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This memoir of growing up in El Paso in the 1940s and 1950s creates an entire city: the way a barrio awakens in the early morning sun, the thrill of a rare desert snow, the taste of fruit-flavored raspadas on summer afternoons, the "money boys" who beg from commuters passing back and forth to Juarez, and the mischief of children entertaining themselves in the streets. LopeThis memoir of growing up in El Paso in the 1940s and 1950s creates an entire city: the way a barrio awakens in the early morning sun, the thrill of a rare desert snow, the taste of fruit-flavored raspadas on summer afternoons, the "money boys" who beg from commuters passing back and forth to Juarez, and the mischief of children entertaining themselves in the streets. Lopez-Stafford shows readers El Paso through the eyes of Yoya--short for Gloria--the high-spirited narrator, who is five years old when the book begins.Yoya is a survivor. Her young mother has died, leaving her in the care of her much older father, who tries to provide for his family by selling used clothing. Her brother Carlos, Padre Luna, and a community of children and women assume responsibility for Yoya, but like the inexplicable loss of her mother, unexpected changes separate her from her beloved barrio. The search for su lugar, her place, becomes a search for identity as Gloria seeks to understand her various homes and families....

Title : A Place in El Paso: A Mexican-American Childhood
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ISBN : 9780826317094
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 212 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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A Place in El Paso: A Mexican-American Childhood Reviews

  • Beth
    2019-01-29 23:16

    Lopez-Stafford tells her own story of growing up in the Segundo Barrio in El Paso in the 1940s and 1950s. Her young mother dies, leaving her in the care of her much older father, and ultimately in a succession of foster and temporary homes. This is an honest and beautifully written portrayal of a difficult, but wonder-filled childhood, and a girl’s search for identity. Places to visit: Santa Fe bridge, Rio Grande, Chamizal National Monument, St. Vrain Street in El Paso; Juarez, Mexico. For more info: www.texasmountaintrail.com/read

  • Emily
    2019-02-10 19:24

    An autobiographical account of a young Mexican-American girl's experience growing up in El Paso. I found it interesting because it presented her experiences in poverty as matter-of-fact, the way a child sees it rather than from a position of pity or judgment. As a reader, you get to see the good intentions of the family members rather than just their shortcomings.

  • Bern
    2019-02-13 20:35

    I've never lived in the Segundo Barrio but now at least I know what it would be like