My Broken Language

by Quiara Alegría Hudes

My Broken Language

"Hudes has written a can't-miss love letter, in the form of a memoir, about the people and city that shaped her."

Library Journal

Quiara Alegría Hudes was the watchful girl on the stairs while her family danced their defiance in a tight North Philly kitchen. She was awed by her Puerto Rican mother, grandmother, aunts, and cousins, but haunted by the protective silences and systemic injustices in el barrio.

My Broken Language is her musical memoir of searching for her own voice while coming of age in 1980s and 1990s Philadelphia, as she strives to become an artist and tell the powerful, unspoken stories of her family and community.

Hudes finds herself surrounded by many languages, in many forms— English and Spanish, bodies and books, Western art and sacred altars. My Broken Language asks what it means for us to speak, exploring language as something we inherit, something that evolves, and something that can make us feel we belong or not.

"North Philly was, to my eyes, a universe," Hudes writes of the people and places she calls home. Sharing the challenges, stories, injustices, wisdom, joys, and traditions that have been passed on to her, she builds in her search for wholeness "an archive made of us."

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Companion Books

Never Look Back

by Lilliam Rivera
Never Look Back

"Never Looks Back sings its own love song to the world."

NPR

In this modern retelling of an ancient story of love and loss, Eury comes to the Bronx as a girl haunted. Haunted by losing everything in Hurricane Maria—and by an evil spirit, Ato. She fully expects the tragedy that befell her and her family in Puerto Rico to catch up with her in New York. Yet, for a time, she can almost set this fear aside. Pheus—short for Orpheus—is a golden-voiced, bachata-singing charmer, ready to spend the summer on the beach with his friends, serenading his on-again, off-again flame. That changes when he meets Eury. All he wants is to put a smile on her face and fight off her demons. But some dangers are too powerful for even the strongest love, and as the world threatens to tear them apart, Eury and Pheus must fight for each other and their lives.

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Alma and How She Got Her Name

by Juana Martinez-Neal
Alma and How She Got Her Name

If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? When she asks her father, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents and great-grandparents. Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all—and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell.

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