Book of the Month
Esmeralda’s essays and opinion pieces have appeared in numerous publications, such as The New York Times and The Boston Globe. Along with a novel and a children’s book, she has written three memoirs, but When I was Puerto Rican was her first.
The blurb on the back cover of the book gives us a taste of what we can look forward to this month:
In When I was Puerto Rican, Esmeralda tells of a childhood in Puerto Rico full of both tenderness and domestic strife, a childhood bursting with tropical sounds and sights. And mired in poverty.
As she grew up, Esmeralda discovered the proper way to eat a guava, listened to the sound of tree frogs in the mango groves at night, savored the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and learned the formula for ushering a dead baby’s soul to heaven. But when her mother, Mami, a force of nature, decides to take off for New York with her seven- soon to be eleven- children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually a new identity.
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