Fifteen Candles

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More than 400,000 American Latinas turn 15 every year, the majority of them marking the event with a lavish party called a quinceañera. In Once Upon a Quinceañera, Julia Alvarez examines the history and significance of this coming-of-age ritual as she follows one Queens girl planning her special day.

Purchase Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA at

Event: Julia Alvarez will be speaking and signing books
Monday, August 6 at 7 pm
Lincoln Square Barnes & Noble
1972 Broadway, at 66th Street

Weigh in: How did you celebrate your coming-of-age?