Burro Genius: A Memoir

Paperback | September 20, 2005

byVictor Villasenor

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Standing at the podium, Victor Villaseñor looked at the group of educators amassed before him, and his mind flooded with childhood memories of humiliation and abuse at the hands of his teachers. He became enraged. With a pounding heart, he began to speak of these incidents. When he was through, to his great disbelief he received a standing ovation. Many in the audience could not contain their own tears.

So begins the passionate, touching memoir of Victor Villaseñor. Highly gifted and imaginative as a child, Villaseñor coped with an untreated learning disability (he was finally diagnosed, at the age of forty-four, with extreme dyslexia) and the frustration of growing up Latino in an English-only American school in the 1940s. Despite teachers who beat him because he could not speak English, Villaseñor clung to his dream of one day becoming a writer. He is now considered one of the premier writers of our time.

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Standing at the podium, Victor Villaseñor looked at the group of educators amassed before him, and his mind flooded with childhood memories of humiliation and abuse at the hands of his teachers. He became enraged. With a pounding heart, he began to speak of these incidents. When he was through, to his great disbelief he received a stan...

Standing at the podium, Victor Villaseñor looked at the group of educators amassed before him, and his mind flooded with childhood memories of humiliation and abuse at the hands of his teachers. He became enraged. With a pounding heart, he began to speak of these incidents. When he was through, to his great disbelief he received a stan...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:September 20, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060526130

ISBN - 13:9780060526139

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Just finished a book, Burro Genius - I became interested in reading the book because my sister’s boyfriend was reading it straight through and he was laughing a lot while reading and he said it was just the way it was when he was growing up as a first generation Mexican American going to school in California. I got hooked reading the first page-turning chapter where the author after having tried for years and years finally gets published and by happenstance, and literally last second, finds himself giving the keynote speech at a conference of the California Association of Teachers of English. Being completely unprepared to for the speech the author ends up speaking off the cuff and from the heart and gives a barn-burning speech about the terrible education he’d gotten, not quite naming names but still telling of teacher after teacher who had abused and berated him early and often trough his education for being Mexican, for not speaking English, for knowing Spanish, for reading poorly, for everything, and during the speech he tells some teachers who start walking out of the room to “sit down,” that he is “speaking to them,” and they do sit down, and for all this he gets a standing ovation, and his career as an author is launched. It’s really a great first chapter The first chapter stands alone as a setup, and the book is essentially a memoir about the author growing up a rancher’s son in California. It’s a great read, maybe especially so for parents, teens and teachers.
Date published: 2014-02-19