New memoir chronicles the trans-generation immigrant journey

Paz Ellis’s​ ​”Plantains and the Seven Plagues: A Memoir” is now
available in its second edition.

The candid memoir chronicles Ellis’s “cross-cultural and trans-generational journey” from childhood to adulthood as part of a loving and tight-knit first-generation immigrant family, against the backdrop of 1970s and 1980s West New York

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Often painting a stark contrast between trying to adapt to the realities of American life, all while maintaining the core of her Cuban and Dominican ancestry, Ellis crystallizes what it means to lead a “multi-hyphenated” life as a Hispanic in the United States.

In what is, in essence, an ode to familial love and the yearning for belonging, ​’Plantains and the Seven Plagues’ is described by the author as “a heartfelt, witty and, at times, brutally honest account of navigating the concepts of identity, memory, and finding one’s place in an amalgam of differing definitions of cultural principles.”

Reviewing the book on, Claudia, a reader , wrote: “Paz Ellis describes her journey growing up in an immigrant town where she constantly struggles with family expectations and responsibilities, idiosyncrasies of being a teenager all while living the American dream. The book takes you through a roller coaster of emotions. I laughed at the Cuban and Dominican expressions and as she described growing up in a Hispanic household and I also cried as she described her parents struggle to make ends meet and live the American dream. This is definitely a 2 thumbs (sic) up!”

The second edition is available for purchase in paperback and ebook form on Amazon, B&N, Apple books, kobo and other book retailers nationwide.

For more information in the author, and to read her blog, visit

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