Las Christmas

Las Christmas

Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories

By Esmeralda Santiago; Joie Davidow

Vintage, Paperback, 9780375701559, 224pp.

Publication Date: October 5, 1999


Twenty-five celebrated Latino writers delight and move us with their recollections of Christmas in this splendid holiday extravaganza.
From Julia Alvarez's tale of how Santicló delivered a beloved uncle from political oppression to Junot Díaz's story of his own uneasy assimilation on his first Christmas in America, to Sandra Cisneros's poignant memories of her late father's holiday dinners, Las Christmas gives us true stories from writers of many traditions--memories of Christmas and Hanukkah that vividly capture the pride and pain, joy and heartbreak, that so often accompany the holidays in the Americas.
Richly illustrated and embellished with songs and poems, along with recipes for an unforgettable Christmas dinner--from traditional sweet tamales to Puerto Rican asopao (stew) and coquito (coconut eggnog)--this is an enduring treasury of Latino writing to read again and again.
A heartwarming holiday gift.

About the Author
Esmeralda Santiago has written for such publications as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Christian Science Monitor. Born in Puerto Rico, she is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in Katonah, NY. When I Was Puerto Rican. America's Dream is her first novel.

Joie Davidow, an award-winning journalist, was a founder of the "L.A. Weekly, L.A. Style" magazine and "Si, " a national Latino lifestyle publication, and is coeditor with Esmeralda Santiago of two anthologies, "Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories" and "Las Mamis: Favorite Latino Authors Remember Their Mothers." She lives in Los Angeles, California.