Saturday, May 19, 2012

Julia Alvarez's six favorite books

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

Her books include How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, ¡Yo!, Once Upon a Quinceañera, the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist In the Time of the Butterflies, and the newly released A Wedding in Haiti, a memoir about cross-cultural friends.

One of her six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
The Heart of Haiti by Andrea Baldeck

I wrote my book in Vermont, and relied on this collection of haunting photographs to recall the faces of rural Haiti. Each of Baldeck's photos is captioned with a Haitian proverb, a distillation of the wisdom of the rural, oral culture. I considered a number as possible titles, among them "The eye has no boundary" and "God's pencil has no eraser."
Read about the other books on the list.

See Julia Alvarez's five most important books.

--Marshal Zeringue