A House of My Own: Stories from My Life

A House of My Own Stories from My Life From the beloved author of The House on Mango Street a richly illustrated compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that taken together form a jigsaw autobiography an intimate album of a lit

  • Title: A House of My Own: Stories from My Life
  • Author: Sandra Cisneros
  • ISBN: 9780385351331
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the beloved author of The House on Mango Street a richly illustrated compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that, taken together, form a jigsaw autobiography an intimate album of a literary legend s life and career.From the Chicago neighborhoods where she grew up and set her groundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico, in a region wherFrom the beloved author of The House on Mango Street a richly illustrated compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that, taken together, form a jigsaw autobiography an intimate album of a literary legend s life and career.From the Chicago neighborhoods where she grew up and set her groundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico, in a region where my ancestors lived for centuries, the places Sandra Cisneros has lived have provided inspiration for her now classic works of fiction and poetry But a house of her own, where she could truly take root, has eluded her With this collection spanning nearly three decades, and including never before published work Cisneros has come home at last Ranging from the private her parents loving and tempestuous marriage to the political a rallying cry for one woman s liberty in Sarajevo to the literary a tribute to Marguerite Duras , and written with her trademark sensitivity and honesty, these poignant, unforgettable pieces give us not only her most transformative memories but also a revelation of her artistic and intellectual influences Here is an exuberant, deeply moving celebration of a life in writing lived to the fullest an important milestone in a storied career.

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    1. "I have always been a daydreamer, and that's a lucky thing for a writer. Because what is a daydreamer if not another word for thinker, visionary, intuitive--all wonderful words synonymous with 'girl.'"It's official: I'm a Sandra Cisneros fan. This is the first book of hers that I've read and over the last few years I've found that reading a writer's non-fiction before reading their fiction has helped me better get into the writer's mind, understand their influences and what drives them. for a lo [...]

    2. I savored this book. Every page. I didn't want it to end. Sandra Cisneros' voice is incredible, strong and proud. She makes me want to write, and be heard.This collection of essays and articles are profound, and deserve to be read and shared time and time again. I am so glad to be able to read "new" writing by her, that I had not encountered. Reading A House of My Own, made me want to go back and read Caramelo and House on Mango Street. Her voice is so important to Chicanas, Latinas, y Mexicanas [...]

    3. This book is sublime, masterful, surprising, full of spirit and unabashed feminism. Composed of experimental vignettes and glimmers from the globe-trotting, socially conscious writer, teacher poet, Sandra Cisneros. Some reviews here have expressed disappointment in the so-called lack of "juicy" details revealed, but I felt just the opposite. The stories of Cisneros' life are courageous in their sensitivity and revealing of the lifelong influence that her migratory childhood (as the sole daughter [...]

    4. I feel kind of cheated by this book. I'm a long time Cisneros fan, and I'm used to waiting over a decade for her next book and then being blown away. I expected this to be a memoir told in stories; instead, it's a collection of introductions to books and essays she read at various speaking events. They are well written and there are some gems, but serious life experiences are carefully skirted. She mentions lovers and affairs that hurt her, but never ever goes into depth about love and sex. She [...]

    5. Sandra Cisneros’s writing is honest and poetic, and lacks the self-consciousness of someone aspiring to be erudite. I mention this because I think for someone who is multi-lingual, who has read a lot, and lived and traveled around the world; who graduated from a prestigious writing program, and has been lauded with the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship among other awards and honors it seems she could have easily gone in another direction - speaking a lot of academese, for instance - but instead [...]

    6. A House of My Own: Stories From My Life is a charming memoir in the form of compilation – book reviews, forewards, epilogues, etc. – composed over her writing life and presented more or less in chronological order. Part search for home, part exploration of grief, family, and art, Sandra Cisneros writes with a language that is disarming and playful, communicating volumes in a few words. She talks, for example, about “trying to please [her] Chicago nemesis” (loc. 233). Her San Antonio part [...]

    7. I loved this book and this review I'm writing from my phone will surely not do it justice. Each chapter stands on its own and together paint a picture of Cisneros' life as a writer struggling to find her "home". I found myself pausing after each piece, feeling like I needed to give it time to settle in me before going on to the next. At the same time, I couldn't get enough and didn't want to stop reading. I still don't want it to end.I don't know where to begin to describe why I loved it so much [...]

