Ruth Behar

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(Behar, Ruth) Ruth Behar is an acclaimed author of adult fiction and nonfiction. Her honors include a MacArthur “Genius” Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University. 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 first book for young readers, Lucky Broken Girl (Nancy Paulsen Books), is an unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s, in which a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl adjusting to her new life in New York City is challenged when her American dream is suddenly derailed.