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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents | Julia Alvarez
Simply wonderful. Los Angeles Times Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarezs brilliant and buoyant and beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters recounting their adventures growing up in two cultures. Selected as a Notable Book by both the New York Times and the American Library Association, it won the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for books with a multicultural perspective and was chosen by New York librarians as one of twenty-one classics for the twenty-first century. Ms. Alvarez was recently honored with the 2013 National Medal of Arts for her extraordinary storytelling. In this debut novel, the Garca sistersCarla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofaand their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their fathers role in an attempt to overthrow a tyrannical dictator is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wild and wondrous and not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways, but the girls try find new lives: by forgetting their Spanish, by straightening their hair and wearing fringed bell bottoms. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. How the Garca Girls Lost Their Accents sets the sisters free to tell their most intimate stories about how they came to be at homeand not at homein America. A joy to read. The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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Tashaxlynn
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I love that as a “coming of age” novel, it doesn‘t follow the typical structure. I love hearing the story is told through various voices and that it begins at the end! I would recommend others to check it out if you‘re interested in something a bit different!

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enidkeaner
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The novel is really a collection of short stories about the Garcias and, for me, at least they don‘t really make a satisfying whole. That‘s not to say that the novel isn‘t good - it is and Alvarez is really, really good at drawing her characters. But some stories don‘t go on for long enough, some aren‘t as interesting as the others. The ones that sing really, really really do sing and the Garcia family is seriously wonderful.

Meglet I definitely relate to this assessment! I‘ve read novels like this, where in isolated parts, they‘re beautiful, which almost makes the inconsistent whole more disappointing. 13mo
enidkeaner @Meglet exactly! It makes me wonder how wonderful it could have been if the novel was more connected. 13mo
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Camille2
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moarbookspleaze
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I'm almost halfway through but I have to finish this by Wednesday at lunch for the Diversity & Inclusion book club at work.

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merelybookish
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One step closer to completing the Litsy Reading Challenge. This one for "Girl(s) in the title." Only four left. ☺️
This was my first novel by Alvarez. I liked it. It took some adjusting. At first, it seemed random, disjointed. But I came to appreciate how the individual events (some major, some minor) came together to help us understand "the girls" and how they understand themselves.

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danimgill
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First book of #24in48 complete! ✅ I think I was expecting more out of a book with so much general praise but the reverse chronological structure was a fabulous way to illustrate the lives of the four sisters.

Not where I should be time-wise in the #readathon but I knew I had work all weekend so not much I can do haha. Now for a change in medium and to finally get to a comic that's been on my shelf for about 2 years 💥

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danimgill
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Despite having to work both days this weekend I still signed up for the #24in48 readathon 🤷‍♀️ Thankfully I can read ebooks while I work the front desk!

This stack (if it even qualifies lol) is not nearly as impressive as many others but these are the two books I'm hoping to make serious progress in, if not finish this weekend! I haven't even come close to 24 in the past so we'll see how this goes 😜⏱📚

MinDea I love these wordcloud flexibook books! I want them all! Only have a couple. 2y
danimgill @MinDea This is my only one but I love the feel of it so much! I definitely need to invest in more haha 2y
MinDea Also, I love your photo! The glasses and the shirt, I wonder what your real identity is! Clar (a/k) Kent or Super (wo)man!! 2y
danimgill @MinDea Thanks so much! ☺️ It's from last Halloween, an easy costume since I already wear the glasses and the buttondowns - I guess that makes me Clark Kent in real life haha 2y
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FairyHighRoad
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One of my favorite #multiethnic books. Everything by Julia Alvarez is amazing! #junebookbugs

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Chelapf
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Match made in heaven: DQ pecan cluster blizzard and a good book. Parts of this book remind me of my own teenage years and all the frustrations that came with them. Almost TOO relatable. 😪

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bookwrm526
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This is the most recent book I've read that counts for the #immigrantsong prompt for #RockinMay! I need two books with immigration as a major theme, though, so I'm definitely following this hashtag to find some great suggestions 😜Kitty is NOT impressed, btw.

