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A place in El Paso : a Mexican-American childhood

Author: Gloria López-Stafford
Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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 would beg as commuters passed back and forth to Juarez, and the mischief of children entertaining themselves in the streets. Lopez-Stafford shows the reader El Paso  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographie
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
López-Stafford, Gloria, 1937-
Place in El Paso.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)605093004
Online version:
López-Stafford, Gloria, 1937-
Place in El Paso.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)609361234
Named Person: Gloria López-Stafford; Gloria López-Stafford
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gloria López-Stafford
ISBN: 0826316875 9780826316875 082631709X 9780826317094
OCLC Number: 32778890
Description: 212 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue, 1949 --
The second ward and my parents --
St. Vrain Street --
A motherless child --
The trouble with English --
A September party --
Plata --
Macho --
December 1945 --
Sayings and secrets --
Hijo natural --
Poverty and work --
Sábado de Gloria --
Life with Mariá --
Adiós --
Alameda Street --
Pershing Drive --
Céfiro --
El sol --
October --
If --
Christmas 1949.
Responsibility: Gloria López-Stafford.

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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 would beg as commuters passed back and forth to Juarez, and the mischief of children entertaining themselves in the streets. Lopez-Stafford shows the reader El Paso through the eyes of Yoya - short for Gloria - the high-spirited narrator, who is five years old when the book begins. Gloria 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 Gloria, but like the inexplicable loss of her mother, unexpected changes separate her from her beloved barrio neighborhood. The search for su lugar, her place, becomes a search for identity as Gloria seeks to understand her various homes and families.

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"Lopez-Stafford embraces hope as well as pain while recounting childhood in a culturally insensitive world. With warmth, courage and humor she demonstrates that none of us need be a victim." "The Read more...

 
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