Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Proud American” as Want to Read:
Proud American
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book

Proud American

by
4.39  ·  Rating details ·  23 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Being the only child of a single mother, Sergio was raised by his maternal grandparents in a South Texas region better known as the Rio Grande Valley.

This memoir details the upbringing of a poor Migrant worker of Mexican descent having to pick crops for a living since the age of seven. As a way to break from the family cycle of picking crops and depending on government we
...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by LitFire Publishing
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Proud American, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Proud American

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-50)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Shelby
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
PROUD AMERICAN is a first-person account of a man’s life, from his beginnings as a child of Mexican immigrants, to his status as an honored veteran and a brave agent. Sergio Tinoco is a natural story teller. He writes with raw honesty, describing the hard migrant labor in the agricultural fields as a child, and the inevitable bullying he experiences at school from privileged children.

Tinoco reveals the agonizing break he has to make from his family - being born on American soil - he has a steely
...more
J.P. Willson
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
As one would expect from the title "Proud American", this is a compilation of the authors experiences mostly while serving in the U.S Army. While I applaud the man for his service and the accomplishments in said service, I personally would have a difficult time being "proud" of having to experience some of the horror the author saw while in that "service."
I am Canadian- and as odd as this may sound I am proud of the 'lack of military' we have in this country and around the world, yet I do have t
...more
Angel Medina
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While it took me a while to read this novel when I did it was amazing. I felt like it was my father telling me his life story and let me say this much it's a pleasure to hear about my father's past. I never had the luxury of reading a book about a border patrol agent or hearing a life story of a vet. It was a fun, but emotional read. You can see what army life really is and see the real emotions that go through an agent. However, what puts this over the top for me is the fact that the author is ...more
Robert Jones
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an honor to read of Sergio Tinoco's life account and what an important time to read of it with the current going ons in world politics. I am an Australian so I do not get the incite of day to day life in America which Sergio writes so well about. Here we have the story of a man who is an American citizen with Mexican heritage living in a country he loves and putting his life on the line for its freedom, and the freedom of the western world. But I cannot help to also appreciate how he and hi ...more
Peggy Jayne
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read the review by Shelby, so I went to Amazon and bought it. I started reading it, and I couldn't put it down. I felt as if I were having a conversation with the author, Mr. Sergio Tinoco, as if he were telling me the story of his life. His voice is so real and he is so honest that I felt as if I were living through his experiences right along with him.
Can you imagine a little seven year old boy spending his summers with his grandparents, picking fruit and vegetables from dawn until dusk in t
...more
M.J. Lau
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sergio Tinoco has led a full life – several lives, it seems. Growing up the son of a migrant worker, he saw the ways of American life through a shifting lens: an outsider, often moving around, with difficulty understanding the language and culture of America while living with his extended Mexican family. He knew from a young age he wanted more for himself than to perpetuate the cycle of his grandparents and his mother (his father was never in the picture). After graduating high school, Tinoco en ...more
J.B. Trepagnier
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My grandmother was a child of war, with dual citizenship. At the age of seventeen, my grandmother and all of her siblings were sent to America by my great grandmother, some willingly, some against their will. My grandmother spoke three languages, but refused to speak anything except English when she was still alive. If you tried to speak to her in another language, she would just reply to you in English. She never spoke about her past, save once, when I got her to agree to give me an interview f ...more
Joannes Rhino
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Proud American by Sergio Tinoco is a very easy book to read. Unlike most of other books I've read recently, this one is a page turner. The fact that it is written in simple words to understand all type of readers makes it a big plus. Since English isn't my first language, sometimes complicated words can create a headache, which is not the case in this book.

Proud American is written from first person angle, and Sergio writes it well enough to make me feel like I was there standing next to him th
...more
Robert Brown
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Proud American is a memoir focused on an early life as a child-migrant worker, young adulthood as a soldier, and later work as a border patrol officer. All are described without varnish. Author Sergio Tinoco wrote with all the delicacy of a fist in the face. Ignoring his personal life, the focus is on responsibility; in all situations doing what is necessary to do, including pulling decayed bodies from a mass grave.

He accurately portrays the common adolescent mentality of the military and the s
...more
Loralee
This was a wonderfully inspiring memoir of a man who went from being a migrant worker to the army, and eventually to becoming a border patrol agent. Following him through his life and all he experienced was eye-opening, from the troubles and difficulties he faced as a young child working in the fields, to school fights, to his impromtu decision to join the military and dealing with his grandmother's backlash over it etc. It was like being there watching it all with him. I'm glad he included a sc ...more
Faye Carlisle
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Proud American is a fascinating autobiographical account of the author’s life. Before, I read the story I knew very little about Mexican migrant workers and their lives growing up. It seems amazing to me living in the UK that child migrant workers were allowed to work on farms in the relatively recent past. I thought that only happened in Victorian times but the author explains that there were officers who tried to prevent it but the children would say they were just playing on the farm. It ...more
Robert Groves
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Robert A. Groves for Readers' Favorite

