/16/2013

    " A series of short stories that move from present to past in the characters' lives, this was readable and somewhat interesting, but it certainly wasn't a page turner like some of her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stef | 1/12/2013

    " this book felt rather disjointed, but the stories were intriguing. The approach of going back from the present was my biggest challenge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna Brauckmann | 6/25/2012

    " Loved it! Can't wait to read her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devika | 4/9/2012

    " Loved this book!!! Great stories, great family. I loved the bit about "studying like cats and dogs" and use that term to this day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Coral Sheldon-Hess | 3/10/2012

    " The book was well-written and broadened my horizons, and I would certainly recommend it; that said, the style in which it was presented (a series of vignettes, going backwards in time, each from the perspective of a different person) was not really satisfying for me, personally, to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margot Jennifer | 12/19/2011

    " The ending of this book made me so mad I don't even want to talk about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trazko | 9/15/2011

    " Her prose is like poetry to me. Life for a child before and after immigrating suddenly to the U.S., leaving a dictator regime behind and some more family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melina | 6/23/2011

    " I remember loving this book, but I was 12 at the time I read it. It was my introduction to Latin American literature and I was really excited when my mom gave it to me off of her overflowing bookshelves. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharlene | 5/20/2011

    " I really kept thinking this book would pull itself together, but I just didn't get much out of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 5/13/2011

    " Has a Boringg Start But then it getts interestingg towarddd the middle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 5/8/2011

    " Loved the second to last chapter the most! Cleverly written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 5/1/2011

    " It was original and funny and interesting and different.

    I just didn't love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanda | 4/10/2011

    " Has anyone read this book....I want to know a bit more of it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 4/2/2011

    " A thoughtful and enjoyable story of four sisters, uprooted from their family enclave in the Dominican Republic and transplanted to New York, trying to make sense of the world they live in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 3/30/2011

    " Meh. Just didn't draw me in. There were some great segments and some weird segments, but I guess I was expecting something different. Interesting glimpse into life in the Dominican Republic, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lexi | 3/24/2011

    " Even after finishing this book I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. There was really no plot. It was basically a whole bunch of short stories about the four Dominican sister's lives. The book went backwards in time from their adulthood in America to their childhood in the Dominican Republic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 3/21/2011

    " After reading another one of Alvarez's books, I was looking forward to this one. It started off promising with details of family traditions and a Latin way of life, but I soon became bored. I disliked all the shifting of storytellers. I also didn't like all the sexual stories and references. "

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About the Author
Author Julia AlvarezJulia Alvarez grew up in the Dominican Republic before emigrating to the United States at the age of 10. She now lives in Vermont, where she is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College.