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September is Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 begins the month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Mark the occasion by picking up Julia Alvarez's A Wedding in Haiti, a memoir chronicling her hilarious and life-changing experiences in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Years after Alvarez promises a friend she will attend his wedding, she must fulfill her pledge by traveling across the turbulent nation of Haiti, bribing officials along the way. A year later, she and her husband make the same journey, this time to find her friend in the devastation of the 2010 earthquake that struck the island nation. Once we have become involved in a relationship, Alvarez declares, we are transformed by our obligation to it.