Must read book: "Antes de ser libres" ("Before We Were Free")

I just finished one of the best books I have read in a long while. I cried. It was so darn good.The best part is that I get to teach it this school year!

Julia Alvarez is an amazing author and I could devour anything she writes. Her stories come alive so much that you become convinced that you are a part of the families in her tales.

Before We Were Free

In "Before We Were Free", Alvarez tells the tale of a young girl during the dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. The story is told from Anita's 12-year-old perspective and is absolutely enchanting. I felt like I was 12 again with a crush on a boy, worrying about what to say in school and dealing with my family. She weaves into Anita's story the history of a dictatorship, where Trujillo stayed in power for 31 years and left an indelible mark on the Dominican people. This book is fantastic and I 100% recommend it to "Spanish junkies" or "bookworms" alike.

Enjoy! M

New Years Resolutions…

This time of year makes everyone start thinking of a New Years Resolution. Problem is, I don't like to make them if I know that I won't be keeping them...seems like a bit of a downer!

So this year, I am inspired by the blog "Dinner, A Love Story" and will be following in the author's footsteps. 2011 will be the beginning of my Dinner Journal, a great place to jot down recipes and ideas that work (and those that flopped!) so that, a year later (or more, if I keep my resolution), I can reflect on dinner parties, friends over for dinner, and romantic nights for two that might have otherwise been forgotten in the mad shuffle of the coming year.
Maybe this should be your resolution? :)
Read more about the author of "Dinner, A Love Story" and her success here: