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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sandra Cisneros  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: December 20, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Cisneros was born in Chicago and attended and graduated from Loyola University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sandra Cisneros is a Latina author and poet best known for her novel ''The House on Mango Street''. She is also the author of ''Caramelo'', ''Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories'', ''My Wicked Wicked Ways'' and a collection of poems titled, ''Loose Woman''. Her books and poetry have been translated into over a dozen languages. Much of her writing is influenced by her Mexican heritage. She has also contributed to many periodicals. Cisneros currently resides in Mexico.


Awards

The House on Mango Street


-- American Book Award, Columbus Foundation, 1985

Caramelo


-- Notable book of the Year, The New York Times
-- Notable book of the Year, Los Angeles Times
-- Notable book of the Year, San Francisco Chronicle
-- Notable book of the Year, Chicago Tribune
-- Notable book of the Year, Seattle Times
-- Premio Napoli Award, 2005

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories


-- PEN Center West Award for Best Fiction, l99l
-- Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award
-- Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
-- Lannan Foundation Literary Award
-- Noteworthy Book of the Year, The New York Times
-- Noteworthy Book of the Year, American Library Journal

Loose Woman


-- Mountains & Plains Booksellers' Award '''Body of Work

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) '''Please contact Sandra through her agent ''' Susan Bergholz Literary Services 17 West 10th Street # 5 New York, New York 10011 212-387-0545 susan@susanbergholz.com

Selected Titles At Your Library

A house of my own :
ISBN: 9780399564574. OCLC Number: 910090463

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From the beloved author of The House on Mango Street: a richly illustrated compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that, taken together, form a jigsaw autobiography: an intimate album of a literary legend's life and career. From the Chicago neighborhoods where she grew up and set her groundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico, in a region where 'm ancestors lived for centuries, ' the places Sandra Cisneros has lived have provided inspiration for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. But a house of her own, where she could truly take root, has eluded her. With this collection-- spanning nearly three decades, and including never-before-published work-- Cisneros has come home at last. Ranging from the private (her parents' loving and tempestuous marriage) to the political (a rallying cry for one woman's liberty in Sarajevo) to the literary (a tribute to Marguerite Duras), and written with her trademark sensitivity and honesty, these poignant, unforgettable pieces give us not only her most transformative memories but also a revelation of her artistic and intellectual influences. Here is an exuberant, deeply moving celebration of a life in writing lived to the fullest-- an important milestone in a storied career--

A house of my own :
ISBN: 9780345807175. OCLC Number: 935191900

. .

From the beloved author of The House on Mango Street: a richly illustrated compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that, taken together, form a jigsaw autobiography: an intimate album of a literary legend's life and career. From the Chicago neighborhoods where she grew up and set her groundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico, in a region where 'my ancestors lived for centuries, ' the places Sandra Cisneros has lived have provided inspiration for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. But a house of her own, where she could truly take root, has eluded her. With this collection--spanning nearly three decades, and including never-before-published work--Cisneros has come home at last. Ranging from the private (her parents' loving and tempestuous marriage) to the political (a rallying cry for one woman's liberty in Sarajevo) to the literary (a tribute to Marguerite Duras), and written with her trademark sensitivity and honesty, these poignant, unforgettable pieces give us not only her most transformative memories but also a revelation of her artistic and intellectual influences. Here is an exuberant, deeply moving celebration of a life in writing lived to the fullest--an important milestone in a storied career--

A house of my own :
ISBN: 038535133X. OCLC Number: 907060041

. .

"From the beloved author of The House on Mango Street: a richly illustrated compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that, taken together, form a jigsaw autobiography: an intimate album of a literary legend's life and career. From the Chicago neighborhoods where she grew up and set her groundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico, in a region where "my ancestors lived for centuries," the places Sandra Cisneros has lived have provided inspiration for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. But a house of her own, where she could truly take root, has eluded her. With this collection--spanning nearly three decades, and including never-before-published work--Cisneros has come home at last. Ranging from the private (her parents' loving and tempestuous marriage) to the political (a rallying cry for one woman's liberty in Sarajevo) to the literary (a tribute to Marguerite Duras), and written with her trademark sensitivity and honesty, these poignant, unforgettable pieces give us not only her most transformative memories but also a revelation of her artistic and intellectual influences. Here is an exuberant, deeply moving celebration of a life in writing lived to the fullest--an important milestone in a storied career"--

Caramelo
ISBN: 9780804150866. OCLC Number: 842273325

Vintage,. .

NOW AVAILABLE IN EBOOK FOR THE FIRST TIME Every year, Ceyala Lala Reyes' family--aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, and Lala's six older brothers--packs up three cars and, in a wild ride, drive from Chicago to the Little Grandfather and Awful Grandmother's house in Mexico City for the summer. Struggling to find a voice above the boom of her brothers and to understand her place on this side of the border and that, Lala is a shrewd observer of family life. But when she starts telling the Awful Grandmother's life story, seeking clues to how she got to be so awful, grandmother accuses Lala of exaggerating. Soon, a multigenerational family narrative turns into a whirlwind exploration of storytelling, lies, and life. Like the cherished rebozo, or shawl, that has been passed down through generations of Reyes women, Caramelo is alive with the vibrations of history, family, and love.

Caramelo, or, Puro cuento :
ISBN: 0679435549. OCLC Number: 49259927

Knopf,. .

