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Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill Hardcover – October 7, 2013
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The book opens with a consequence of going against the political machine. His house was firebombed. His whole family could have been killed. After this dramatic opening, he swings back to when he was growing up in Lincoln Park. The neighborhood was very poor and there were gangs and drugs. When he was growing up, he did not know how to speak Spanish. He could understand what his parents said but could not use the language. Then his parents started buying up expensive things like a new couch and a new stereo. His father who was a cab driver at the time had decided it was time to return his family to Puerto Rico. His father's dream was to have a family restaurant. He was concerned that Luis would join the gangs and never learn about his Puerto Rico Heritage.
Luis discovered that Puerto Rico was very different than Lincoln Park. He struggled at first to speak Spanish but mastered it completely later. He learned the value and self-respect that comes with hard work and an understanding of the world of the sugar cane workers. He learned to have pride in his heritage and to court a sweetheart.
That is only a glimpse of part of his story. Reading his biography, it is clear why the Comprehensive Immigration Reform is so important to him. He writes of his background and how he came to form his opinions and why he works so passionately to help immigrants.Read more ›
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Excellent book. I highly recommend it. Fascinating insights. Thank you for writing this book and giving us an insider's perspective.Published 21 months ago by Marian Cabanillas-Maniaci
This man seems to be a socialist demagogue, who wants to open the floodgates to people who have no concern for the rule of law and are willing to leach off the American tax payer. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jim Sharp
Excellent book written honestly. A hard working Representative. He is certainly an example.Published 23 months ago by Lil Izquierdo
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It's a remarkable journey. I laughed, cried and rejoiced along with Luis. He is truly a national Latino hero!Published on May 7, 2014 by Amazon Customer
A great fun read especially if you have interest in the Boricua experience. Lots of insights into Chicago and Puertorican politics with a " Mr. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by abraham gonzalez
A so called "independentista" who left the island as a kid and now enjoys the benefits of statehood. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Orlando
Excellent book, everyone should read it. Immigration is a tough choise we need to make. Luis came from the bottom and look where is is right now, so proud of him.Published on October 31, 2013 by Edward
This book is entertaining and insightful at the same time, and offers a very honest and refreshing view of Congressman Gutierrez's life experiences. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer
It is captivating, informative and historical....although he is not my representative in Congress, he is a breath of fresh air. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by PR in Albany, NY