Imagine That! gI have always been a daydreamer and that s a lucky thing for a writer Because what is a daydreamer if not another word for thinker visionary intuitive all wonderful words synonymous withirl It s official I m a Sandra Cisneros fan This is the first book of hers that I ve read and over the last few years i and over the last few years I found that reading a writer s non ficti Sandra Cisneros s writing is honest and poetic and lacks the self consciousness of someone aspiring to be erudite I mention this because I think for someone who is multi lingual who has read a lot and lived and traveled around the world who raduated from a prestigious writing program and has been lauded with the prestigious MacArthur around the world who raduated from a prestigious writing program and has been lauded with the prestigious MacArthur among other awards and honors it seems she could have easily Sister of My Heart gone in another direction speaking a lot of academese for instance but instead she remainsrounded centered in her own voice and its tributaries as well as the aspiration to appeal to people from all walks of life and possibly people who don t read many booksA House of My Own refreshed me from how we are often encouraged to think about writers and writing where the focus is on stamina and discipline and the mechanics of the writing life Or content wise its about revealing the heinous and the struggle to crack the code of whatever is deep and dark and repressed Or whatever the currents are in identity politics so the content of the writing is only approached through the lens of keywords and phrases such as the immigrant experience or the LGBT culture etc or awful things about what it means to be black sigh Very little is said about the dreamer side of being a writer the spiritual aspect the celebratory the love of words and readings and ways to discover meaning and make meaning We see the hyper intellectual or code breaking aspect of writing discussed in ways that exclude huge amounts of people from participating in the joys and revelations associated with the life of the mind I remember how exciting it was for me when I first read writings by bell hooks in the 1990s because despite the clunk and drag of the language she often used she always expressed exuberance about the time she enjoyed alone thinking and dreamingWith A House of My Own Sandra Cisneros inspiringly celebrates houses and homes the houses of spirit the houses of of friendship the houses of refuge houses of work houses of language people and places which have nourished her life her feelings her perspectives and informed her creativity up to this point in timeSubtitled Stories From My Life A House of My Own comprises 40 writings spanning 30 years of stories of Sandra Cisneros s life some of which were first commissioned as lectures essays introductions to her own or other artists works or appreciations and stories she wrote just because Also included are ofrendas for each of her parentsa letter to Gwendolyn Brooksa letter to a parent who wanted to see The House On Mango Street banned Cisneros did not write this critically acclaimed book for children yet it has become reuired reading in many schoolstributes to visual artists other writers the musician Astor Piazzolla and significant booksA House of My Own is printed on King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies good uality paper and includes nearly 100 color and black and white photographs so it has a beautiful keepsake uality to it I met Sandra Cisneros on the page in college like many young people do having been assigned The House on Mango Street and Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories At first I rejected it all like I tended to do at that age because I was just that sort of person As Irew up though I found a deeper appreciation for Cisneros and I ll admit she s part of the reason why I am now working on my raduate degree in Creative Writing
Ye What A Book If I was a Cisneros fan before this really sealed the deal So many aspects of this What A Book If I was a Cisneros fan before this really sealed the deal So many aspects of this story resonates with me I decided to read Sandra Cisneros A House of My Own Stories from My Life after reading a review by avid reader and active GoodReads user Rowena I ve never read any of Cisneros books and to my surprise never heard of her either Thank you Rowena for introducing me to her I believe there is the right book for the right time and this was the book for me at this time Cisneros writes about writing about her lifetime of finding places to write of finding her own space it s no coincidence that her book a biography really is titled A House of My Own Much like Virginia Woolf s famous essay A Room of One s Own Cisneros also argues that a woman must have her own space in her case an entire house to herself to write The. From the beloved author of The House on Mango Street a richly illustrated compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that taken together form a jigsaw autobiography an intimate album of a literary legend's life and careerFrom the Chicago neighborhoods where she rew up and set her roundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico in a region where my ancestors lived for centuries the pl. Neros fan and I m used to waiting over a decade her
Next Book And Then book and then blown away I expected this to be a memoir told in stories it s a collection of introductions to books and essays she read at various speaking events They are well written and there are some ems but serious life experiences are carefully skirted She mentions lovers and affairs that hurt her but never ever oes into depth about love and sex She repeatedly mentions a year long depression but again never interrogates the wound Her mother and father feel like cardboard cut outs and not fleshed out characters There s a ton of repetition All in all this felt like something s a ton of repetition All in all this felt like something together to satisfy a contractual obligation to a publisher not at all a Cisneros masterpiece I ll keep hoping for some fiction or poetry as she remains an idol of mine A House of My Own Stories From My Life is a charming memoir in the form of compilation book reviews forewards epilogues etc composed over her writing life and presented or less in chronological order Part search for home part exploration of rief family and art Sandra Cisneros writes with a language that is disarming and playful communicating volumes in a few words She talks for example about trying to please her Chicago nemesis loc 233 Her San Antonio partner on the other hand was as sweet as burnt milk candy but as untidy as un remolino tejano en agosto a Texas dust devil in August loc 5158 5159 Cisneros How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead generally translates her Spanish phrases both adding emphasis and making her writing accessible for English speakers Cisneros writes on the edge of several cultures born of a Mexican born father and a Mexican American mother traveling the world whichives her an ability to see things she might not otherwise She first noticed this when she moved from her childhood home in Chicago to raduate school in Iowa So often you have to run away from home and visit other homes first before you can clearly see your own loc 536 537 Traveling both opens doors but ultimately closes others so she did not feel at home in places where she expected to She uotes Pico Iyer home is not just the place where you were born it s the place where you become yourself loc 544 545 