During her family's annual car trip from Chicago to Mexico City, Lala Reyes listens to stories about her family, including her grandmother, the descendant of a renowned dynasty of shawl makers, whose magnificent striped shawl has come into Lala's possession.

Hairs =
ISBN: 0679890076. OCLC Number: 29258573

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A girl describes how each person in the family has hair that looks and acts different, Papa's like a broom, Kiki's like fur, and Mama's with the sweet smell of bread before it's baked.

Have you seen Marie?
ISBN: 9780307743862. OCLC Number: 855581171

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This lyrically told, richly illustrated fable for adults is the tale of a woman's search, in the wake of her mother's death, for a missing cat-- and a reminder that love, even when it goes astray, does not stay lost forever.

Have you seen Marie? /
ISBN: 0307597946. OCLC Number: 769425258

Alfred A. Knopf,. .

"The word "orphan" might not seem to apply to a fifty-three-year-old woman. Yet this is exactly how Sandra feels as she finds herself motherless, alone like "a glove left behind at the bus station." What just might save her is her search for someone else gone missing: Marie, the black-and-white cat of her friend, Roz, who ran off the day they arrived from Tacoma. As Sandra and Roz scour the streets of San Antonio, posting flyers and asking everywhere, "Have you seen Marie?" the pursuit of this one small creature takes on unexpected urgency and meaning."--Jacket.

Loose woman :
ISBN: 9780804150873. OCLC Number: 842842072

Vintage,. .

NOW AVAILABLE IN EBOOK FOR THE FIRST TIME With her novel THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, Sandra Cisneros introduced one of the most lyrically inventive voices ever to emerge from the barrio. Now she gives us a book of poems with the lilt of NORTENO music and the romantic abandon of a hot Saturday night. Celebrating the cataclysms of love and mapping the faultlines in the Mexican-American psyche, LOOSE WOMAN is by turns bawdy and introspective, flagrantly erotic and unabashedly funny, a work that is both a tour de force and a triumphant outpouring of pure soul.

Loose woman :
ISBN: 0679755276. OCLC Number: 32323997

Vintage,. .

A selection of poetry dealing with the Mexican American psyche.

My wicked, wicked ways /
ISBN: 0679418210. OCLC Number: 25872412

Turtle Bay Books,. .

A collection of poetry attests to the author's original passion and reveals her talent for employing the precision and musicality of language in verses both comic and sad.

The house on Mango Street
ISBN: 9780345807199. OCLC Number: 842385175

Vintage,. .

NOW AVAILABLE IN EBOOK FOR THE FIRST TIMEAcclaimed 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.

The house on Mango Street /
ISBN: 0679734775. OCLC Number: 22626478

. .

The story of a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago. Capturing her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories, she is able to rise above hopelessness and create a quiet space for herself in the midst of her oppressive surroundings.

Vintage Cisneros
ISBN: 9780307429971. OCLC Number: 681607329

Vintage eBooks,. .

Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the great modern writers presented in attractive, accessible paperback editions. Sandra Cisneros knows both that the heart can be broken and that it can rise and soar like a bird. Whatever story she chooses to tell, we should be listening for a long time to come. 'The Washington Post Book World A winner of the PEN Center West Award for Best Fiction and the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, Sandra Cisneros evokes working-class Latino experience with an irresistible mix of realism and lyrical exuberance. Vintage Cisneros features an excerpt from her bestselling novel The House on Mango Street, which has become a favorite in school classrooms across the country. Also included are a chapter from her new novel, Caramelo; a generous selection of poems from My Wicked Wicked Ways and Loose Woman; and seven stories from her award-winning collection Woman Hollering Creek. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Vintage Cisneros /
ISBN: 1400034051. OCLC Number: 54075616

Vintage Books,. .

One of the most beloved of contemporary American writers, Sandra Cisneros evokes her own Latina experience and makes it universally accessible in excerpts from the novels The House on Mango Street and Caramelo; a generous selection of poems from the collections My Wicked Wicked Ways and Loose Woman; and eight stores from "Woman Hollering Creek."

Woman hollering creek, and other stories /
ISBN: 0679738568. OCLC Number: 22662291

Random House,. .

A tour-de-force second collection (after The House on Mango Street, 1989--not reviewed) by a Chicana poet who writes of life in Southwest border towns. Cisneros's tactile prose brings to vibrant being the sights, smells, joys, and heartaches of growing up female in a culture where women are both strong and victimized, men are unfaithful, and poverty is mitigated only by family, community, and religious ties. Despite hardship, the spirit remains vital, whether as children taking pleasure in a bed shared with sisters ("My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn"), playing with charred, fire-sale Barbie dolls ("Barbie-Q"), or running up and down the aisles of an old movie house ("Mexican Movies")--or as young women stealing love in dark places at too high a price ("One Holy Night" and the title story). These women lead hard but passionate lives, perhaps none more so than the wife of a Mexican general whose story unfolds in the extraordinarily evocative "Eyes of Zapata." It begins "I put my nose to your eyelashes. The skin of the eyelids as soft as the skin of the penis. . . . For the moment I don't want to think of your past nor your future. For now you are here, you are mine." Catholicism is another force operating here, brought alive in the ex votos of "Little Miracles, Kept Promises," and the smart-alecky "Auguiano Religious Articles Rosaries Statues." A collection that heralds a powerfully original talent--all the more appreciated given the all-too-often carbon-copy feel of much of today's fiction.