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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 careerFrom 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 my ancestors lived for centuries the pl. I savored this book Every page I didn t want it to end Sandra Cisneros voice is incredible strong and proud She makes me want to write and be heardThis collection of essays and articles are profound and deserve to be read and shared time and time again I am so glad to be able to read new writing by her that I had not encountered Reading A House of My Own made me want to go back and read Caramelo and House on Mango Street Her voice is so important to Chicanas Latinas y Mexicanas she really validates all of my worries and dreams and uestions about my existence in La Frontera

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Oman'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 caree. A House of My Own Stories From My Life is a charming memoir in the form of compilation book reviews forewards epilogues etc composed over her writing life and presented or less in chronological order Part search for home part exploration of grief family and art Sandra Cisneros writes with a language that is disarming and playful communicating volumes in a few words She talks for example about trying to please her Chicago nemesis loc 233 Her San Antonio partner on the other hand was as sweet as burnt milk candy but as untidy as un remolino tejano en agosto a Texas dust devil in August loc 5158 5159 Cisneros generally translates her Spanish phrases both adding emphasis and making her writing accessible for English speakers Cisneros writes on the edge of several cultures born of a Mexican born father and a Mexican American mother traveling the world which gives her an ability to see things she might not otherwise She first noticed this when she moved from her childhood home in Chicago to graduate school in Iowa So often you have to run away from home and visit other homes first before you can clearly see your own loc 536 537 Traveling both opens doors but ultimately closes others so she did not feel at home in places where she expected to She uotes Pico Iyer home is not just the place where you were born it s the place where you become yourself loc 544 545 She becomes herself in her writing her reading her art Some essays stand out for me although perhaps that s for my own idiosyncratic reasons In No Place like Home she talks about the advantages and disadvantages of being bicultural In Resurrections she talks about the things that no one told her or that she hadn t listened to and heard including some of the changes that come with losing her parents In Mexico they say when someone you love dies a part of you dies with them But they forget to mention that a part of them is born in you not immediately I ve learned but eventually and gradually It s an opportunity to be reborn loc 4102 4104 A White Flower is a gift to her therapist talking about how it felt to tell her stories to a therapist as well as her therapist s meaning to her life It includes those uestions that she d like to ask that she s too shy to ask and that most clients surely want to ask Do you approve of me or am I silly Even if she didn t approve what does it matter But it matters a lot To me I would ask whether the stories I ve told her are any good worth repeating worth remembering That s how I define a good story Does she get tired listening to stories all day and all week year after year How does one stay healthy at the end of a day full of stories Does one have to shake oneself off like a dog after its bath loc 3244 3248 In asking these and other uestions that most of us would like to ask by opening up the oft overlooked Cisneros enlarges our view of the world She reaches her hand across the aisle and I feel like Cisneros s sister rather than only una extra a gringa

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Aces 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 w. I feel kind of cheated by this book I m a long time Cisneros fan and I m used to waiting over a decade for her next book and then being blown away I expected this to be a memoir told in stories instead it s a collection of introductions to books and essays she read at various speaking events They are well written and there are some gems but serious life experiences are carefully skirted She mentions lovers and affairs that hurt her but never ever goes into depth about love and sex She repeatedly mentions a year long depression but again never interrogates the wound Her mother and father feel like cardboard cut outs and not fleshed out characters There s a ton of repetition All in all this felt like something thrown together to satisfy a contractual obligation to a publisher not at all a Cisneros masterpiece I ll keep hoping for some fiction or poetry as she remains an idol of mine


10 thoughts on “A House of My Own Stories from My Life

  1. says:

    I have always been a daydreamer and that's a lucky thing for a writer Because what is a daydreamer if not another word for thinker vis

  2. says:

    I savored this book Every page I didn't want it to end Sandra Cisneros' voice is incredible strong and proud She makes me want to write and be heardThis collection of essays and articles are profound and deserve to be read and shared time and time again I am so glad to be able to read new writing by her that I had not encountered Re

  3. says:

    Sandra Cisneros’s writing is honest and poetic and lacks the self consciousness of someone aspiring to be erudite I mention this because I think for someone who is multi lingual who has read a lot and lived and traveled around th

  4. says:

    This book is sublime masterful surprising full of spirit and unabashed feminism Composed of experimental vignettes and glimmers from the globe trotting empathic socially conscious writer teacher poet Sandra Cisneros Some reviews here have expressed disappointment in the so called lack of juicy details revealed but I felt just the opposite Th

  5. says:

    I met Sandra Cisneros on the page in college like many young people do having been assigned The House on Mango St

  6. says:

    I feel kind of cheated by this book I'm a long time Cisneros fan and I'm used to waiting over a decade for her next book and then being blown away I expected this to be a memoir told in stories; instead it's a collection of introductions to books and essays she read at various speaking events They are well written and there are some gems but serious life experiences are carefully skirted She mentions lovers

  7. says:

    What A Book If I was a Cisneros fan before this really sealed the deal So many aspects of this life story resonates with me

  8. says:

    A House of My Own Stories From My Life is a charming memoir in the form of compilation – book reviews forewards epilogues etc – composed ove

  9. says:

    I decided to read Sandra Cisneros' A House of My Own Stories from My Life after reading a review by avid reader and active GoodReads user Rowena I've never read any of Cisneros' books and to my surprise never heard of her either Thank you Rowena for introducing me to her I believe there is the right book for the right time and this was the book for me at this time Cisneros writes about writing about her lifetime of finding place

  10. says:

    When she was reading in Portland Sandra Cisneros talked about losing track of what she had written BC before computers Her reading was powerful and sweet her advice wise and generous I am a longtime Cisneros fan and I wrote my review of her visit before I had even finished the book are essays Cisneros said she had to get in print before they were lost written over the past thirty years or so They are occasion

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