She becomes herself in her writing her reading her art Some essays stand out for me although perhaps that s for my own idiosyncratic reasons In No Place like Home she talks about the advantages and disadvantages of being bicultural In Resurrections she talks about the things that no one told her or that she hadn t listened to and heard including some of the changes that come with losing her parents In Mexico they say when someone you love dies a part of you dies with them But they forget to mention that a part of them is born in you not immediately I ve learned but eventually and radually It s an opportunity to be reborn loc 4102 4104 A White Flower is a ift to her therapist talking about how it felt to tell her stories to a therapist as well as her therapist s meaning to her life It includes those uestions that she d like to ask that she s too shy to ask and that most clients surely want to ask Do you approve of me or am I silly Even if she didn t approve what does it matter But it matters a lot To me I would ask whether the stories I ve told her are any ood worth repeating worth remembering That s how I define a Moonrise good story Does sheet tired listening to stories all day and all week year after year How does one stay healthy at the end of a day full of stories Does one have to shake oneself off like a dog after its bath loc 3244 3248 In asking these and other uestions that most of us would like to ask by opening up the oft overlooked Cisneros enlarges our view of the world She reaches her hand across the aisle and I feel like Cisneros s sister rather than only una extra a Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi gringa When she was reading in Portland Sandra Cisneros talked about losing track of what she had written BC before computers Her reading was powerful and sweet her advice wise andenerous I am a longtime Cisneros fan and I wrote my review of her visit before I had even finished the book are essays Cisneros said she had to et in print before they were lost written over the past thirty years or so They are occasional pieces written for specific events since she published The House on Mango Street Each is prefaced with current reflection explanation and updates why she wrote the essay and how it fits into her life and what has changed since I bought an extra copy to send to a friend My only regret is that I did not buy four copies for four other friends. Oman's liberty in Sarajevo to the literary a tribute to Marguerite Duras and written with her trademark sensitivity and honesty these poignant unforgettable pieces ive us not only her most transformative memories but also a revelation of her artistic and intellectual influences Here is an exuberant deeply moving celebration of a life in writing lived to the fullest an important milestone in a storied caree. .
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Book is in fact a collection of previously published essays speeches or Lectures She S Already she s already So if you re a Cisneros fan you might ve these stories before Each story includes an introduction which provides background and context It s the perfect book to read if you find you re unable to et into a full length novel and only have time for short stories at a time Though the stories are arranged chronologically from the past to the present day I think they could be read in any order This is a book that you can pick up and select any story to read at randomI think any book that changes your opinion about something is a ood book that changes your opinion about something is a ood book In this case Cisneros changed my opinion of Texas She lived 20 years of her life in San Antonio a city I barely knew before I read about it in A House of My Own She made me curious about a state I had previously harshly judged And of course being a Mexican American or as she says a US Mexican writer she writes a lot about Mexico and Mexican culture I definitely stepped away from the book knowing than I ever have about this country that s on the same continent as I amIf you love to read and aspire to write especially if you re a woman then this book is for you No forget that What is the power of a book if not to introduce you to people places experiences that you know little about Even if you don t aspire to write you should read this book I highly recommend it I savored this book Every page I didn t want it to end Sandra Cisneros voice is incredible strong and proud She makes me want to write and be heardThis collection of essays and articles are profound and deserve to be read and shared time and time again I am so lad to be able to read new writing by her that I had not encountered Reading A House of My Own made me want to o back and read Caramelo and House on Mango Street Her voice is so important to Chicanas Latinas y Mexicanas she really validates all of my worries and dreams and uestions about my existence in La Frontera This book is sublime masterful surprising full of spirit and unabashed feminism Composed of experimental vignettes and limmers from the lobe trotting empathic socially conscious writer teacher poet Sandra Cisneros Some reviews here have expressed disappointment in the so called lack of juicy details revealed but I felt just the opposite The stories of Cisneros life are courageous in their sensitivity and revealing of the lifelong influence that her migratory childhood as the sole daughter in a family of six brothers that is threaded throughout all of her work As a Mexican American woman rowing up in a working class Catholic family her approved vocations and options in life were few By pursuing a life of education and writing she forged a new path that went against her familial cultural traditions and socialized ender norms Her writings have you revelling along with her as she ains both hard won economic independence and writerly solitude as a young woman while also supporting and mentoring youth and artistic communities around the world Although the book doesn t explicitly touch on her choice to stay single and child free I loved the tiny details she chose to share about her home life The Beautiful Ghosts great reveal of this book is found in they ways that Cisneros shares with us her most tender and uiet moments her struggles and amazing humor and the many people and places that move her Not to mention the music and art that inspires her work and daily life The way she shares her influences and self reflections is beautiful and startlingly intimate Having been an fangirl since A House on Mango Street and having seen her speak in person twice I wasn t sure what exactly to expect of this memoir that is not a memoir A House of My Own is a revelation and the way Cisneros turns a phrase is singular I was moved to tears several times and discovered new dimensions of her work many times over while reading Every moment is infused with her soulful often hilarious writing from her youthful adventures typing Mango Street in a rented house on the Grecian island of Hydra to her nervous meeting with thereat musician and composer Astor Piazzolla to driving her hero Eduardo Galeano around San Antonio to her musings on St Teresa de Avilaand so much As you can tell I adore this book and it s orgeously put together filled with lovely photos to boot If you haven t read her novels or poems yet I believe you can still find enjoyment of this book and it will certainly spark you to seek out of her work I feel kind of cheated by this book I m a long time Cis. Aces 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 nearly 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