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11 Memoirs And Autobiographies Written By Latinas Every Woman Should Read

When one person’s life story is immortalized within the crisp white pages of a book, research results can be powerful.

That’s because memoirs and autobiographies can move readers who empathize with the author’s hardships, identity crisis, loss, trauma, victory and more. And when people insure their own life experiences reflected in a book, it can be both cathartic and inspiring.

Many Latinas have shared their unbelievable life tales with the world in the form of prose over the years, and we picked some of the most popular.

Here are 11 memoirs and autobiographies written by Latinas every woman should read 😛 TAGEND

1 My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

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“Those who recollect the stilted Sotomayor confirmation hearings will learn from this book that the real Sonia Sotomayor is a most varied[ person ]. She is a joyous, compassionate Latina who revels in her heritage; she is the child of an alcoholic parent, a chilly mother and a grandmother who served as her source of ‘protection and purpose.’ She is, by her own say, a logical intellectual, who clawed her way to success through self-reliance, discipline and the help of mentors and friends.” — Nina Totenberg, NPR

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2 A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernndez

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“[ In A Cup of Water Under My Bed ,] Hernndez describes how, as small children, she moved further away from her Colombian-Cuban family by entering the world of English, a language they didnt speak. Now, with lucid prose, she comes back to them, painting a portrait both affectionate and raw of growing up in a working class immigrant neighborhood in New Jersey. She analyzes the warmth and ache she found in her relationships with their own families, the varied reactions they had when she came out as bisexual, and the cognitive dissonance she experienced as she became upwardly mobile.” — Braden Goyette, The Huffington Post

Image via Amazon ,] Hernndez describes how, as small children, she moved further away from her Colombian-Cuban family by entering the world of English, a language they didnt speak. Now, with lucid prose, she comes back to them, painting a portrait both affectionate and raw of growing up in a working class immigrant neighborhood in New Jersey. She analyse the warmth and ache she found in her relationships with her family, the varied reactions they had when she came out as bisexual, and the cognitive dissonance she experienced as she became upwardly mobile.” — Braden Goyette, The Huffington Post

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3 When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

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“Choosing to use an nearly documentary style, with episodes held together by a protagonist for whom we have fear as well as appreciation, Santiago’s first major published work is a touching and disclosing memoir of a Puerto Rican girl and the rites of passage she suffers on her way to womanhood and, ultimately, Americanization.” — Yvonne V. Sapia, Los Angeles Times

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4 Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother and Still Came Out Smiling( with Great Hair) by Rosie Perez

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“The bigger issue of the book is surviving childhood. The moral isreally, how do you not allow your past to completely define you as an adult? And how do you not permit the emotional replies that served to protect you as small children , not dictate your emotional responses today? — Rosie Perez in an interview with Fox News Latino .

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5 Bird of Paradise: How I Become Latina by Raquel Cepeda

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“Cepeda turns inward with her memoir Bird of Paradise: How I Become Latina. Telling the story of a young woman whose life was turned upside down over and over again, Bird of Paradise is her tale of redemption, of her search to understand her identity in a society that told her over and over again that she did not matter.” — Dr. David J. Leanord, The Huffington Post

Image via Amazon . Telling the story of a young lady whose life was turned upside down over and over again, is her narrative of redemption, of her search to understand her identity in a society that told her over and over again that she did not matter.” — Dr. David J. Leanord, The Huffington Post

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6 The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande

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“Immigration has opened a divide between the composition of the Grande family that’s 2,000 miles wide. But even when Reyna crosses this divide to live with her parent in California, the metaphorical connect bind her to a tragically poor corner of Mexico will not die. Iguala and its unpaved streets, its rural superstitions and its starvation never let go of either young Reyna, her parents or any of her siblings in The Distance Between Us, a heart-wrenching account of her impoverished childhood and violence-tinged adolescence.” — Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times

Image via Simon& Schuster , a heart-wrenching account of her impoverished childhood and violence-tinged adolescence.” — Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times

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7 Rita Moreno: A Memoir by Rita Moreno

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“Charting her story from her early days in Puerto Rico, Rita describes the beauty of her childhood with almost an artistic viewdescribing sights and sounds, and then suddenly her abrupt move to New York with her single mom, who left behind their entire life to start over in a tenement in the Bronx. Coming from beauty and going into the ugly was a culture shock for young Rita, who couldnt speak a word of English and through a misunderstanding in the hospital with a bout of chicken pox finally began to comprehend the language.” — Nikki Luongo, The Huffington Post

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8 Almost A Woman by Esmeralda Santiago

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“This sequel to the story of Santiago’s childhood( When I Was Puerto Rican) encompasses her life as an adolescent and young woman when she lived in Brooklyn, New York, with her mother and 10 siblings during the course of its 1960 s. Puerto Rican immigrants, the family suffered through periods of poverty exemplified by the author’s journeys to the welfare office with Mami, where she translated her mother’s Spanish so that they could obtain benefits. Santiago’s good humor, zest for life and fighting spirit pervade her chronicle and moderate potential impacts of the hard times she describes.” — Publishers Weekly

