By Gloria López-Stafford
This memoir of turning out to be up in El Paso within the Forties and Nineteen Fifties creates a whole urban: the way in which a barrio awakens within the early morning solar, the joys of an extraordinary wasteland snow, the flavor of fruit-flavored raspadas on summer time afternoons, the "money boys" who beg from commuters passing from side to side to Ju???rez, and the mischief of youngsters enjoyable themselves within the streets. L???pez-Stafford indicates readers El Paso in the course of the eyes of Yoya--short for Gloria--the high-spirited narrator, who's 5 years previous whilst the booklet begins.Yoya is a survivor. Her younger mom has died, leaving her within the care of her a lot older father, who attempts to supply for his kin by way of promoting used garments. Her brother Carlos, Padre Luna, and a group of kids and girls imagine accountability for Yoya, yet just like the inexplicable lack of her mom, unforeseen adjustments separate her from her liked barrio. the quest for su lugar, her position, turns into a look for id as Gloria seeks to appreciate her a variety of houses and households.
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There were 187 Anglos killed and 600 Mexicans killed. Page 4 After the film was over, the dark shades on the windows were lifted and the lights turned on. I felt uncomfortable as I looked around the auditorium, a huge cream colored room that had pictures of American presidents on the walls. George Washington's head and shoulders were on top of some clouds. On this afternoon, no one said anything. The film had a quieting effect on all the kids. I avoided the looks of my friends because I couldn't understand my confused feelings.
Mexican AmericansTexasEl PasoBiography. )Biography. Title. 4'96-dc20 [B] 95-32451 CIP Designed by Sue Niewiarowski Title page photograph: Gloria and Roy Rogers, 1949 Page v To my daughters, Michele, Heather, Katherine and my brother Charlie "Carlos" Palm and For all those who have known and loved El Paso, the place in the sun! Page vii CONTENTS Part I The Projects 1 Prologue, 1949 3 2 The Second Ward and My Parents 6 3 St. " The banner slogan was draped across the blackboard of my social studies class in El Paso, Texas.
The man stopped and nervously looked at my big smile. He returned a faint grin and looked around at the group. Annoyed, he put his hand into his pants pocket and drew out some coins. As I brazenly looked on, he picked out several coins, gave them to me, and walked away. " I said to the man's back. Clutching my coins in my hand, I looked at my companions and we all started laughing. We formed a huddle under our lamp to examine the money. Prieto counted the coins and told me I had twenty-five centsenough for twenty-five pieces of gum!