Proud American: The Migrant, Soldier, and Agent by Sergio Tinoco is a first-person account of three distinct phases of the author’s life. Beginning his senior year in high school, Sergio realizes he wants to be the one to break the cycle of migrant work his family has used for multiple generations to provide their sole means of support. He has bigger dreams for himself and enlists in the United States Army as a vehicle to finally break that cycle
...more
Please Pass the Books
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Proud American: The Migrant, Soldier, and Agent by Sergio Tinoco is the memoir of the author, told in the first-person as he maps out the impressive journey of where he came from and what he's become. Much to the dismay and disappointment of those who love him most, as a first generation American citizen Tinoco always had plans that stretched beyond the confines of the Texan fields he'd been cycled into working as the descendant of migrant immigrants. Straight out of high school, Tinoco's patrio ...more
K.W. Benton
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Proud American is the author's account of his life. It is timely as headlines talk about who should or should not be considered U.S. citizens, the value of the migrate farm workers, and who should have rights to immigrate. Mr. Tinoco, has a way of telling the reader about very difficult things that seem to affect him but never destroy him. There are strong passages of this memoir and I am thankful there are people willing to serve in the United States military. Particularly, when they have to st ...more
Augustine Sam
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
An Emotional Ride

At a time that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) becomes a hot political issue in the United States, Proud American seems an opportune biographical work. A Mexican kid who calls his grandfather ‘dad’ is brought into the United States by a single mom, and as fate would have it, ends up a child worker. But the book is not about politics or child labor. It is the personal account of an immigrant who survives a difficult childhood, who breaks out of his family’s cycle o
...more
Emma Miller
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Proud American is a novel that will relate to many people. It is based on the life of the author and is a really good read considering our current political climate. I learned a lot while reading this book and it gave me a few new viewpoints that I had never really considered before. It was well written and easy to understand. It’s also quite inspirational. I’m not a super fan of non-fiction, but I was entertained and absorbed by this book the entire time I read it. You won’t be disappointed if ...more
Revina
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Proud American: what a great read. This book is a page turner. It is very well written and easy to understand. The book is quite inspirational. Highly recommend it.
Keith
rated it it was amazing
Jul 26, 2017
Phyllis Aitken
rated it really liked it
Apr 02, 2017
Sergio Tinoco
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Clarivel Garza
rated it it was amazing
Feb 28, 2017
Daiva
rated it it was ok
Jul 08, 2017
Jessica
marked it as to-read
Nov 17, 2016
Frederick Rotzien
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Micielle
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Melly Mel
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Kara Lauren
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Cheryl Bradley
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Beth Carlson
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Dolli
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Brooke
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Dayna
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Pat Eells
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Roxanne
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Deborah Shaw
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Edgar Connell
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Sarah Taylor-Cruz
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Pamela Giese
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Debee Sue
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Joy Yerkie
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Diana Skvorak
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Pam
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Pam Mooney
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Stacia Chappell
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Kathy Heare Watts
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Leland Lee
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Jackie Morris
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Dan Simonsen
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Cathie Ward
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
Robert
marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2016
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Reviewe...: Proud American GIVEAWAY for Reviews 1 6 Feb 26, 2017 05:41PM  
Goodreads Reviewe...: Proud American Giveaway for Reviews 1 5 Feb 26, 2017 05:38PM  
15 followers
Sergio A. Tinoco was born and raised in Rio Grande Valley, commonly known to them as RGV. As a child, he had gone through many struggles. Having to come up with a big decision to leave his family behind at such a young age, Sergio began to live a dangerous life in the battlefield with the US Army. Between the Army and the DHS, he has worked in government service for over twenty years. He earned a ...more

Nonfiction Deals

  • The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery
    $14.99 $2.99
  • Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Never Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Life Lessons from Matthew
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness
    $11.99 $3.99
  • Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace
    $9.99 $2.99
  • My Mother Was Nuts
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream
    $7.99 $0.99
  • Final Vows
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Chosen by a Horse: a memoir
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made
    $17.99 $1.99
  • John Quincy Adams
    $12.99 $3.99
  • Easy Soups from Scratch with Quick Breads to Match: 70 Recipes to Pair and Share
    $15.99 $2.99
  • By Myself and Then Some
    $11.74 $1.99
  • The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
    $9.99 $2.49
  • Shakespeare Never Did This
    $6.99 $1.99
  • No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green
    $6.99 $1.99
  • The Guns of August
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains
    $14.74 $1.99
  • The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between
    $12.99 $1.99
  • The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?
    $12.99 $2.99
  • Leaving Microsoft to Change the World
    $12.74 $1.99
  • People Over Profit: Break the System, Live with Purpose, Be More Successful
    $13.49 $0.99
  • The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land
    $9.24 $1.99
  • The Lost Painting
    $12.99 $1.99
  • The Supreme Gift
    $2.99 $1.49
  • Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered One Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why
    $9.99 $2.99
  • How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain
    $5.99 $1.99
  • But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It's Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner
    $18.50 $3.99
  • A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South
    $16.99 $4.99
  • Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year
    $15.95 $2.99
  • Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking
    $12.99 $2.99
  • The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Life Lessons from Ephesians
    $5.99 $1.99
  • A Marriage in Dog Years
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Trusting God Day by Day: 365 Daily Devotions
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen
    $18.95 $2.99
  • Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Founding Mothers
    $8.74 $1.99
  • Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation (Kindle Edition)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours
    $19.99 $2.99
  • Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs—A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Ida: A Sword Among Lions
    $8.24 $2.99
  • A Natural History of the Senses (Vintage)
    $13.99 $1.99
  • Unsinkable: A Memoir
    $9.24 $1.99
  • The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home
    $11.99 $2.99
  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
    $7.95 $2.49
  • Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy
    $12.99 $3.99
  • Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean
    $7.99 $1.99
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“The greatness of our destination will be lost without the memory of our beginning.” 6 likes
“Our first stage of existence is truly honored by the magnificent view of our destination.” 4 likes
More quotes…