Image via Amazon ) covers their own lives as an adolescent and young woman when she lived in Brooklyn, New York, with her mom and 10 siblings during the 1960 s. Puerto Rican immigrants, the family suffered through periods of poverty exemplified by the author’s trips to the welfare office with Mami, where she translated her mother’s Spanish so that they could obtain benefits. Santiago’s good humor, zest for life and fighting spirit pervade her chronicle and moderate the impact of the hard times she describes.” — Publishers Weekly

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9 American Chica by Marie Arana

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“Arana, daughter of a Peruvian father and an American mother, find herself as a hybrid, a fusion of Latina and Anglo, exemplifying both cultures but an outsider in each … Within this winning portrait of a bicultural childhood are a host of notable charactersthe mysterious Peruvian grandfather who stayed in his upstairs room for 20 years, the tradition-bound Peruvian grandmother who ruled the family, the young gardener who taught Arana about her spirit, and( most of all) her parents, whose difficult but enduring marriage is at the very centre of her story.” — Kirkus Review

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10 Havana Real: One Woman Fights To Tell The Truth About Cuba Today by Yoani Snchez

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“[ Yoani Snchez’s] Havana Real: One Woman Fight to Tell the Truth About Cuba Today speaks for the generation who came of age after the U.S.S.R. collapsed. This devastated Cuba( the Soviets furnished 80 percent of Cuban imports) and marked the start of the special period in a time of peace, to quote Fidel Castros Orwellian term … The volume unflinchingly recounts the Special Period and after: the food ration cards, the ‘hamburgers’ made of fried grapefruit rinds, the convicts who opted to have their teeth pulled since the prison soft diet was more nutritious than the standard one.” — Katharine Whittemore, The Boston Globe speaks for the generation who came of age after the U.S.S.R. collapsed. This devastated Cuba( the Soviets furnished 80 percent of Cuban imports) and marked the start of the special period in a time of peace, to quote Fidel Castros Orwellian term … The book unflinchingly recounts the Special Period and after: the food ration cards, the ‘hamburgers’ made of fried grapefruit rinds, the convicts who opted to have their teeth pulled since the prison soft diet was more nutritious than the standard one.” — Katharine Whittemore, The Boston Globe

11 Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzalda

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“Remember back in 2010 when Arizona passed a statute that banned Mexican-American analyzes courses in Arizona high schools? Well, Anzaldas La Frontera, published 25 years earlier, was one of the books that were banned and removed from classrooms. Anzalduas semi-autobiographical volume takes on colonialism, race, and gender in an unbelievably interesting style, often employing different forms of Spanish and English in order to impress on the reader the language difficulties she and others living in what she calls the ‘borderlands, ‘ navigating different cultures. It was controversial and moving in the ‘8 0s when she wrote it, and as the Arizona law presents, its as controversial and crucial today.” — Crystal Paul, Bustle

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The 5 Oddest American Tendencies That Other Countries Stole

America is the great melting pot. Generations upon generations of disparate cultures, all just stewing together in the tasty broth of liberty. That’s what attained the country what it is today: A barren hellscape patrolled by Corporate Overbots, murderous brand-enforcement drones whose every thundering step sends fear into- Oh, sorry, that’s tomorrow. We skipped ahead a bit in the chronology. We meant to say, “That’s what constructed the country what it is today: a cultural powerhouse.” In fact, America Americas so hard that even other, less-American countries have to get in on this All-American action. Like …

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Northern korean Hate America( But Love American Brands )

North Koreans are taught that everything wrong with the world — and especially everything wrong with North Korea — is solely the faulting of America and the evils of capitalism. That’s why it’s so odd that, when French photographer Eric Lafforgue toured the country to capture a photographic essay of its people, he came back with pics like these 😛 TAGEND

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“Just Do It … Or You Run To Gulag.”

All across Pyongyang, Lafforgue encountered people sporting distinctly American corporate logos: Nike, McDonald’s, Mickey Mouse, and … Bart Simpson?

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Better to feed shorts than to eat nothing at all .

When asked about the products, citizens didn’t consider current problems: They told Lafforgue that they were Chinese in origin. And that’s not entirely wrong — the vast majority of North Korea’s goods are imported from China, aka “America’s sweatshop.”

It doesn’t end at attire: Here’s an obvious rip-off of America’s favorite soda, creatively relabeled “Cocoa Crabonated [ sic ] Drink.”

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GET CRABS .

After six successful trip-ups to North Korea, and smuggling out hundreds of photos, Lafforgue was eventually banned from the country — whether for exposing its rampant poverty, its hypocritical love of Western products, or just to keep Coke from sending Copyright lawyers to Pyongyang, we simply do not know.

