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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents | [Julia Alvarez]

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents captures the vivid lives of the Garcia sisters, four privileged and rebellious Dominican girls adapting to their new lives in America. In the 1960s, political tension forces the Garcia family away from Santo Domingo and toward the Bronx. The sisters all hit their strides in America, adapting and thriving despite cultural differences, language barriers, and prejudice.
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Publisher's Summary

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "simply wonderful", How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents captures the vivid lives of the Garcia sisters, four privileged and rebellious Dominican girls adapting to their new lives in America. In the 1960s, political tension forces the Garcia family away from Santo Domingo and toward the Bronx. The sisters all hit their strides in America, adapting and thriving despite cultural differences, language barriers, and prejudice. But Mami and Papi are more traditional, and they have far more difficulty adjusting to their new country. Making matters worse, the girls, frequently embarrassed by their parents, find ways to rebel against them.

A touching coming-of-age tale, this enthralling book perfectly illuminates the intergenerational struggles and multicultural clashes so common to the American immigrant family.

©1991 Julia Alvarez; (P)2006 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"These interconnected vignettes of family life, resilience, and love are skillfully intertwined and offer young adults a perspective on immigration and families as well as a look at America through Hispanic eyes. This unique coming-of-age tale is a feast of stories that will enchant and captivate readers." (School Library Journal)

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    Cee 11-11-13
    Cee 11-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents the most enjoyable?

    A true tale of immigration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tales of Mom and her fours ladies


    Which scene was your favorite?

    College and Yolanda~


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no..I broke it up in parts


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    Debra Kosciusko, MS, United States 02-27-13
    Debra Kosciusko, MS, United States 02-27-13
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    If you could sum up How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents in three words, what would they be?

    Very interesting book with a lot of insight as to the emotions and struggles immigrants face both when moving to a new country and when returning to their home country.


    Any additional comments?

    I needed to read and write a review on a book for a class and this was a perfect way to multitask while driving. I love that they give you options of how to download it so I can just plug my iphone into the car and hear it while I'm driving from place to place. The voices are very clear and give just enough emotion to the story.

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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 09-28-07
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 09-28-07 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    I continue listening to this only because I paid for it. If I'd borried it from the library, I'd return it before listening to the end.
    It's tedious. It lacks the joy of life inherent in hispanic culture. Each character monotonously probes their inner feelings.

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