Barrio Princess (Paperback)
Growing Up in Texas
Parkhurst Brothers Publishers Inc, 9781624910272, 160pp.
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
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"Made in Mexico, born in America," Barrio Princess shares heartwarming family stories, cultural tradition stories, learning English by total immersion, socialization as a minority, education, stories of her mother as a single parent, and women’s stories from a minority point of view.
About the Author
Praise For Barrio Princess: Growing Up in Texas…
— Elizabeth Ellis, NSN Circle of Excellence Storyteller and NSN Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
— Tim Tingle, Choctaw storyteller and author of award-winning books from his culture
The author and bilingual storyteller compiled stories as a youth growing up in San Antonio and Killeen during the 1950s and 1960s. “It was a simple time,” she wrote. “We were innocent and inexperienced just like a new box of freshly dressed crayons.”
Everything about Samarripa, 67, from her gentle eyes to her soothing voice still, reflects that innocence. “These stories are told through the eyes of the child I was then, and there was a lot of community with my grandmother’s house as the hub because my family lived within a few blocks,” she said. Always a creative and active child, Samarripa suddenly found herself one of the few Hispanics in school and she didn’t speak English.
. . . Now, Samarripa travels nationwide as an author, bilingual storyteller and abruelita (Spanish for grandmother) of eight grandchildren, entertaining and enlightening audiences with her unique stories.
“I gave a piece of my life away when I wrote the book, but that piece is there for my children and grandchildren,” she said.
— Valerie L. Valdez, Harker Heights Herald