Quarter 3 Reading List

Dreams & Aspirations

The House on Mango Street

By Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street: Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from grade schools to universities across the country and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable journey of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes - sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous - it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time will have touched so many readers.

A Place Where the Sea remembers

By Sandra Benitez

A Place Where the Sea Remembers: This is a haunting tale of love and anger, hope and tragedy, filled with characters who will linger long after the last page has been turned. At the heart of this tale is Chayo, the flower-seller, and her husband, Candelario, the salad-maker, who may finally be blessed with the child they never thought they would have. But their cause for happiness triggers a chain of events that marks the lives of everyone in the Mexican village of Santiago. Their hopes, triumphs, shortcomings, and failures forms an indelible impression of a world in which destiny can hinge on the smallest of actions. A Place Where the Sea Remembers, an astonishing debut by a new voice in American fiction, is a book you will never forget.

The Joy Luck Club

By Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club: In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club.

With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between these four women and their American-born daughters. As each reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangles and more entwined.