Title: The House on Mango Street
Author: Sandra Cisneros
Bookstore: Barnes & Noble
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes — sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous — it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.
I remember reading this book in high school, but re-reading it now made me realize how I didn’t appreciate it enough. This is a 110-page book filled with short stories which follow Esperanza through her childhood in Chicago. Cisneros has a great way with words and how she can connect with the readers. There were some parts I chuckled because I can relate in some aspects, but then there were some stories that were heartbreaking and unfortunately, common. Cisneros is a gifted writer who created amazing characters in this book. She brings light to the Latin heritage in the richest way through these pages.
Cisneros touches upon, hair, hips, Latin customs, and traditions, domestic violence, growing up in “the hood”, domestic violence, and trying to find one’s identity and dream. I recommend this read of perfection.
This week I have watched the following:
One Day at a Time – Season 3: LOVE THIS SHOW. A Cuban-American middle-class family living in California and struggling with everyday life. This is a comedic show that touches upon today’s America.
Dating Around: This is a new show on Netflix that popped up. It’s 6 episodes of young people dating in NYC. Each episode focuses on one person and a night of dating different people. Some are very interesting, some are cute and it’s not dating until there are some awkward cringe-worthy ones. Reminds me of my dating time.
Scandal – Season 4: I have just finished season 4 and I am over the Fitz, Olivia and Jake love triangle along with B613. If season 5 is about this too, I am over it. I want to get to the season finale because I started watching this show when it aired originally and then I stopped at season 4… I remembered why. I hope that the next seasons is about something new.