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  • In the Time of the Butterflies | Julia Alvarez

    In the Time of the Butterflies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Noemi de la Puente, Alma Cuervo, Bianca Carnacho, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of General Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship.

    Santiago says: "Excellent!"
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents | Julia Alvarez

    How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Blanca Camacho, Annie Henk, Annie Kozuch, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Karie A says: "How the Garcia Girls lost their reader"
  • En el Tiempo de las Mariposas (Texto Completo) [In the Time of the Butterflies] | Julia Alvarez

    En el Tiempo de las Mariposas (Texto Completo) [In the Time of the Butterflies]

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Rosie Berrido
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    On a deserted mountain road in the Dominican Republic in 1960, three young women from a pious Catholic family were assassinated after visiting their husbands, who had been jailed as suspected rebel leaders. The Mirabal sisters, thus martyred, became mythical figures in their country, where they are known as Las Mariposas (the butterflies).

    Alan says: "Las Mariposas – listen in Spanish"
  • Before We Were Free | Julia Alvarez

    Before We Were Free

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Julia Alvarez
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    Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th birthday in 1960, most of her relatives have emigrated to the United States, her Tio Toni has disappeared without a trace, and the government's secret police terrorize her remaining family because of their suspected opposition of el Trujillo's dictatorship.

  • Return to Sender | Julia Alvarez

    Return to Sender

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Ozzie Rodriguez, Olivia Preciado
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    Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers.Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences?

    Pen name says: "Not good at all"
  • Como las muchachas Garcia perdieron su acento | Julia Alvarez

    Como las muchachas Garcia perdieron su acento

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Julia Alvarez
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    Abandonando la tensión política de la República Dominicana de los explosivos años 70, las cuatro hermanas García acompañadas de sus padres se autoexilian en el Bronx Neoyorquino, arribando a un ambiente totalmente desconocido y en extremo liberal para sus conservadores padres. La excelente narrativa de Julia Alvarez nos lleva de la mano por el recorrido de las dinámicas hermanas García, por caminos deliciosamente divertidos y también plagados de conflictos generacionales.

    Melissa says: "Sin cierre"
  • Antes de Ser Libres [Before We Were Free] | Julia Alvarez

    Antes de Ser Libres [Before We Were Free]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Maria Siccardi
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    This is the story of Anita de la Torre, a 12-year-old girl living in the Dominican Republic in 1960. Most of her relatives have immigrated to the United States, her Tio Toni has disappeared, Papi has been getting mysterious phone calls about butterflies, and someone named Mr. Smith and the secret police have started terrorizing her family. While Anita deals with this frightening series of events, she also struggles with her adolescence and her own personal fight to be free.

    babznlulu says: "bien hech"
  • Finding Miracles | Julia Alvarez

    Finding Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Daphne Rubin-Vega
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    Milly Kaufman is an ordinary American teenager living in Vermont, until she meets Pablo, a new student at her high school. His exotic accent, strange fashion sense, and intense interest in Milly force her to confront her identity as an adopted child from Pablo's native country. As their relationship grows, Milly decides to undertake a courageous journey to her homeland and along the way discovers the story of her birth is intertwined with the story of a country recovering from a brutal history.

    Lady Diana says: "Finding Miracles"
  • How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay | Julia Alvarez

    How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Michelle Gonzalez
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    Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about! Tía Lola, his quirky, carismática, and maybe magical aunt makes his life even more unpredictable when she arrives from the Dominican Republic to help out his Mami. Like her stories for adults, Julia Alvarez’s first middle-grade book sparkles with magic as it illuminates a child’s experiences living in two cultures.

  • De cómo tía Lola vino (de visita) a quedarse [How Aunt Lola Came to Visit (to Stay)] | Julia Alvarez

    De cómo tía Lola vino (de visita) a quedarse [How Aunt Lola Came to Visit (to Stay)]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Michelle Gonzalez
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    Julia Alvarez's heartwarming novel now in Spanish. Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about! Ta Lola, his quirky, carismtica, and maybe magical aunt makes his life even more unpredictable when she arrives from the Dominican Republic to help out his Mami. Like her stories for adults, Julia Alvarez's first middle-grade book sparkles with magic as it illuminates a child's experiences living in two cultures.

    Gary Mart says: "Great
    "
  • Saving the World | Julia Alvarez

    Saving the World

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Blanca Camacho
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award with In the Time of Butterflies, author Julia Alvarez is a beloved voice in modern fiction and poetry. In Saving the World, she weaves the stories of two courageous women—separated by two centuries—into a breathtaking novel of love and idealism in an increasingly troubled world.

    IYOUCHBI says: "Worst Book of all Time"
  • Devolver al Remitente | Julia Alvarez

    Devolver al Remitente

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Olivia Preciado, Ozzie Rodriguez
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    Tyler isn't sure what to make of the workers hired to help save his family's farm. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences?

  • Once Upon a Quinceanera | Julia Alvarez

    Once Upon a Quinceanera

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Daphne Rubin-Vega
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The quinceañera, the 15th birthday celebration for a Latina girl, is quickly becoming an American event. This legendary party is a sight to behold: lavish ball gowns, extravagant catered meals, DJs, limousines, and multi-tiered cakes. The must haves for a "quince" are becoming as numerous and costly as a prom or wedding. And yet, this elaborate ritual also hearkens back to traditions from native countries and communities, offering young Latinas a chance to connect with their heritage.

  • How Tia Lola Learned to Teach | Julia Alvarez,Michelle Gonzalez

    How Tia Lola Learned to Teach

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez, Michelle Gonzalez
    • Narrated By Michelle Gonzalez
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    Tía Lola has been invited to teach Spanish at her niece and nephew’s elementary school. But Miguel wants nothing to do with the arrangement. On the other hand, Miguel’s little sister, Juanita, can’t wait to introduce her colorfully dressed aunt to all her friends at school—that is, if she can stop getting distracted long enough. Before long, Tía Lola is organizing a Spanish treasure hunt and a Carnaval fiesta at school. Will Miguel be willing to join the fun?

  • De cómo tía Lola aprendió a enseñar [How Tia Lola Learned to Teach] | Julia Alvarez

    De cómo tía Lola aprendió a enseñar [How Tia Lola Learned to Teach]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Michelle Gonzalez
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    Tia Lola has been invited to teach Spanish at her niece and nephew's elementary school, but Miguel wants nothing to do with it. He hasn't had an easy time adjusting to his new school in Vermont and doesn't like living so far away from Papi, who has a new girlfriend and an announcement to make. Miguel's little sister Juanita, on the other hand, can't wait to introduce her colorfully dressed aunt to all of her friends at school - that is, if she can stop getting distracted long enough to remember to do so.

  • Thalia Kids' Book Club: Julia Alvarez' Tia Lola Series in Conversation with Sonia Manzano | Julia Alvarez

    Thalia Kids' Book Club: Julia Alvarez' Tia Lola Series in Conversation with Sonia Manzano

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Sonia Manzano
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    The author of How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In The Time of the Butterflies talks about her smart, funny and playful series that chronicles the flamboyant antics of the one-of-a-kind Tia Lola, a compassionate and nutty aunt, whose flair for creativity and spunky personality set the stage for wacky adventures.

  • Florida's Changing Latino Population Veers from GOP | Julia Preston,Lizette Alvarez

    Florida's Changing Latino Population Veers from GOP

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Julia Preston, Lizette Alvarez
    • Narrated By Kristi Burns
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    "Florida's Changing Latino Population Veers from GOP" is from the October 02, 2016 US section of The New York Times. It was written by Julia Preston and Lizette Alvarez and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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