Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives

Edited by Sarah Cortez

Youth & Young Adult literature


Winner of a 2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award.

This collection of essays written by young men & women from various Latino backgrounds reflects the diversity of growing up Latino in the USA. Illuminating memoirs shine a light into the lives of young Hispanic adults for ages 16 and up.


Sarah Cortez’s class “Memoir and Mexican American Identity” proved to Cortez that college undergraduates, while young, still could write compelling memoirs. Now she has collected some of the most compelling memoirs written by Latino Americans into this book.

The essays are written by many different backgrounds (Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Dominican to name just a few), but the common thread running through the book is the honest look at the writers’ lives as well as their undeniable talent.

The memoirs touch upon everything from death to going away to college (sometimes against parent’s wishes) to events as simple as recalling a swimming lesson.

Occasionally, the authors switch to Spanish or Spanglish, but the meaning is clear even to those who can only read English. An excellent collection of memoirs written by those who have not necessarily lived many years, but still have important things to say.
— Reviewed by: Amie Rose Rotruck

Product Details

  • ISBN: 1558854827
  • ISBN-13: 9781558854826
  • Format: Paperback, 210pp
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Pub. Date: March 2007
  • Edition Description: Bilingual

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