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A Place in El Paso: A Mexican-American Childhood by Gloria López-Stafford

By Gloria López-Stafford

This memoir of starting to be up in El Paso within the Nineteen Forties and Nineteen Fifties creates a complete urban: the best way 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 from side to side to Ju???rez, and the mischief of youngsters 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exhibits readers El Paso throughout the eyes of Yoya--short for Gloria--the high-spirited narrator, who's 5 years outdated while the booklet begins.Yoya is a survivor.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 relations by way of 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 alterations 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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I wondered how they felt. " Angry and confused, I put my head down so that no one could see me cry. But, I am getting ahead of my story. Houston School was located in the middle of the city. It was not in the Segundo Barrio, the Second Ward, the place I want to tell you about first. It wasn't that far away really, but as you will see, it was for me. Page 6 2 The Second Ward and My Parents My childhood is tucked away in a special place in my mind. In my memory, everything is huge compared to what it was in reality.

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. Palm said it was all the mugre, dirt, that López gave her. My father talked her into going a doctor downtown who put her in the county hospital, an old building on Alameda Street.

He promised to wear his hair in that manner until God brought back his brother from the war. The whole business of the manda caused him problems with the other pachucos who wore their hair slicked back with pomada. The pachucos teased Eduardo in order to get him to wear his hair as they did. To avoid conflict with the gang and the possible draft, Eduardo decided to go to live with an uncle in Monterrey. Eduardo was as angry a person as his mother. He wasn't like his father, a very quiet man who worked at night with the Santa Fe railroad.

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