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The Bookshelf: May 29, 2014

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Wise Latinas.

Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education

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WISE LATINAS: Writers on Higher Education

by Jennifer De Leon

Contributors from different backgrounds and generations, including Sandra Cisneros, Ruth Behar, Joy Castro and Iris Gomez, preside over these pages with a wide range of concerns, including alienation, isolation and sexuality. In her introduction, essayist De Leon, a Boston schoolteacher, sets the tone with a tribute to her mother, a housekeeper from Guatemala who worked tirelessly to be sure her daughters went to college. … The flip side can be a sense of loss and alienation­­ that comes from opening up cultural gaps within families. In “Stories She Told Us,” Daisy Hernández tries to bridge the chasm between what she learns in the classroom and the hardships faced by her mother, who came to America from Colombia.

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