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Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South…
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Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx (urspr publ 2015; utgåvan 2015)

av Sonia Manzano (Författare)

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"Pura Belpre Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's most influential Hispanics--'Maria' on Sesame Street--delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir. Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving--and troubled. This is Sonia's own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead. But--click!--when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real-life--the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. But it is Sonia's dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions"--… (mer)
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Titel:Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx
Författare:Sonia Manzano (Författare)
Info:Scholastic Press (2015), 272 pages
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Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx av Sonia Manzano (2015)

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Before she was Sesame Street’s “Maria,” Sonia Manzano was navigating the poverty and abuse of 1950s New York City. With creativity, culture, and humor, she finds a way to survive and even thrive.
  NCSS | Jul 23, 2021 |
Well, despite this containing stories of abuse and poverty, hearing Manzano read it is practically soothing if you grew up with Sesame Street. She provides a wonderful sense of place and enough humor to balance out the severity of the plot. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
If you are like me, the name Sonia Manzano might not trigger any recognition but that quickly changed when I discovered that Manzano is best known for her role as Maria on the show Sesame Street, a role she played for 44 years. Aptly titled, Becoming Maria is an unflinching and affecting memoir of growing up in a poverty-stricken Puerto Rican family in the South Bronx. While there are some dark sides to her story – her father was an abusive, violent alcoholic and the family lived in abject poverty – she also shares some cherished memories, like the first time she went to summer camp, going to see West Side Story with a teacher and two other classmates, visiting Puerto Rico for the first time, playing hooky from school to go to the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and auditioning for a spot at Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts. Manzano’s tells her story with unabashed frankness through a Nuyorican lens, assuming that the reader will be able to see and understand the world as she did as a Latino child. The memoir ends with Manzano’s audition for Sesame Street, so if you are hoping to read some behind the scenes stories about the show and its cast, you will not find it here.

Overall, a interesting, colourful glimpse into the South Bronx of the 1950s/60s. ( )
  lkernagh | Jun 14, 2018 |
Eh. Wasn't thrilled with this one. I was excited to hear that Maria from 'Sesame Street' would be writing a memoir. It's been years since I've watched the show, but nonetheless it's always interesting to see where people I see on TV come from in real life. :P
 
Sadly, this wasn't something I got a lot out of. I agree with many of the reviews: the first part spends far too much time in her childhood, which admittedly was rough. But the reader is just dropped into the middle of things. There is no framing, no warning (which was fine for me but some readers might be upset).
 
This is important to read and it was interesting to know this was her childhood. But as others have said, it seems choppy, perhaps more like a rough draft. I wasn't expecting a happy rags to riches story necessarily, but it's a little frustrating when people think the book is going to give us more on what many are interested in (in this case, 'Sesame Street', her role on the show, etc.) and the book does not.
 
I'm not sure if this is meant to be a sort of "prologue" of sorts and we may get another book about her time on the show in a few years. In the end I get the impression that the author wanted to write about one thing, but the publisher/editor/marketing people felt they could push sales by tying in 'Sesame Street'. I also am not sure if it's a YA book (perhaps it might be better for older teens or mature younger ones, but again this deals with abuse, alcoholism, and other similar themes.
 
I got this from the library and would recommend the same. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
Narrated by the author. Sonia Manzano performs her memoir with a brassy Bronx gusto that illuminates her chaotic upbringing into young adulthood. There is her alcoholic, abusive father; long-suffering mother (whose regular cries of "Ave Maria purisima!" hilariously sum up her exasperation); and a passel of loving and dysfunctional relatives. Manzano may be a star of "Sesame Street" but this entertaining memoir is strictly for older teens and adults who remember her from the show. A wonderful story and performance by a beloved actress. ( )
  Salsabrarian | May 28, 2016 |
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"Pura Belpre Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's most influential Hispanics--'Maria' on Sesame Street--delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir. Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving--and troubled. This is Sonia's own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead. But--click!--when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real-life--the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. But it is Sonia's dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions"--

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