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A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca
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Mar 18, 12

This book is a memoir of Jimmy Santiago Baca's life. He talks about his many struggles. His life starts off with how he remembers seeing his dad in jail. He was often surrounded by violence. And sadly, his parents abandoned him at the age of two. He lived with his grandmother who told him his parents would come back when they were ready. In school he wasn't doing very well, for he had no idea how to read and write;however, when her was in prison he taught himself how to read and write. Through writing he nurtured his soul back to health. Since society was against him for being different and having a different culture. His story really demonstrates others that one can get out of the darkest hole if one really wants to. He finds his voice and the voice of others and writes this book. He says "My job was to witness and record the ‘it’ of their lives, to celebrate those who don’t have a place in this world to stand and call home."
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone out there that feels like they can't get out or keep going. This is a book that can really inspire someone to keep going and try harder to achieve their goals.

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Ryan Wow, Dania. Very well said. Baca's story is extremely powerful

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