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Sandra Cisneros Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The House on Mango Street (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Caramelo (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

Hairs/Pelitos (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Have You Seen Marie? (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chapter Books

Puro Amor (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

My Wicked Wicked Ways: Poems (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Loose Woman (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vintage Cisneros (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Critical Insights: The House on Mango Street (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A House of My Own: Stories from My Life (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Sandra Cisneros
A gifted and intelligent writer, the American author Sandra Cisneros is a highly regarded novelist of literary fiction who has been writing for some years now. She really understands her audience on a personal level, getting to the heart of exactly what she wants to say with a great degree of precision and accuracy. Writing both poetry and long-form fiction, she’s a versatile novelist, speaking a manner that feels wholly real and true upon the page. Creating both short-fiction and longer novels, she writes in many forms, also producing in-depth non-fiction work as well.

Winning many awards and nominations for her work, Cisneros has written on a diverse range of subjects over the years. Looking at subjects such as coming-of-age, which would inform her debut novel, she always delivers in a manner that’s honest and true. Translated worldwide, her work has found readers from all over the world far and wide, which is largely due to the universality of her writing. Making her work accessible and genuine, she also manages to maintain a core strength to it that sets it apart from everything else.

A dual citizen of both America and Mexico, Cisneros writes from her own perspective, saying something new and interesting in the process. This has ensured that her work has become wholly singular, setting her apart as a writer with something different to say. With important literary papers alongside her novels, she’s a novelist with many different angles, offering a variety of perspectives. With a lot more to come still, she’s a writer who’s not stopping any time soon either, as she continues to write on into the foreseeable future.

Early and Personal Life
Born in 1954 on the 20th of December, Sandra Cisneros would grow up in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. Growing up with a strong passion for storytelling and literature, she would develop her style and craft, as it would evolve over time. As a Latina author, she would find her voice, and it was one which many would come to increasingly appreciate as time went on.

Attending Loyola University Chicago, she would go on to gain a bachelor of arts degree in 1976, before going on to graduate from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Based in the University of Iowa in 19878, she’d receive a Master of Fine Arts degree, and this would come to shape much of her writing. Looking at fiction through the lens of her Mexican roots and heritage, she would provide a unique perspective, as her and her legacy continues to this very day.

Writing Career
Starting out with the title ‘Bad Boys’ in 1980, Sandra Cisneros would begin with a short book of poetry, introducing her style for the first time. Following this four years later, she would go on to publish her first full novel ‘The House on Mango Street’ in 1984. The Before Columbus Foundation would then go on to give it the American Book Award, marking a highly successful literary debut.

Over time she would go on to receive many more awards throughout the course of her writing career, including the PEN award. In time she would also come to write children’s literature, proving her to be one of the most versatile authors of her generation. Living in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico she continues to be one of the most powerful voices in the world of literature today.

The House on Mango Street
Initially released in 1984 on the 3rd of April, this would be the first novel to come from Sandra Cisneros as an author. Setting her up as an author for the first time, it was originally published by the ‘Arte Publico Press’ publishing label, and it would be a stand-alone. Widely considered as a modern classic, it has won several major awards, including becoming a New York Time bestseller.

This is a classic story and one that’s gone on to be taught in high-schools and universities all across the world. Telling a unique and distinct narrative, this really comes to life off of the page, allowing the reader to fully immerse themselves in the world. It’s a powerful novel filled with a lot of heart, portraying real character who leap off of the page for the reader.

Featuring the story of Esperanza Cordero, this collection of vignettes looks at her life while growing up in Chicago. Not wanting to succumb to the harsh life that her neighbourhood has seemingly pre-destined for her, she vows to break away and tell her own story. As a coming-of-age story, she is seen finding herself and who she wants to be in life, making her own way in the world. Will she be able to find her way? Can she break away from it all and make her own life? What will happen at the house on Mango Street?

Caramelo
First published in 2002 on the 30th of September, this would be a later novel from Sandra Cisneros, with her writing career already fully underway. It’s an epic novel spanning a few hundred years of history, and would be inspired by Cisneros’s own family history and Mexican heritage. Published through the Knopf publishing label, this would mark an interesting development for the author, and is a must for fans and long-time followers.
It’s a book which really captures a unique experience and perspective on life, that only Cisneros could write. Looking at the world through her eyes, it definitely manages to draw a fundamental truth from her past, bringing it to life. The characters also elevate it, each one with their own distinctive personality and idiosyncratic approach.

Ceyala ‘Lala’ Reyes and her family spend every summer travelling down from Chicago to Mexico City, packing three cars full, as they head off to meet their grandparents. Telling stories of their life, Lala attempts to narrate the family history throughout the generations, struggling to make her voice heard over her many siblings. Looking at their lives throughout the ages, she sorts the facts from the fiction, examining where they all came from and where they’re heading. Will they discover themselves on this journey? Where are they heading? What is real truth behind their family history?

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