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Ruth Behar

Biography

Ruth Behar

Ruth Behar (www.ruthbehar.com) is an acclaimed author of adult fiction and nonfiction, and LUCKY BROKEN GIRL is her first book for young readers. She was born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in New York City, and has also lived and worked in Spain and Mexico. An anthropology professor at the University of Michigan, she is also co-editor of WOMEN WRITING CULTURE, editor of Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba, and co-editor of THE PORTABLE ISLAND: Cubans at Home in the World. Her honors include a MacArthur “Genius” Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University. Much in demand as a public speaker, Ruth’s speaking engagements have taken her to the United States, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Finland, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Poland, England, the Netherlands, Japan, and New Zealand. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ruth Behar

Books by Ruth Behar

by Ruth Behar - Children's 10+, Culture, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Health

Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro’s Cuba to New York City. Just when she’s finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English --- and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood’s hopscotch queen --- a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery. As Ruthie’s world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger and she comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.