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luz is a collection of memoir essays that will make you laugh, cry and warm your heart. The stories are told from a child’s perspective as she grows into a young teen and takes you into the American-Dominican world of a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York during the 70’s.

The book is available now, and it costs $15.00 plus $3.75 for shipping.

Here are a few lines from the book:

EVERYTHING CHANGED in our neighborhood. The Italian bread bakery was converted into a Medicaid clinic.The Jewish bakery became a Spanish food take-out restaurant. Instead of the familiar scents of fresh-baked bread and the sweetness of cookies wafting through the air, the streets smelled of roasting chickens seasoned with adobo. Bodegas, which are mini-grocery stores, appeared on every corner except the one with the neighborhood bar. The church took a back seat. Church bells used to ring at 8:00 a.m., noon, and 6:00 p.m., but even that had ended. Without the reminder, people stopped blessing themselves, stopped muttering their prayers, and stopped thinking about God.

 

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