Once Upon a Quinceanera

Coming of Age in the USA
Product Number: EB00388776
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781101213407
Publisher: Plume
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Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a "phenomenal, indispensable" (USA Today) exploration of the Latina "sweet fifteen" celebration, by the bestselling author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of Butterflies The quinceaNera, a celebration of a Latina girl's fifteenth birthday, has become a uniquely American trend. This lavish party with ball gowns, multi-tiered cakes, limousines, and extravagant meals is often as costly as a prom or a wedding. But many Latina girls feel entitled to this rite of passage, marking a girl's entrance into womanhood, and expect no expense to be spared, even in working-class families. Acclaimed author Julia Alvarez explores the history and cultural significance of the "quince" in the United States, and the consequences of treating teens like princesses. Through her observations of a quince in Queens, interviews with other quince girls, and the memories of her own experience as a young immigrant, Alvarez presents a thoughtful and entertaining portrait of a rapidly growing multicultural phenomenon, and passionately emphasizes the importance of celebrating Latina womanhood.

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Author(s): Julia Alvarez
Original Publish Date: Aug 02, 2007

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Author(s): Julia Alvarez
Narrator(s): Daphne Rubin-Vega
Product Number Z100090339
Released: Feb 28, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9781101929056

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