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Farmworker's Daughter: Growing Up Mexican in Americaby Rose Cast Guilbault
"Rose Castillo Guilbault in Farmworker's Daughter recalls her journey as a 5-year-old from Sonora, Mexico, to the Salinas Valley of California, where her divorced mother hoped to start anew with the encouragement of a distant cousin....It's an affectionate story and a compelling one, full of poignant, powerful description. Yet, as is often the case with autobiographies following a strict chronology, some sections grow tiresome, while others fly by too fast." Sara B. Miller, the Christian Science Monitor (read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)
Synopses & Reviews
In this affectionate memoir, Guilbault invites us into her girlhood, revealing what it was like to grow up as a Mexican immigrant in a farming community during the turbulent 1960s. She recalls her early struggles to learn English, to fit in with schoolmates with their Barbie dolls and cupcakes, to win approval, and to bridge the tensions between home life and the public world to which she was drawn.
As her mother dreams of owning a house with her new farmworker husband, Rose perfects her English and writes for the school newspaper, nurturing dreams of her own that will eventually take her far from her life as a farmworker?s daughter.
"[M]oving...I do not know another book that tells us so simply quite so much about Mexico and America." Richard Rodriguez, author of Brown: The Last Discovery of America
Book News Annotation:
Guilbault was born in Sonora, Mexico in 1952, and in 1957 moved with her recently divorced mother to the U.S., where they settled in California's Salinas Valley. In this flowing autobiography, she describes her experiences growing up as a Mexican immigrant in a farming community during the 1960s, and the challenges of maintaining a place in her immigrant family homelife while also acculturating to the public/American world around her. Her career has involved print and broadcast journalism, and a high-level corporate job.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A coming-of-age memoir told through the often unheard voice of a Mexican immigrant girl. Farmworker's Daughter presents an intimate, inspiring view of the immigrant experience from a distinctly female and bicultural perspective.
Cultural Writing. Memoir. FARMWORKER'S DAUGHTER is an elegantly written coming-of-age memoir, told through the often unheard voice of a Mexican immigrant girl. Guilbault captures in loving detail the sensations and smells of the scorching desert of Sonora, Mexico, her birthplace and the land most unrelenting yet comforting in her memory. She writes also about the tumultuous era of her high school years in California, where patriotism clashed with antiwar activism surrounding Vietnam and where the tensions within a small, rural community's stance on Cesar Chavez's farm labor movement were less explicit yet equally strong and divisive. FARMWORKER'S DAUGHTER presents an intimate view of the immigrant experience from a distinctly female and bicultural perspective. It is also a memorable portrait of one family's struggle to overcome cultural barriers and preserve the past while embracing a new life in America.
About the Author
Rose Castillo Guilbault was born in Sonora, Mexico, and grew up in the Salinas Valley of California. She was a columnist for Pacific News Service and the San Francisco Chronicle, was editorial director for KGO-TV (ABC San Francisco) and creator of the television series Profiles of Excellence. She is currently vice president of corporate affairs at AAA of Northern California, Nevada, and Utah, and is the chairwoman of the Board of Governors for the Commonwealth Club of California. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the De La Salle Institute.
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