¡Ándale, Prieta!: A Love Letter to My Family


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$17.95  $16.69
Cinco Puntos Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Yasmín Ramírez is a 2021 Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Author Fellow as well as a 2020 recipient of the Woody and Gayle Hunt-Aspen Institute Fellowship Award. Her fiction and creative nonfiction works have appeared in Cream City Review and Huizache among others. She is an Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Chicanx Literature at El Paso Community College. She stays active in the Borderplex arts community and serves on the advisory board of BorderSenses, a literary non-profit.¡Ándale, Prieta! is her first book. For more information about Yasmín, visit her website at yasminramirez.com


"A hard-hitting and gorgeous debut. Yasmín Ramírez welcomes readers into the hot pink, humming, fighting, blossoming world of her El Paso childhood--and like her Grandma Ita, who looms large in these pages--Ramírez throws her punches without flinching while rendering her people and places with clear-eyed tenderness. An essential and stunning memoir." -- Sonja Livingston, author of Ghostbread

"Yasmín Ramírez's debut memoir delicately shows us what tough lessons, and even tougher people, have to teach us about love. That how we choose to love our family, our home and culture, almost always reveals how much, or little, we actually love ourselves. Funny and smart, ¡Ándale, Prieta! is a joy to read." -- Matt Mendez, author of Barely Missing Everything and Twitching Heart

"¡Ándale, Prieta! is an invitation into a home blessed with the aroma of caldio simmering on the stove. At the heart of this book is Ita, the indomitable matriarch whose scars are physical and mental and unspoken. From the point of view of her granddaughter, this unflinching memoir is a celebration of women working through the pain and earning the love in their lives. The authentic spirit of the writing is fleshed out in the landscape of El Paso, a US-Mexico border town, where cultures rest on a delicate edge, side by side, always touching. One essential lesson we learn from this extraordinary debut is the need to leave one's Home to embrace the sacred journey back to Family." -- Richard Yañez, author of El Paso del Norte: Stories on the Border

"A promising debut, gripping in its honesty." -- Kirkus Reviews

Américas Award, Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs
International Latino Book Award, Empowering Latino Futures
Recommended Nonfiction List, In the Margins Book Awards