UP THE STREET
York : Dell, 1985.
chapters read like satisfying short stories. Gary recalls the details of
his poor life in a Mexican-American barrio. The scurrying for nickel and
dime jobs, the long hot afternoons at the neighborhood park, the tough
guy image at school, the self confidence despite obvious poverty, the distaste
for Mexican work (harvesting grapes) and Mexican golf -- slashing cotton
plants. The trials that this young man endured has made his writing real
and honest. It helped me to know that he survived and went on to write
this book as I read the details of benign neglect, prejudism and stereotyping
that could have made him an incompetent victim of his experiences.
Mexican Americans -- Biography
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