Bookzombie 💕🐱 3y
Cinfhen Great choice & there have been dozens of awesome titles today!!! The Littens are in top form💙📚💜📚❤️📚💗📚 3y
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Loreen
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Look at her calf #muscles ! #AprilBookShowers

RealLifeReading Great pick! 3y
ferskner I swear I had more leg envy from this book when I was reading it than I've ever had at the gym. 3y
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Lcsmcat
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"At that hour and in that loneliness, I hear her, a black furred thing lurking in the corners of my life, her magenta mouth opening, wailing over some violation that lies at the center of my art." #marchintoreading #bestlastsentences

TheAliceEvers Awesome! 3y
RealLifeReading Powerful! 3y
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Peaceful_Reader
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March Book Club choice. I'm having a tough time getting pulled in...

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BrainyHeroine
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Soubhiville Oh yes. So true. 3y
CatLadyBibliophile I'm at that bad stage where it's "Hey you got out of bed? You deserve two books!" My TBR stacks could be used to build a small apartment. 3y
Sue Bahahahaha ! @CatLadyBibliophile you are not alone! 3y
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BrainyHeroine I mean, to be fair I bought 5 new books right before I posted this. Lol 3y
Branwen It's very comforting to know that I'm not the only one that does this! 3y
SaraFair So true. 3y
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MMenefee
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This is the only book cover currently in my home with a flower on the cover. #feistyfeb

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Jas16
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When I first moved to San Francisco I wasn't sure I had made the right decision. I really missed my friends and didn't know if the city was for me. One of my first nights here (my brain keeps saying first night but that seems too perfect) my sister took me to dinner and we randomly went into the bookstore next door where this happened. That helped me decide that this city was for me. #latinx #feistyfeb

Zelma What a fantastic memory! 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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#LitsyAtoZ Part 3: Books published from 1991-2017 alphabetized by author. I don't own most of these, so I'm relying on the library. Also, the book from 2017 is a bonus that just happens to come out on my 26th birthday.

Suzze I just looked and my birthday is on a Tuesday this year. Wonder if anything good will be released that day? 3y
TheNextBook Are you doing the #birthdaychallenge! This list is awesome! 3y
JacintaMCarter @TheNextBook I'm combining the #BirthdayChallenge with the #LitsyAtoZ challenge. Just to make it all more challenging. 3y
TheNextBook @JacintaMCarter 😂 I love it!! 3y
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rachellayown
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Julia Alvarez is one of my favorite writers and this is the first book I read by her so it's my pick for #publishedinthe90s

charl08 Love that cover. 3y
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MMenefee
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Banjo approves of this year's stack from the WV Book Festival used book sale. This is about a quarter of my usual haul from this event. I went for quality over quantity and am very excited about all these titles.

Kirstin 😻😻 3y
AnnieReads Beach Music is my favorite Pat Conroy. 3y
MMenefee @AnnieReads I always enjoy hearing people say that about a book. 😄 3y
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Soubhiville Banjo is gorgeous! 3y
Reviewsbylola Middlesex is my favorite from your stack! 3y
MMenefee @Soubhiville Banjo says, "Thank mew!" 3y
MMenefee @Reviewsbylola A friend in my book club mentioned it last night. I hope I enjoy it as much as you and she do. 3y
DebinHawaii Great stack! And pretty Banjo! 🐱❤️ 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Banjo has good taste and is handsome! 3y
Beachesnbooks I loved Wide Sargasso Sea. Great haul! 3y
MMenefee @Beachesnbooks I've heard very good things about that title and couldn't believe how tiny it is. 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @MMenefee just dawned on me that Calicos are normally female!! Sorry, she's beautiful!! Or am I confused? 3y
MMenefee @JanuarieTimewalker13 She's a tortoiseshell which, like calico cats, are usually female. 😺 3y
DiruVamp Those eyes! 😻 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @MMenefee oh, thank you for the clarification!! I've never had either type of cat! So beautiful! 3y
SheilaChew ❤️Beach Music! One of my favorite books - I remember that after I read it, I felt like I had spent a month in the South. 3y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 3y
Dragon I second @SheilaChew 's comment about Beach Music. I also liked Middlesex and The Discovery of Witches 3y
Bette 🐱❤️📚💕 3y
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