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The Cuban American Family Album (American Family Albums) Paperback – May 28, 1998

Book 6 of 10 in the American Family Album Series

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Gr. 7^-9. Another ethnic album in the American Family Albums series written by the Hooblers following their standard format. Representing a successful American of Cuban heritage, writer Oscar Hijuelos (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love) provides a brief, personal introduction to the book. Six chapters follow the Cuban American immigrant experience from "The Old Country" to "Part of the United States." Each chapter is full of personal stories and black-and-white photographs with generous captions. The authors conclude with a Cuban American time line and suggestions for further reading. Not an in-depth historical analysis well suited for report research, but a scrapbook-style, browser survey. Purchase to plump up an immigration collection with the flavor of personal perspectives and experiences and where books about Cuban Americans are in high demand. Annie Ayres --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

This entry in the Hooblers' American Family Album series (The Jewish American Family Album, 1995, etc.) begins with an introduction by Oscar Hijuelos, who notes, ``where there are Cubans, there will be much warmth, life and amazing energy.'' A collection of oral histories and memoirs grouped by topic offer firsthand accounts of ``The Old Country,'' ``Coming to the United States,'' ``Ports of Entry,'' ``A New Life,'' ``Putting Down Roots,'' and ``Part of the United States.'' Readers will learn about the quincea¤era, the celebration of a young woman's 15th birthday, how immigration to the US broke down the extended Cuban family, once the strongest force in that society, and how Desi Arnaz became the first famous Cuban American. The black-and-white photographs in the album reflect the various moods of these memoirs and manifest the Cuban-American story. Insets on celebrities such as Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan add interest, as does a recipe for black beans, the staple of Cuban cooking. The grouping of memoirs around general topics leads to some natural disjointedness, but overall this is a good summation of the successful assimilation of Cubans into--and their contributions to- -American culture. (chronology, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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