Saturday, June 23, 2007

The House on Mango Street

Author: Sandra Cisneros

First line: We didn't always live on Mango Street.

Why you should read this book: Little Esperanza--skinny, poor, female--moves through her fictionalized Chicago neighborhood with a sense of alienation almost equal to her neighbors' belief that she's right where she belongs. A novel in short stories, some under two pages, this book creates not only a stunning sense of place, but also a detailed portrait of a young girl's mind as she comes to understand the give and take of money, power, relationships, and freedom. Honest and intense, this well-loved book presents a reality that might otherwise remain invisible for a large segment of the population.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You've never dreamed of changing your place in the world.

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