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Going Where I'm Coming From: Memoirs of American Youth

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14 short memoirs about growing up in America's diverse society by Susan Power, Luis Rodriguez, Willie Ruff, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Ved Mehta, Gary Soto, Naomi Shabib Nye, Lee Daniels, Graham Salisbury, Lensey Namioka, Helen Epstein, and more.
Paperback, 166 pages
Published September 17th 1994 by Persea (first published 1994)
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Mike
Note: This is a very long and very detailed review, with a paragraph or two on each short story. If you want my general opinion on the entire anthology, go to the very end of the review.

Here, we have a collection of memoirs written mostly by authors who write realistic fiction for a Middle-Grade audience. All of them are written by writers who aren’t white, aren’t Christian, or both. Most of them feel like they were written specifically to be featured in a middle school Language Arts text book,
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Debbie
A collection of short memoirs (some excerpts from longer pieces).

Some I loved, others I had to force myself to read.

Favorites include:

"One More Lesson" by Judith Ortiz Cofer
"Ice" by Graham Salisbury
"Math and After Math" by Lensey Namioka
"A Call to Assembly" by Willie Ruff
""A Boston Latin School Boy" by Lee A. Daniel
"Dinnertime" by Helen Epstein
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