July 4th, 2013 15:25 EST
Radio Talk Show Host and Journalist, Judyth Piazza interviews Humberto "Beto" Bocanegra, Author of "It Happened in America"
Radio Talk Show Host and Journalist, Judyth Piazza interviews Humberto "Beto" Bocanegra, Author of "It Happened in America" on The American Perspective Radio Program today.
Humberto "Beto" Bocanegra was born in McAllen, Texas, the seventh of thirteen children born to Lorenzo and Lorenza Bocanegra. His ten-year experience as a migrant worker honed his work ethic and gave him personal insight to the struggles of migrant families and the difficulties they endure as working nomads.
During the interview Judyth asked, "Which story in the book stands out the most today and why?"
Humberto said, Growing up during the Vietnam conflict, he remembers his fear when his older brother, Francisco, was drafted and sent to boot camp. Although his brother wasn`t sent to Vietnam, that fear lingered for years and impacted how he viewed the military and its power to alter American lives on "the luck of the draw". Ironically, Humberto said he volunteered to serve - joining the United States Marine Corps at 17.
"It Happened in America
" is a collection of amusing and gripping short stories that take the reader to a time before the Internet, cell phones and computers, and in a way parents and children, teachers and students will all appreciate.
"Tacos for a Hero" chronicles the hardship and confusion of those left behind during war. "The King of the Slingshots" follows along as a young boy learns a painful lesson on the sanctity of life, while "They`ve Come for You" looks at what may be scary childhood memories for many.
"A Shoeshine for a Pachuco" and "Grandmother`s Favorite Songs" demonstrate how people live and carry on day to day - often overlooking those who have fallen through the cracks or are forgotten. "The Humiliating Education of Jose Francisco" and "My Year in Class D" record history from inside the classroom by examining the difficulty of learning a second language from inside the classroom, and from the mind of a young boy trying to find a place in his new world.
"Preparing for the Future" and "Pablo the Dreamer" round out these stories from the student`s view right in the middle of the classroom.
Brought To You Live In Short Stories That Will Make You Imagine Life Without Gadgets. Hilarious.
Superb Short Takes That Are Real and SENSITIVE.