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Just When You Thought Lin-Manuel Miranda Couldn’t Get Any Better

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s voice is easily one of the main reasons why fans love the “Hamilton” soundtrack so much. It’s both powerful and vulnerable, and often times it is both of those qualities at the same time. So it should come as no surprise that Miranda was tapped to narrate the audiobook version of Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao.” It is, undeniably, a book that is both vulnerable and powerful itself.

Penguin Audio has been kind of enough to share an excerpt from the audiobook, which was released on Dec. 20th.


Originally released in 2007, Diaz’s first novel wowed (no pun intended) critics and readers alike, for its portrayal of a down-on-his-luck Dominican nerd living against the current in a rundown New Jersey suburb. In addition to the Pulitzer, Diaz’s book won the John Sargent First Novel Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. New York magazine named it Best Novel of the Year in 2007.

Narrating the “Brief And Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao” is just another amazing accomplishment for Lin-Manuel Miranda.


For people who haven’t experienced Tony Award-winning “Hamilton,” Miranda’s talents with storytelling will be a revelation. Like the main character from Diaz’s book, Miranda grew up in the hyper urban terrain of the Northeast. Both Diaz and Miranda have been extremely complimentary of one another’s work, and for good reason: both men are breaking boundaries not only for Latinos, but also for the genres in which they champion. Just this week, Lin Manuel Miranda was listed as the AP Entertainer of the Year. It is truly a wondrous time for both Miranda and Diaz.

Get the audio book of “The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao” here.


READ: Try Not To Cry While Listening To This Junot Diaz Poem About Latino Greatness

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We're Closing 2016 And People Are Still Doing These Things When Meeting Latinos

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We’re Closing 2016 And People Are Still Doing These Things When Meeting Latinos

Here’s some solid advice to share with your non-Latino friends to keep them from putting their foot in their mouth when meeting a Latino family…

Saying the obvious Spanish words eeeeeveryone learned in pre-k doesn’t make anyone think you’re fluent.

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Unless you actually know the language, no Latino will be impressed by hearing someone say “hola” pronounced ho-la. Anyone who knows the language knows the “h” is silent.

Don’t make Latino jokes. Just don’t.

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“You Colombians make the best coke in the world” is not an ice breaker. Take it from a Colombian herself.

Don’t assume all Latinos are all Mexicans.

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C’mon, how many times do we have to go through this?

Drop the term Spanish.

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Spanish = paella, tapas, cañas and flamenco, all related to ONE country: Spain. Hispanic = from any Spanish-speaking country, including but not limited to Spain.

Don’t drink too much.

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Unless you’re actually used to drinking mezcal, aguardiente or ron cubano. Don’t try to keep up with someone else’s pace.

Eat all of your food.

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Someone’s mami spent countless hours in the kitchen prepping a glorious meal for you.

Avoid the topic of religion.

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It’s a touchy subject for everyone, but especially abuelita.

Learn who the family roots for.

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This can often times turn into a heated debate.

Don’t call anyone “papi” or “mami.”

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Even if they are, indeed, someone’s father or mother.


READ: 12 Things Your Parents Definitely Do When They’re Drunk

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