Something to Declare
by Julia Alvarez
Review: I first read this book years ago, and returned to it when I needed inspiration as a writer. Alvarez describes her journey developing as a writer, teacher, and person. She traces her storytelling roots back to the oral storytelling culture of her childhood and the Dominican Republic, and her experience learning English when she first moved to the United States, to "Nueva York." She shares the rhythms of her writing days, the development of her identity as a Latina, writer, and woman, and her writing doubts and challenges. If you are an aspiring writer or a fan of Julia Alvarez's books, you will enjoy this essay collection.
More info: Author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and Yo! among others!
Her website talks about her latest book about true story, about a friend's wedding in Haiti. She also writes middle grades and YA novels.
See my review of two of her YA books, Finding Miracles and Before We Were Free.