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Book Title: Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University|
Edition: Houghton Mifflin
Date of issue: April 7th 2015
ISBN 13: 9780547645698
The author of the book: Francisco Jiménez
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 987 KB
Read full description of the books Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University:Just finished reading Taking Hold by Francisco Jimenez. I have missed so much. This the first book that I have read by the author yet he written so much more. Now I am very eager to read more. He was a child in a migrant farm worker family yet he managed to earn his doctorate degree from Columbia University.
When he was only four years old, he crossed the United States and Mexico border illegally. Their purpose was to escape crushing poverty and have a much better future. The author begins with his earliest memories of his family working in cotton fields and strawberry farms. He described having moving farm to farm and the difficulty of finding food and shelter. My mother's diary told me about strawberry picking during the Great Depression so I already knew about the back breaking labor, often in the hot sun. She wanted to earn some money but after three weeks she gave up. But they could not give up because his family needed food and shelter for them to survive. Many of his stories about his life told of perseverance That trait was instilled in him by his family and it keep him going while he was in college and graduate school.
What really impressed me was the strong sense of the value of family. Reading about his family made me feel at home with all of them and a deep admiration for them. I also loved that he talks about the books and teachers who he loved.
I highly recommend this book because of its inspiring themes. His culture is very different from the one that I grew up in but the family values are happily the same.
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Read information about the authorFrancisco Jimenez emigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, to California, where he worked for many years in the fields with his family. He received both his master's degree and his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is now chairman of the Modern Languages and Literature Department at Santa Clara University, the setting of much of Reaching Out. He is the award-winning author of The Circuit, Breaking Through, La Mariposa, and his newest memoir, Reaching Out. He lives in Santa Clara, California, with his family.
Author photo courtesy of Santa Clara University.
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