Strawberry Fields – A Book of Short Stories

Reviewed By: Jose P Ramirez
Posted: 2/21/2021
Original Review Date: March 1, 2010

"I became part of the book as Ramirez described the unique things that many of us from South Texas can relate to, such as the use of talcum powder by our fathers after a shower, the reading of the Sunday paper in boxer shorts, the symphonic tunes of tortilla making, the discipline with a belt, the Saturday trips to Mexico, and the significance of going to "al norte" for married couples."

Mis comentarios son los siguientes: The short stories of Strawberry Fields are like beautiful and colorful blouses made of delicate chiffon——revealing. The stories reveal the compassion of a mother for her seven year old son who expresses anger for the family’s poverty. The stories reveal the strengths and weaknesses of Joaquín’s culture. The stories reveal the transformation of a young child becoming a man……a man appreciative of his raices. This is a book that crosses color and geographic boundaries. It is a book that will touch the soul of its reader.

I became part of the book as Ramirez described the unique things that many of us from South Texas can relate to, such as the use of talcum powder by our fathers after a shower, the reading of the Sunday paper in boxer shorts, the symphonic tunes of tortilla making, the discipline with a belt, the Saturday trips to Mexico, and the significance of going to “el norte” for married couples.

Thank you for allowing me to share my sentiments on this wonderful book. –Jose Ramirez Jr.

Strawberry-Hills
Strawberry Fields, A Book of Short Stories
Publisher: First Texas Publishers
Author: Chuy Ramirez

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José P. Ramirez, Jr., a native of Laredo, Texas, was diagnosed with Hansen’s disease, more commonly known as leprosy in 1968. He spent 7 years at the national leprosarium in Carville, Lousiana and was the first person allowed to attend LSU while still a patient at the facility.
He is now a licensed social worker in Houston, Texas and has become an international advocate for persons affected by leprosy. The World Health Organization has utilized his expertise on stigma to develop guidelines addressing ways to lessen the discrimination so often directed at persons with disabilities. He has made hundreds of presentations on the topic of stigma, written many articles, featured in newspapers throughout the world, and published Squint: My Journey with Leprosy.

PUBLISHER’S NOTICE

The September 2021 edition of IberoAzltan will be our ninth. We had projected publication of six editions which would be focused primarily on an interview project which we began in 2017, called the Chicana/o Legacy Project. The interest in and support for IberoAztlan was Unexpected.

Rather than ceasing publication as originally intended, we are offering to transfer all publisher’s rights, powers, and legal authority to anyone (individually or otherwise) who has the interest and wherewithal to carry on the project.  The purchase price is $1.00, and the consideration and conditions are negotiable.

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