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How the García girls lost their accents

by Alvarez, Julia.

Format: Book on CD 2006
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Open Stacks BOOK CD A
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Open Stacks
Call Number  BOOK CD A
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "simply wonderful" How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents captures the vivid lives of the Garcia sisters, four privileged and rebellious Dominican girls adapting to their new lives in America. In the 1960s, political tension forces the Garcia family away from Santo Domingo and toward the Bronx. The sisters all hit their strides in America, adapting and thriving despite cultural differences, language barriers, and prejudice. But Mami and Papi are more traditional, and they have far more difficulty adjusting to their new country. Making matters worse, the girls-frequently embarrassed by their parents-find ways to rebel against them. A touching coming-of-age tale, this enthralling book perfectly illuminates the intergenerational struggles and multicultural clashes so common to the American immigrant family.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Four sisters and their experiences of life and love--in both the Dominican Republic where they were born and the U.S. where they now live. The Garcia girls represent an immigrant family that honors traditional ways and changed realities in a not-always-comfortable mix of old and new. Love and sex figure prominently as areas the sisters are all too willing to explore despite their father's vigilance, and the stratagems and connivances performed in the name of romance are often truly astounding and hilarious. Visits with relatives in the mother country play up these divergences from the old order, while lingering moral confusion adds a confrontational edge to the sisters' predicament. Perhaps a bit too episodic to build to a real climax, these stories nevertheless expose the pangs and joys of being a woman and becoming an American. ~--John Brosnahan"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Fifteen tales vividly chronicle a Dominican family's exile in the Bronx, focusing on the four Garcia daughters' rebellion against their immigrant elders. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Sisters -- Fiction.
Young women -- Fiction.
Dominican Americans -- Fiction.
Bronx (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :Recorded Books,2006
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Camacho, Blanca.
Henk, Annie.
Kosuch, Annie.
Martinez, Melanie.
Puente, Naomi de la.
Recorded Books, Inc.
Participants/Performers Read by Blanca Camacho, Annie Henk, Annie Kosuch, Melanie Martinez, Naomi de la Puente.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 8 audio discs (9 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1419377957 :
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