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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 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 pl 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 graduated from a prestigious writing program and has been lauded with the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship among other awards and honors it seems she could have easily gone in another direction speaking a lot of academese for instance but instead she remains grounded 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 good uality paper and includes nearly 100 color and black and white photographs so it has a beautiful keepsake uality to it

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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 give 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 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 book is in fact a collection of previously published essays and speeches or lectures she s already given So if you re a Cisneros fan you might ve read 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 get 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 good book indeed 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

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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 w I feel kind of cheated by this book I m a long time Cisneros fan and I m used to waiting over a decade for her next book and then being blown away I expected this to be a memoir told in stories instead it s a collection of introductions to books and essays she read at various speaking events They are well written and there are some gems but serious life experiences are carefully skirted She mentions lovers and affairs that hurt her but never ever goes 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 thrown 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


10 thoughts on “A House of My Own Stories from My Life

  1. says:

    I 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 int

  2. says:

    I savored this book Every page I didn't want it to end Sandra Cisneros' voice is incredible strong and proud She makes me w

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    This book is sublime masterful surprising full of spirit and unabashed feminism Composed of experimental vignettes and glimmers from the globe 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 o

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    I feel kind of cheated by this book I'm a long time Cisneros fan and I'm used to waiting over a decade for her next book and then being blown away I expected this to be a memoir told in stories; instead it's a collection of introductions to books and essays she read at various speaking events They are well written and there are some gems but serious life experiences are carefully skirted She mentions lovers and affair

  7. says:

    What A Book If I was a Cisneros fan before this really sealed the deal So many aspects of this life story resonates with me

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    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 ei

  10. says:

    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 and generous I am a longtime Cisneros fan and I wrote my review

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