My Life Sabor Latino: Roberto Torres
´´What you will read in these pages is a story about a tough young man who lost his way, and the story of a loving God who never forgot Casey, no matter where he was.” (Nicky Cruz, former New York gang leader and best-selling author of Run Baby Run)The Shot Caller is both a never-to-be-forgotten insider’s look at the violent world of gangs and prison life and a powerful, modern demonstration of how God will go to the most miraculous extremes to reach even the worst sinners.Casey Diaz came to this country when he was just two years old, the oldest son of El Salvadorian immigrants who settled in the barrios near downtown Los Angeles in the 1970s. An abusive family life propelled Casey into street gangs at the age of eleven and he rose quickly within the ranks of the Rockwood Street Locos to become their leader.At sixteen he was arrested and sentenced to nearly 13 years in a state prison for second-degree murder and 52 counts of robbery and placed in solitary confinement for twenty-three hours a day.When an elderly woman committed to prison ministry approaches his cell and tells him Jesus loves him and God is going to use him, Casey scoffs at her. Then, one day a supernatural event takes place causing Casey to hit the cell floor and weep. He knows this is almighty God speaking to him, confesses his many sins, expresses deep remorse, and accepts Christ. What happens next can only be described as a miracle.This gritty memoir is perfect for fans of the international best seller The Cross and the Switchblade and any listener looking for an astounding example of God’s grace and redemption. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Borquez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/001482/bk_tnwd_001482_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Race Related Stress of Latino Elders:Implications for Quality of Life Yesenia Flores
At 15, Victor Rios found himself a human target - flat on his ass amid a hail of shotgun fire, desperate for money and a place on the street. Faced with the choice of escalating a drug turf war or eking out a living elsewhere, he turned to a teacher, who mentored him and helped him find a job at an auto shop. That job would alter the course of his whole life - putting him on the road to college and eventually a PhD. Now, Rios is a rising star, hailed for his work studying the lives of African American and Latino youth. In Human Targets, Rios takes us to the streets of California, where we encounter young men who find themselves in much the same situation as 15-year-old Victor. We follow young gang members into schools, homes, community organizations, and detention facilities, watch them interact with police, grow up to become fathers, get jobs, get rap sheets - and in some cases get killed. What is it that sets apart young people like Rios who succeed and survive from the ones who don´t? Rios makes a powerful case that the traditional good kid/bad kid, street kid/decent kid dichotomy is much too simplistic, arguing instead that authorities and institutions help create these identities - and that they can play an instrumental role in providing young people with the resources for shifting between roles. 1. Language: English. Narrator: A.T. Chandler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007426/bk_tant_007426_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Leeny Del Seamonds, Master Story Performer, is an internationally known performer of Latino, original, and multicultural stories spiced with mime, a cornucopia of characters, and love of people. With a twinkle in her eye and fire in her heart, Leeny breathes life into her stories as she masterfully and effortlessly springs from one story character to another.Proud of her Cuban-American heritage, Leeny writes and performs stories and adapts folk tales which are uplifting and demonstrate the Latino people´s desire to embrace life to its fullest, while reflecting their tremendous sense of humor, values, and passion for life. Awarded the title ´´2002 National Storyteller of the Year´´, Leeny is known for animated, interactive performances and shares her stories wherever she travels, hoping to give non-Latino audiences a positive insight into a culture that may be foreign to them, while helping to bridge the cultural gap. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Leeny Del Seamonds. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/amst/000003/pf_amst_000003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There are times when I feel like a stranger in this country. I am not complaining and it´s not for lack of opportunity. But it is something of a disappointment. I never would have imagined that after having spent 35 years in the United States I would still be a stranger to so many. But that´s how it is. Jorge Ramos, an Emmy award-winning journalist, Univision´s longtime anchorman and widely considered the ´´voice of the voiceless´´ within the Latino community, was forcefully removed from an Iowa press conference in 2015 by then-candidate Donald Trump after trying to ask about his plans on immigration. In this personal manifesto, Ramos sets out to examine what it means to be a Latino immigrant, or just an immigrant, in present-day America. With current research and statistics, a journalist nose for a story, and his own personal experience, Ramos shows us the changing face of America while trying to find an explanation for why he, and millions of others, still feel like strangers in this country. ´´It is precisely this pattern of confrontation...that has won Ramos the trust of so many Hispanics. They know that in many countries south of the United States, direct questions can provoke not simply a loss of access but also a loss of life.´´ - Marcela Valdes, The New York Times 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jorge Ramos, Ozzie Rodriguez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006000/bk_rand_006000_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Racism, class, and betrayal collide in this emotional debut novel about restoring the broken bonds of family and friendship.Every morning, seventeen-year-old Maria Anís Rosario takes the subway an hour from her boisterous and close-knit family in Queens to her private high school on the Upper East Side, where she struggles to fit in as one of the only Latina students - until Rocky welcomes her into this new life. White, rebellious, and ignored by her wealthy parents, Rocky uses her money toward one goal: to get away with anything. To Maria, it’s a dazzling privilege.As a bond develops between these unlikely friends, neither can see what they share most - jealousy and the desire for each other’s lives. But crackling under the surface of their seemingly supportive alliance, the girls begin to commit little betrayals as they strive to get closer to their ideals regardless of the consequences.Told from the perspectives of Maria, Rocky, and their fathers, They Could Have Named Her Anything explores the heartfelt expectation of what it means to live up to the name you’ve been given and the more rewarding discovery of what really matters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Almarie Guerra. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011579/bk_brll_011579_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this adaptation for middle graders based on her best-selling adult memoir, My Beloved World, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor´s extraordinary life inspires. Her achievement serves as a true testament to the fact that no matter the obstacles, dreams can come true.Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States, was a young girl when she dared to dream big. Her dream? To become a lawyer and a judge.As Justice Sotomayor explains, ´´When I was a child my family was poor and we knew no lawyers or judges and none lived in our neighborhood. I knew nothing about the Supreme Court and how much its work in reinterpreting the Constitution and the laws of the United States affected peoples´ lives. You cannot dream of becoming something you don´t even know about. That has been the most important lesson of my life. You have to learn to dream big dreams.´´Sonia did not let the hardships of her background - which included growing up in the rough housing projects of New York City´s South Bronx, dealing with juvenile diabetes, coping with parents who argued and fought personal demons, and worrying about money - stand in her way. Always, she believed in herself. Her determination, along with guidance from generous mentors and the unwavering love of her extended Puerto Rican family, propelled her ever forward. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jaina Lee Ortiz, Sonia Sotomayor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/003312/bk_lili_003312_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tight: Lately, Bryan´s been feeling it in all kinds of ways....Bryan knows what´s tight for him - reading comics, drawing superheroes, and hanging out with no drama. But drama is every day where he´s from, and that gets him tight, wound up.And now Bryan´s friend Mike pressures him with ideas of fun that are crazy risky. At first, it´s a rush following Mike, hopping turnstiles, subway surfing, and getting into all kinds of trouble. But Bryan never really feels right acting so wrong, and drama really isn´t him. So which way will he go, especially when his dad tells him it´s better to be hard and feared than liked?But if there´s one thing Bryan´s gotten from his comic heroes, it´s that he has power - to stand up for what he feels....Torrey Maldonado delivers a fast-paced, insightful, dynamic story capturing urban community life. Listeners will connect with Bryan´s journey as he navigates a tough world with a heartfelt desire for a different life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Torrey Maldonado. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/003313/bk_lili_003313_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.