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  • RETURN TO SENDER. by Alvarez, Julia.
    Alvarez, Julia.
    RETURN TO SENDER.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (2009.). First edition - After Tyler's father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. A moving story, with no easy answers, inspired by Alvarez's own work with the increasing number of Mexican farm workers and their children in Vermont. The title of the book refers to the name given by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (the ICE or "la migra") to their raids in 2006 - Operation Return to Sender. Unlike most ARCs, this advance issue has a very different cover than the design used on the dust jackets of the trade edition. Author's letter to the reader. 302 pp. ISBN: 0-375-858385.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 45682
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  • RETURN TO SENDER. by Alvarez, Julia.
    Alvarez, Julia.
    RETURN TO SENDER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (2009.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - After Tyler's father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. A moving story, with no easy answers, inspired by Alvarez's own work with the increasing number of Mexican farm workers and their children in Vermont. The title of the book refers to the name given by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (the ICE or "la migra") to their raids in 2006 - Operation Return to Sender. SIGNED on the title page. Novel written for young adults or older children. 323 pp. ISBN: 0-375-858385.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 45722
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  • Diaz, Debra.
    THE RED CAMP.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, not issued in hardcover.

    Houston, TX: Arte Publico Press, 1996. First edition - The author's first published work - the title refers to a citrus workers' camp built in the early 1900's by the growers' association in Orange County to house migrant workers.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 13027
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  • WHEN LIVING WAS A LABOR CAMP. by Garca, Diana,
    Garca, Diana,
    WHEN LIVING WAS A LABOR CAMP.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Tucson: University of Arizona Press, (2000). First edition - The first collection of poems by this writer who was born in a labor camp in the San Joaquin Valley, one which is a "bittersweet look back at the migrant labor camps of California and offers a tribute to the people who toiled there." Includes an introduction by Garcia. A title in the Camino del Sol series. Glossary. 102 pp. ISBN: 0-816520437.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 77552
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  • BLUE WILLOW. by Gates, Doris.
    Gates, Doris.
    BLUE WILLOW.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1940) dj. Hardcover first edition - Uncommon first edition of this classic of children's literature, set among migrant workers in California's Central Valley during the Depression. A Newbery Honor book and on Horn Book's best books of the year list. Written by a librarian who worked with migrant children in Fresno, this book was one of the first "realistic" books for children - Howard Pease in his essay "Without Evasion" praised Gates as a rare exception among children's writers: "Only at infrequent intervals do you find a story intimately related to this modern world, a story that takes up a modern problem and thinks it through without evasion. Of our thousands of books, I…

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    New York: The Viking Press, (1940) dj. Hardcover first edition - Uncommon first edition of this classic of children's literature, set among migrant workers in California's Central Valley during the Depression. A Newbery Honor book and on Horn Book's best books of the year list. Written by a librarian who worked with migrant children in Fresno, this book was one of the first "realistic" books for children - Howard Pease in his essay "Without Evasion" praised Gates as a rare exception among children's writers: "Only at infrequent intervals do you find a story intimately related to this modern world, a story that takes up a modern problem and thinks it through without evasion. Of our thousands of books, I can find scarcely half a dozen that merit places on this almost vacant shelf in our libraries; and of our hundreds of authors, I can name only three who are doing anything to fill this void in children's reading. These three authors - may someone present each of them with a laurel wreath - are Doris Gates, John R. Tunis, and Florence Crannell Means." But in addition to its realism, this is also a tribute to the power of imagination as 10 year old Jenny sees the blue willow plate as a symbol of the home she desires so strongly. Illustrated with soft black and white drawings by Paul Lantz. 171 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in blue cloth in a good dust jacket (previous owner's name dated Christmas 1940, some light overall edgewear to the dust jacket)

    Book ID: 62711
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  • STRAWBERRY SUNDAY. by Greenleaf, Stephen
    Greenleaf, Stephen
    STRAWBERRY SUNDAY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scribner, (1999) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Mystery featuring San Francisco private investigator John Marshall Tanner novel - one which involves the death of a young Mexican woman whom he met while in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound, and the plight of migrant workers. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. Nominated for the Edgar Award. 318 pp. ISBN: 0-684-815834.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 61796
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  • BAREFOOT HEART: Stories of a Migrant Child. by Hart, Elva Trevino.
    Hart, Elva Trevino.
    BAREFOOT HEART: Stories of a Migrant Child.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, not issued in hardcover.

    Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingue, 1999. SIGNED first edition - An autobiographical account of growing up in a family of migrant farm workers. Born in south Texas, Hart spent her childhood moving back and forth between this small segregated southern Texas town and the fields in Minnesota. SIGNED by the author on the half title page and dated in the year of publication. 238 pp. ISBN: 0-927534-819.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 26486
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  • Hernandez, Tim Z.
    MANANA MEANS HEAVEN.

