Little Things Remembered, A Cuban Immigrant’s Family Ties
by Maria Luisa Salcines
A collection of stories about life, love, and cultural identity. The book is filled with insightful observations about family and parenting and the ups and downs of life.
Leaving Cuba at a young age and immigrating to the United States with her family, the author was faced with having to learn new customs and a new language. Her parents’ positive attitude and their determination to succeed in this country taught her how to deal with adversity.
The book is divided into four sections:
- Section One: “Learning From Life” has stories about faith, and finding happiness regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in. “Life is too precious to waste and too wonderful not to experience fully.”
- Section Two: “A Mother’s Love” contains stories about motherhood and the overwhelming responsibility, and unconditional love a mother feels for her children.
- Section Three: “Lesson’s in Love” is filled with stories about the love you feel for your spouse, for your parents, your grandparents, and the importance these relationships have on your life.
- Section Four: “The Cuban in Me” describes the experiences of a Cuban immigrant and the importance of teaching your children to be proud of their heritage by embracing their culture.
The Cuban American Family Album
by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
When you ask my sons where they are from they will answer, ‘I’m Cuban, but I was born in McAllen, Texas.’
–Maria Luisa Salcines, born in Guantánamo, Cuba, who came to the United States in 1963.
Between 1960 and 1995 over one million Cubans arrived in the United States.Though it is less than 100 miles from Cuba to the tip of Florida, the journey was often a dangerous and unpredictable voyage in makeshift boats. The “Golden Exiles” who escaped Fidel Castro’s revolutionary government between 1959 and 1962 were probably the best-educated and wealthiest large group of immigrants ever to arrive in the United States. These immigrants who had been doctors, lawyers, bankers, business owners, and college professors in Cuba quickly established a community that remains a powerful political and economic force, and one that embraces the new Cuban immigrants who continue to arrive today. A whole generation of Cuban Americans has grown to adulthood in the United States. Many left the island as young children and have assimilated into American life. Others yearn for a life in Cuba they can only imagine from the stories their parents and grandparents tell. Those stories and memories–full of longing and hope–are the heart of The Cuban American Family Album. Interviews, excerpts from diaries and letters, newspaper accounts, profiles of famous Cuban Americans, and remarkable pictures from real family albums tell a poignant yet exuberant story of a beautiful blending of Cuban and American traditions that has created a distinctive and important American community.
Maria Luisa Salcines contributed stories and pictures of her childhood to this book, written by Dorothy And Thomas Hoobler.
Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Susan Sanchez-Casal
Whether your roots are in Mexico, Central or South America, the Caribbean or the Iberian
Peninsula, the stories in this volume will remind you of the pride, hope and joy of being part of the Latino community in America. Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul showcases the storytelling traditions of Latino culture, articulating the joys, struggles and triumphs of the Latino experience.
With stories that explore culture and identity, and that celebrate families and spirituality, living in two languages, crossing borders and overcoming life’s challenges, each chapter focuses on the uniqueness of the Latino experience and tradition.
The book features 3 short stories by Maria Luisa Salcines:
- Salsa Lessons
- Learning to Appreciate Papi
- Reeling in a Boy’s Dream
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms Know Best
by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen
These heartfelt stories written by mothers and their children will inspire and amuse readers,
and will remind them of all that is right about being a mother. These stories celebrate the special bond between mothers and children, our mothers’ unerring wisdom about everything from the mundane to the life-changing, and the hard work that goes into being a mother every day.
The book features the short story, Salsa Lessons by Maria Luisa Salcines