April, 2016

 Recommended titles: memoirs!
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Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)

by Rosie Perez
At the age of three, Rosie’s life was turned upside down when her mentally ill mother tore her away from the only family she knew and placed her in a Catholic children’s home in New York’s Westchester County. Thus began her crazily discombobulated childhood of being shuttled between “the Home,” where she and other kids suffered all manners of cruelty from nuns, and various relatives’ apartments in Brooklyn.
Many in her circumstances would have been defined by these harrowing experiences, but with the intense determination that became her trademark, Rosie overcame the odds and made an incredible life for herself.
Handbook for an Unpredictable Life is ultimately the inspirational story of a woman who has found a hard-won place of strength and peace.
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American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood

by Marie Arana 
In her father’s Peruvian family, Marie Arana was taught to be a proper lady, yet in her mother’s American family she learned to shoot a gun, break a horse, and snap a chicken’s neck for dinner. Arana shuttled easily between these deeply separate cultures for years. But only when she immigrated with her family to the United States did she come to understand that she was a hybrid American whose cultural identity was split in half. Coming to terms with this split is at the heart of this graceful, beautifully realized portrait of a child who “was a north-south collision, a New World fusion. An American Chica.”

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The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood                                
by  Richard Blanco
A poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.
Richard Blanco’s childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents’ nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the country he saw on reruns of The Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver-an “exotic” life he yearned for as much as he yearned to see “la patria.”
Navigating these worlds eventually led Blanco to question his cultural identity through words; in turn, his vision as a writer-as an artist-prompted the courage to accept himself as a gay man. In this moving, contemplative memoir, Blanco traces his poignant, often hilarious, and quintessentially American coming-of-age and the people who influenced him.
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PEN America presents
April 25 – May 1, 2016
New York City
Meet the creative voices shaping Mexico’s literary culture, and rethink the stories of migration, border, and national identity through the illuminating lens offered by writers and artists. More than 20 events in one week!
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