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Tell Your True Tale

Volume 6

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6 | Introduction

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This Tell Your True Tale volume has its beginnings in a new place. The previous five volumes have all grown from workshops at East LA Library, and the friendly confines of the Chicano Resource Center. But we’ve been wanting to include other libraries in our search for new writers and new stories. So this time we went to the cheerfully named Sunkist Library in the La Puente area.

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alice

Alice

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“Where are we going? I’ve never been down this way before…”

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blue serpent

Blue Serpent

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I was born and raised in the state of Michoacán, Mexico, in a region known as La Cienega de Chapala. The house I grew up in sits on land given to my paternal grandparents many years ago, when President Lazaro Cardenas redistributed the large haciendas, taking the properties from their rich owners and dividing it among peasant farmers.

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Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur

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I knew something was wrong before we left. Eduardo and I were planning a Vegas getaway. Alex would remain at home.

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fairy tales

Fairy Tales

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A white bandage covered my dad’s eyes as we sat in the ophthalmologist’s office. “Your father is legally blind, Miss Huang.”

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finding jerry

Finding Jerry

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I was raised at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, at the crossroads of the Coosa River and the spring fed Choccolocco Creek, in rural Alabama.

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hard not to say goodbye

Hard Not To Say Goodbye

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The family was scattered in a half-moon circle on the grounds of the cemetery. Spring and roses filled the air along with weeping. Two hundred people stood looking down at a pink and gold casket.

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roberto Volume Six

Heart of Roberto

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The rain came down hard and fast on the September morning my family held the funeral mass at St. Mary’s in Whittier for my uncle Bobby.

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not the way I once believed

Not The Way I Once Believed

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The airport in Havana is a collection of small, hot buildings, about a quarter mile apart and surrounded by large fields.

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Pórtate Bien

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The acceptance letters arrived from five California universities. My mother beamed but I dared not share the news with my father.

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All LA County Library locations will be closed on Monday, March 25 in observance of César Chávez Day.


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