Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Lecture and Discussion

Mon, November 17, 2008 | Carothers Dormitory, Joynes Reading Room (CRD 007) (The Joynes Reading Room is located behind the Carothers Residence Hall at 2501 Whitis Avenue on the UT Campus.)

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

From Publishers Weekly

Hart's expressive and remarkably affecting memoir concerns her childhood as the daughter of Mexican immigrants who worked as migrant workers to feed their six children. Hart remembers...when the entire family participated in the backbreaking field labor, driven mercilessly by Apa (her father), who was determined to earn enough money to allow all his children to graduate from high school. Hart eloquently reveals the harsh toll that poverty and discrimination took on her family in sharply etched portraits of Ama, Hart's worn-out mother who clearly loved her daughter but was too exhausted to show it; of her brother Rudy, who refused to sit at the back of the bus because he was a Mexican; and of her teenage sisters, who struggled to keep their dignity in the muddy fields. At 17, she drove her father back to Mexico to visit his family; she recalls how he suddenly changed into a happy man who felt at home with his land, his language and his people. This is a beautifully written debut from a writer to watch.

Sponsored by: Plan II Honors Program; the University Honors Center; the Department of English; the Department of Rhetoric and Writing; and the Center for Mexican American Studies, the College of Liberal Arts

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