Becoming Maria

  • Type: Audiobooks
  • By: Sonia Manzano
  • Age Category: Teens
  • Genre: Biography & Memoir
  • Recommended by: Andrea R.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780545880817
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had to keep driving around the block to continue hearing the author share her autobiography.

I remember the character Maria on Sesame Street but never realized what a painful life the real person had growing up. Sonia Manzano shares her own story growing up with a drunken father who is abusive toward her mother. She describes her cockroach-infested, loud, confusing, colorful and sometimes depressing life. Worst of all, these living circumstances were seemingly normal and just the way things were for everyone in the family and neighborhood. Sonia questions the "normal" lifestyle, escapes from the poverty and eventually becomes Maria. You will cry with her, laugh with her and dream of a better life with her.