Vamos a Leer is back! Join us August 6th at Bookworks from 5:00-7:00 to discuss our first book of the 2012-2013 school year. We are reading Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. It’s quite an amazing novel set in Las Cruces, New Mexico–our home state. Here’s a sneak peek into the book. . .
“The Hollywood where Sammy Santos and Juliana Ríos live is not the one on the West Coast, the one with all the glitz and glitter. This Hollywood is a tough barrio at the edges of a small town in southern New Mexico. The year is 1969 and Sammy and his fellow citizens of Hollywood attend Las Cruces High School where they face a world of racism, dress codes, the war in Vietnam and the everyday violence of their own barrio. In the summer before his senior year begins, Sammy falls in love with Juliana, a girl whose tough veneer disguises a world of hurt.
In Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, Benjamin Alire Sáenz captures the essence of what it meant to grow up Chicano in Small town America in the late 1960s. He creates a cast of characters that embody humor, toughness, innocence and survival—and in doing so, he evokes the bitter-sweet ambience found in such novels as Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show.” (Taken from http://www.cincopuntos.com/products_detail.sstg?id=85).
We hope to see you there!