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When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir (A Merloyd…
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When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) (original 1994; edição 2006)

por Esmeralda Santiago (Autor)

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[The author's] story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her warring parents and seven siblings led a life of uproar, but one full of love and tenderness as well. Growing up, Esmeralda learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of the tree frogs in the mango groves at night, the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. But just when Esmeralda seemed to have learned everything, she was taken to New York City, where the rules - and the language - were bewilderingly different. How Esmeralda overcame adversity, won acceptance to New York City's High School of Performing Arts, and then went on to Harvard, where she graduated with highest honors, is a record of a tremendous journey by a truly remarkable woman.-BooksInPrint.… (mais)
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Título:When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)
Autores:Esmeralda Santiago (Autor)
Informação:Da Capo Press (2006), Edition: unknown, 278 pages
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When I Was Puerto Rican por Esmeralda Santiago (1994)

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"Con la musica por dentro"...with the music inside...perfectly describes Negi the main protagonist in Esmeralda's Santiago's memoir When I Was Puerto Rican. I read this one with as a buddy read with @idleutopia_reads and some other awesome bookstagrammers and it couldn't have come at a more perfect time.

From the moment I started reading this I knew that Negi and I shared the same spirit: the spirit of a fighter, one who questions everything, one who challenges authority and makes her own rules and her own space in an uber masculine world that seeks to break you. No matter what tragedy happened, she just pushed through and it fueled her determination to save herself from her circumstances. My mother used to tell me I had " la musica por dentro" and I never understood what it meant. All I knew was that I was sensitive to people's pain but I was also a rebel who could not be tamed or silenced.

There are books that come into your life that give you glimpses of your younger self, your journey, your homeland and more importantly your beloved culture and ancestry. Representation in books is far and in between but this one spoke to me deeply on a visceral level. It transported me to Puerto Rico and places that I loved to visit as little girl. It brought back memories of my grandparents and it also gave me snippets of what my mother's life was like when she first moved to NYC. I gave me some new history about my neighborhood and made me feel more connected to my Puerto Rican roots. It gave me new insight into my own parents' experiences and it provided validation for their own migration stories.

This book touched me in so many ways that I can't help but cry and smile at the same time. The little girl in me that was just like Negi has found reconciliation and newfound pride in the pages. Negi's story is one that I will revisit over and over because it reminded me that the undying fire that lives inside of me burns for a reason. I am reminded who I fight for every day. Thank you Esmeralda Santiago for sharing your life with the world. I am forever grateful. ( )
  Booklover217 | Dec 7, 2020 |
Emerald writes about her transition to life in the United States, while enduring racism within her community. This would be interesting to compare and contrast with other post-modern perspectives.
  jonesx | Feb 4, 2018 |
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A vivid well told memoir and educational. It gave me an inside glimpse into a life of a wonderful Puerto Rican writer. You don't have to be Puerto Rican to enjoy reading this. ( )
  lifeofabastard | Jan 6, 2018 |
Began reading this book at the insistence of my mother. My mother is not Puerto Rican. My father is, although my father is a second-generation native New Yorker. Growing up, I often heard stories from my mother, who was born and raised in New York City but was raised by her Latino mother (my abuelita) in Brooklyn, New York. My mother, along with both my paternal and maternal grandmothers, would tell me stories about growing up in Brooklyn New York. In reading this book, I felt I was listening to my mom and grandmother's tell their stories of growing up in Brooklyn. And although this takes place in the 50's and 60's, I somewhat related to her from an age perspective. I would read this book again. ( )
  Daniellacmr | Nov 7, 2017 |
A beautiful memoir about Santiago's experiences growing up in Puerto Rico and moving to Brooklyn as an adolescent. Ties together the political and the personal without being preachy. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
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[The author's] story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her warring parents and seven siblings led a life of uproar, but one full of love and tenderness as well. Growing up, Esmeralda learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of the tree frogs in the mango groves at night, the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. But just when Esmeralda seemed to have learned everything, she was taken to New York City, where the rules - and the language - were bewilderingly different. How Esmeralda overcame adversity, won acceptance to New York City's High School of Performing Arts, and then went on to Harvard, where she graduated with highest honors, is a record of a tremendous journey by a truly remarkable woman.-BooksInPrint.

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