Transportes González e Hija
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Transportes González e Hija

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  651 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Libertad González, puesta en prisión por un crimen que no revelará inaugura el club de lectura semanal de la biblioteca, leyendo a sus compañeras de prisión de cualquier libro a su alcance, desde Los tres mosqueteros hasta Gu’a Fodor’s de puertos del Caribe. La historia que surge, no tiene nada que ver con las palabras impresas en esas p‡ginas. En su lugar, ella relata la...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published July 6th 2011 by Vintage Espanol (first published 2002)
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Chuck
Just one of those really neat, really different books. Escandon has that wonderful ability, characteristic of much excellent fiction from Mexico, of narrating sad events in a funny manner. The reader enjoys the actual story telling, but feels the pathos of what's being told.

Libertad is in a Mexican prison. Intially, we don't know why she's there, who her mother is, or why she spent her childhood in long distance trucks driven by her father. She doesn't like to talk about herself, but has a compu...more
Katy Vance
Jun 28, 2012 Katy Vance rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ali Norvell
Recommended to Katy by: My Dad
Stellar. Absolutely Stellar. I am on summer break, so my standards for fabulous are a little more flexible, but I think this one truly deserves five stars. It reminded me of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" (not the same level of ridiculous amazing, but still...). It grabbed me from the very beginning with its setting in a Mexican prison, its compelling narrator Libertad, and its alternating voices of prisoners, truckers and father/daughter. It is funny and sad and a little bit magical. Lo...more
Linda Doyle
The author won my heart when she included the city of Pico Rivera--where I grew up and spent a good portion of my adulthood--in her narrative. No, seriously, I enjoyed this book for many more reasons than that. It's a unique tale, almost a fairy tale ( Rapunzel came to mind), of Libertad, a young woman hidden away from the world, first by her father in the truck he drives, and second in the prison where she resides, locked away for committing a crime that she keeps a secret from the other inmate...more
Karen
Can't explain why I enjoyed this book. Made me smile even though one would consider Libertad's situation extremely unfortunate. Part of the reason is that the Warden reminded me so much of the warden in musical "Chicago." Seems like the book could be read for pure entertainment, but I wonder if the author secretly has some symbolism - at least for herself if not for all readers. I'm going to think more about the significance of this story. will keep track of future writings of the author.
Robert
I am still reading this book. Fascinating non-linear tale of a woman in a Mexican prison who "reads" her personal history to her fellow prisoners at "Library Club" every week. She is the daughter of a Mexican intellectual who flees the intellectual purge in 1968 in Ciudad Mexico and becomes an illegal immigrant trucker in the US. I'll share more when I finish the book.
Sidewalk_Sotol
Dec 31, 2009 Sidewalk_Sotol rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sidewalk_Sotol by: juasanera18@yahoo.com
A fun read overall. We see the prison life of "Libertad," a young trucker turned criminal, interspersed with her narration of her own life story told to the prisoners of the Mexicali prison for women. Humor and pathos, much like a good television series.

