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Book Title: Call Me Maria|
The author of the book: Judith Ortiz Cofer
Edition: Paw Prints
Date of issue: August 11th 2008
ISBN 13: 9781439520055
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In this novel, Call Me Maria, written in letters, poems, and prose, Judith Ortiz Cofer offers a look into the life of a Puerto Rican immigrant as she adjusts to life in the United States with her father while her mother stays back on the island. The theme of belonging is quite present throughout Maria’s struggle to leave her old life behind and take the steps to build a new life for herself in the United States. She is at first sad to leave her country, but soon discovers that home is what you make it. Her exploration of her identity from “Maria Triste” and “Maria Alegre” to simply “Maria” symbolizes her transition from a child to an independent young woman, while still showing that distress is present no matter what age a person is. Complete with funny, witty poems about subjects in her school and her own feelings about herself and who she wants to be and full of memorable characters, like the defiant Whoopee and the love sick Uma, this novel is a fun and touching read that leaves an impression on the reader’s heart.
Cofer’s use of various literary styles is particularly interesting because it not only shows insight into how creative the character of Maria is, but also how creative Cofer herself is. I would teach this story to my students because it would give them the incentive not to be afraid of living in a new place, and that even though it might not turn out like it was expected to, one can still have a good life. I also would teach it to get my students in the habit of coming up with fun ways about how to learn. Maria uses poems, rhymes, and songs to help her learn, and I would encourage my students to do the same. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the struggles that immigrants face when coming to a different country or any place different from their homeland.
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Read information about the authorJudith Ortiz Cofer (born in 1952) is a Puerto Rican author. Her work spans a range of literary genres including poetry, short stories, autobiography, essays, and young-adult fiction.
Judith Ortiz Cofer was born in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico, on February 24, 1952. She moved to Paterson, New Jersey with her family in 1956. They often made back-and-forth trips between Paterson and Hormigueros. In 1967, her family moved to Augusta, Georgia, where she attended Butler High School. Ortiz Cofer received a B.A. in English from Augusta College, and later an M.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University.
Ortiz Cofer's work can largely be classified as creative nonfiction. Her narrative self is strongly influenced by oral storytelling, which was inspired by her grandmother, an able storyteller in the tradition of teaching through storytelling among Puerto Rican women. Ortiz Cofer's autobiographical work often focuses on her attempts at negotiating her life between two cultures, American and Puerto Rican, and how this process informs her sensibilities as a writer. Her work also explores such subjects as racism and sexism in American culture, machismo and female empowerment in Puerto Rican culture, and the challenges diasporic immigrants face in a new culture. Among Ortiz Cofer's more well known essays are "The Story of My Body" and "The Myth of the Latin Woman," both reprinted in The Latin Deli.
In 1984, Ortiz Cofer joined the faculty of the University of Georgia, where she is currently Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing. In April 2010, Ortiz Cofer was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.
In 1994, she became the first Hispanic to win the O. Henry Prize for her story “The Latin Deli”. In 1996, Ortiz Cofer and illustrator Susan Guevara became the first recipients of the Pura Belpre Award for Hispanic children’s literature.
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