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American Subcultures Never Die; They Just Retire To Japan

Japan has no shortage of unique subcultures, ranging from people who dress like dolls, all the way to people who dress like other, more disturbing dolls. But there’s plenty of America in that mixture: Take, for example, Chicano Rap, coming at you straight from Tokyo( by way of East L.A ., by way of Mexico ). It all started when record label owner Shin Miyata became fascinated with everyone’s sixth favorite ‘7 0s cop depict, CHiPs , and the Chicano culture depicted therein. The subculture has since grown into a veritable phenomenon, complete with lowriders, black-and-white tattoos, and seriously on-point makeup.


They’re repping Eastside. No, farther east. Farther still …

Performers in the genre don’t imitation cholo lifestyle lightly — they full-on embody it, adopting entirely new identities like MoNa aka Sad Girl, El Latino, and GARCiA. But even Tokyo’s Cholos aren’t as dedicated as Tokyo’s Rockabillies.


This is revenge for Elvis’ “kimono” period .

Unlike America, where Rockabilly has been largely forgotten, the genre saw a huge resurgence in ‘8 0s Japan, and it only grew in the ‘9 0s. Now, on any devoted Sunday, you can find the Tokyo Rockabilly Club in Yoyogi park. Don’t worry, you can’t miss them: They’ll be the ones decked out in full leather, rocking out to the finest of the ‘5 0s, and sporting duck’s ass hairdo you could — nay, should — ramp a DeSoto off of.


The line between “pompadour” and “anime lightning hair” is a fine one .

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European “American Parties” Feature Red Solo Cups And A Million Calories

If Instagram is any clue, “American Parties” have taken Europe by blizzard, presumably landing at Normandy before sweeping south and to the east.


And you thought they hated us !

Everyone knows the only thing Americans love more than Old glory and casual racism is fueling their ever-growing waistlines, so one of the most important aspects of an American party is the food: Sloppy Joes, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, donuts, popcorn, French fries, soda, and anything else with at least a 500:1 calorie-to-nutrient ratio. But the single most important element of any American Party is, of course, the humble red Solo beaker.


And their version of brew pong is somehow more American than ours .

As any ‘9 0s teen comedy cinema can tell you, it is literally impossible to throw a party in the U.S.A. without red Solo cups. They’re so crucial to the experience that Europeans have taken to begging their U.S.-bound friends and relatives to bring back as many packs of them as their luggage can handle.

That’s presumably also how they smuggle in their party attire, because there’s simply no other route to garment so authentically American 😛 TAGEND
That policeman is mis, like, three layers of riot gear .

Of course, there’s a thin line between authenticity and “wildly offensive.”


Actually, this is pretty authentic too .

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Germans Have A Unusual Preoccupation With Playing Indian

Adult Germans have an inexplicable obsession with playing Cowboys and Indians. Well, with the “Indians” part, anyway.


Hey, if your most memorable culture stereotype was the Nazis, you might widen your net, too .

Actually, excavating into it a bit, it may be more explicable than we first supposed: When American soldiers liberated Berlin at the end of World War II, they were surprised to find that, just like the children back home, German children loved to play at a romanticized version of the American Old West. This was largely due to the work of German writer Karl May, who drew upon his vast experience of having once read The Last Of The Mohicans to pen a series of novels recounting the thrilling adventures of Old Shatterhand, a German immigrant to America who travels the plains with an Apache leader known as Winnetou.

Those books, in turn, inspired an immensely popular series of 1960 s movies, and that’s how you wind up with countless Germans — who already have a “thing” for nudity — quoting authenticity as a pretext to scarcely cover their dongs with miniscule strips of leather.


“Hey, newborn. Wanna help me use every part of the buffalo? ”

Germany is host to hundreds of hobbyist clubs in which “thousands of Germans with an American Indian fetish drink firewater, wear turquoise jewelry and run around places like Baden-Wurttemberg or Schleswig-Holstein dressed as Comanches and Apaches.” These enthusiasts expend their weekends camping out in teepees, reenacting combats between tribes, devoting themselves native-sounding names like “White Wolf” and “Great Eagle( but not the Nazi kind ), ” and just generally doing lots of things involving feathers.


“THIS IS SHAWNEE! ”

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Brazil Has An Annual Festival Honoring The American Confederacy

If you’re a shitty person looking to flee the consequences of your own shittiness, look no further than South America. You might think we’re referring to its notorious infestation of Nazi war criminals, but they were just following in the grand tradition of defeated racists before them …

Eighty years before the Nazis fled to the sun and fun of Brazil, at least 10, 000 Civil War Confederate did the same. Today, their descendants, known as the Confederados , honor their Southern American roots every April at the Festa Confederada in — no shit — Americana, Brazil.

In direct contrast to literally everything you’d rightfully presume about it, the “Confederate Party” is actually a multi-ethnic celebration, where people of every skin color gather to feed fried chicken, dress in period-appropriate garb, square dance, and remain solely oblivious to the bigoted roots of the culture they’re celebrating.


“We were told it was about states’ the same rights and nothing else, yes? ”

If anything, the celebration is actively anti-hate, with festival organizers instituting a gate check where burly bouncers filter out anyone displaying the SS, the swastika, the KKK insignia, or any other imagery commonly associated with white ascendancy … the obvious exception being, you know, all the rebel flags.

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