September 2, 2015

BOOK OF THE MONTH: BECOMING MARIA: A MEMOIR BY SONIA MANZANO

 

[I need to] "go, go, go as far away as I can from this place where nothing changes." 
---Sonia Manzano, Emmy award winning actress and Pura Belpre Award winning author    



Scholastic
BECOMING MARIA: A MEMOIR
Love and Chaos in the South Bronx


Passionate and Personal.  This is a story about the courage and strength to dream big, and making those dreams come true from a woman who continues to inspire.  Bravo, Sonia!


Sonia Manzano is best known as “Maria” from the eternally popular “Sesame Street” TV show.  BECOMING MARIA is her passionate and personal memoir.  Although, the book briefly touches on her iconic role, this memoir is more about her troubled childhood; the family’s struggle with poverty in the south Bronx during the 1950s and 60s; her father’s drunken abusive rages; her long suffering mother; and the despair of thinking she would be stuck in that life forever.  Television is her solace, her escape and her inspiration.  She dreams of becoming an actress and changing her fate.  With the help of teachers who recognized her talent and encouraged her, Sonia hones her craft and becomes an Emmy award winning actress and writer, and the inspiration of millions.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Sonia Manzano has affected the lives of millions since the early 1970s, as the actress who defined the role of “Maria” on the acclaimed television series Sesame Street. Sonia has won fifteen Emmy Awards for her television writing, and is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Arts and Sciences. People magazine named Sonia one of America’s most influential Hispanics. The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano was Manzano’s first young adult novel and winner of the Pura Belpre Award.  Sonia lives in New York City.  Her next book is a picture book, MIRACLE ON 133rd STREET, from Simon and Schuster.  Visit her at http://soniamanzano.com/.



Cast photo of Sesame Street