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Mi Voz, Mi Vida: Latino College Students Tell Their Life Stories


reviewed by Leticia Tomas Bustillos — October 19, 2007

coverTitle: Mi Voz, Mi Vida: Latino College Students Tell Their Life Stories
Author(s): Andrew Garrod, Robert Kilkenny, and Christina Gómez (Eds.)
Publisher: Cornell University Press, Ithaca
ISBN: 0801473861, Pages: 262, Year: 2007
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hhThe memoir occupies a unique position among written texts for it illuminates one’s personal history; not through carefully researched facts and figures as the autobiography (Vidal, 1995), but through the power of voice and narrative. The memoirist invites the reader to journey through carefully selected vignettes, narrated in the first person, that dispel myth and misconception and reveal truth – the memoirist’s truth. “Memoir,” according to Edward Zinsser, “is the art of inventing the truth” (2006, p. 136). As editors of their own lives, memoirists shape a narrative out of “an untidy sprawl of half-remembered events” (p. 136) in order to make sense of particularly defining, oftentimes harrowing experiences that influence the course of their lives. In Mi voz, mi vida: Latino college students tell their life stories, 15 young essayists relay their stories with a range of emotions, from humor and anger, to confusion and pride, and finally to acceptance... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 19, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14671, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 2:08:59 AM

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  • Leticia Bustillos
    Loyola Marymount University
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    LETICIA TOMAS BUSTILLOS, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Education, Loyola Marymount University earned her B.A. at Columbia University and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. She was a teacher from 1997-2004 and a research assistant with the Center for Urban Education from 2003-2006. Her publications include "Achieving equitable educational outcomes with all students: The institution's roles and responsibilities" published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and "Measuring the state of equity in public higher education" appears in Expanding opportunity in higher education: Leveraging promise" published by SUNY Press. Her research interestes include remedial education, P-20 partnerships and issues related to the equitable educational outcomes for underserved populations.
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