Search Results: "Esmeralda Santiago"


BOOK REVIEW

AMÉRICA'S DREAM by Esmeralda Santiago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Santiago's acute eye and feel for the telling detail make this a work of fine reportage, as well as an engrossing if often somber tale with a quiet but always tenacious heroine. ($55,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Puerto Ricanborn first-novelist Santiago (the memoir When I Was Puerto Rican, 1993) gives a contemporary twist to the immigrant experience as she limns the plight of a woman escaping an abusive man to pursue her dreams. Read full book review >

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CONQUISTADORA by Esmeralda Santiago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2011

"A pot-boiler—competent enough, with an exotic setting and characters, but nothing special within its genre."
Or, Gone with el Viento: a Puerto Rican-set saga of forbidden love, slavery and humidity. Read full book review >

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THE TURKISH LOVER by Esmeralda Santiago
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"More an extended whine than a paean to pluck."
After memorably describing her journey from a Puerto Rican barrio to acceptance at a prestigious New York high school in When I Was Puerto Rican (1993) and Almost a Woman (1998), the author now vividly recalls the long infatuation that put her life on hold in the '70s. Read full book review >

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ALMOST A WOMAN by Esmeralda Santiago
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Neither the artista Santiago dreams of becoming nor the woman she actually becomes emerge as clearly as the streets of Brooklyn, as the people who guide her, or as the man she finally abandons. (Author tour)"
In this coming-of-age memoir, Santiago (When I Was Puerto Rican, 1990; America's Dream, 1996) glosses over the powerful legacies of familial warmth and connection gleaned from her too-brief Puerto Rican childhood, and swims the lap to adulthood in New York City. Read full book review >

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WHEN I WAS PUERTO RICAN by Esmeralda Santiago
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Cleareyed, quietly powerful, and often lyrical: a story of true grit."
A beguiling record of a tremendous journey, epic in its own way, from childhood in a vibrant Puerto Rican barrio to triumph at Harvard, with a defining pause in a drab Brooklyn along the way. Read full book review >

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SURVIVING SANTIAGO by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A riveting story of love and acceptance amid a tumultuous political landscape. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Tina, 16, travels from Madison, Wisconsin, to Santiago, Chile, to spend her summer visiting her father, whom she hasn't seen in three years. Read full book review >

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A DOLL FOR NAVIDADES by Esmeralda Santiago
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Esmeralda's world comes to life in the acrylic paintings by Sánchez, who captures the little girl's facial expressions with heart-tugging immediacy. (author's note, illustrator's note, glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
This touching story of a little girl's unfulfilled dream is based on an event in the author's own childhood in Puerto Rico. Read full book review >

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SANTIAGO STAYS by Angela Dominguez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Dog lovers and older siblings alike will bask in the quiet humor as they try to solve this gentle canine mystery. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Why won't Santiago come? Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO ESMERALDA by Joy Nicholson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2005

"Without qualification: take the road to Esmeralda."
Second-novelist Nicholson (The Tribes of Palos Verdes, 1997) blends the trenchant politics of Barbara Kingsolver with the emotional insight of Sue Miller. Read full book review >

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THE ANGEL ESMERALDA by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Completists will search for clues in this slight but rich volume to the maturation of DeLillo's artistry."
The renowned author's first story collection presents a chronological progression of nine narratives, organized into three parts, challenging readers to make connections. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO SANTIAGO by Kathryn Harrison
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Lucid, readable prose but, as travelogue, neither transporting nor insightful. (map)"
A pilgrimage along an ancient road, from St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the site of a shrine to the Apostle James. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO SANTIAGO by D.H. Figueredo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"It also adds to the always sparsely filled shelf of first-rate multicultural Christmas tales. (Spanish words are explained within the text as well as in a glossary, which unfortunately gives incorrect accentuations for a few words.) (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Based on an incident from the author's childhood, Figueredo's story takes place one Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) in the 1950s, after Castro's revolution has begun in Cuba. Read full book review >