Francisco Jiménez writes of his childhood growing up in an immigrant Mexican family. His narrative is simple, as from a child's point of view, but that same simplicity packs the power of a highly skilled storyteller.Beautifully and authentically rendered by actor and playwright Adrian Vargas, these twelve stories tell of the almost unendurable journey most migrant campesinos undertake to find the "American Dream." The recording concludes with an afterword recorded by the author. The Circuit is also available in Spanish as Cajas de Cartón.More
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The childhood life of A migrant farm worker
- Larry Bassett
Great book for adults and kids!
I think every kid and adult should read something from Francisco Jimenez. He has written a powerful series of books about his experiences growing up as a migrant working, and working his way to a Columbia PhD. I had previously loved Taking Hold, about his time in graduate school, and fell in love with his character, family, and story. Then my daughter read Breaking Through and after I tried to convince her nonfiction can be interesting, she told me, "you're right, Dad, this was really good!"
The rich and thick descriptions of his life draw you in.