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Once More to the River: Family Snapshots of Growing Up, Getting Out and Going Back

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In "Once More to the River," Erasmo Guerra writes a moving account of his boyhood on the Texas-Mexico border.

An award-winning novelist and journalist, Guerra explores present-day political and cultural realities, and recounts the shattering loss his family suffered when his teenage sister was murdered.

Told with lyrical prose and a reporter’s ear for the “Tex-Mex” languag
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Paperback, Print Edition, 70 pages
Published November 16th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published July 6th 2011)
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AthleticStilletto
Jan 11, 2013 AthleticStilletto rated it it was amazing
Knowing she's in heaven doesn't bring her back or seal over the grief, ever, does it.

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Followers across the intersection. She floated away in a violent way -- does the river take you closer?

Literary snapshots that evoke a keen sense of sadness.

Born on and returning to a border, both with mother along for the ride.

Many other borders to cross, all described in a beautiful and hauntingly familial context. True stories of love and life shared with us by a writer
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Nibra Tee
Apr 19, 2013 Nibra Tee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one sensetive book. It made me smile and broke my heart. Such gentle writing style Guerra has. Although it has socio-political elements, like what it was like (for him) having to straddle between being an American and a Mexican, it also has a slight touch of feminism, like a diminutive butterfly perching on one's finger but doesn't demand. I particularly remember the glowing pages that detail the tragedy that shook the core of his life and his family, and how deep a wound it really was.
Nianna Gustovich
Aug 21, 2016 Nianna Gustovich rated it it was amazing
Once More to the River: Family Snapshots of Growing Up, Getting Out, and Going Back is a collection of short non-fiction stories by Erasmo Guerra, a former Rio Grande Valley native. The five stories included in the collection are told from an adult point of view and recall his personal experiences in the Rio Grande Valley as both child and adult. Moreover, they are a tribute to the hardships of Rio Grande Valley life and present a stock typing of the people who reside there.

The first story in th
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Aaminah Shakur
Jan 01, 2013 Aaminah Shakur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mix of laughter & tears, this short book is brilliant and beautiful. I read it in one sitting but I will be contemplating it much longer. Guerra has a special gift in his writing and shares painful memories in a very honest and sensitive manner. One of the deepest aspects of the book (though there are many) is in his frank discussion of how many of our cultures limit opportunities for girls out of a protective interest and how that not only stifles them but ultimately fails in its ...more
Lawrence Everett
Guerra's stories of his upbringing as the middle child in a Mexican American family in Texas made me laugh, cry, and grind my teeth. The most impressive aspect of the collection is his ability to share the hilarity and heartaches without falling prey to self-pity. Highly recommended.
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I grew up in Mission, TX...these stories are authentic and I wanted more
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I kind of had a mild attack when his sister's murder was announced.
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ERASMO GUERRA is a Lambda Literary Award winner. His nonfiction stories have appeared in The New York Times, Texas Monthly, The Texas Observer and aired on NPR.

He is a member of the Macondo Writers' Workshop, headed by Sandra Cisneros. Born and raised on the Texas-Mexico border, he now lives in New York City and drinks too much coffee.

Find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErasmoGuerra...
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