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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Media List

Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, films, and music to enhance your experience of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughterby playwright Isaac Gómez and adapted from the award-winning young adult novel by Erika L. Sánchez—on stage Jan. 13 - Feb. 5, 2023 at Seattle Rep.

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
By Sánchez, Erika L.
Book – 2017

"Jùlia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga's role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Jùlia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family." (publisher's website)

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Yo No Soy Tu Perfecta Hija Mexicana
By Sánchez, Erika L.
Book – 2018

 "Jùlia no es la hija mexicana perfecta que Olga era. Pero Jùlia pronto descubre que Olga puede haber tenido secretos, también." (publisher's website)

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Caramelo, Or, Puro Cuento
A Novel
By Cisneros, Sandra
Book – 2002

"During her family's annual car trip from Chicago to Mexico City, Lala Reyes listens to stories about her family, including her grandmother, the descendant of a renowned dynasty of shawl makers, whose magnificent striped shawl has come into Lala's possession." (NoveList)

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A House of My Own: Stories From My Life
By Cisneros, Sandra
Downloadable Audiobook – 2015

"Cisneros blends family stories from Chicago and Mexico with lively storytelling, rich details, and good humor." (Library Journal)

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15: A Quinceañera Story
DVD – 2018

"The films follows five Latina girls from different cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds as they transition to adulthood, all observing the traditional rite of passage of the quinceañera, a celebration of their 15th birthdays." (Hollywood Reporter)

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Living Beyond Borders: Growing up Mexican in America
Book – 2021

"Featuring a diverse array of short stories, personal essays, poems, and comics from 19 creators of Mexican American descent, the collection invites readers to 'see a side of life, inside culture, that is not often portrayed in the media.'" (Publisher's Weekly)

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Hola and Goodbye: Una Familia in Stories
By Miscolta, Donna
Book – 2017

"Seattle writer Donna Miscolta’s story collection Hola and Goodbye pays tribute to themes of heritage, immigration and identity in its portrait of a multigenerational Southern California family." (The Seattle Times)

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For Brown Girls With Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color
By Mojica Rodríguez, Prisca Dorcas
Book – 2021

"Latinx activist Rodríguez debuts with an impassioned and accessible guide to dismantling the 'systemic oppressions' that hold back women of color." (Publisher's Weekly)

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Funeral for Flaca
By Prado, Emilly
Book – 2021

"Emilly Prado retraces her experience coming of age as a prep-turned-chola-turned-punk in this collection that is one-part memoir-in-essays, and one-part playlist." (publisher's website)

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Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity
By Ramos, Paola
Book – 2020

"In her first book, VICE journalist and progressive activist Ramos champions the term Latinx as an empowering collective identity—a grassroots banner inclusive of all Hispanics and Latino/as, be they undocumented, poor, queer, indigenous, or Black." (Library Journal)

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Real Women Have Curves
DVD – 2005

Based on the play of the same name by Josefina López, this 2002 film stars America Ferrera in her debut role as Ana Garcia, a young Chicana woman seeking to balance her family's needs with her own hopes and dreams for her future.

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Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir
By Sánchez, Erika L.
Book – 2022

"Poet and essayist Sánchez tallies the 'triumphs, disappointments, delights, and resurrections' of her life in this raw and sensuous memoir in essays." (Publishers Weekly)

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Lessons on Expulsion
By Sánchez, Erika L.
Book – 2017

"Poet, novelist, and essayist Erika L. Sánchez's powerful debut poetry collection explores what it means to live on both sides of the border--the border between countries, languages, despair and possibility, and the living and the dead." (author's website)


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