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A house of my own : stories from my life / Sandra Cisneros.

Cisneros, Sandra (Author).

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General Note: Compact discs.
Participant or Performer Note: Read by the author.
Summary, etc.: "From the beloved author of The House on Mango Street: a richly illustrated compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that, taken together, form a jigsaw autobiography: an intimate album of a literary legend's life and career. From the Chicago neighborhoods where she grew up and set her groundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico, in a region where 'm ancestors lived for centuries,' the places Sandra Cisneros has lived have provided inspiration for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. But a house of her own, where she could truly take root, has eluded her. With this collection-- spanning nearly three decades, and including never-before-published work-- Cisneros has come home at last. Ranging from the private (her parents' loving and tempestuous marriage) to the political (a rallying cry for one woman's liberty in Sarajevo) to the literary (a tribute to Marguerite Duras), and written with her trademark sensitivity and honesty, these poignant, unforgettable pieces give us not only her most transformative memories but also a revelation of her artistic and intellectual influences. Here is an exuberant, deeply moving celebration of a life in writing lived to the fullest-- an important milestone in a storied career"--
Subject: Cisneros, Sandra Homes and haunts
Cisneros, Sandra Family
Mexican Americans Mexico Biography
Mexican American women authors Biography
Authors, American 20th century Biography
Genre: Audiobooks.
Autobiographies.
Essays.

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Cisneros's Chicago upbringing provided the background for her award-winning 1984 novel The House on Mango Street. This memoir comprises essays and the transcripts of speeches written over 35 years. The pieces are like the rooms in a house-each can be considered by itself, but they are connected by doorways and hallways, furnished with the events and people from particular times. Cisneros writes about the places she has lived, including Chicago, Iowa, Massachusetts, Greece, Bosnia, San Antonio, and ultimately Mexico City, where she now lives in the titular house of her own. Cisneros lovingly describes her Mexican-born father and American-born mother, who protect her, their only daughter, and who are eventually proud of her literary accomplishments. She talks of Mexican American culture, women's roles, and the often-lonely life of a writer. She narrates the audio edition herself; her pacing and pitch are ideal. Unfortunately, the photos in the print edition are unavailable. VERDICT Highly recommended for public, high school, and academic libraries. ["Cisneros blends family stories from Chicago and Mexico with lively storytelling, rich details, and good humor": LJ 9/1/15 starred review of the Knopf hc.]-Nann Blaine Hilyard, formerly with Zion-Benton P.L., IL © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Acclaimed Chicana author Sandra Cisneros's A House of My Own collects nonfiction essays spanning the years from 1984 to 2014. In these she reflects on her childhood in Chicago and her emerging literary voice as a Mexican American woman writer while studying for her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Throughout her career, Cisnero writes in her introduction, she "passed through a lot of houses, loves, and typewriters, never quite finding the right one." Eventually she followed literary predecessor Virginia Woolf's advice by claiming, as she says in the title story, "a space all my own just to write"--first in San Antonio, Texas, in her "casa rosada," and later in San Miguel de los Chichimecas, Mexico. Cisneros's narrative and poetic brilliance is developed through memory: she "cut[s] apart and stitch[es] together events to tailor a story, to give it shape ... because real-life stories rarely come to [one] complete." Cisneros's expertise at crafting fiction and poetry derives from her power of finding "just enough" right words, a skill that has made her the female voice of la raza for her generation Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. --Shelli Lynn Rottschafer, Aquinas College

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Cisneros, a MacArthur Fellow and two-time NEA grant recipient, has felt one constant emotion throughout her life: a hunger for a place that belongs to her, a place where she is free. In her lyrical, warm, and richly detailed account, Cisneros writes of her nomadic family. She, her parents, and her six brothers only find some sense of permanence during regular visits to her paternal grandparents in Mexico City. It isn't until she's an adolescent that they get their first real home in Chicago, which inspires her most famous novel, The House on Mango Street. But when given the chance, she flees in the early 1970s from the old-world, marriage-minded patriarchy of her father's home for university and an M.F.A. Then, with the half-finished Mango manuscript in tow, she leaves the country for the first time, at 28. She lands in Greece and finds her first home of her own, a house where she writes in the garden looking out over the mountains. Many years on, it "holds a dazzling place in my memory." Like many artists, Cisneros often lives as an itinerant; as a Mexican-American from "Chicano, Illinois," she toggles between two metaphorical worlds. Settling in San Antonio, she wears tunics, the same style worn by the servants her Mexican relatives employ, and declares, "This cloth is the flag of who I am." Now in her 60s, Cisneros vividly evokes the many stages of her life and the places she's been. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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*Starred Review* By gathering together more than 40 essays and musings written for various occasions and undertakings between 1984 and 2014, Cisneros, beloved author of the novels The House on Mango Street (1984) and Caramelo (2002), has created her first work of nonfiction, a patchwork-quilt memoir resplendent with one hundred color photographs. Her reflections on houses she's lived in and the meaning of home form a unifying motif, along with accounts of her early struggle to envision a way forward as a self-described American Mexican and working-class writer. Cisneros chronicles with profound insights and striking detail family abodes in Chicago and Mexico City, sojourns on a Greek island and in Sarajevo, Venice, and Chiapas, Mexico, and the uproar over her purple house in San Antonio. Cisneros pays passionate homage to her parents and such writers and artists as Gwendolyn Brooks, Elena Poniatowska, Eduardo Galeano, and Astor Piazzolla. She also examines with abrading candor and impish wit gender expectations, sexuality, and her long campaign to become a woman comfortable in her skin, the corollary to her love of home as sanctuary: A house for me is the freedom to be. At once righteously irreverent and deeply compassionate, Cisneros writes frankly and tenderly of independence and connection, injustice and transcendence, resilience and creativity, the meaning of home and the writer's calling. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Cisneros will tour the country with this mosaic of autobiographical stories guaranteed to enthrall her many fans.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2015 Booklist

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