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Esmeralda Santiago
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Esmeralda Santiago is the author of the memoirs When I Was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman, which she adapted into a Peabody Award–winning film for PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, and The Turkish Lover; the novel América’s Dream; and a children’s book, A Doll for Navidades. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and House & Garden, among other publications, and on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she lives in New York.

Esmeralda Santiago is represented by Random House Speakers Bureau (www.rhspeakers.com)

Esmeralda Santiago nació en Puerto Rico y es autora de la memoria When I Was Puerto Rican (Cuando era puertorriqueña) y de la novela America’s Dream (El sueño de América). Almost a Woman, la secuela de When I Was Puerto Rican, fue publicada en 1998 y traducida al español en 1999, bajo el titulo de Casi una mujer. Esmeralda Santiago reside en Westchester County, Nueva York.

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Casi una Mujer

Written by Esmeralda Santiago


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: April 16, 2014
Price: $9.99

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Conquistadora

Written by Esmeralda Santiago


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $15.95

As a young girl growing up in Spain, Ana Larragoity Cubillas is powerfully drawn to Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de Leon. And in handsome twin brothers Ramon and Inocente—both in love with Ana—she finds a way to get there. Marrying Ramon at... Read more >
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Conquistadora

Written by Esmeralda Santiago


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Cuando era puertorriqueña

Written by Esmeralda Santiago


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: April 16, 2014
Price: $10.99

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Cuando era puertorriqueña

Written by Esmeralda Santiago


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: October 18, 1994
Price: $14.95

This acclaimed autobiography of a young girl's coming of age in Puerto Rico and New York City is available in both Spanish and English editions.   Esmeralda Santiago passes her childhood as a jíbara, a Puerto Rican country girl, living in a small village.  Her life changes when she is thirteen, and she... Read more >
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Las Christmas
Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories
Written by Esmeralda Santiago and Joie Davidow


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $12.00

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Las Christmas

Written by Esmeralda Santiago and Joie Davidow


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: December 1, 1998
Price: $12.00

En esta espléndida extravagancia literaria, veinticino de los más conocidos escritores latinos nos agradan y nos conmueven con sus recuerdos navideños.

El cuento de Julia Álvarez nos enseña como Santicló libró de opresión política a su querido tío. Junot Díaz recuerda su inquieta asimilación a un nuevo país al pasar su primera... Read more >
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Las Christmas
Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories
Written by Esmeralda Santiago and Joie Davidow


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Las Mamis
Favorite Latino Authors Remember Their Mothers
Edited by Esmeralda Santiago and Joie Davidow


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 17, 2001
Price: $14.00

The women lovingly portrayed in Las Mamis represent a cross section of Latino life and culture. They come from rich families in the big cities of Latin America, from rural immigrant families, and from the worlds in between-and they share an extraordinary inner strength, often maintained against incredible odds. Pressed by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Las Mamis
Escritores latinos recuerdan a sus madres
Edited by Esmeralda Santiago and Joie Davidow


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: January 20, 2010
Price: $9.99

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Las Mamis
Escritores latinos recuerdan a sus madres
Edited by Esmeralda Santiago and Joie Davidow


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: April 17, 2001
Price: $15.00

The women lovingly portrayed in Las Mamis represent a cross section of Latino life and culture. They come from rich families in the big cities of Latin America, from rural immigrant families, and from the worlds in between-and they share an extraordinary inner strength, often maintained against incredible odds. Pressed by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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