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María, Daughter of Immigrants

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  4 reviews
More than a memoir of personal and political achievements, this volume chronicles a family's development from Mexican immigrants to American leaders. Written in an authentic and unique voice, this book describes how the author’s Mexican parents instilled a love of learning, a desire to excel, and a commitment to community in their children. Relating how her heritage and up ...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Wings Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Maria details how her grandparents and parents came from Mexico to the United States, and worked as sharecroppers on neighboring ranches in central Texas. Ultimately her parents settled in San Antonio, where her father worked as a laborer and her mother “made do” with the little they had, raising six children in a small house on the impoverished West Side of that city. Maria was the second child, but her older brother was frail due to asthma, so Maria decide
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book is a personal memoir and a very emotional one at that! It is written like a personal diary rather than a traditional biography. For young women, in particular, there is a great deal of inspiration to be drawn from her anger, her positive - almost naive belief that things will get better. It is a book about continuing to work on behalf of disenfranchised groups, even in the face of insurmountable opposition. Well worth the read.
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful personal narrative interwoven with political analysis from one of San Antonio's premier leaders.
Gloria Lenoir
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is extraordinarily honest. The writer shares her values and shows that she fights valiantly for those who have the least.

I greatly admire her for her strength, faith, courage, and wisdom. She gives me hope that there are people who put up the good fight against greed and power.

She has my admiration and I can only try to be like her in her diligence and passion.