Forum of World Cultures Publishes my Article

Hi, everyone,  I wrote an article about the writing of this book (fifteen years in all, but

who's counting), and Gabriela Jurosz put it on her blog!  The blog is called

Forum of World Cultures, and if you Google it, you will get it in several languages 

including English.  Gabriela understands, speaks, and writes in German, Czech, Spanish,

English, and a bunch of other languages, so that was the initial inspiration for her blog.   

Mine is the English offering for September.  After September you will have to go to the

archives, right on the same page, where it will be stored.

       Thank you, Gabriela!  






Irene Vilar's Literary Path

      After writing "The Ladies' Gallery," about her family, her life in Puerto Rico and New York, and especially her famous grandmother, the Puerto Rican Independentista Lolita Lebrun, Irene Vilar continued her journey, becoming series editor for several publishing houses, becoming a literary agent herself, and writing another memoir, called "Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of an Abortion Addict."  This memoir takes up where the previous one leaves off, and details her two marriages and her fifteen abortions.  She became an abortion addict during her first marriage, "forgetting" to take her pills and becoming pregnant time after time, yet her much older husband did not want to have children.  She writes about all this, possibly the first time anyone has written about having so many abortions.  

       And then she divorces the husband, remarries, and has two lovely children!  So at a certain point she was finished with that marriage trap and moved on to a different kind of life.  We read that Vilar is even now writing another memoir, on the subject of motherhood.  We hope for a kinder and gentler life for her in her third memoir.   


Esmeralda Santiago's Other Works

     I would like to bring you up to date on the main writers mentioned in my book, and I will start with Esmeralda Santiago, because she is probably the best-known.  I will be adding other writers in the next few weeks, stay tuned.

      Esmeralda Santiago has written several more books (after "When I was Puerto Rican" and "Almost a Woman," including another memoir, "The Turkish Lover," which focuses on her life in college and the Turkish movie director with whom she had a long affair, her first.  

 Here is a list of her published works:  

When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago (Paperback - October 1994)

Almost a Woman by Esmeralda Santiago (Paperback - October 1999)

Casi una mujer by Esmeralda Santiago (Paperback - October 1999)

América's Dream by Esmeralda Santiago (Author) (Paperback - May 1997)

Cuando era puertorriqueña by Esmeralda Santiago (Paperback - October 1994)

Las Mamis by Esmeralda Santiago (Editor), et al. (Hardcover - April 2000)

Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiage (Author) (2011)(review, Washington Post, 30 Jy 2011,C-1)

El sueño de América by Esmeralda Santiago (Author) (Paperback - May 1997)

Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories by Esmeralda Santiago (Contributor), et al. (Paperback - October 1999)

Las Christmas: escritores Latinos recuerdan las tradiciones navideñas by Esmeralda Santiago (Editor), Joie Davidow (Editor) (Paperback)

The Turkish Lover, autobiography, 2004

A Puerto Rican Stew, The New York Times Magazine, 1995