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It is not precisely a �rags to riches� story, or a �coming of age� story, nor is it exactly a story about the assimilation or acculturation of a multicultural urban street kid, or is it exclusively the story of spiritual, sexual, and intellectual awakening. Spread Thin & Moving Fast His Irish mother abandons him, and his deeply wounded angry Mexican father, joi ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Edward A De Avila
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Ed De
Sep 26, 2012 Ed De rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved by The Catcher in the Rye?, September 25, 2012
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This review is from: Spread Thin & Moving Fast (Paperback)
Ed De Avila's memoir, "Spread Thin and Moving Fast; An Unlikely Story," captures his formative years in the voices of the growing child and then that of a young man just heading off to Cal Berkeley. He relates the story of a dark, abusive childhood, from beatings to familial separation on a physical and psychological front, to exposures with a pedop
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Chloe
I won Spread Thin Moving Fast from Goodreads first reads.

I'm not sure quite what to say about this book. I didn't enjoy reading it all that much. It didn't feel like much of a story, more just random encounters leading to somewhere that I couldn't foresee. My attention span couldn't keep up, so I gave up with the book unfinished. I hate to not finish a book, and I try as hard as possible to prevent that, but this was just... boring. I have yet to be presented with a truly pleasurable memoir; pe

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Hyacinth
Received as a giveaway on goodreads.com first reads. Thank you for choosing me and I look forward to reading it. It is always interesting to read about the lives of people and how they evolve. What was most intriguing to me was that this book was written right in my back yard! I was not only able to visualize exactly where many events took place but I felt like a tourist and could actually drive by the various locations mentioned in the book. I actually went to University High School! I like the ...more
Florence
This book is full of adventures and quirky characters that Mr. De Avila meets throughout his life. His life is a spectacular journey, with many unexpected surprises that lend a sense of fate to the story's outcomes. This book is a fascinating look into life growing up via a Mexican-Irish background in California. Having relatives with a similar childhood experience, I wanted to read this book with particular urgency. Where will the journey of life lead Mr. De Avila next? This is the question tha ...more
Emily Boivin
i loved the story of this man, it made me want to find out more about him with each turm of the page. the only thing that i can find fault with this book is that it ended way to quickly. i will be looking for more books by mr. avila.
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