    8. When she was reading in Portland, Sandra Cisneros talked about losing track of what she had written BC (before computers). Her reading was powerful and sweet, her advice wise and generous. I am a longtime Cisneros fan, and I wrote my review of her visit before I had even finished the book: janpriddyoregon/2These are essays Cisneros said she had to get in print before they were lost, written over the past thirty years or so. They are "occasional" pieces, written for specific events since she publ [...]

    9. Essays as a memoir--definitely not a memoir. Cisneros revisits and refines many many essays and speeches from her illustrious career; she illuminates many many facets of her life that I had not previously known about her. I love her commitment to all art and to deepening her commitment to herself and her writing, and that is served well by her revision of essays and compilation into one text. It's wonky that way, though, and the many long footnotes. There are great elements for excerpting with s [...]

    10. Like slipping into someone else's beautifully rendered life. Like being warmly invited but landing more comfortably than a mere guest would. Experience Cisneros's trademark vibrant poetry while traveling the world with her at all stages of her life. Escape and be pushed closer to yourself. I can't say enough about this book.

    11. I decided to read Sandra Cisneros' A House of My Own: Stories from My Life after reading a review by avid reader and active GoodReads user Rowena. I've never read any of Cisneros' books and, to my surprise, never heard of her either. Thank you, Rowena, for introducing me to her! I believe there is the right book for the right time, and this was the book for me at this time. Cisneros writes about writing, about her lifetime of finding places to write, of finding her own space — it's no coincide [...]

    12. Full disclosure: I am a huge Cisneros fan. When I finally got around to reading A House of My Own, I expected a collection of deep cuts for fans like me and random essays from other sources clipped together into a book. What I found there instead is something a lot more cohesive than expected—and a something easily accessible to anyone interested in how creative people keep the well from drying up.It was a joy to read (and much of the time to listen to the audiobook, read by Cisneros herself) [...]

    13. I’ve been a fan of Cisneros since middle school, when I read “Eleven,” like a lot of American middle schoolers. She perfectly conveyed what it felt like when you woke up on your eleventh birthday, the first time a momentous day doesn’t feel momentous. I didn’t actively pursue her until recently, when I read The House on Mango Street at the tail end of 2013, and now when I saw this in the new arrivals at my library. This book is gorgeously produced. It’s printed on thick white paper a [...]

    14. The lush, shiny pages, full of wonderful photographs, are good beds for Cisneros' memoir/jaggedy autobiography. Her voice is strong over three decades; this collection of non-fiction details her thoughts and movements well.The desire to find a home of your own; you can't go home again. The travels across country and abroad, especially the pre-PC periods, are deftly captured. Her family, friends, artist collaborators and nemeses, her awareness of flowers and animals and sites and food and color, [...]

    15. What a lovely memoir, with nonfiction pieces chronicling her life and her development as a writer. She reads the essays, and that definitely adds a very personal touch. I'd only read her novels, which she also writes about here, but these essays provide a fuller picture of the growth of an artist and the sense of obligation she feels as a writer with roots in more than one culture. She writes, "For those of us living between two worlds, our job in the universe is to help others see with more tha [...]

    16. her voice and writing are so beautiful and draws you in. I still remember the first time I read her in high school and how my AP english teacher marveled at the compliment I gave her then. It still stands, her words move and resonate with me like few others can do. This was a lovely anthology, filled memoir and stories and writing. You're growing and moving with her through her life and I can't wait to read it again and again.

    17. This book was lovely and captivated me in a way that many books can't manage. She inspires me to write, to be my best self and to no longer be afraid. She is me and I am her as the only daughter of Mexican parents. I could relate on many levels and am so happy her voice penetrates through all the noise. The way she weaves words leaves you in awe at times. I'm biased as a Latina, but recommend this as a Latina who is slowly becoming proud of her roots and learning to see the beauty.

