Brown: The Last Discovery of America by Richard RodríguezThis title is a discussion of both Hispanic American history and race identity. The author reflects on the array of influence various Hispanic cultures have had on the country. He argues that it is not only the case that Hispanics are changing America, but also the inverse situation.
Rita Moreno: A Memoir by Rita MorenoMoreno shares her remarkable journey from impoverished Puerto Rican girl to Hollywood legend… [After] a harrowing sea voyage with her mother [at age five, Rita] wound up in the harsh barrios of the Bronx, where she discovered dancing, singing, and acting as ways to escape a tumultuous childhood.
When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda SantiagoSantiago was born in Puerto Rico among many brothers and sisters. Her family’s move to Brooklyn resulted in a tremendous upheaval, requiring the learning of not only a new language but a different culture and set of social customs. As the oldest child, Esmeralda had the difficult job of helping Mami in all of this.
Call Number: B Santiago
Publication Date: 2006-02-28
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor[The] first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court, [Sotomayor] tells the story of her life before becoming a judge… With startling candor and intimacy, [she] recounts her life from [the] Bronx…to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.