A House of My Own: Stories from My Life (Hardcover)

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I’ll admit, Sandra Cisneros has always been on my list of favorites for fiction and poetry, but never before an author on my non-fiction radar. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t heard of her; her novel, A House of My Own, is inspirational and hers is a life you would want to read about. Cisneros describes her rented house in Greece, on an island called Hydra, where she finished her first novel, and it made me nostalgic for her home—the little jasmine flowers, the views of the sea, the whitewashed walls that reflected moonlight. In the introduction, she says, “I have no children to tell the following stories, and even if I did, they wouldn’t want to hear them. And so I offer them to you, my readers.” I interpret that line to mean, that just for a few hours, each reader gets the chance to have an intimacy with the author—and that’s pretty amazing. 

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 I’ll admit, Sandra Cisneros has always been on my list of favorites for fiction and poetry, but never before an author on my non-fiction radar. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t heard of her; her novel, A House of My Own, is inspirational and hers is a life you would want to read about. Cisneros describes her rented house in Greece, on an island called Hydra, where she finished her first novel, and it made me nostalgic for her home—the little jasmine flowers, the views of the sea, the whitewashed walls that reflected moonlight. In the introduction, she says, “I have no children to tell the following stories, and even if I did, they wouldn’t want to hear them. And so I offer them to you, my readers.” I interpret that line to mean, that just for a few hours, each reader gets the chance to have an intimacy with the author—and that’s pretty amazing. ~ Jordan  

— From 2015 Memoir/Biography

Description


From the 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 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, deeply moving, this is an exuberant celebration of a life in writing lived to the fullest.

About the Author


SANDRA CISNEROS is the author of two widely acclaimed novels, a story collection, two books of poetry, and, most recently, Have You Seen Marie? She is the recipient of numerous awards, including National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Lannan Literary Award, the American Book Award, the Thomas Wolfe Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Cisneros is the founder of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral and Macondo Foundations, which serve creative writers. She lives in Mexico. www.sandracisneros.com


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780385351331
ISBN-10: 038535133X
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Pages: 400
Language: English