Isabel's Hand-Me-Down Dreams

Isabel s Hand Me Down Dreams Uprooted from Puerto Rico to Spanish Harlem in New York City at the age of three Isabel and her siblings are raised by their temperamental mother and nurturing grandmother in a stifling claustrophob

  • Title: Isabel's Hand-Me-Down Dreams
  • Author: IsabelLopez
  • ISBN: 9781466311343
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • Uprooted from Puerto Rico to Spanish Harlem in New York City at the age of three, Isabel and her siblings are raised by their temperamental mother and nurturing grandmother in a stifling, claustrophobic upbringing that paradoxically fosters her imagination Without support and guidance in a teeming metropolis where few understand their language and culture, Isabel learns tUprooted from Puerto Rico to Spanish Harlem in New York City at the age of three, Isabel and her siblings are raised by their temperamental mother and nurturing grandmother in a stifling, claustrophobic upbringing that paradoxically fosters her imagination Without support and guidance in a teeming metropolis where few understand their language and culture, Isabel learns to rely on her inner strength to overcome adversity against reason and others discouragement The roads she takes are paved with serendipitous events as she forges forward with blind faith, unaware that her childhood fantasies would eventually be recaptured in the crowning pages of her own life story.Told with panache and comedic flair and saturated with the color and vibrancy of life in El Barrio in the turbulent sixties and spirited seventies, Isabel immerses us in her proud cultural heritage while asserting her conviction that it s never too late to find happiness.

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    1. What a wonderful gem of a book. A little treasure, for sure. It brought up so many emotions in me as her story unfolded. Although Isabel's story is one of hardship and constant struggle, she managed to keep it funny. One can see her personality through the pages and the many stories she chose to share with us, her readers. The story is sad at times, and there were some parts that enraged me and had me talking at the book as if she could hear me. I loved the bits and pieces of Spanish included an [...]

    2. Lopez has written an honest, humorous, and inspirational memoir that tells of her life first in Puerto Rico, then in New York City, and finally in Florida, from childhood to middle-age. It is an admirable job. I'm always in awe of authors who can be so forthcoming about the personal details of their lives. Lopez doesn't hold back. She writes about her first sexual experience, her difficult first marriage, and her plunge into despair after her husband leaves her. Her struggle to get her life back [...]

    3. Charles Dickens’s opening line in his novel, A Tale of Two Cities, runs: "It was the best of times - it was the worst of times!" This direct contrasting of two different conditions is called antithesis. Its usage is a special skill in the writer's repertoire; this book has it - in abundance. The first chapter of Isabel Lopez’s compelling book is full of contrasting emotions and physical sensations exemplified by her childish experience of extremes of cold and warmth. In Chapter two, Isabel c [...]

    4. The book might be described as a woman’s lifelong search for life and love on her own terms. I searched for a fitting quote to describe the spirit of the book, and found this by May Angelou: “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”Isabel Lopez was two years old when she and her mother, grandmother, and younger sister left Puerto Rico and came to New York City. Growing up without a father and with a volatile [...]

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