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Hoyt Street: An Autobiography
The time is the 1940s. Mary Helen Ponce, a little girl with big eyes, lives in a Mexican-American neighborhood in Pacoima, California. She schemes to earn dimes for candy, wonders why Dale Evans's hair looks so funny in the movies, longs for shiny patent leather shoes instead of clunky oxfords to match her Confirmation dress, savors the summer sun on her face during walnut ...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by University of New Mexico Press
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Mary Helen Ponce tells of a happy barrio life in pre and WWII era Pacoimo, CA, near Los Angeles. It is her own story, telling of her parents' coming to live in the United States from Mexico, her many brothers and sisters, some born in Mexico, those who died and those who lived. Life was not perfect in the barrio, but it was a secure place of comfort and acceptance and much love even with the conditions she was sometimes embarrassed by. The memoir chronicles her life until early teens and it is w ...more