Showing posts with label Chicago. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chicago. Show all posts

Friday, November 13, 2015

#FridayReads:A House of My Own: Stories from My Life by Sandra Cisneros

The making of a Latina writer. Award-winning novelist, poet, and MacArthur Fellow Sandra Cisneros shares the stories of her life.

From the author of The House on Mango Street, a richly illustrated compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that, taken together, form a jigsaw autobiography—an intimate album of a beloved literary legend. 
From the Chicago neighborhoods where she grew up and set her groundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico in a region where “my ancestors lived for centuries,” the places Sandra Cisneros has lived have provided inspiration for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. But a house of her own, where she could truly take root, has eluded her. With this collection—spanning three decades, and including never-before-published work—Cisneros has come home at last.  
Ranging from the private (her parents’ loving and tempestuous marriage) to the political (a rallying cry for one woman’s liberty in Sarajevo) to the literary (a tribute to Marguerite Duras), and written with her trademark lyricism, these signature pieces recall transformative memories as well as reveal her defining artistic and intellectual influences. Poignant, honest, deeply moving, this is an exuberant celebration of a life in writing lived to the fullest.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ode to Chicago

Last month, I visited Chicago for the first time and feel like I left a little piece of my heart there. The history, architecture, the new friends I made, the old friends I reunited with - just everything was amazing. I came back a new person, my soul was replenished. This week I spotted this cool, tilt-shift, miniature ode to Chicago and it literally makes my heart ache.

Check it out:




And here are some of my favorite photos from my trip:

The Harold Washington Library Center's roof, decorated with acroteria depicting owls, which are the Greek symbols of knowledge.

Oliver, the sweet, gentle, protective, red-nosed pitbull, who stole my heart

Like a good pilgrim, I went to the Bean (AKA Cloudgate)

Love this mural by the Art Institute of Chicago

Another great mural in an underpass, every city should have art in the underpasses

This dope building was just outside my hotel window

The very first morning I came across this dragonfly, later we went pass the Zoo and saw some there too. 

This photo of the Chicago River was taken from the 42nd floor of  the hotel

The lions at the Art Institute of Chicago, reminded me of home and the NYPL.



 
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