My Life Sabor Latino: Roberto Torres
This is a story of a tough young man who lost his way, and of a loving God who never forgot him, no matter where he was. (Nicky Cruz, best-selling author of Run Baby Run) The son of El Salvadorian immigrants, Casey Diaz was brought to Los Angeles at the age of two. An abusive, impoverished family life propelled Casey at only 11 years of age into the Rockwood Street Locos gang. Casey was willing to do anything to be number one, but years of chasing rival gang members led to a dramatic ambush and arrest by the LAPD. At just 16, Casey was sentenced to more than 12 years in solitary confinement in California’s toughest prison as one of the state’s most violent offenders. He thought his life was over. Yet, when a determined elderly woman paid Casey a visit, a whole new world of possibilities began to unfold. Casey scoffed as she quietly insisted God was going to use him. As the days in solitary wore on, Casey realized Someone else was calling the shots. What happened next can only be described as a miracle.Perfect for:People who believe they’re too far goneParents who want to keep their kids out of gangs - what are the warning signs?Social workers who interact with at-risk youthThose looking for a gritty, informed perspective on LA street gangs and gang culture A visceral insider’s look at the violent world of gangs and prison life, The Shot Caller is a remarkable demonstration of God’s reckless, unending grace and His desire to reach even the worst of sinners - no matter where they are. 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.
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.
Border of Death, Valley of Life:An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit Celebrating Faith: Explorations in Latino Spirituality and Theology Daniel G. Groody
Nueva York:The Complete Guide to Latino Life in the Five Boroughs Carolina Gonzalez, Seth Kugel