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Paperback Solito: A Memoir Book

ISBN: 0593498089

ISBN13: 9780593498088

Solito: A Memoir

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New York Times Bestseller - Read With Jenna Book Club Pick as seen on Today - Winner of the Los Angeles Times Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiography - Winner of the American Library Association Alex Award

A young poet tells the inspiring story of his migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine in this "gripping memoir" (NPR) of bravery, hope, and finding family.

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intriguing, precious, dirty, disturbing, and quality literature

Zamora's first person account of his immigration to "La USA" is intriguing. Hardships, defeat, fear, and success litter the path like the items and the relationships that the "migrantes" abandon along the way. Zamora is first a poet, and he writes to engage his readers in the feelings and impressions of the main character. He uses details to draw you in and illicit sympathy and heighten tension. At times the plot drags along because of it. The story is told through Zamora’s nine year old eyes and senses. Smells, snippets of conversations, tastes, touches, dreams, and thoughts impact the storyline. Consistent use of the present tense adds a sense of drama. Zamora is a master of language. The book is a primer on Spanish slang and dialects--and especially swear words. There are insights into both Nicaraguan and Mexican colloquialisms. Although I know some Spanish, I had to look up some terms to get the sense, usually a foul sense. Such language would of course impress a nine year old boy. In that way it is a brilliant approach by the author. Often the English reader is left to guess at meanings. Was it necessary on nearly every page? Empathy and disappointment build and wane for the players in the story. Some become heroes, others turn out to be villains, and a sense of distrust dogs the tale all along the way, up to the final page. In that way the suspense never quits. Whom can a migrant trust, especially when so totally vulnerable and terribly desperate? And even more when you are a child who is “solito”. The book opens up a whole new world to those of us who have never experienced the trauma of difficult immigration. Good literature should do that. It is timely in light of the crisis erupting on our southern border. Spoiler alert: the denouement beginning on page 379 is crucial.

Solito Mentions in Our Blog

Solito in Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • September 22, 2022

Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual event held from September 15 to October 15. It is a chance to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to US history and culture. In celebration, here are ten essential Hispanic-American authors.

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