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Solito
Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
A young poet tells the unforgettable story of his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine in this moving, page-turning memoir hailed as "the mythic journey of our era" (Sandra Cisneros) Trip. My parents started using that word about a year agoone day, youll take a trip to be with us. Like an adventure. Javiers adventure is a three-thousand-mile journey from his small town in El Salvador, through Guatemala and Mexico, and across the U.S. border. He will leave behind his beloved aunt and grandparents to reunite with a mother who left four years ago and a father he barely remembers. Traveling alone except for a group of strangers and a "coyote" hired to lead them to safety, Javiers trip is supposed to last two short weeks. At nine years old, all Javier can imagine is rushing into his parents arms, snuggling in bed between them, living under the same roof again. He does not see the perilous boat trips, relentless desert treks, pointed guns, arrests and deceptions that await him; nor can he know that those two weeks will expand into two life-altering months alongside a group of strangers who will come to encircle him like an unexpected family. A memoir by an acclaimed poet that reads like a novel, Solito not only provides an immediate and intimate account of a treacherous and near-impossible journey, but also the miraculous kindness and love delivered at the most unexpected moments. Solito is Javier's story, but it's also the story of millions of others who had no choice but to leave home.
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SqueakyChu
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Recommended by my husband‘s niece, this #memoir is by a man from #ElSalvador who as a nine-year-old child was sent alone to be smuggled into the United States by a “coyote”. Every #immigrant has his or her own story about their struggles. This one is especially upsetting to me because the story is too familiar. My heart breaks at the thought of such a young child traveling with strangers through unknown territory to an uncertain future.

Cinfhen This was excellent!!! 3d
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Cinfhen
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The true story of a nine year old boy making the harrowing journey from El Salvador to the USA without any family accompanying him. His parents having made the crossing several years earlier save up enough money to now send for their son to join them in Los Angeles. Putting their trust in strangers and the promise of a local “coyote”, Javier leaves El Salvador not realizing how long & dangerous the journey will be. 👇🏽

Cinfhen Shocking, terrifying, heartbreaking, inspiring, emotional. #InfiniteTissueRead My first book for #ReadingTheAmericas and it‘s 5 SHINY🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 4d
Cinfhen Countries visited #ElSalvador #Guatemala #Mexico 4d
rockpools Wow! And what a fab start to the challenge! 4d
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BarbaraBB What @rockpools says! 4d
Cinfhen SOOOO GOOD @rockpools @BarbaraBB This book sets the bar high!! Hoping for some more excellent reads - it‘s a twee long but I was so invested that I didn‘t mind spending 3 whole days committed to this one story 4d
squirrelbrain Yay - looking forward to this one! 4d
Librarybelle A good start to the challenge! Hooray! 4d
Cortg I‘ve heard such good things about this one! 4d
Megabooks Great review!! I‘m definitely considering it. 4d
TNbookworm Great review! 3d
Cinfhen @TNbookworm thanks !! This book left me weeping!!! It‘s so good 3d
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Cinfhen
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This audiobook is breaking my heart💔#ReadingTheAmericas23 so far #ElSalvador #Guatemala Even though I own the ebook, im so happy I borrowed the audio which is read by the author 🎧 It‘s beautiful outside ☀️so I walked to meet my friend for coffee (tea 4 me) & the barista left the BEST message 😎☮️✌🏽♥️ Happy #BookSpin day everyone 😁

Librarybelle That is awesome! 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Have a great one!! 6d
slategreyskies I love that! 🥰 6d
Cinfhen Right @slategreyskies @Librarybelle It definitely brought a huge smile to our faces 😊you too,Misty xx @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 6d
Megabooks 💜💜💜 5d
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Cinfhen
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#UpNext My first choice for #ReadingTheAmericas23 🌏 Excited to get an early jump on this challenge @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Im choosing this for #ElSalvador however if it crosses other countries Im marking those as well. I can always add on but I‘m trying to be less intense!

Smrloomis Good choice! I mean the book and the less intense part!! 6d
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 thanks so much @Smrloomis !!!! 6d
Librarybelle Hooray!! 6d
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Melmar
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Haven‘t finished this, but it is giving me all the feels. Listening to the author tell his story of crossing the border as a kid is heartbreaking

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ashleyn
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Such a good story. The determination and love that The Four had for each was inspiring. The stories of immigrants and their bravery is one that needs to be told, and I hope that Javier is able to reconnect with his "family."