Habia una vez una quinceanera: De niña a mujer en EE.UU.
The quinceañera, a celebration of a Latina girl's fifteenth birthday, has become a uniquely American trend. This lavish party with ball gowns, multi-tiered cakes, limousines, and extravagant meals is often as ...more
Alvarez research took her to many communities so she could present a multi faceted account. She spoke with photographers in Miami, party planners in San Antonio, church groups in Colorado, the Ramos family in New Y ...more
What I really liked about this book was how it was a mixture of journalism, cultural analysis, and it had a memoir feel at times as well. Alvarez digs deep into the his ...more
and so disappointed after reading it. i felt like this was two or three books in one. i was expecting more about actual quinceaneras and why they are tradiation. the last 100 pages or so is all about julia alvarez's life- having nothing to do with quinces. it was as if she ran out of material so started her own biography.
she also ends with qu ...more
I really enjoyed this book, the second I've read by Alvarez. (The first was her first novel which I didn't know was an autobiographical account until some details early on in this book connected it for me.)Much more than just a historical account of quinceañeras, Alvarez explores the present day tradition noting how it has changed/is changing as elements of American culture were/are infused with it and seeks to discover the impact quinceañeras have on girls.
Reflecting on the interviews with quin...more
This coming age story follows the author as she travels the country helping to celebrate the 15th birthdays of Hispanic girls. While she is on her journey to gather information about modern Quinceaneras she begins to reconnect with her own.
I personally wasn't a huge fan of the book. Although the information that was given was very good and insightful, the way that is was presented was scattered and hard to follow. She really tried to give the reader a lot of information at the begging of the n ...more
Once Upon a Quinceanera is a nonfiction book written by Julia Alvarez. Julia was asked by an editor to write a book about the Latino tradition. In her book she specialized on the elaborate and ritualized parties, known as quinceaneras. The Plot of this story was realistic, since it is a nonfiction book, and Julia Alvarez did a splendid job on helping the reader understand the comparison between the American culture and Latino culture, which helped the story make sense.
The majority of the setting ...more
by Julia Alvarez
“What KIND of book is that?” asks my son, and I ponder. Is Once Upon a Quinceanara: Coming of Age in the USA a memoir? Sort of. It’s also, a little bit, investigative journalism. There’s poetry dancing through the language on its pages. It’s also, maybe, a cautionary tale, philosophy, and a prophecy.
“It’s…non-fiction,” I tell him. He nods.
I could have said, “It’s a book about stories: the ones we tell our children; the ones someon ...more
This book followed the author as she spent a year attending quinceaneras, researching the underlying traditions, and reflecting on her own upbringing as an immigrant caught between two cultures - not only her Dominican Republic heritage and new American culture but also the tr ...more
I can make a text to self connection with this book. I understand why the girls who are having the quincanera's really want a big, lavish party, beca ...more
When my husband took ESL classes at BYU-Hawaii, one gringo teacher prefaced his lesson on American essay structure by comparing it to the Asian and Latin structures and declaring the American essay superior. (Eddie had problems in this class, not surprisingly.) The teacher graphically represented the Latin structure as a spiral and the American structure as a flawless straight line - which I would like to argue with him over. This book was written in true spiral format, wandering through Latin n ...more
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This is a book that will only appeal to teen girls, and probably initially to Latinas, even thought the author addressed the social custom of coming-of-age parties, whether they are quinces or sweet sixteens. It's a bit too scholarly in tone and there's more information on the author's own childhood which doesn't g ...more
I would have loved this story if Alvarez decided to weave each of the girls she interviewed stories into th ...more
She is currently writer-in-residence at Middlebury College and the owner of a coffee farm named Alta Gracia, near Jarabacoa in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. The farm hosts a school to teach l ...more