Something to Declare
By Julia Alvarez
The collection of essays offers Julia Alvarez’s dual meditations on coming to America and becoming a writer. In the first section, “Customs,” Alvarez relates how she and her family fled the Dominican Republic and its oppressive dictator, Rafael Trujillo, settling in New York City in the 1960s. Part Two—”Declarations”—celebrates Alvarez’s enduring passion for the writing life. From the description of Alvarez’s itinerant life as a struggling poet, teacher, and writer in “Have Typewriter, Will Travel,” to her advice in “Ten of My Writing Commandments,” Alvarez generously shares her inspirations with aspiring writers everywhere.
“Reading Julia Alvarez’s new collection of essays is like curling up with a glass of wine in one hand and the phone in the other, listening to a big-hearted, wisecracking friend share hard-earned wisdom about family, identity, and the art of writing.” —People