By Gloria López-Stafford
This memoir of turning out to be up in El Paso within the Nineteen Forties and Nineteen Fifties creates a whole urban: the best way a barrio awakens within the early morning sunlight, the fun of a unprecedented 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 youngsters unique themselves within the streets. L???pez-Stafford exhibits readers El Paso throughout the eyes of Yoya--short for Gloria--the high-spirited narrator, who's 5 years outdated whilst the publication begins.Yoya is a survivor.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 relations by way of promoting used garments. Her brother Carlos, Padre Luna, and a neighborhood of kids and ladies imagine accountability for Yoya, yet just like the inexplicable lack of her mom, unforeseen alterations separate her from her cherished barrio. the hunt for su lugar, her position, turns into a look for id as Gloria seeks to appreciate her a number of houses and households.
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One of those persons was an old Anglo of Swedish descent named Palm. He was my father. The Segundo Barrio has always been a temporary place for many persons when they first come to the country, a kind of Ellis Island for Mexicans. From there many people migrated to different parts of the United States. Many went to Chicago or California, the most popular destinations in the 1940s and 1950s. This barrio was the environment of my childhood, a world all its own. It was Little Mexico in the city of the pass, in the elbow of the state of Texas, at the bottom of the United States.
Vrain across from where I lived. The Segundo Barrio was and is made up of tenements, small houses, grocery stores, and some small restaurants. At the heart of the barrio are the Alamito Government Housing Projects, again named for that famous battle. This is the place I would call home from 1940 to 1947. When we first immigrated from Mexico, we lived in a tenement on Florence Street. But all I remember is my beloved Alamito project apartment on St. Vrain. The population in the barrio was predominantly Mexican or American of Mexican descent.
When she visited my mother, she saw that she was pale and depressed. She would always try to cheer Panchita up and since the two women liked to have a couple of beers together, it usually worked. My godmother always brought the frescas and cigarettes when she visited. By springtime, my godmother heard that Francisca was not well and that López had become frantic in his care for her. She went to the projects to satisfy herself on the condition of my mother. When my godmother arrived, some of the neighbors were standing outside the apartment.
A Place in El Paso: A Mexican-American Childhood by Gloria López-Stafford