Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia ManzanoThe Pura Belpre Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of Americas most influential Hispanics--Maria on Sesame Street--delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir.
Set in the 1970s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy Award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving--and troubled. This is Sonias own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead. But--click!--when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real life--the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. But it is Sonias dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times.
Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girls resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions.
Maria Full of Grace
Long-stemmed roses must come from somewhere, but I never gave the matter much thought until I saw "Maria Full of Grace," which opens with Maria working an assembly line in Colombia, preparing the roses for shipment overseas. I guess I thought the florist picked them early every morning, while mockingbirds trilled. Maria is young and pretty and filled with fire, and when she finds she's pregnant, she isn't much impressed by the attitude of Juan, her loser boyfriend. She dumps her job and gets a ride to Bogota with a man who tells her she could make some nice money as a mule -- a courier flying to New York with dozens of little Baggies of cocaine in her stomach. Maria Catalina Sandino Moreno is being exploited by the drug business, but she sees it as an opportunity. Her best friend Blanca Yenny Paola Vega comes along, and they get tips from Lucy Giulied Lopez , who has been a mule before; it's a way to visit her sister in New York.
Maria Full of Grace is a drama film written and directed by Joshua Marston. The film was produced between Colombia and the United States. Lead actress.
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It's painfully understandable that the year-old title character of ''Maria Full of Grace'' would risk her freedom and even her life to be a drug mule. This gripping Colombian film, written and directed by Joshua Marston, follows the desperate plunge of Maria Alvarez Catalina Sandino Moreno from a dead-end job as an assembly-line worker in a Colombian flower factory into the drug-smuggling underworld. This treacherous territory, where young women, seduced by suave, sweet-talking recruiters, can earn large sums by smuggling heroin into the United States, is Maria's last resort when she finds herself unemployed and pregnant. Her ruthless new bosses make her former taskmasters look like angels. Before the story zeroes in on the harrowing details of drug running and its dangers, it depicts Maria's hopelessly circumscribed life in the rural village where she lives with her mother, grandmother and sister. She is expected to turn over to the family the minuscule salary she earns dethorning roses in a sweatshop atmosphere.