Books by Julia Alvarez

When she was ten years old, Julia Alvarez's family had to flee the Dominican Republic because her father had been involved in a coup against dictator Trujillo. Four months later, most of her father's co-conspirators were killed. These dangerous times and


A WEDDING IN HAITI by Julia Alvarez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2012

"A warm, funny and compassionate memoir."
A memoir by acclaimed novelist and poet Alvarez (Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA, 2007, etc.) about her pre- and post-earthquake travels around the island of Hispaniola and the Haitian boy who inspired them. Read full book review >
HOW TÍA LOLA ENDED UP STARTING OVER by Julia Alvarez
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A fitting farewell to a memorable character. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Alvarez's series of Tía Lola Stories ends with a mystery sure to please fans and attract new readers. Read full book review >
HOW TÍA LOLA SAVED THE SUMMER by Julia Alvarez
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 10, 2011

"Returning readers will rejoice in reconnecting with the effervescent Tía Lola and the rest of the gang, while even readers new to the tales will want to read more about Vermont's favorite Dominican aunt. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Alvarez returns with another Tía Lola story, replete with adventure and humor. Read full book review >
HOW TÍA LOLA LEARNED TO TEACH by Julia Alvarez
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"An enjoyable read, not only for the amusing methods that Tía Lola uses to teach Spanish but for the sense of community and tolerance that breathes through her tale. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this sequel to How Tía Lola Came to (Visit) Stay (2001), the luminous Tía Lola reluctantly accepts an invitation to teach Spanish as a volunteer at her nephew and niece's elementary school. Read full book review >
RETURN TO SENDER by Julia Alvarez
FICTION
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Though it lacks nuance, still a must-read. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Tyler is the son of generations of Vermont dairy farmers. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A QUINCEAÑERA by Julia Alvarez
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 6, 2007

"Might appeal to those who enjoy MTV's My Super Sweet 16."
Bestselling Alvarez (Saving the World, 2006, etc.) uses the phenomenon of Sweet 15 parties for Latina girls to explore issues of…herself. Read full book review >
SAVING THE WORLD by Julia Alvarez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2006

"Alvarez's generosity of vision compensates for the not-altogether-convincing central conceit of her sixth novel. "
Keep the faith: That simple message inspires a novelist when she and her husband are taken hostage. Read full book review >
A GIFT OF GRACIAS by Julia Alvarez
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Vidal's detailed, lovingly rendered pictures glow like the oranges and the stars she so beautifully depicts. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Alvarez creates a lovely tale based on legends from her childhood in the Dominican Republic. Read full book review >
FINDING MIRACLES by Julia Alvarez
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"Written with immediacy and charm, there is accessibility to the very American Milly's attitudes and ideas that will help readers accompany her on her journey of discovery and growth. (Fiction. YA)"
Ninth-grader Milly struggles to deny her adopted status in a loving family until she begins to understand her origins through a friendship with Pablo, a new arrival from her country of birth. Read full book review >
BEFORE WE WERE FREE by Julia Alvarez
FICTION
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"This is a minor quibble with a story that imagines so clearly for American readers the travails of all-too-many Latin nations then and now. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A 12-year-old girl bears witness to the Dominican Revolution of 1961 in a powerful first-person narrative. Read full book review >
HOW TÍA LOLA CAME TO VISIT STAY by Julia Alvarez
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

"Simple, bella, un regalo permenente: simple and beautiful, a gift that will stay. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Renowned Latin American writer Alvarez has created another story about cultural identity, but this time the primary character is 11-year-old Miguel Guzmán. Read full book review >
THE SECRET FOOTPRINTS by Julia Alvarez
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Not a conventional romance, perhaps, but there's a romantic quality to the story and illustrations both. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Recalling childhood tales from the Dominican Republic, the author of the adult In the Name of Salomé (p. 492), etc., crafts an atmospheric encounter between a human boy and a beautiful member of the ciguapas, the sea people. Read full book review >
IN THE NAME OF SALOME by Julia Alvarez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2000

"These lives, gently told, have currents within them as wide and deep as an ocean's—and no one can miss their primal force."
In her restless and vibrant fourth novel, Alvarez (Yo!, 1997, etc.) turns to the historical figures of Salomé Ureña, former national poet of the Dominican Republic, and her daughter, Camila, a professor in the US, chronicling each woman's lifelong struggle to define la patria and her obligation to it. Read full book review >
SOMETHING TO DECLARE by Julia Alvarez
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 11, 1998

"A pleasing but not probing foray by the author into herself and others."
The much-praised poet and novelist Alvarez (¤Yo!, 1997; How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, 1991; etc.) offers a set of essays and reminiscences, all previously published in magazines or anthologies. Read full book review >
YO! by Julia Alvarez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A must-read for Alvarez's many fans. (Author tour)"
 The devilish Garcia girls are back, in a warm, complex, rich and colorful third novel (How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, 1991; In the Time of the Butterflies, 1994). Read full book review >
IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES by Julia Alvarez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"As mesmerizing as the Mirabal sisters themselves. (First printing of 40,000; $40,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
 Brimming with warmth and vitality, this new novel by the author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (1991) is a paean to the power of female courage. Read full book review >
HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS by Julia Alvarez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"Alvarez manages to bring to attention many of the issues-serious and light-that immigrant families face, portraying them with sensitivity and, at times, an enjoyable, mischievous sense."
 Told through the points of view of the four Garcia sisters- Carla, Sandi, Yolanda and Sofia-this perceptive first novel by poet Alvarez tells of a wealthy family exiled from the Dominican Republic after a failed coup, and how the daughters come of age, weathering the cultural and class transitions from privileged Dominicans to New York Hispanic immigrants. Read full book review >