Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA by Julia Alvarez - PDF free download eBook

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  • Published: Nov 02, 2015
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Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a "phenomenal, indispensable" (USA Today) exploration of the Latina "sweet fifteen" celebration, by the bestselling author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In...

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ISBN
9780452288300
Publisher
Penguin Group (USA)
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Book language
English
Pages
288
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PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
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2592 kB

Some brief overview of this book

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a "phenomenal, indispensable" (USA Today) exploration of the Latina "sweet fifteen" celebration, by the bestselling author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of Butterflies The quinceañera, a celebration of a Latina girls fifteenth birthday, has become a uniquely American trend. This lavish party with ball gowns, multi-tiered cakes, limousines, and extravagant meals is often as costly as a prom or a wedding. But many Latina girls feel entitled to this rite of passage, marking a girls entrance into womanhood, and expect no expense to be spared, even in working-class families.

Acclaimed author Julia Alvarez explores the history and cultural significance of the "quince" in the United States, and the consequences of treating teens like princesses. Through her observations of a quince in Queens, interviews with other quince girls, and the memories of her own experience as a young immigrant, Alvarez presents a thoughtful and entertaining portrait of a rapidly growing multicultural phenomenon, and passionately emphasizes the importance of celebrating Latina womanhood. Finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism

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Alvarez is the author of the novels How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies (a national Book Critics Circle Award finalist), and Yo!. She has also published two poetry collections (Homecoming and The Other sideEl Otro Lado) and a collection of essays (Something to Declare). Biography Julia Alvarez was born in New York City during her Dominican parents first and failed stay in the United States.

While she was still an infant, the family returnut many Latina girls feel entitled to this rite of passage, marking a girls entrance into womanhood, and expect no expense to be spared, even in working-class families. Acclaimed author Julia Alvarez explores the history and cultural significance of the "quince" in the United States, and the consequences of treating teens like princesses. Through her observations of a quince in Queens, interviews with other quince girls, and the memories of her own experience as a young immigrant, Alvarez presents a thoughtful and entertaining portrait of a rapidly growing multicultural phenomenon, and passionately emphasizes the importance of celebrating Latina womanhood.

Finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism

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