    18. I miss hearing from Sandra Cisneros. She doesn't do talks or interviews very often and the ones she does are recorded even less frequently. So reading A House of My Own: Stories from My Life felt like I had a front row seat to interview after interview (even though this isn't the format the book takes) in which she relates society, culture, and politics to how her life and her art have unfolded. She brings up the art and artists that have influenced her life in various ways - my favourite bits o [...]

    19. As with everything I read from Sandra Cisneros, I am constantly inspired and in awe of this book. The truth, as plain as in her other books, is so raw and perfect.

    20. BiographySandra CisnerosA House of My Own: Stories from My LifeAlfred A. KnopfHardcover, 978-0-385-35133-1 (also available as ebook and audiobook), 400 pgs $28.95October 6, 2015"As I write this, I’m ending my sixth decade. A new cycle in my life is opening and old one is closing. I wish to look backward and forward all at once."A House of My Own: Stories from My Life by Sandra Cisneros is an autobiography of sorts, an assemblage of nonfiction pieces spanning the years 1984 through 2014. Cisner [...]

    21. My ' goal for 1st part of 2016: Reading ethnic writers, mostly fiction. So I have read -A House of My Own- as a taste of what is to come.In 1990s I read other Sandra Cisnero books: -House on Mango Street- and -Woman Hollering Creek- and identified with the feminist concerns and with the feminine divine. I got busy with other things and forgot about Sandra Cisneros. I saw this book at a local library and immediately borrowed it. I have been reading memior and a memior of a former favorite writer [...]

    22. From the Chicago neighborhoods where she grew up and set her groundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico, in a region where "my ancestors lived for centuries," the places Sandra Cisneros has lived have provided inspiration for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. But a house of her own, where she could truly take root, has eluded her. With this collection--spanning nearly three decades, and including never-before-published work--Cisneros has come home at last. Ranging [...]

    23. I really enjoyed this book, even though I probably last read The House on Mango Street twenty years ago. Cisneros' writing is so elegantly simple and understated, but at the same time full of life and passion. She recounts her life as a writer of course, but more often than not the stories she includes in this volume are ones about other people - her family, or people who inspired her. Recollections she was asked to write for publications, or just tales about her friends and those who joined her [...]

    24. Cisneros' "Stories from My Life," is an incredible and insightful voyage into the life of a contemporary writer. This quote describes where the reader will venture in this book: "I roamed about the earth and borrowed typewriters in Greece, France, the former Yugoslavia, Mexico, and throughout the United States." Stories of the places and people she met serve as an absorbing autobiography of this writer's life. The destinations of this writer's life dot the landscape of this book and are richly d [...]

    25. What a way to start the new year! I thoroughly enjoyed this autobiography by the wonderful Sandra Cisneros. This is not a tell-all bio with salacious details of love affairs or other intimate details, but it doesn't have to be. It is in story form, written in her poetic style. Through these unique stories we come to know the author as a child, teen, woman, and senior. Cisneros writes about people and events that have shaped her life. While reading this lovely book, sometimes I stopped and looked [...]

    26. A trailblazer for Latina writers, Cisneros is someone who makes my heart palpitate every time she comes out with a new book, or even a new essay for that matter. A House of My Own is a collection of stories/essays that give a glimpse into her life, covering such topics as her periwinkle/pink house, her time in Greece, family - brothers, aunts, uncles, parents, friends, and pets, too. She has taken select pieces that she's written in the past and brought them together under the theme of home. Flu [...]

    27. Sandra Cisneros is one of my favorite authors, and A House of My Own is one of her best books. It’s a collection of essays that she wrote over many years, all with the theme of owning a house. Cisneros’ life has been as interesting as her books. This memoir, of sorts, chronicled her unique journey through relationships, houses and writing. (I think that she probably would have reversed the order of importance on that list.) I listened to the Audible version, which was read by Cisneros. This [...]

    28. Always good to read what another writer says about her writing and her life. Part of Cisneros's genius is to make one want to learn Spanish, specifically Mexican Spanish: "There is stored in my father's Spanish, the way a spider might be sealed in amber, a time and place frozen just out of reach, but that I can hold up to my eye to make the world more golden. Intrinsic in Mexican Spanish is a way of looking at all things in the cosmos, little or large, as if they are sacred and alive. The origin [...]

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