When I was Puerto Rican

Esmeralda Santiago

Book - 2006

[The author's] story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her warring parents and seven siblings led a life of uproar, but one full of love and tenderness as well. Growing up, Esmeralda learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of the tree frogs in the mango groves at night, the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. But just when Esmeralda seemed to have learned everything, she was taken to New York City, where ...the rules-- and the language-- were bewilderingly different. How Esmeralda overcame adversity, won acceptance to New York City's High School of Performing Arts, and then went on to Harvard, where she graduated with highest honors, is a record of a tremendous journey by a truly remarkable woman.--BooksInPrint.

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Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press 2006.
1st Da Capo Press pbk. ed
Item Description
Continued by: Almost a woman.
Originally published: New York : Addison-Wesley, c1993.
"A Merloyd Lawrence book."
Includes reader's guide (p. [275]-278).
Physical Description
278 p. ; 21 cm
Main Author
Esmeralda Santiago (-)
  • Prologue: how to eat a guava
  • Jíbara
  • Fighting naked
  • Someone is coming to take your lap
  • American invasion of Macun
  • Why women remain jamona
  • Mami gets a job
  • El mangle
  • Letters from New York
  • Casi Señorita
  • Dreams of a better life
  • Angels on the ceiling
  • You don't want to know
  • Shot at it
  • Epilogue: one of these days.