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Breaking Through

Summary

At the age of 14, Francisco Jiménez, together with his older brother, Roberto, and his mother, are caught by la migra. Forced to leave their home, the entire family travels all night for 20 hours by bus, arriving at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sister not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours of labor, and blatant prejudice. How they sustain their hope, their goodheartedness, and tenacity is revealed in this moving sequel to The Circuit. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jiménez finishes telling the story of his youth.

©2002 Sandpiper (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Adrian Vargas
Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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Cajas de Carton

Summary

In Spanish. Francisco Jiménez writes of his childhood growing up in an immigrant Mexican family. His narrative is simple, as from a child's point of view, but that same simplicity packs the power of a highly skilled storyteller.  Beautifully and authentically rendered by actor and playwright Adrian Vargas, these 12 stories tell of the almost unendurable journey most migrant campesinos undertake to find the American Dream. The recording concludes with an afterword recorded by the author. Cajas de Cartón is also available in English as The Circuit.

©1997 Francisco Jimé (P)2001 Audio Bookshelf

Narrator: Adrian Vargas
Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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The Circuit

Summary

Francisco Jiménez writes of his childhood growing up in an immigrant Mexican family. His narrative is simple, as from a child's point of view, but that same simplicity packs the power of a highly skilled storyteller. Beautifully and authentically rendered by actor and playwright Adrian Vargas, these twelve stories tell of the almost unendurable journey most migrant campesinos undertake to find the "American Dream." The recording concludes with an afterword recorded by the author. The Circuit is also available in Spanish as Cajas de Cartón.

©1997 Francisco Jimé (P)2001 Audio Bookshelf

Narrator: Adrian Vargas
Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Reaching Out

Summary

From the perspective of the young adult he was then, Francisco Jiménez describes the challenges he faced in his efforts to continue his education. During his college years, the very family solidarity that allowed Francisco to survive as a child is tested. Not only must he leave his family behind when he goes to Santa Clara University, but while Francisco is there, his father abandons the family and returns to Mexico. This is the story of how Francisco coped with poverty, with his guilt over leaving his family financially strapped, with his self-doubt about succeeding academically, and with separation. Once again his telling is honest, true, and inspiring.

©2008 Francisco Jimenez (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Adrian Vargas
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible