Uptown Book Launch: Angie Cruz’s HOW NOT TO DROWN IN A GLASS OF WATER

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New York, NY 10032



Join us for the Uptown launch for Washington Heights native and bestselling author Angie Cruz’s new novel, How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water (out 9/13). Cruz will be in conversation with Marlène Ramírez

“One of my FAVORITE BOOKS I have read in years.” —Quiara Alegria Hudes, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter of In the Heights

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket. Please register in advance.

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Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop, is located at 876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 157th St., A/C train to 163rd St., and the M4 and M5 to Broadway and 159/160th.


From GMA BOOK CLUB PICK and WOMEN'S PRIZE FINALIST Angie Cruz, author of Dominicana, an electrifying new novel about a woman who has lost everything but the chance to finally tell her story.

A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK (The TODAY Show, The Millions, LitHub, Ms. Magazine, and more)

Write this down: Cara Romero wants to work.

Cara Romero thought she would work at the factory of little lamps for the rest of her life. But when, in her mid-50s, she loses her job in the Great Recession, she is forced back into the job market for the first time in decades. Set up with a job counselor, Cara instead begins to narrate the story of her life. Over the course of twelve sessions, Cara recounts her tempestuous love affairs, her alternately biting and loving relationships with her neighbor Lulu and her sister Angela, her struggles with debt, gentrification and loss, and, eventually, what really happened between her and her estranged son, Fernando. As Cara confronts her darkest secrets and regrets, we see a woman buffeted by life but still full of fight.

Structurally inventive and emotionally kaleidoscopic, How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water is Angie Cruz’s most ambitious and moving novel yet, and Cara is a heroine for the ages.


Angie Cruz is the author of the novels How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water, Soledad, Let It Rain Coffee, and Dominicana, which was shortlisted for the Women's Prize and a Good Morning America Book Club pick. She is founder and editor in chief of Aster(ix), a literary and arts journal, and is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Marlène Ramírez-Cancio is a Puerto Rican cultural producer, artist, and educator based in Brooklyn. She is the Founding Director of EmergeNYC, an incubator and network for emerging artists-activists in NYC and beyond, focused on developing the artistic expression of people of color, women, and LGBTQAI+ folks. In 2021, she brought the incubator to BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where she is currently part of the leadership staff as Director of EmergeNYC and Practice Lab. Through Mujer Que Pregunta, Marlène works as a Process Doula to help BIPOC cultural workers to shape their ideas, clarify their purpose, and make sure their projects align with the goals of their practice. She co-founded Fulana, a Latina satire collective whose videos have been shown internationally at film festivals, museums, and universities. Marlène serves on the Steering Committee of LxNY | Latinx Arts Consortium of New York, the Board of Directors of the National Performance Network, and the Board of Advisors of The Action Lab and the Center for Artistic Activism.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water: A Novel By Angie Cruz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250208453
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - September 13th, 2022

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Dominicana: A Novel By Angie Cruz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250205940
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - August 25th, 2020

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Dominicana By Angie Cruz, Kianny Antigua (Translated by) Cover Image
By Angie Cruz, Kianny Antigua (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781644210703
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Siete Cuentos - June 15th, 2021

Let It Rain Coffee: A Novel By Angie Cruz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743212045
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 3rd, 2006

Soledad: A Novel By Angie Cruz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743212021
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - November 12th, 2002