Bird of Paradise

How I Became Latina
by Raquel Cepeda

I was already familiar with Raquel Cepeda from her work as a hip-hop journalist and was interested to hear more of her personal story. As a Latina from the Dominican Republic, Cepeda explores the concepts of race, culture and belonging in the telling of her and her family’s history.

The first part of her book is pure memoir: from her parents’ doomed relationship and how it affected her childhood, to her escape into the world of a burgeoning hip-hop movement, Cepeda writes honestly about her identity a need to know her genetic roots. The second part of the book discusses the DNA results she acquired in order to learn more about herself and her ancestry. Her trips abroad and back to the Dominican Republic proved to place the results in context and answer the ancestral, spiritual, and emotional questions she’s always had. A great story of family, identity and belonging.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this e-book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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