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Becoming Maria : love and chaos in the South Bronx

by Manzano, Sonia,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
Available (8)
Location Collection Call #
Braddock Carnegie Library Non Fiction 92 MAN
Location  Braddock Carnegie Library
 
Collection  Non Fiction
 
Call Number  92 MAN
 
 
CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction PN2287.M425 A3 2015x
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  PN2287.M425 A3 2015x
 
 
Carnegie Library of Homestead Teen Nonfiction YA 92 Manz
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
 
Collection  Teen Nonfiction
 
Call Number  YA 92 Manz
 
 
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Biography YA 92 MAN
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  YA 92 MAN
 
 
Coraopolis Memorial Library New Books B 92.0 MAN
Location  Coraopolis Memorial Library
 
Collection  New Books
 
Call Number  B 92.0 MAN
 
 
Northern Tier Regional Library Young Adult Biography YA BIO MANZANO
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
 
Collection  Young Adult Biography
 
Call Number  YA BIO MANZANO
 
 
Penn Hills Library Youth Y 92 MAN
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Youth
 
Call Number  Y 92 MAN
 
 
Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Non-Fiction YA 791.45 M
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Young Adult Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  YA 791.45 M
 
 
Summary
Pura Belpré Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's most influential Hispanics--'Maria' on Sesame Street--delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir.Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy Award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving--and troubled. This is Sonia's own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead. But--click!--when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real life--the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. But it is Sonia's dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Though many adults may recognize Manzano as Maria from Sesame Street, she's likely more well known among today's teens as the author of the Pura Belpré-winning The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (2012). In her present-tense memoir, Manzano, who grew up in 1950s South Bronx, examines her community, her family, and her ever-changing self with a wide-eyed curiosity. She struggles to make sense of her mother's decisions, such as staying with an abusive husband and trading in a hardscrabble existence in Puerto Rico for an equally challenging life in the U.S. It's Manzano's gift for theater that provides her the opportunity of a lifetime, and thanks to her talent, she attends a performing-arts high school and then Carnegie Mellon. This beautifully rendered coming-of-age story calls to mind Betty Smith's classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Though it's a bit slow moving at times and would have benefited from a time line to help ground readers, this is nevertheless an inspiring portrait of resiliency and a time capsule for a New York that now feels like a distant memory.--Barnes, Jennifer Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Actress Manzano, known for her role as Maria on Sesame Street, chronicles her formative years in a troubled household in 1950s and '60s New York City with a voice that conveys a slow-burning audacity and the internal glimmer of lightness of a true dreamer. She narrates her life, rough spots and all, with unflinching honesty in words and tone. She growls when recalling anger, lightens up with laughter when narrating happier times. She gives distinct voices to different people in her life. Her parents' speak with thick Puerto Rican accents and she performs with a breathy Marilyn Monroe voice for a glamorous friend, while her aunts sound blustery and brassy. The audio edition of her memoir will grab listeners from the get-go Ages 12-up. A Scholastic Press hardcover. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Manzano, Sonia -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile literature.
Manzano, Sonia -- Family -- Juvenile literature.
Manzano, Sonia.
Manzano, Sonia -- Family.
Television actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Television writers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Hispanic American women -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Coming of age -- Juvenile literature.
Actors and actresses.
Television writers.
Hispanic American women.
Women -- Biography.
Coming of age.
Bronx (New York, N.Y.) -- Juvenile literature.
Bronx (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher New York :2015
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 262 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780545621847
0545621844
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