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Esmeralda Santiago

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January 01, 1948

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Esmeralda Santiago (born 1948 in San Juan, Puerto Rico). Is a renowned Puerto Rican author In 1961, she came to the United States when she was thirteen years old, the eldest in a family that would eventually include eleven children. Ms. Santiago attended New York City's Performing Arts High School, where she majored in drama and dance. After eight years of part-time study at community colleges, she transferred to Harvard University with a full scholarship. She studied film production and graduated in 1976 magna cum laude. Shortly after graduation, she and her husband, Frank Cantor, founded CANTOMEDIA, a film and media production company, which has won numerous awards for excellence in documentary filmmaking.

Her writing career evolved from h
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When I Was Puerto Rican

4.06 avg rating — 11,461 ratings — published 1993 — 29 editions
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Conquistadora

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Almost a Woman

4.12 avg rating — 2,817 ratings — published 1998 — 22 editions
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The Turkish Lover: A Memoir

4.10 avg rating — 1,276 ratings — published 2004 — 11 editions
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America's Dream

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Las Christmas

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A Doll For Navidades

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Stúlkan frá Púertó Ríkó

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History as comedy.
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Stunningly written. A thoughtful, personal exploration of how human-created distinctions to subjugate and disenfranchise others of their species diminish all of us.
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“I learned you pay for your happiness. That's why I don't expect to be happy all the time. I'd rather be surprised by one moment every so often to remind me that joy is possible, even if I have to pay for it later.”
Esmeralda Santiago, Conquistadora

“How can you know what you're capable of if you don't embrace the unknown?”
Esmeralda Santiago, Conquistadora

“For me, the person I was becoming when we left was erased, and another one was created.”
Esmeralda Santiago, When I Was Puerto Rican

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