• Becoming Maria

  • Love and Chaos in the South Bronx
  • By: Sonia Manzano
  • Narrated by: Sonia Manzano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Pura Belpré Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's 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 Sonia's own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power.

When listeners meet young Sonia, she is a child living amid 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 Sonia's 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 girl's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions.

©2015 Sonia Manzano (P)2015 Scholastic Inc.

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This is the greatest performance by a narrator in all my years listening to Audible and the narration is so powerful it almost takes over the story, but it can’t because it is Sonia Manzano herself. I loved it. I’m convinced now that not only is “Maria from Sesame Street” a national treasure, but the real Sonia Manzon is a Universal treasure.

I listened to this will quarantining with covid. I was looking back for comfort snd thought, “Why not listen to the story of that kindly Latina woman that made me feel so comfortable as a child.” I was a Latino boy from the Bronx trying to sound his syllables correctly and watching her. Now I’m a lawyer looking for inspiration and listening to her amazing story told with wit and daring. Thank you Sonia for this book and for all those childhood memories.

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I liked the book it really spoke to me and I really liked the performance my name is Maria I really like the fact that you played a character named Maria on Sesame Street overall it was really really well done

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