Benjamin Alire Saenz
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Benjamin Alire Saenz

Benjamin Alire Sáenz was born in 1954 in his grandmother's house in Old Picacho, a small farming village in the outskirts of Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1954. He was the fourth of seven children and was raised on a small farm near Mesilla Park. Later, when the family lost the farm, his father went back to his former occupation--being a cement finisher. His mother worked as a cleaning woman and a factory worker. During his youth, he worked at various jobs--painting apartments, roofing houses, picking onions, and working for a janitorial service. He graduated from high school in 1972, and went on to college and became something of a world traveler. He studied philosophy and theology in Europe for four years and spent a summer in Tanzania. He eventually became a writer and professor and moved back to the border--the only place where he feels he truly belongs. He is an associate professor in the MFA creative writing program at the University of Texas at El Paso, the only bilingual creative writing program in the country. Ben Saenz considers himself a fronterizo, a person of the border. He is also a visual artist and has been involved as a political and cultural activist throughout his life. Benjamin Sáenz­ is a novelist, poet, essayist and writer of children's books. His young adult novel Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood was selected as one of the Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults in 2005, and his prize-winning bilingual picture books for children--A Gift from Papá Diego and Grandma Fina and Her Wonderful Umbrellas--have been best-selling titles. A Perfect Season for Dreaming is Ben's newest bilingual children's book which has received two starred reviews, one from Publishers Weekly and one from Kirkus Reviews. He has received the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the Lannan Fellowship and an American Book Award. His first book of poems, Calendar of Dust, won an American Book Award in 1992. That same year, he published his first collection of short stories, Flowers for the Broken. In 1995, he published his first novel, Carry Me Like Water (Hyperion), and that same year, he published his second book of poems, Dark and Perfect Angels. Both books were awarded a Southwest Book Award by the Border Area Librarians Association. In 1997, HarperCollins published his second novel, The House of Forgetting. Ben is a prolific writer whose more recent titles include In Perfect Light (Rayo/Harper Collins), Names on a Map (Rayo/Harper Collins), He Forgot to Say Goodbye (Simon and Schuster), and two books of poetry Elegies in Blue (Cinco Puntos Press), and Dreaming the End of War (Copper Canyon Press).

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    • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    • By: Benjamin Alire Saenz
    • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,236
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,922
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,921

    A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best novels I've listened to in years.

    • By Rain on 10-27-13

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

    • By: Benjamin A. Sáenz
    • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 208
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197

    Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Happy Birthday to me!

    • By Chwisty Bawwett on 04-11-17

    Regular price: $42.00

    • Last Night I Sang to the Monster

    • By: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    Zach is 18. He is bright and articulate. He's also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn't remember how he got there....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful, wonderful book

    • By Janie on 10-16-12

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood

    • By: Benjamin A. Sáenz
    • Narrated by: Robert Ramirez
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 18

    The "Hollywood" where Sammy Santos and Juliana Rios live is not the West Coast one, this Hollywood is a tough barrio at the edge of a small town in southern New Mexico....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Heart breaking

    • By Jessica Johnson on 08-17-15

    Regular price: $34.95

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