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Welcome to the 2015 Politics and Prose Holiday Newsletter. As we have in past years, we’ve tried to select the best—and most beautiful—recent books, fiction and nonfiction, to help you with gift-giving.

It’s also traditional to emphasize how difficult making these choices has been—it’s not just a matter of so many books, but of so many truly wonderful books. This year there’s been an especially impressive outpouring of short fiction and memoirs, but you’ll find bookseller favorites on all subjects here. Enjoy!

Reading the fiction of Sandra Cisneros always gives one the feeling of having a particularly rich and pleasurable daydream, and that’s also true for her new memoir, A House of My Own (Knopf, $28.95). Here Cisneros takes us around the world and back again, from a gorgeous home in Greece where she finished writing The House on Mango Street, to her father’s ancestral homeland, Mexico; in charting these journeys, Cisneros illustrates ideas of home. We get a real treat as this affecting writers delves into the places and people that housed and sustained her as she made her way from being the only mi’ja in Chicago, Illinois, to the renowned author she is today; we see not only where she lived, but the stories and poems she created, the speeches she gave, the doubts she overcame, and, finally, the fulfillment her accomplishments afforded her as a talented and independent Mexican-American woman. This beautiful book also includes photos from Cisneros’s personal collection, and these images make the evocative narrative all the more vivid and immediate. But ultimately A House of My Own served as a way for Cisneros, who has traveled and lived in so many different countries and cities, to define for herself her place in the world, and to compose an intimate portrait of what it means to find home.

A House of My Own: Stories from My Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385351331
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 6th, 2015

A House of My Own: Stories from My Life (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345807175
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - September 6th, 2016

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