The works of this award-winning poet and novelist are rich with the language and influences of two cultures: those of the Dominican Republic of her childhood and the America of her youth and adulthood. They have shaped her writing just as they have shaped her life. In these seventy-five autobiographical poems, Alvarez’s clear voice sings out in every line. Here, in the middle of her life, she looks back as a way of understanding and celebrating the woman she has become.read more
Julia Alvarez is the author of nineteen books, including the bestselling novels How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies. A writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, she and her husband, Bill Eichner, established Alta Gracia, an organic coffee farm / literacy arts center, in her homeland, the Dominican Republic.read more
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Nothing is better for the average reader than a non-fiction book that reads like a novel except a collection of poetry that reads like prose, and this is just what that is. Alvarez makes her poems enjoyable for the average reader who may have a hard time appreciating poetry because of the difficulty of reading it. Not only that, but she manages to show us glimpses of her experiences growing up in two different cultures and ending each one with a lesson to think about. This is truly a must read for all. I'll definitely read this again. Alvarez has found herself a new fan!read more
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