Thursday, March 6, 2008

Julia Alvarez: 5 most important books

Julia Alvarez grew up in the Dominican Republic before emigrating to the United States at the age of 10.

She is the award-winning author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, ¡Yo!, Once Upon a Quinceañera, and the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, In the Time of the Butterflies.

For Newsweek, she named her five most important books, choosing the one book that mattered most in each decade of her life.

From her twenties, she selected:
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston.

A beautiful, lyrical memoir about coming from somewhere else and reinventing yourself, while still bearing the burden of the past.
Read about the other four books on Alvarez's list.

Learn more about "The book that inspired the young Julia Alvarez."

--Marshal Zeringue