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eBook (PDF), 127 Pages
(7 Ratings)
Price: $9.95
This is a story of a Mexican-American family who lived in the same fertile valley that was the setting for John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. Several decades after Steinbeck's 1939 novel, this family realized the American dream of creating a financially successful business, sending their children to private school, and owning their family home. They also experienced a father's alcoholism; a brother's Down syndrome; a twin brother's HIV infection, homosexuality, and death; a daughter's struggles with rivalry, addictions, and personal demons; and, a mother's decline into dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The author tells this story with courageous honesty. The tale is not elaborately reconstructed by the author to portray how she wanted things to be to engender approval from readers or surviving relatives, nor to enhance her image or that of family members. Instead, it is a heart-wrenching account of denial, anger, guilt, death, and acceptance of realities about herself and her... More > family.< Less
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  • By Stacey Moe
    Oct 19, 2012
    Rita's book was written in such an emotionally rich style, through recall of vivid memories while keeping the spirit of her entire family alive. I both laughed and cried while I was reading it and I got so caught up that I felt like I was actually running with Rita and Ricky to the end of the block to "kinneygarten" with the dog chasing behind!!! I also felt the strong emotion and utter distraught when she had to tell her family about Ricky having AIDS. This was such a wonderful read!!! I highly recommend it!
  • By Mark Stapp
    Jan 31, 2010
    Rita's book touches on subjects personal, philosophical, and religious, combining these themes in an utterly distinct way. Rita has a unique voice and anyone touched by her book should make an effort to attend one of her readings.
  • By kimberly sandoval
    Dec 31, 2009
    An open and honest story that had to be shared! This is an inspiration to all with a book in their heart they have yet to write.
  • By Howard Taras
    Dec 18, 2009
    Personal, moving, and real. Will resonate with almost any reader who has, or wishes they had, a close family.
  • By Rochelle Herrin
    Dec 16, 2009
    A friend of mine, introduced me to this wonderful book. I am not much of a reader. I was overwhelmed, touched, and the writing was like hearing the author talk. Simple, sad, happy and most of all I felt like I was right there with an amazing family. My heart goes out to a wonderful person, by the name of Rita. Thank you for telling your story. I hope Rita will continue her journey. I will be passing this book on to friends, but will get it back to enjoy again.
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Product Details

First Edition
Rita Coria
September 30, 2011
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6.87 MB

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