Julia Alvarez
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Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez has bridged the Americas many times. Born in New York and raised in the Dominican Republic, she is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist, author of world-renowned books in each of the genres, including How the García Girls Lost their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, and Something to Declare. She lives on a farmstead outside Middlebury, Vermont, with her husband Bill Eichner. Visit Julia's Web site here to find out more about her writing.

Julia and Bill own an organic coffee farm called Alta Gracia in her native country of the Dominican Republic. Their specialty coffee is grown high in the mountains on what was once depleted pastureland. Not only do they grow coffee at Alta Gracia, but they also work to bring social, environmental, spiritual, and political change for the families who work on their farm. They use the traditional methods of shad-grown coffee farming in order to protect the environment, they pay their farmers a fair and living wage, and they have a school on their farm where children and adults learn to read and write. For more information about Alta Gracia, visit their website.

Belkis Ramírez, who created the woodcuts for A Cafecito Story, is one of the most celebrated artists in the Dominican Republic.

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    • In the Time of the Butterflies

    • By: Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated by: Noemi de la Puente, Alma Cuervo, Bianca Carnacho, and others
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 672
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 552
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 550

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Maybe it's just me but...

    • By Sarah C Poller on 03-05-16

    Regular price: $32.87

    • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

    • By: Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated by: Blanca Camacho, Annie Henk, Annie Kozuch, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 161

    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....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • How the Garcia Girls lost their reader

    • By Karie A on 06-25-14

    Regular price: $13.95

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

    • By: Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated by: Rosie Berrido
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103

    On a deserted mountain road in the Dominican Republic in 1960, three young women from a pious Catholic family were assassinated....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Las Mariposas – listen in Spanish

    • By Alan on 06-02-13

    Regular price: $32.87

    • Before We Were Free

    • By: Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated by: Julia Alvarez
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Talented Author Left Much To Be Expected Narrating

    • By Lily on 01-08-18

    Regular price: $19.93

    • How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay

    • By: Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated by: Michelle Gonzalez
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about....

    Regular price: $14.60

    • Return to Sender

    • By: Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated by: Ozzie Rodriguez, Olivia Preciado
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    After Tyler's father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The swallows that find a place in your heart.

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-22-17

    Regular price: $31.93

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

    • By: Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated by: Michelle Gonzalez
    • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 19

    Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about!

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • too many theatrics

    • By jemscat on 01-06-19

    Regular price: $12.60

    • Antes de Ser Libres [Before We Were Free]

    • By: Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated by: Maria Siccardi
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    This is the story of Anita de la Torre, a 12-year-old girl living in the Dominican Republic in 1960....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great follow-up to En el Tiempo de las Mariposas

    • By Suzy Fox on 09-24-12

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Finding Miracles

    • By: Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated by: Daphne Rubin-Vega
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Milly Kaufman is an ordinary American teenager living in Vermont, until she meets Pablo, a new student at her high school....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good exploration of adoption feelings...

    • By R. Lopez on 11-30-04

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Como las muchachas Garcia perdieron su acento

    • By: Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated by: Julia Alvarez
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Sin cierre

    • By Melissa on 06-22-11

    Regular price: $32.87

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