A House of My Own: Stories from My Life

A House of My Own: Stories from My Life

by Sandra Cisneros


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345807175
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Vintage International Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 295,451
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, which has been translated into more than twenty languages, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award, the American Book Award, and the Thomas Wolfe Prize, and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of two novels, The House on Mango Street and Caramelo; a collection of short stories, Woman Hollering Creek; two books of poetry, My Wicked Wicked Ways and Loose Woman; a children’s book, Hairs/Pelitos; a selected anthology of her own work, Vintage Cisneros; and Have You Seen Marie?, a fable for adults illustrated by Ester Hernández. She is the founder of the Macondo Foundation, an association of writers united to serve underserved communities. Find her online at www.sandracisneros.com.


San Antonio, Texas

Date of Birth:

December 20, 1954

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois


B.A., Loyola University, 1976; M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1978

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Hydra House 9

No Place Like Home 34

Luis Omar Salinas 41

Falling in Love with Enamoramiento 49

Marguerite Duras 53

Huipiles 56

Vivan los Muertos 66

Straw into Gold 73

A Tango for Astor 84

Only Daughter 91

Letter to Gwendolyn Brooks 96

My Wicked Wicked Ways 99

Who Wants Stories Now 105

La Casa Que Canta 113

Mercè Rodoreda 117

The House on Mango Street's Tenth Birthday 124

I Can Live Sola and I Love to Work 132

Tapicero's Daughter 141

Guadalupe the Sex Goddess 160

Que Vivan los Colores! 170

Tenemos Layaway, or, How I Became an Art Collector 177

An Ofrenda for My Father on Day of the Dead 191

Un Poquito de Tu Amor 198

Eduardo Galeano 206

Infinito Botánica 215

El Pleito / The Quarrel 219

To Seville, with Love 226

A White Flower 235

Señor Cappuccino 240

Natural Daughter 245

A Girl Called Daydreamer 265

A House of My Own 270

An Ofrenda for My Mother 289

Resurrections 298

Ten Thousand 303

The Author Responds to Your Letter Requesting My Book Be Banned from the School Library 307

The Girl Who Became a Saint: Teresa Urrea 312

Chavela Vargas: Una Mujer Muy Mujer 325

Chocolate and Donuts 331

Akumal 337

A Borrowed House 341

Epilogue: Mi Casa Es Su Casa 350

Pilón: Infinito 371

Resting Place/Descanso 375

Acknowledgments 377

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Rainlee More than 1 year ago
This was my introduction to Sandra Cisneros. I look forward to a long and rewarding friendship through the pages of her other books. I read this book at night, in bed. Often, after finishing a piece, I would put the book down and think about what I'd just read. What did she say? What did I read? (They are not always the same things). Cisneros was born and raised in Chicago to working-class parents. Her father came from Mexico City, and the family frequently returned to his home for summer vacations. She is the only girl in a family with 6 brothers. No one in the family truly understood her penchant for writing. I, for one, am delighted no one managed to stifle her. Her style of writing is like conversing with an old and beloved friend. While they are written for adults, there is nothing in any of these stories that a much younger person could not read. I enjoyed, tremendously, reading about the differences between her two cultures. I loved the gentle humor, and even laughed out loud in places. Especially the restaurant story in the Epilogue. No spoilers here, you'll have to read it yourself. This is a book to be read and enjoyed many times, as are conversations with old friends to be had as often as wanted. Buy this book. Give it to friends, relatives, and libraries. Give it to women, and give it to men. Most of all, give it to yourself.