GLORIA ESTEFAN by Rebecca Stefoff

GLORIA ESTEFAN

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In the ``Hispanics of Achievement'' series, a biography of the popular Cuban-American singer. The book opens promisingly with an informative essay by Professor Rodolfo Cardona on the influence of Hispanics and their culture on American life. Unfortunately, Estefan's life never receives such close scrutiny in Stefoff's text; instead, the unblemished star image is preserved. Early difficulties--the burden of caring for a proud, invalid father; shyness and weight problems as a teenager and young woman--are only touched on. The lack of personal photos exacerbates the superficial, distancing tone: there are no photos of Gloria as a child, and stock photos of storefronts and parades in Miami's Little Havana take the place of a chubby young Estefan singing. The bulk of the book is consumed with a long history of Miami Sound Machine while the ostensible subject is lost amid the other details, making it hard to distinguish Gloria's contributions from her husband's in the band's success. Only the singer's famous bus accident is well covered; here, at least, a strong personality clearly emerges. Despite appearances, this is less an in-depth study than a mass-market book directed at the artist's fans. Discography; chronology; further reading; index. (Biography. 12+)

Pub Date: June 14th, 1991
ISBN: 0-7910-1244-1
Page count: 104pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1991




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