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Just like us : the true story of four Mexican girls coming of age in America

Author: Helen Thorpe
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Scribner hardcover edView all editions and formats
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This book offers a powerful account of four young Mexican women coming of age in Denver, two of whom have legal documentation, two of whom who don't, and the challenges they face as they attempt to pursue the American dream. Here the author tells the story of four high school students whose parents entered this country illegally from Mexico. All four of the girls have grown up in the United States, and all four want  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Thorpe
ISBN: 9781416538936 1416538933 9781439166253 1439166250 9781416538981 1416538984
OCLC Number: 298777035
Description: viii, 387 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Instantaneous Rate of Change. Prom night --
Question mark --
Instantaneous rate of change --
Rise and fall --
Life's mighty question --
American woman --
Sympathy --
Crash test dummy. --
Many Dwelling Places. Liar, liar, liar --
Breaking in --
Three tens and a nine --
Bad papers --
Talk radio --
Many dwelling places --
Salon Ocampo --
Black market --
Comal --
Manhunt --
Social inequality --
The concept of citizenship --
Sorority girls --
Friendly banter --
Auto theft --
Machismo --
Liberación --
Physical evidence --
Portrait of a pariah --
Yo pago impuestos --
Live from the border --
Caution. --
Lo Que Pasó Pasó (What Happened Happened). Headwaters --
Tancredoland --
Guilty as charged --
Well-ordered society --
Blessing --
Surprise appearance --
Gun show --
Laugh now, cry later.
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This book offers a powerful account of four young Mexican women coming of age in Denver, two of whom have legal documentation, two of whom who don't, and the challenges they face as they attempt to pursue the American dream. Here the author tells the story of four high school students whose parents entered this country illegally from Mexico. All four of the girls have grown up in the United States, and all four want to live the American dream. As the girls attempt to make it into college, they discover that only the legal pair see a clear path forward. Their friendships start to divide along lines of immigration status.

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Compassion and Tenderness

by DenverJeffrey (WorldCat user published 2009-12-11) Very Good Permalink

Like the writing of many feminist writers, Helen Thorpe’s writing is self-referential throughout; this book is chiefly about her and her emerging understanding of Denver,...
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