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Mama: Latina Daughters Celebrate Their Mothers Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 1, 2003

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From Publishers Weekly

This illustrated collection of portraits of Latina mother-daughter relationships overflows with love in all its complexity and intensity. Featuring famous Latinas, including salsa queen Celia Cruz, Florida First Lady Columba Bush, The People's Court Judge Marilyn Milian and media entrepreneur Cristina Saralegui as well as everyday women, the book tells many versions of the same story: madres and hijas may have complicated feelings for each other, but their loyalty is strong despite their generational differences. Though American Latinas are a diverse group, many of the daughters profiled here share experiences of family relocation. Throughout, television producer Perez-Brown expertly weaves the daughters' stories of relating to mothers whose childhoods were spent in another country and bridging the inevitable cultural divides. The daughters write of facing challenging educational and professional issues, buoyed by the support of mothers to whom the issues were as foreign as a new language, but whose devotion to their daughter's pursuit of happiness was unquestioning. These stories reveal a universal gratitude for the sacrifices made by mothers for their daughters. As the author explains, "I know that every success I've enjoyed in my life comes from my mother's hard work and the strategic decisions she made." 40 illus.
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From Booklist

When she was a teenage mother of four, Juana Grajales left Puerto Rico for New York, hoping to widen the possibilities for her children's lives. Her daughter, a lawyer and television producer, wrote this book as an homage to mothers like her own who "postponed their own dreams and made tremendous sacrifices for their children." In a substantive, heartfelt introduction, the author notes recurring themes specific to Latina mother-daughter relationships that she found as she interviewed the books' subjects, including U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin, "salsa queen" Celia Cruz, and Florida's First Lady, Columba Bush. In each chapter, combining profiles, quotes, and beautiful photographs, a woman speaks candidly about her mother, usually praising her bravery, strength, resourcefulness, humor, and unwavering support. But the daughters talk about the difficulties, too; in one story, a mother and daughter regularly see a therapist when "it gets really heavy and problematic." Honest, funny, and deeply moving, these stories will resonate with all mothers and daughters, particularly first and second-generation Americans, while offering special insight into Latina American culture. Gillian Engberg
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