Bird of Paradise
How I Became Latina
By Raquel Cepeda
(Atria Books, Paperback, 9781451635874, 315pp.)
Publication Date: February 2014
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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The strands of her DNA would take her further, across the globe and into history. Who were her ancestors? How did they--and she--become Latina? Her journey, as the most unforgettable ones often do, would lead her to places she hadn't expected to go. With vibrant lyrical prose and a fierce honesty, Cepeda parses concepts of race, identity, and ancestral DNA among Latinos by using her own Dominican-American story as one example, and in the process arrives at some sort of peace with her father.