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Latina brings together a remarkable selection of writings, gathering essays, short stories, and excerpts from novels that have attracted a wide readership and critical praise, as well as original pieces by lesser-known authors. Many of the works here draw on the special experience of being a member of a minority group; all speak to the universal human condition. The contributors include such well-known names as Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Denise Chavez, Ana Castillo, Cristina Garcia, and Sandra Benitez. ...
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Overview

Latina brings together a remarkable selection of writings, gathering essays, short stories, and excerpts from novels that have attracted a wide readership and critical praise, as well as original pieces by lesser-known authors. Many of the works here draw on the special experience of being a member of a minority group; all speak to the universal human condition. The contributors include such well-known names as Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Denise Chavez, Ana Castillo, Cristina Garcia, and Sandra Benitez. Mexican Americans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and other women of the Americas are all represented. They write of their heritage; of their lives in an often alienating land; of the joys and sorrows of their particular communities; and of their political concerns, their hopes, and their dreams.

Memorable and moving fiction and thoughtful and provocative nonfiction--mainstream works by both well-known and emerging Latina writers--focus on themes of heritage, lives in an often alienating land, political concerns, hopes, and dreams. Contributors include Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Ana Castillo, and others.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sampling works from over 30 contemporary female Latin writers, this is a worthwhile and fashionable digest. The stories, recollections, letters and essays range widely in topic, tone, style and quality. Unfortunately, most of the strongest pieces are buried deep in the book. Among them, the story ``Personality Fabulosa'' by Monica Palacios captures with deceptive levity a heavy crush at the moment it develops into mutual courtship. Also terrific, Lucha Corpi's essay, ``Epiphany: The Third Gift'' depicts a tomboy distressing her traditional parents, who find solace in her bookishness: "`When you educate a man,' my father would often tell my younger sister and me, `you educate an individual. But when you educate a woman, you educate the whole family.'" Mary Helen Ponce's ``Just Dessert'' deftly portrays a disastrous dinner date, as the woman futilely tries to concentrate on the man's gorgeous lips and ignore the bigotry coming out of them. The stories of Cristina Garca, Aurora Levins Morales, Kathleen Ann Gonzlez and Judith Ortiz Cofer also work brilliantly. Less successfully, other writers rely too much on their ethnicity for interest rather than intrinsic merit. For example, Esmeralda Santiago's excerpt comes across as politically correct and facile: ``Americanos talk funny when they speak Spanish.'' By and large, however, the several gems in this collection outweigh the weak parts. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684802404
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 8/2/1995
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,416,460
  • Product dimensions: 0.66 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 17
My Mother's Mexico 25
Facing the Mariachis 37
From A Place Where the Sea Remembers 49
Lourdes Puente 57
Puertoricanness 69
Remembering Lobo 73
Tierra a Tierra 78
Rosario Magdaleno 89
That Was Living 96
How Pancho Was Nearly Late to His Own Funeral 107
Twist and Shout 115
Miss Clairol 119
Snow 126
From A Name for Cebolla 129
Grand Slam 134
Two Letters Home 141
Only Daughter 156
Polaroids 161
Marta del Angel 171
Fresh Fruit 179
Just Dessert 184
Personality Fabulosa 199
Art in America con Acento 210
From Singing to Cuba 221
Enedina's Story 228
Epiphany: The Third Gift 240
From Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza 250
From When I Was Puerto Rican 257
From In Search of Bernabe 264
From MotherTongue 273
Place of the Dead 280
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  • Posted November 29, 2008

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    Many wonderful writers with inspiring and fascinating stories

    I love stories inspired from the Hispanic way of life because it is relatable to me. Many of the stories in this book bring back many memories and had me laughing as well as crying. Highly recommend this book because it is a very good read!

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