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Product Details

  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446508047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446508049
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this joint memoir, congresswomen Linda and Loretta Sanchez present their compelling story—noteworthy not only for their history-making achievements (including first sisters or women of any relation to serve together in Congress, first woman and person of color to represent a district in Orange County, first Latina on the House Judiciary Committee and first Head Start child to be elected to Congress) but also for its American Dream aspect—their parents immigrated from Mexico and despite lacking a formal education managed to send their seven children to college. Interweaving childhood vignettes with accounts of serving in Congress, both from California, this refreshing book evades many of the tropes of the typical political memoir—perhaps because these two women are not typical politicians. Having the courage of your convictions, writes Linda, that is tested a lot in the Congress.... I'm not paranoid about losing office, so there's no need for me to compromise my values. The Sanchez sisters vividly demonstrate the power of hard work and steady determination in this inspiring portrait of an extraordinary family. (Sept.) ""
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Starred Review. The lives of the Sánchez sisters seem almost too good to be true, but the road to Capitol Hill for these successful Latinas (both Democrats) was paved with hard work, determination, and, most important, dedicated Mexican-immigrant parents who confidently believed that this is the land of opportunity. Loretta had been a successful financial manager before she won California's 47th congressional district seat in 1996. Her younger sister, Linda, was a labor-relations attorney before she became the newly created California 39th congressional representative in 2003. Loretta is the ranking female Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, and Linda is the first Latina to serve on the House Judiciary Committee. Written as a first-person dialog with Loretta's words printed in serif type and Linda's in sans serif, the book describes growing up in a family of seven children, who helped each other and their parents make sense of American culture and its educational systems. Each sister describes her struggle to win elective office and fight against sexism and racism in the halls of Congress as well as among some of their campaigns' opponents. Their story is fascinating and uplifting and deserves wide readership. Highly recommended for all public libraries.—Jill Ortner, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally on September 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
In an unusual joint memoir, congresswomen Loretta and Linda Sanchez tell their story, with first one speaking and then the other. The flow is smooth and easy to follow. These history-making Latina ladies have already made their mark in American history as the first sisters to serve together in Congress. In addition, Loretta is the first Head Start child to be elected to Congress, and Linda is the first person of color to represent a district in Orange County, CA. Because of their never-say-die attitudes, I have no doubt that many more heights will be reached during their lifetimes.

Working with a professional author, made me think that this would be a well-crafted read, but unfortunately, it tends to repeat. Bob Dornan's defeat by Loretta is mentioned over and over. Their father's many difficulties as an immigrant in a new land, and their mother's remarkable struggle to gain her college degree and teach is referred to again and again. Indeed, it could be argued that this is a memoir of their inspirational parents rather than of the sisters.

That aside, it's a good motivational book, especially to anyone who feels as if she is struggling against the odds. I therefore recommend it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Salinas Ca. "College Student" on July 2, 2010
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Great Book About Latinas... Book Is like New...

This book is about two latinas in california and their goverment...
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mac K on September 11, 2008
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This book reminded me of the Last Lecture. It was both inspiring and uplifting. It includes some real life lessions that should be common sense but sadly, often are not followed. Kudos to these two sisters who truly are living the American dream!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Sukits on September 10, 2008
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Dream in Color is a remarkable and inspiring story for everyone in America. The Sanchez family's journey is nothing short of amazing! Two Mexican immigrants, without a high school education, managed to raise seven children and send each one to college. Loretta and Linda's strong sense of self, determination, and hope come to life through perfectly placed stories of their childhood and accounts of their time in Congress. From tales of a winning softball team, to meeting Cesar Chavez, to a party at the Playboy Mansion, Dream in Color keeps the reader interested and wanting more. In fact, my only critique of the book is that I wish I could have learned more from their parents, Maria Macias and Ignacio, grandmother, Amalia, and great- aunt, Betty. Dream in Color reminds us all that the American Dream is very much alive and the Sanchez sisters are proof.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tara of Tara's View of the World on December 31, 2008
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This was an engaging and enlightening book. I learned a LOT about the political culture and some of the disparities found within it. The story of the Sanchez sisters is inspiring. These two women are living their dreams in the face of trials and oppositions. The book is very easy to follow. I enjoyed reading about their lives from each of the sister's different perspectives. I think this is a story that most American women would enjoy reading.
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