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Soto, Gary
New York : Dell, 1985.
ISBN 0440211700
The 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.
SUBJECTS:     Soto, Gary
                        Poets, American
                        Mexican Americans -- Biography


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