The author is a good storyteller and uses the concept of a story within a story to slowly reveal the set of incidents leading to Libertad's prison time. However, I notice that she uses some metaphors that, while make sense to most readers, do no...more
Janine
Really, the story is good. Its unique. There is even some trucker lingo at the end of the book. But I did not like how it was handled. The whole prison scene, to me, distracted from the life of Libertad. Her experiences there did not relate back to her life as a trucker girl, other than she felt home there. The author could have made so much more out of this book, because the basic story line was there. And actually, the latter half of the book was more entertaining than the first. That’s when L...more
Jacqueline
Una novela única que es a la vez cómica, conmovedor, y original. La protagonista Libertad González, una presa en una cárcel en México, se niega a contar su crimen directamente a las otras mujeres. Pero siente la necesidad de relatar los aconticimientos de su vida, terminando con la historia de lo que la ha traído a su encarcelamiento. Entonces, organiza un Club de Lectura en la prisión, en que supuestamente lee a las otras presas libros de la biblioteca de la cárcel pero en realidad cuenta la hi...more
Agathafrye
What a lovely gem of a book this one turned out to be. Libertad is somewhat of a mystery at the Mexican prison where she is serving a sentence for an unspecified number of years. She is the subject of much discussion among the inmates: what's her real name? Why won't she talk about her past? What was her crime? Where did she learn to read and write English so well? Libertad starts a Library Club as a way to distract from endless questions about her life and give herself a way to share her experi...more
Crystal
This book was a delight from start to finish. It's the sort of book where I didn't want it to end, even though it was a highly satisfying ending. The main character, Libertad, is incarcerated in a Mexicali prison. We don't know why she's there or anything about her, but her history unfolds as she "reads" to the Library Club at the prison. Although she turns the pages of books like "The Three Musketeers," she holds the women prisoners spellbound telling her own story, and it's a great one. The na...more
Pamela
I read this book for my Chicana studies class. The main character is serving time in Mexicali Penal Institution for Women. My Mexicali! Anyway, I really loved this book and I'm happy it had such a lovely ending. It's a change from the depressing books that we usually read for school.
Morgan (Turbo)
I read this book for a Chicana/Latina studies course in college and I thought it was great. The story still stuck with me after 5 years and came out today when I was doing a creative writing exercise. Check it out, it's a nice easy read that will stick with you!
AJ LeBlanc
I love books that have you completely pulled in by the end of the first page. I've only spent about 25 minutes with the characters and I can't wait to find out what happened to land Libertad in jail.

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I finished it in about two sittings while at work. It's a good exploration of female relationships - mother/daughter and female friends - as well as the father/daughter relationship. I loved how the setting of a women's prison framed the story. The structure was strong as well: Libertad is already...more
Carolanne
I got this book at a used book store. The bright yellow cover and catchy title lured me in.

Pros: the narration is pretty good
I like how the story unfolds-/you get morsels at a time. The relationships between the prison inmates are interesting. I like the "on the road " aspect & it was interesting and fun to learn some trucker jargon and fun facts.

Cons:
Too many bad similes. The writing could be better. It is so-so. The story has a lot of potential: a father-daughter trucking story, plus ro...more
Melanie Wilson
I loved this book and bought a copy of it for my dad for Father's Day. He loved it too and bought another copy to loan out to friends. A young girl ends up in a Mexican prison. She's quiet and keeps to herself. But eventually she starts telling some really compelling stories about a little girl who travels the road with her trucker father. The other inmates become so caught up in her stories, that they can't wait until the next installment, but she will only tell her story while in their book cl...more
zena
a fairly enjoyable, quick read-- this was my inaugural book o' fiction to kick off my winter break. in case you couldn't figure it out from the title and the description, this book is 100% chick lit. it would be a good book to take to the beach on holiday, but alas, it's winter now and there are no good beaches around for reading...

excerpt:
"Libertad seemed to be at peace with her breasts, always compared by men to some tropical fruit, the kind that weighs down tree branches, but because of the...more
Fussfehler
It's an entertaining read, a good story based on an interesting idea. The characters are colorful but not always compelling, and there were times when I could not sustain willing suspension of disbelief. The writing is mostly good but suffers from major lapses. This book would have benefited from a hard nosed editor. Sometimes it descends into cliches, and there are passages of spectacularly awful writing. The book did hold my interest for the most part. It would probably be a decent companion f...more
Cristell
I thought the story was very well-crafted. I enjoyed reading it. Now, I want to finish it!
Laurel
Quirky, fast paced, with a sense of mystery. I thought the story was well written and kept me intrigued throughout. There was no point in the book where it dragged, in fact it was the opposite, I wanted to continue reading to find out what happened. A fun cast of characters who you immediately connect with.
Sarah
I really love Maria Amparo Escandon's work, thought I preferred Esperanza's Box of Saints to Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co. Thus I really loved the way she folded in a little reference to that work.

