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Friday, April 13, 2007

I recommend these books I've read in El Paso:


Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario, Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 2, 2007) ISBN-10: 0812971787
Just read it! The best work I've seen regarding the reality we're engaging here in El Paso.





These Is My Words by Nancy Turner, Publisher: Regan Books (March 1, 1999)
ISBN-10: 0060987510
Historical fiction celebrates role of pioneer women in settling the Southwest via fictionalized journal format. Was loaned to me by friend Polly of Deming, NM

When Invisible Children Sing by Chi Huang, Publisher: Saltriver (October 30, 2006) ISBN-10: 1414306164
Remarkable work with street children in Bolivia (I know, it's not about the Border--but Bolivia will always have a special place in my heart)

To Wisdom Through Failure, A journey of compassion, resistance and hope
by Larry Rosebaugh OMI ISBN-10: 0918346371
...seen through the eyes of an Oblate missionary priest. From prison to the streets, Larry Rosebaugh brings to life the struggles and hopes of the poor and excluded as he discovers God's presence among them. His journey spans four decades, from resisting war in Vietnam and Central America, to accompanying the homeless and displaced in Brazil, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala and the United States.
Larry is a friend of our Ciudad Juarez Oblate priest friend Fr Peter (also a very unusual priest) [See my April 17 Border blog entry for more on Larry]

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder. Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 31, 2004) ISBN-10: 0812973011
Inspiring story of a man dedicated to the poor. Paul and I enjoyed the section that covered his development into such an altruistic person. Annunciation House volunteer Ben loaned it to us.

El Paso : local frontiers at a global crossroads  by Victor M. Ortíz-González, Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, c2004 This likely is not readily available to you and you wouldn't want to read it straight through, but I've found it helpful in understanding some of the dymanics at play here.
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