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The House on Mango Street

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Told in a series of vignettes stunning for their eloquence, The House on Mango Street is Sandra Cisneros's greatly admired novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Acclaimed by critics, beloved by children, their parents and grandparents, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, it has entered the canon of coming-of-age classics. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong, not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.

©1984 Sandra Cisneros (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
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La casa en Mango Street

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Celebrado desde su publicacion inicial como el relato clasico de una muchacha del barrio latino de Chicago, La Casa en Mango Street ha sido elogadio por los criticos, acogido por los ninos y sus padres y abuelos y estudiado por todas partes, desde escuelas primera vez en una edicion en espanol, traducido por una de las mas reconocidas figuras literarias de Mexico, La Casa en Mango Street esta a la disposicion de los miles de lectores latinos a quien este libro ha dado voz. A veces desgarrador, a veces intensamente alegre, La Casa en Mango Street relata la historia de Esperanza Cordero, en cuyo barrio conviven realidades crueles y una belleza severa. Esperanza no quiere pertenecer, ni a su barrio ni a las bajas expectativas que el mundo le ofrece. La historia de Esperanza es la de una joven intentando alcanzar su propio poder e inventar sup propio futuro.

©1984 Sandra Cisneros (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
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Loose Woman & Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

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A collection of stories, whose characters give voice to the vibrant and varied life on both sides of the Mexican border. The women in these stories offer tales of pure discovery, filled with moments of infinite and intimate wisdom.

©1991 Sandra Cisneros (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Narrator: Sandra Cisneros
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
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Have You Seen Marie?

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The internationally acclaimed author of The House on Mango Street gives us a deeply moving tale of loss, grief, and healing. The word "orphan" might not seem to apply to a 53-year-old woman. Yet this is exactly how Sandra feels as she finds herself motherless, alone like "a glove left behind at the bus station". What just might save her is her search for someone else gone missing: Marie, the black-and-white cat of her friend, Roz, who ran off the day they arrived from Tacoma. As Sandra and Roz scour the streets of San Antonio, posting flyers and asking everywhere, "Have you seen Marie?" the pursuit of this one small creature takes on unexpected urgency and meaning. This title includes both English and Spanish versions, recorded by the author. Also includes a pdf with illustrations.

©2012 Sandra Cisneros, copyright de la traducción por Liliana Valenzuela, illustrations copyright by Ester Hernández (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Sandra Cisneros
Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
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Five Short Stories by Women

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L.A. Theatre Works presents Five Short Stories by Women: A quintet of tales from some of America’s most distinguished female authors. "Life after High School", by Joyce Carol Oates, read by Sarah Drew: Oates takes us to a time in the late 1950s, to South Lebanon High School, and shows us the lives of three people at a time of self-discovery. "The Banks of the Vistula", by Rebecca Lee, read by Emily Bergl: An ambitious student wants desperately to make her mark in a linguistics class. Published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill ©2013. "Never Marry a Mexican", by Sandra Cisneros, read by Rita Moreno: The story of a woman named Clemencia who remembers her family, her parents' culture, and her affair with a married man.*  "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried", by Amy Hempel, read by Lynn Collins: What do you say to someone on their deathbed? Amy Hempel addresses this question head-on, as a young woman describes her visit to a dying friend. "Once Upon a Time", by Nadine Gordimer, read by Alex Kingston: This is anything but a fairy tale. It’s more of a dystopian fantasy - with overtones of the racial inequality in Gordimer’s native South Africa. *From WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK. Copyright © 1991 by Sandra Cisneros. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, Vintage Books and by Vintage Español as EL ARROYO DE LA LLORONA, translation, © 1996 by Liliana Valenzuela. Available on Random House Audiobook read by the author. By permission of Susan Bergholz Literary Services, New York City and Lamy, N.M. All rights reserved. Mixing Engineer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.

©2016 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2016 L.A. Theatre Works

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Caramelo

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Lala Reyes’ grandmother is descended from a family of renowned rebozo, or shawl-makers. The striped (caramelo) is the most beautiful of all, and the one that makes its way, like the family history it has come to represent, into Lala’s possession. The novel opens with the Reyes’ annual car trip - a caravan overflowing with children, laughter, and quarrels - from Chicago to “the other side”, Mexico City. It is there, each year, that Lala hears her family’s stories, separating the truth from the “healthy lies” that have ricocheted from one generation to the next. We travel from the Mexico City that was the “Paris of the New World” to the music-filled streets of Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties - and finally, to Lala’s own difficult adolescence in the not-quite-promised land of San Antonio, Texas. Caramelo is a vital, wise, romantic tale of homelands, sometimes real, sometimes imagined. Vivid, funny, intimate, historical, it is a brilliant work destined to become a classic: a major new novel from one of our country’s most beloved storytellers.

©2002 AudioGO (P)2002 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Sandra Cisneros
Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
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A House of My Own

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From the author of The House on Mango Street, a compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that, taken together, form a jigsaw autobiography - an intimate album of a beloved literary legend. From 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 places 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 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 woman's liberty in Sarajevo) to the literary (a tribute to Marguerite Duras), and written with her trademark lyricism, these signature pieces recall transformative memories as well as reveal her defining artistic and intellectual influences. Poignant, honest, and deeply moving, this is an exuberant celebration of a life in writing lived to the fullest.

©2015 Sandra Cisneros (P)2015 Random House Audio

Narrator: Sandra Cisneros
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
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