A Place in El Paso: A Mexican-American Childhood by Gloria López-Stafford

By Gloria López-Stafford

This memoir of transforming into up in El Paso within the Nineteen Forties and Fifties creates a whole urban: the way in which a barrio awakens within the early morning sunlight, the joys of an extraordinary wilderness snow, the style of fruit-flavored raspadas on summer time afternoons, the "money boys" who beg from commuters passing from side to side to Ju???rez, and the mischief of kids exciting themselves within the streets. L???pez-Stafford exhibits readers El Paso during the eyes of Yoya--short for Gloria--the high-spirited narrator, who's 5 years outdated whilst the ebook begins.Yoya is a survivor. Her younger mom has died, leaving her within the care of her a lot older father, who attempts to supply for his kinfolk by way of promoting used garments. Her brother Carlos, Padre Luna, and a group of youngsters and ladies suppose accountability for Yoya, yet just like the inexplicable lack of her mom, unforeseen alterations separate her from her liked barrio. the hunt for su lugar, her position, turns into a look for id as Gloria seeks to appreciate her quite a few houses and households.

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He always prayed with Francisca, and many times his herbs and prayers helped. At other times he got carried away. In 1942, Panchita's stomach problems got worse. Palm said it was all the mugre, dirt, that López gave her. My father talked her into going a doctor downtown who put her in the county hospital, an old building on Alameda Street. Being very poor, she didn't get the best care, but they operated on her and she came home in a few days. After that she was doing well and was happy, which made us all happy.

Often I would hear him buzzing away with the ladies, whose laughter was like wind chimes in the ever-present West Texas wind. He would go to Juárez and return in the afternoon after haggling with los Chinos, Chinese merchants, by the cathedral in Juárez. Sometimes he was even successful in smuggling a mango or two for his favorite customers. He got caught once when it was very hot and the delicious aroma of the mango gave the deed away. La Migra confiscated the fruit and fined the old Indian five dollars.

Biography. Page i A Place in El Paso A Mexican-American Childhood Page ii Page iii A Place in El Paso A Mexican-American Childhood Gloria López-Stafford Page iv © 1996 by the University of New Mexico Press All Rights Reserved. Second paperbound printing, 1998 LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA Lopez-Stafford, Gloria, 1937 A place in El Paso : a Mexican-American childhood Gloria Lopez-Stafford. 1st ed p. cm.  Mexican AmericansTexasEl PasoBiography. )Biography.  Title. 4'96-dc20 [B] 95-32451 CIP Designed by Sue Niewiarowski Title page photograph: Gloria and Roy Rogers, 1949 Page v To my daughters, Michele, Heather, Katherine and my brother Charlie "Carlos" Palm and For all those who have known and loved El Paso, the place in the sun!

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