Mama: Latina Daughters Celebrate Their Mothers

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Nothing comes close to the emotional bond that exists between a mother and her daughter.

Through the fascinating personal histories of some of the most influential Latinas in America, Mamá is a testament to the love, hard work, and commitment Latina mothers traditionally have for their daughters.

In Mamá, Latina daughters finally honor their mothers and inspire readers, by paying homage to the strong women who have sacrificed and struggled, laughed and cried, and fought hard to create a better life for their daughters.

Readers will discover the beauty as well as the complexity of the mother-daughter bond. Maria Perez-Brown spoke with Latinas from a variety of nationalities, races, and lifestyles; some are famous, and some not so well known. The women she interviewed include actresses, doctors, filmmakers, as well as such public figures as Cristina Saraleglui, Esmeralda Santiago, Jaci Velásquez, Rosario Dawson, and Celia Cruz. In their own words, these daughters tell us about their relationship with their mothers -- and of a bond every Latina will recognize.

A perfect gift, Mamá will remain a treasure for years to come. This book, like those who breathe within its pages, is a memorial in honor of the women who have shown that true character is exemplified by sacrifice and inspiration, hard work, and, of course, love.

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About the Author:

Maria Perez-Brown es la president de Dorado Entertainment y la creadora de Gullah Gullah Island y Taina, la serie de Nickelodeon que recibió el premio de la Mejor Serie Para Niños del 2002 por la Imagen Foundation y el National Council of La Raza. Maria ha sido nominada para un Emmy, y ha ganado el premio presentado por la Academia Nacional Hispana de Artes y Ciencias de los Medios de Comunicación. Se graduó de Yale University y de la escuela de derecho de New York University. En la actualidad, Maria vive en New Jersey con su esposo autor y productor Keith Michael Brown.

Maria Perez-Brown is president of Dorado Entertainment and the creator and executive producer of Nickelodeon's Gullah Gullah Island and Taina, named Best Children's Series for 2002 by the Imagen Foundation and the National Council of La Raza. An Emmy-nominated producer, Maria has also won the Annual Achievement in Television Award presented by the National Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences. Maria is a graduate of Yale University and New York University Law School. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband, author-producer Keith Michael Brown.

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This illustrated collection of portraits of Latina mother-daughter relationships overflows with love in all its complexity and intensity. Featuring famous Latinas, including salsa queen Celia Cruz, Florida First Lady Columba Bush, The People's Court Judge Marilyn Milian and media entrepreneur Cristina Saralegui as well as everyday women, the book tells many versions of the same story: madres and hijas may have complicated feelings for each other, but their loyalty is strong despite their generational differences. Though American Latinas are a diverse group, many of the daughters profiled here share experiences of family relocation. Throughout, television producer Perez-Brown expertly weaves the daughters' stories of relating to mothers whose childhoods were spent in another country and bridging the inevitable cultural divides. The daughters write of facing challenging educational and professional issues, buoyed by the support of mothers to whom the issues were as foreign as a new language, but whose devotion to their daughter's pursuit of happiness was unquestioning. These stories reveal a universal gratitude for the sacrifices made by mothers for their daughters. As the author explains, "I know that every success I've enjoyed in my life comes from my mother's hard work and the strategic decisions she made." 40 illus.
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