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An Unlikely Journey
An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream | Julian Castro
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The keynote speaker at the 2012 DNC, former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro, tells his remarkable and inspiring life story. In the spirit of a young Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father, comes a candid and compelling memoir about race and poverty in America. In many ways, there was no reason Julian Castro would have been expected to be a success. Born to unmarried parents in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of a struggling city, his prospects of escaping his circumstance seemed bleak. But he and his twin brother Joaquin had something going for them: their mother. A former political activist, she provided the launch pad for what would become an astonishing ascent. Julian and Joaquin would go on to attend Stanford and Harvard before entering politics at the ripe age of 26. Soon after, Joaquin become a state representative and Julian was elected mayor of San Antonio, a city he helped revitalize and transform into one of the country's leading economies. His success in Texas propelled him onto the national stage, where he was the keynote speaker at the 2012 DNC--the same spot President Obama held three conventions prior--and then to Washington D.C. where he served as the Obama Administration's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. After being shortlisted as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, he is now seen by many as a future presidential candidate. Julian Castro's story not only affirms the American dream, but also resonates with millions, who in an age of political cynicism and hardening hearts are searching for a new hero. No matter one's politics, this book is the transcendent story of a resilient family and the unlikely journey of an emerging national icon.
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MatchlessMarie
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I ended up switching to audio which I enjoyed. Just finished today. It was very neat reading this and being so familiar with the places he references living in San Antonio myself. #WinterGames #ImpulseRead #TheFilthyAnimals

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MatchlessMarie
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Found this #ImpulseRead at the library. I‘m fortunate to live in San Antonio so I am familiar with the Castro brothers. No matter who your favorite candidate is, he‘s worth getting to know. #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

jpmcwisemorgan He‘s shown a lot of thought and courage with a number of his positions. He‘s clearly listening to people and putting his experience to use. He‘s the only presidential candidate I‘ve given money to this election cycle. It wasn‘t much but I wanted to do my part to get him on the stage because of what he brings to the table. I‘m disappointed he‘s not getting more attention. 2mo
MatchlessMarie @jpmcwisemorgan Thank you! Same. It‘s appalling that he‘s not being given more attention or airtime. Immigration is the most important issue to my family so his voice stands out. 2mo
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rather_be_reading 11 pts☃️ 2mo
4thhouseontheleft I agree, he deserves more attention than what he is receiving. While he is not my top pick, I do really like him. 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Julián Castro is third-generation Mexican American. His grandmother walked over the border as a 7-year-old orphan. She and his mother instilled two key values in Julián and his twin, Joaquin—education and public service. The writing reads quickly, it‘s not overly political, and the story is inspiring.

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#readthecandidates #2020candidates #ownvoices

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KerryLibME
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Tonight‘s read #readthecandidates

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I‘ve been trying to get my #readthecandidates books from the library, when I didn‘t already have them on my shelves. But I had to break down and order these from Thriftbooks, since they weren‘t available from either of the two libraries I belong to. #bookhaul

Chrissyreadit Nice- I may try this. I did not know they had all written books. 7mo
jillannjohn Thanks for sharing this list! 7mo
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kspenmoll Thanks for posting this! 7mo
Chrissyreadit @BarbaraTheBibliophage thank you so much! 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ll have to do that for some too, right now I‘m working on some through interlibrary loan. 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Let me know if you want me to send you any of these when I‘m finished. 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Ok, I will. Thank you. 7mo
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MelissaSue81
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I enjoyed this. Never having heard anything about Julián Castro or his family, I learned a lot about him. A Mexican American son of a single mother, he and his brother have achieved great things. I would have liked to hear more on his political ideas, as this is basically a straight autobiography. First book for #ReadTheCandidates

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