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The House on Mango Street

Cisneros, Sandra

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The House on Mango Street
Random House, Inc.
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

Publisher: New York : Vintage Contemporaries, 2009, c1984
Edition: 2nd Vintage Comtemporaries ed., 25th anniversary ed
ISBN: 0679734775
Branch Call Number: FIC C
Characteristics: xxvii, 110 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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Jul 19, 2014
  • Widentza rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I learned that sometimes you might be in the right place but don't realize it. And where you live makes you who you are based on the experiences you have and the people around you.

Jul 15, 2014
  • orange_turtle_200 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I thought this book because it wasn't just a story it was many stories that made up her neighborhood

Feb 25, 2014
  • librarygirl_6 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

wonderful vignettes of a Latina girl growing up in Chicago; really gives you a feel of life for her.

Bonus for this 25th anniversary edition is the introduction written by Cisneros which outlines the process of writing this book and her career as a writer.

Oct 12, 2012
  • iLoveLibraries0_0 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is not a traditionally written novel. Instead, it is written in a series of vignettes about a women who would like to get out of her current situation and away from mango street in the pursuit of a better life. A great book for teens to read in order to teach empowerment.

Aug 02, 2012
  • sdelao rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love this book. Such a classic. I loved it growing up and still love it as an adult. I highly recommend it!

Aug 01, 2012
  • glasglowdroid rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Boring, vapid language. Don't read it.


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Jul 05, 2014
  • blue_dog_11497 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 30, 2014
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Jun 19, 2012
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Jul 15, 2014
  • orange_turtle_200 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 06, 2013
  • Ripa33 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 18, 2012
  • BieberFever108 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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