    Edition: First printing.

    Tucson: University of Arizona Press, (2013) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A novel by this award-winning poet based on the life of Bea Franco, the real woman behind famed American author Jack Kerouacs The Mexican Girl, and set in California in the 1940s, in the agricultural heartland of the Great Central Valley, When Kerouac and Franco meet, Bea is a migrant farmworker with two children and a failing marriage, living with poverty, violence, and the looming threat of deportation, while the college boy yearns to one day make a name for himself in the writing world. A book which combines fact and fiction, inspired by Francos love letters to Kerouac and Hernandezs interviews with Franco, now in her…

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    Tucson: University of Arizona Press, (2013) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A novel by this award-winning poet based on the life of Bea Franco, the real woman behind famed American author Jack Kerouacs The Mexican Girl, and set in California in the 1940s, in the agricultural heartland of the Great Central Valley, When Kerouac and Franco meet, Bea is a migrant farmworker with two children and a failing marriage, living with poverty, violence, and the looming threat of deportation, while the college boy yearns to one day make a name for himself in the writing world. A book which combines fact and fiction, inspired by Francos love letters to Kerouac and Hernandezs interviews with Franco, now in her nineties. SIGNED on the title page and dated in 2014. Photographs. Includes an afterword "Finding Bea Franco." A title in the Camino del Sol series. 229 pp. ISBN: 978-0816530359.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 79363
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  • BREAKING THROUGH. by Jimenez, Francisco.
    Jimenez, Francisco.
    BREAKING THROUGH.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (2001.). A memoir of one boy's struggle to survive in the California migrant workers camps, A sequel to his award-winning autobiographical novel, 'The Circuit', this has cover praise from Sandra Cisneros, Rudolfo Anaya and more. 195 pp plus photographs. ISBN: 0-618-342486.

    Condition: Fine.

    Book ID: 50161
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  • DIVIDED WE FALL: Gambling with History in the Nineties. by Johnson, Haynes.
    Johnson, Haynes.
    DIVIDED WE FALL: Gambling with History in the Nineties.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, (1994) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Based on two years of traveling through the United States, this discusses the concerns of 'ordinary people' about the problems in American society - including the loss of jobs, schools becoming dumping grounds, crime in the streets, race problems, migrant workers, falling through the 'safety net' and others that reflect the dimming of the American dream. Even more relevant now, perhaps, than when it was first published! SIGNED on the title page. Index. 431 pp. ISBN: 0-393-036294.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 63607
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  • Johnson, Haynes.
    DIVIDED WE FALL: Gambling with History in the Nineties.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - Based on two years of traveling through the United States, this discusses the concerns of 'ordinary people' about the problems in American society - including the loss of jobs, schools becoming dumping grounds, crime in the streets, race problems, migrant workers, falling through the 'safety net' and others that reflect the dimming of the American dream. Even more relevant now, perhaps, than when it was first published! Index. 431 pp. ISBN: 0-393-036294.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dust jacket (an unread copy but with some slight signs of handling or shelfwear.)

    Book ID: 26755
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  • Lazenby, Reba, editor.
    MIGRANT'S ROAD.

    Edition: First printing.

    Salt Lake City: Hawkes, 1983. dj. Hardcover first edition - A true story of a family of four in the 1930s. They knew the glory and the sorrow of the full spectrum of life.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 13882
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  • MARY COIN. by Silver, Marisa.
    Silver, Marisa.
    MARY COIN.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Penguin / Blue Rider Press, (2013.). SIGNED first edition - Novel inspired by the lives of photographer Dorothea Lange and the woman who was the subject of her most iconic photograph - Migrant Mother. SIGNED on the title page. 322 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers (upper corner slightly bumped.)

    Book ID: 57299
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  • MARY COIN. by Silver, Marisa.
    Silver, Marisa.
    MARY COIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Penguin / Blue Rider Press, (2013.) dj. SIGNED first edition - Novel inspired by the lives of photographer Dorothea Lange and the woman who was the subject of her most iconic photograph - Migrant Mother. SIGNED on the title page. 322 pp. ISBN: 978-0399160707.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 62977
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  • Strang, Celia.
    FOSTER MARY.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979. dj. Hardcover - Story of a woman who creates a family from fruit-picker's kids abandoned or separated from their parents, and offers them love, a warm home, and freedom from travelling. Attractive wraparound dust jacket illustration by Les Katz. ISBN: 0-07-0619964.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 26507
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  • THE WAY WE DIE NOW. by Willeford, Charles.
    Willeford, Charles.
    THE WAY WE DIE NOW.

    Edition: First thus- a trade paperback.

    London: Arrow Books, (1992.). The last novel featuring Miami homicide detective Hoke Moseley, 245 pp. ISBN: 0-09-9600307.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 49257
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