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By Victor Villasenor

Standing on the podium, Victor Villaseñor checked out the crowd of educators accumulated earlier than him, and his brain flooded with early life stories of humiliation and abuse by the hands of his academics. He grew to become enraged. With a pounding middle, he started to converse of those incidents. while he was once via, to his nice disbelief he obtained a status ovation. Many within the viewers couldn't include their very own tears.

So starts off the passionate, touching memoir of Victor Villaseñor. hugely talented and creative as a toddler, Villaseñor coped with an untreated studying incapacity (he used to be eventually clinically determined, on the age of forty-four, with severe dyslexia) and the disappointment of becoming up Latino in an English-only American tuition within the Nineteen Forties. regardless of lecturers who beat him simply because he couldn't communicate English, Villaseñor clung to his dream of 1 day changing into a author. he's now one of the finest writers of our time.

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