Mas alla de mi  Reaching Out Spanish Edition by Francisco JimenezMas alla de mi  Reaching Out Spanish Edition by Francisco Jimenez

Mas alla de mi Reaching Out Spanish Edition

byFrancisco Jimenez

Paperback | September 7, 2009

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From the perspective of the young adult he once was, Francisco Jimenez describes the challenges he faces&nbspwhen&nbspcontinuing his education. During his college years, the very family solidarity that allows Francisco to survive as a child is tested. Not only must he leave his family when his goes to Santa Clara University, but while Francisco is there, his father abandons the family and returns to Mexico. This is the story of how Francisco copes with poverty, with his guilt over leaving his family financially strapped, with his self-doubt about succeeding academically, and with separation. Once again, his telling is honest and true-and inspiring.
Francisco Jimenez immigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico to California, where he worked for many years in the fields with his family. He received both his master's degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is now chairman of the Modern Languages and Literatues Department at Santa Clara University, the setting of much of Reaching O...
Title:Mas alla de mi Reaching Out Spanish EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.57 inPublished:September 7, 2009Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547250312

ISBN - 13:9780547250311


Editorial Reviews

*"So now you think you're better than us because you are going to college!" Papa's raging depression intensifies young Jimenez's personal guilt and conflict in the 1960s. He is the first in his Mexican American migrant family to attend college in California. While at home, the family struggles with backbreaking work and lives without indoor plumbing; in college, Jimenez finds friends and mentors in class and at church, discovers the great literture in his native Spanish language, and joins Cesar Chavez in the drive to unionize farm workers. Like his landmark books The Circuit (1997) and Breaking Through (2001), this sequel tells his personal story in clear, simple, self-contained chapters that join together in a stirring narrative. As he works many jobs to send something home, he is haunted by memories of his childhood spent laboring in the fields and cleaning offices, and in college, he tells no one that he was bon in Mexico and is not an American citizen. Rooted in the past, Jimenez's story is also about the continuing struggle to make it in America, not only for immigrant kids but also for those in poor families who struggle to break free. Never melodramatic or self-important, the spare episodes will draw readers with the quiet daily detail of work, anger, sorrow, and hope."