Today’s Tuesday Teaser comes from Tanya Maria Barrientos’ Frontera Street:

I am just a couple of chapters into this book and have already been surprised.

“I was seven months into my pregnancy, and my legs and ankles were perpetually swollen. The baby kicked whenever I stretched my arms over my head to reach the uppermost button drawers.”

This is said by Dee, a Gringa, who arrived at the fabric shop on Frontera Street in the Barrio one day and promptly fainted. Strangely enough, she stayed, and her story unfolds along with that of Alma, who already works there. This is a story of “friendship and forgiveness,” a story of women being there for each other, one which I am sure I am going to enjoy.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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