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The House on Mango Street


Told in a series of vibrant vignettes, The House On Mango Street is the story of Esperanza Cordera, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago. For Esperanza, Mango Street is a desolate landscape of concrete and run-down tenements where she discovers the hard realities of life - the fetters of class and gender, the spectre of racial enmity and the mysteries of sexuality. Capturing her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories, Esperanza is able to rise above hopelessness and create for herself "a house all of my own quiet as snow, a space for myself to go" in the midst of her oppressive surroundings. Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.445

School Book

by Hughmidor on Nov 13, 2010

I bought the books my kids will read this year. This was one of them. It is and easy read but it gives a tweens view of growing up in South Chicago. I liked it. It has a different style as they put it "vignettes". More



by rgwager on Sep 4, 2010

Prompt and dependable. Arrived in plenny of time for my daughter to use book at school. Pricing was comfortable. More



by turnwrite on Jun 3, 2008

Why this book is so lauded is beyond me. It is a great idea, I'll grant it that. A book composed of anecdotes relating the story of a neighborhood and all the unique residents therein. After being told about the book, my imagination ran wild, dreaming up all sorts of eccentric characters and anecdotes ... More


very funny

by rainbow on Jul 24, 2007

a slim novella in the form of very funny short chapters, on school, love ,life, boyfriends growing up in tight circumstances and yet still finding the funny side of things More


A Book That I Have Never Read Before

by ThreeC on Jun 29, 2007

I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, cry, and renvent myself. I never really thought this book would make realize so much I have and realize what my mother and family went through. It was like reading my mother and father's story of how they struggled to live a a new country. The places she ... More

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