A Year in Reading: Sandra Cisneros

December 18, 2015 | 3 books mentioned

covercovercoverCreate Dangerously by Edwidge Danticat came to me when I was feeling despondent and at a loss because of the dangerous Mexiphobic times we are living. It inspires me to write from a place that can make change in the world during a time of mendacity and fear.

Cervantes Street, Jaime Manrique’s magnificent novel, is a fabulous tale of the life of Miguel de Cervantes, an extraordinary portrait of a writer’s life created from fact and imagination. I read it in bed over two or three days, never wanting the tale to end. Manrique is our Scheherazade.

Joy Harjo’s Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Harjo writes: “Then, you must do this: help the next person find their way through the dark.” Her poetry is light and elixir, the very best prescription for us in wounded times.

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is the author of two widely acclaimed novels, a story collection, two books of poetry, and, most recently, Have You Seen Marie? She is the recipient of numerous awards, including National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Lannan Literary Award, the American Book Award, the Thomas Wolfe Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages. Cisneros is the founder of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral and Macondo Foundations, which serve creative writers. She lives in Mexico.

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