House of Houses by Pat Mora

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A family memoir told in the voices of ancestors, this book is about oppression and survival and sometimes triumph as "any book about a Mexican American family must be." Mora's house of houses is large, imagined, traditional, a refuge from the desert's heat, where the generations of her family, living and dead, mingle through the months of a single year.
 

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Pat Mora is an award-winning author and the founder of the family literacy initiative El dIa de los niNos/ El dIa de los libros, Children's Day/ Book Day, now housed at the American Library Association. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pat Mora es una autora premiada y la fundadora de El dIa de los niNos/ El dIa de los libros, un programa para promover la lectura entre familia. El programa es auspiciado por la AsociaciOn Americana de Bibliotecas, American Library Association (ALA). Ella vive en Santa FE, Nuevo MExico.
 
Published May 1, 1997 by Beacon Pr. 296 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The stories are often of mundane matters: of vanished riches (the family settles in El Paso in 1913 after losing everything during the Mexican Revolution), of frustrated romances, and of course of the battles the family fights over several generations to preserve its identity in a new country.

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It is a family portrait spilling over the framework of a house, ""la casa de casas."" Although the address given is 704 Mesita in El Paso, Texas, this dream house also represents the many homes and many countries (Spain, Mexico, the U.S.) of the family's history.

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"After movies," writes Mora, "we walk to the train depot or the Greyhound station .

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