Almost A Woman

Almost A Woman

Book - 1998
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A poignant memoir follows the acclaimed author from the Brooklyn barrios to Harvard as she overcomes an overprotective mother, jealous classmates, siblings who scoff at her attempts to learn "Eastern Standard English," a whirlwind marriage, and her desperate search for freedom and cultural identity.

Blackwell North Amer
From a three-room apartment in Brooklyn occupied by ten family members, Esmeralda Santiago begins a journey that is both a triumphant struggle for identity and independence, and a mother's worst nightmare. Challenged by language barriers, cultural stereotypes, and the fiercely protective Mami, Santiago continues the rollicking ascent she began in When I Was Puerto Rican. By day she perfects the role of Cleopatra at Performing Arts High School and interprets for the family at city welfare offices. At night she accompanies her mother and sisters to Latin dance halls, but on such a strict leash that she has her first date at the age of twenty. Undaunted, she makes up for lost time in a romantic apprenticeship at once hilarious and heartbreaking.

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& Taylor

Follows the author from the Brooklyn barrios to Harvard as she overcomes an overprotective mother, siblings who scoff at her attempts to learn "Eastern Standard English," a whirlwind marriage, and her search for cultural identity

Publisher: Reading, MA : Perseus, c1998.
ISBN: 9780201483925
0201483920
Branch Call Number: 920 SANTIAGO, E.
Characteristics: vi, 313 p. ; 24 cm.

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