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By Gloria López-Stafford

ISBN-10: 082631709X

ISBN-13: 9780826317094

This memoir of turning out to be up in El Paso within the Forties and Fifties creates a complete urban: the way in which a barrio awakens within the early morning solar, the joys of an extraordinary desolate tract snow, the style of fruit-flavored raspadas on summer time afternoons, the "money boys" who beg from commuters passing backward and forward to Ju???rez, and the mischief of kids exciting themselves within the streets. L???pez-Stafford exhibits readers El Paso throughout the eyes of Yoya--short for Gloria--the high-spirited narrator, who's 5 years outdated whilst the booklet begins.Yoya is a survivor.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 relatives through promoting used garments. Her brother Carlos, Padre Luna, and a neighborhood of youngsters and ladies think accountability for Yoya, yet just like the inexplicable lack of her mom, unforeseen adjustments separate her from her cherished 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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The Battle of the Alamo was an old film, very dark and gray. The battle brought together small, overdressed Mexican men and big white men dressed in buckskins. As you probably know, the battle was fierce and it was won by a villain named Antonio López de Santa Anna. He was portrayed as a small ruthless man who made martyrs of the Anglos that day at the Alamo. 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.

When his wife was pregnant with her he wanted a son whom he could name Francisco after the two Mexican revolutionariesthe martyr Madero and the hero Villa. When his wife gave birth to a daughter, he named her Francisca. When she became ill, he tended to her with all kinds of herbs and ceremonies. He prepared potions for her to drink and smelly pastes to cover her body. He always prayed with Francisca, and many times his herbs and prayers helped. At other times he got carried away. In 1942, Panchita's stomach problems got worse.

We were in awe of his talents! That July we heard that Juan had been injured in the war and his mother, Señora Olga, had received his purple heart. Flaco said that his mother had the purple heart but wouldn't show it to anyone because she was so bitter. One day when we were talking in the jalopy, we planned a commando raid on Flaco's apartmentwe wanted to see the purple heart. We talked about it and tried to figure out what it looked like. Pelón said he had seen a cow's heart in the Chinos market in Juárez.

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