The work showcased her characteristic charms, full of whimsical and imaginary details and wonderful storytelling. The novel highlighted the consequences of miss-communications and the complexities of human relationships. I loved the interactions her prison characters had, the friendships of the w...more
Nancy
This story is about a young woman who was raised by her father in a truck. You know, a big rig. She has never had a home or an extended family. She's never gone to school or had a friend. She doesn't remember her mother. And, at the beginning of the book she is in a Mexican women's prison for some reason that is not revealed to us. It was so full of suspense and tension. I was hooked in the first chapter. I also loved the development of her relationships with the women who were in prison with he...more
Miki
Good read about Libertad, imprisoned in the Mexicali prison telling her story through the "Library Club" as we learn both about what landed her in this prison, and the unusual upbringing she experienced. Interspersed with Trucker CB dialog that adds a fund color to some of the developments, this is a great coming-of-age story, as well as a look at the community of women in this prison. Some of the secondary characters could have been more fully realized, but overall, this is a fun, fast read.
Lina
Nov 27, 2012 Lina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lina by: Valeria
This is a book I'd never have picked out on my own, but I was happily introduced through book club. The story is about a woman, Libertad, who has been sent to a women's prison, and rather than disclose her crime, she reveals it by telling her story in installments to her fellow inmates. There was lots of discussion at our group about how much of the book was supposed to be "real" or magical realism, and I'm still not sure what was what, but it was a fun and fast read.
Ellen Blanchard
I had no idea what to expect from this book from the title or the bold yellow cover. I am so glad I gave it a chance. I read this book while abroad in India and I was laughing, and gasping, out loud while sitting with my host family. I don't think they had ever seen someone read a book so animatedly, and I did my best to explain why it was so entertaining using broken Hindi and hand gestures. Fortunately, I did not act out the ending...read it and find out why!
Holly
Serving a sentence in a Mexican prison, the main character unfolds her story through a library club that she starts...presumably to read to the other inmates but it turns out as a way to actually tell her own story. It could be characterized as "chick lit" on one hand, but insightful and well crafted on the other hand. I enjoyed the way in which this story was offered, not straightforward but portioned out in a satisfying manner. Fun read.
Maggie
I loved it so much I named my new car after Libertad, the main character. I felt as if I had taken a long road-trip with Libertad (me) and her father (my father). In short, I got a chance to spend some time with my dad. I left the book fully aware that Libertad and I and my father continued on the road, again. When I was a child I was too afraid of the overwhelming noise to get into his semi; this time, I wasn't.
Judy
An entertaining read with two overlapping story lines told in multiple styles (narrative, first person) plus CB talk! Story starts with Libertad in a Mexican prison for women - and while reader is introduced to many very interesting characters, there isn't much in the way of character development. You just take them as they are presented. Book offers many levels of discussion for a book group.
Tara
If I ever have to go to prison, this is the one I want to see. I was able to put the book down whenever Libertad would stop her storytelling for the week. I can't believe it ended "happily ever after" because I wasn't expecting that. I like the two women who beat up L.'s father so he would think no one was after him. They wanted to start their own business of "Man Beaters."
Ms. Montaño
Sep 17, 2008 Ms. Montaño rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy storytelling
Recommended to Ms. Montaño by: UCLA Reading Project
Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co is a fascinating story of womanhood, crime and punishment and ultimately "libertad." The story is set in a Mexicali Women's prison where Libertad has started a reading club with the other women inmates. What they don't know is that through her read alouds she is actually telling the story of her childhood and how she came to be an inmate.
Coleen
The novel takes place in a Mexican prison, where the main character is telling the "story" of her incarceration to a group of inmates as if she is reading it from a book. It is a story of self discovery as well as friendship. It was an easy reading book with an unexpected twist at the end. It was not terribly profound, but still an interesting, light read.
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María Amparo Escandón is a Mexican born, US resident, best-selling bilingual novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and film producer. Her award-winning work is known for addressing bicultural themes that deal with the immigration experience of Mexicans crossing over to the United States. Her stories concentrate on family relationships, loss, forgiveness, faith, and self-discovery. A linguist...more
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