Twenty-five years ago, Sandra Cisneros published The House on Mango Street, a collection of vignettes chronicling her childhood growing up Mexican-American in Chicago. NPR did a great retrospective on what the book meant at the time and what it means today.
I had never read the book before so I was inspired by the NPR show to pick it up at the library. It was the kind of book I wished I’d read when I was younger; it resonated with me at 34 but I knew it would have been even more powerful if I had discovered it when I was about 12 years old. But if you’re older than 12, don’t let this discourage you. Read it – and recommend it – to others!