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Mother Tongue: My Family’s Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing in Spanish

Author: Christine Gilbert

Language: English

Summary: One woman’s quest to learn Mandarin in Beijing, Arabic in Beirut, and Spanish in Mexico, with her young family along for the ride. 

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The Battle of Churubusco: American Rebels in the Mexican-American War

Author: Andrea Ferraris

Language: English

Summary: Today, Churubusco is a residential suburb of Mexico City. But in 1847, it was the stronghold of the San Patricios, a motley battalion of soldiers — including some runaway American slaves — who deserted the United States Army for a just, if suicidal, cause. Continue reading “The Battle of Churubusco: American Rebels in the Mexican-American War”

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Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Author: Donna Barba Higuera

Language: English

Summary: Lupe Wong is going to be the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues. She’s also championed causes her whole young life. Some worthy… like expanding the options for race on school tests beyond just a few bubbles. And some not so much… like complaining to the BBC about the length between Doctor Who seasons.
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Té letterario del 24 aprile 2020: Letteratura latinoamericana

In onore a Luis Sepúlveda, oggi abbiamo parlato di letteratura latinoamericana. Eccovi i titoli emersi durante questo incontro: nb: vengono omessi i classici del realismo magico che sono stati letti da tutte. Argentina Betibú, Claudia Piñeiro L’Aleph, Jorge Luis Borges I vent’anni di Luz e Lezione di Tango, Elsa Osorio Cile L’albergo delle donne tristi, Marcela Serrano Il postino di Neruda, Antonio Skármeta Tutta l’opera … Continue reading Té letterario del 24 aprile 2020: Letteratura latinoamericana

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We are here to stay

Author: Susan Kuklin Language: English Summary: “Maybe next time they hear someone railing about how terrible immigrants are, they’ll think about me. I’m a real person.”  Meet nine courageous young adults who have lived in the United States with a secret for much of their lives: they are not U.S. citizens. They came from Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and Korea. They came seeking education, … Continue reading We are here to stay

Barefoot Heart: stories of a migrant child

Author: Elva Treviino Hart Language: English Summary: In 1953, when she was only three, her parents took the family from Texas to work in the fields of Minnesota and Wisconsin for the first time, only to find that in order to comply with the child labor law they had to leave the author and her 11-year-old sister to board in a local Catholic school, where … Continue reading Barefoot Heart: stories of a migrant child