"When I was Puerto Rican" Book Discussion & Lunch

book cover of When I was Puerto Rican(All members of the community are welcome!)

The next best thing to reading a good book is talking about it! And it is even better with a Puerto Rican lunch made locally in Holyoke! If you agree, please join us. Our fall book honors the One Community Holyoke theme: When I Was Puerto Rican, by Esmeralda Santiago.

About the Book

Esmeralda Santiago's story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full of both tenderness and domestic strife, tropical sounds and sights as well as poverty. Growing up, she learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs in the mango groves at night, the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. As she enters school we see the clash, both hilarious and fierce, of Puerto Rican and Yankee culture. When her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually take on a new identity. In this first volume of her much-praised, bestselling trilogy, Santiago brilliantly recreates the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years and her tremendous journey from the barrio to Brooklyn, from translating for her mother at the welfare office to high honors at Harvard.

foods wrapsWhen: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 
DON 303
12 am-1 pm
Puerto Rican Lunch
Cost: Free!
Moderated by: Pamela Kennedy and Stephanie Marcotte, ESL

Please RSVP to ensure we order enough food: jadams@hcc.edu

Books, books in Spanish, and audiobooks in Spanish are available at the Circulation Desk with your HCC ID.

For further information and/or to RSVP, please contact: Jennifer Adams at jadams@hcc.edu.


Jennifer Adams

Coordinator, Library Services


Donahue 210

413.552.2733 (Tel)