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Richard Blanco Talks About His Hilarious And Poignant New Memoir

Richard Blanco Talks About His Hilarious And Poignant New Memoir

Posted by Liliana Castaño on October 23, 2014

When Richard Blanco was growing up in a Cuban immigrant family in Miami, Americanmeant The Brady Bunch and boxed macaroni and cheese - which to his horror became "Cubaroni" after his Abuela (grandmother) triumphantly added lard, chorizo, garlic and Bijol seasoning. Decades later, the formerly "hoosky" immigrant boy (that's how his mom pronounced "husky") who longed to be American stood on a podium near President Obama as the nation's fifth inaugural poet.

"That's when I realized my story and my mother's story and the stories of all the millions of people I came to represent were the American story," said Blanco, who sat down with NBC to talk about his richly textured, beautifully crafted new memoir, "The Prince of Los Cocuyos."

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