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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
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bookshelves: short-stories, young-adult, illinois, immigrant-experience
Read 2 times. Last read July 13, 2018 to July 14, 2018.

"The House on Mango Street" is a coming-of-age book about a Mexican-American girl growing up in a Hispanic neighborhood in Chicago. We see Esperanza Cordero's family and neighborhood through the twelve-year-old girl's eyes, told in a series of vignettes. She sees many older women sitting by the windows. They feel trapped by their fathers, their husbands, and the responsibility of children. Others are trapped by their lack of education or inability to speak English. Esperanza is hoping her writing skills will be her ticket out of the neighborhood someday. She has dreams for her future, including a house of her own. But she'll always have ties to the old neighborhood.

Sandra Cisneros writes beautifully, painting a new picture for the reader in each vignette. This book would be perfect for classroom discussions for teens.

First read in 2011.
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Reading Progress

September 19, 2011 – Shelved
October 5, 2011 – Started Reading
October 7, 2011 – Finished Reading
October 25, 2011 – Shelved as: short-stories
October 25, 2011 – Shelved as: young-adult
June 23, 2014 – Shelved as: illinois
February 17, 2017 – Shelved as: immigrant-experience
July 13, 2018 – Started Reading
July 14, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Angela M Terrific review, Connie.

Connie G Angela M wrote: "Terrific review, Connie."

Thank you, Angela.

message 3: by Tara (new)

Tara A classic now.

Connie G Tara Lynn wrote: "A classic now."

Yes, it was published in 1984 but still seems fresh today.

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