The House on Mango Street
Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.
Baker & Taylor
For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness
Boys & girls
Cathy queen of cats
Our good day
Gil's furniture bought & sold
Louie, his cousin & his other cousin
Those who don't
There was an old woman she had so many children she didn't know what to do
Alicia who sees mice
Darius & the clouds
And some more
The family of little feet
A rice sandwich
The first job
Papa who wakes up tired in the dark
Elenita, cards, palm, water
Geraldo no last name
The Earl of Tennessee
Four skinny trees
No speak English
Rafaela who drinks coconut & papaya juice on Tuesdays
Minerva writes poems
Bums in the attic
Beautiful & cruel
A smart cookie
What Sally said
The monkey garden
The three sisters
Alicia & I talking on Edna's steps
A house of my own
Mango says goodbye sometimes
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The House on Mango Street shows the life of Esperanza a girl who tells the story of her life from different angles. When her family moves to a house on Mango Street, Esperanza wants and hopes for a better house without realizing how great her house is, despite all of the different subjects that come up, such as segregation, a run-down neighborhood, and being poor. Past all of that she has a family that loves her and a house to stay in which is half of what some people have in her neighborhood
The House on Mango Street is a year in the life of Esperanza, a Chicana who is about twelve years old when the novel begins. During the year, she moves with her family into a house on Mango Street. The house is a huge improvement from the family’s previous apartment, and it is the first home her parents actually own. However, the house is not what Esperanza has dreamed of, because it is run-down and small. The house is in the center of a crowded Latino neighborhood in Chicago, a city where many of the poor areas are racially segregated. Esperanza does not have any privacy, and she resolves that she will someday leave Mango Street and have a house all her own.
This book is about a strong willed mexican girl, named Esperanza, who lives in the Hispanic district of Chicago. It is vignettes of her life living in her tiny house on Mango Street. Esperanza is slowly finding out who she is throughout the book. She wants to break free of her bubble she is in; move somewhere else and have power. She is only a young girl with a dream of finding a better life.
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