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From Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul

Contents

Introduction

1. OUR LIVING HERITAGE/NUESTRO PASADO PRESENTE

University Avenue Pat Mora

Enchiladas: A Metaphor for Life! Renee Fajardo

The Healing Dahlma Llanos Figueroa

What’s Up with Dads and Pork-Chop Sandwiches? Angela Cervantes

The Blessing Aurelio Deane Font

Where Rosaries Ride the Wind Maria Ercilla

Titi Flori’s Pasteles-Maker Machine Joe Colón

Salsa Lessons María Luisa Salcines

Papa’s Best Lesson Olga Valle-Herr

Grandma’s Recipe Jacqueline Méndez

Abolengo Marie Delgado Travis

2. THE LOVE OF FAMILY/EL AMOR DE LA FAMILIA

Mama Can’t Read Charles A. Mariano

I Graduate Barkely Regina Ramos

Brothers Randy Cordova

The Promise Antonio Farias

El Niño Bendito de la Grandmom Sylvia M. DeSantis

The Bear Zulmara Cline

Beyond the Grave Yahaira Lawrence

Dad, the Rock Star of Tamale Makers Kathy Cano Murillo

In the Blood Pat Mora

Our Wonderful “Tragedy” Carlos R. Bermúdez

Tita Cindy Lou Jordan

Oysters and Zarzuelas Maria Ercilla

The Cuban Kitchen Dance Johnny Diaz

Mother’s Shoes Irma Y. Andrade

3. LIFE’S LESSONS/LECCIONES QUE DA LA VIDA

Things I Learned from My Mother Sylvia Rosa-Casanova

Learning to Fly Steve Peralta

Every First Friday Alejandro Díaz

Isabel’s Final Chapter Linda M. González

Learning to Appreciate Papi María Luisa Salcines

Swim Like a Fish Melissa Annette Santiago

Hey, Mister! Rogelio R. Gómez

A Bridge to Freedom Jacqueline Méndez

Sadie Hawkins Day C. M. Zapata

The Ring Esther Bonilla Read

Lessons My Mother Taught Me Marta A. Oppenheimer

Hope, Thy Name Is Lina Elizabeth García

Alma/My Soul Heather J. Kirk

On Teaching Salvador González Padilla

4. LATINO IDENTITY/LA IDENTIDAD LATINA

From Tug-of-War to Dance Juan Blea

Not Mexican? Ruben Navarrette, Jr.

Hunger Nilsa Mariano

My Fundillo (All the Wrong Places) Michele Carlo

The Hardest Lesson Caroline C. Sánchez

The Power of Our Family History Cynthia Leal Massey

Raising Our Family at the Cultural Crossroads Liza M. Rodriguez

Child of the Americas Aurora Levins Morales

5. CHALLENGES/LOS DESAFÍOS

Eggs, 1930 Aurora Levins Morales

The Clinic Dahlma Llanos Figueroa

In My Classroom Anjela Villarreal Ratliff

A Mother’s Love Johnny N. Ortez, Jr.

I’ll Always Remember You Norma Oquendo

Reeling In a Boy’s Dream María Luisa Salcines

The Power to Shine Deborah Rosado Shaw

Transforming Tragedy Maya Álvarez-Galván

The Christmas Train Barbara Gutiérrez

Love in Shadows Mary Helen Ponce

Gift of Jehovah Melody Delgado Lorbeer

6. OUR LANGUAGES/NUESTRAS LENGUAS

Long “i,” Silent “e” Rick Rivera

Home Sweet Caldo de Pollo Alvaro Garduño

Chuleta Michele Capriotti

Cleaning Crackers Colin Mortensen-Sánchez

The Hurricanes Xiomara J. Pages

A Lesson More Important than Math Dr. Ellen G. Batt

Wrong Channel Roberto G. Fernández

7. REAL HEROES/HEROES VERDADEROS

La Brava Robert Suarez

Abuelita, Abuelita . . . Lauren Perez

Don’t Do It, Willy! Susan Sánchez-Casal

Living the Dream Carlos R. Bermúdez

A Hero’s Story Mónica García Sáenz

Amador Maria Luisa Alaniz

Cop by Destiny Ruben Navarrette, Sr

My Puerto Rican Grandmother Patricia L. Herlevi Balquin

Patricio Flores Mónica González

“I Am a Curandera” Nancy Harless

Face to Face with My Childhood Hero Carlos R. Bermúdez

8. THE SPIRITUAL AND THE SUPERNATURAL/LO ESPIRITUAL Y LO REAL MÁGICO

Lavender Roses Caroline C. Sánchez

Vengo del Mar Susan Sánchez-Casal

Feliz Navidad Adriana Rosales

On My Altar Suzanne LaFetra

The White Butterfly Jennifer Ramon-Dover

Abuela’s Magic Michele Capriotti

Me and Don Paco Marie Delgado Travis

Prayers, Potatoes and a Twister Margarita B. Velez

Faith of an Angel Cristina Cornejo

Feeding the Soul Chela González

Who Is Jack Canfield?

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?

Who Is Susan Sánchez-Casal?

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