Burro Genius A Memoir

ISBN-10: 0060526122
ISBN-13: 9780060526122
Edition: 2004
List price: $24.95
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Description: From one of America's most beloved authors comes a raw and unnerving memoir that explores the transformation of an angry young man into the bestselling author we know today. When Victor Villaseor stood at the podium and looked at the group of  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/29/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342

From one of America's most beloved authors comes a raw and unnerving memoir that explores the transformation of an angry young man into the bestselling author we know today. When Victor Villaseor stood at the podium and looked at the group of teachers amassed before him, he became enraged. He had never spoken in public before. His mind was flooded with childhood memories filled with humiliation, misunderstanding, and abuse at the hands of his teachers. With his heart pounding, he began to speak of these incidents. To his disbelief, the teachers before him responded to his embittered recollection with a standing ovation. Many could not contain their own tears. So begins a touching memoir of an extremely angry adolescent. Highly gifted and imaginative, Villaseor coped with an untreated learning disability (he was finally diagnosed with extreme dyslexia at the age of forty-four) and the frustration he felt growing up Latino in an English-only American school system that had neither the cultural understanding nor the resources to deal with Hispanic students. Often beaten by his teachers because he could not speak English, Villaseor was made to feel ashamed about his heritage, and even questioned the core values prioritized by his tight-knit family. Villaseor's dyslexia, and growing frustration over not fitting in, fueled his dream to one day become a writer. He is now considered one of the premier writers of our time. With his signature passion, his gift as a storyteller, and his own incredible story, Villaseor allows readers into the soul of a young life touched by insecurity yet encouraged by a personal sense of artistic destiny. Burro Genius, a complex and inspiring coming-of-age story, is certain to become an American classic.

Lisa McCourt is a children's author. She discovered she loved to write as a child when she won a bumper sticker contest for a slogan to save the planet. She came up with "We're not the only ones who live here. Don't ruin their world." She drew a picture of a rabbbit, squirrel and a bird tomgo wiith the slogan.Her first job out of college was for a company called Troll Communications. It was a book publishing company with classroom book clubs that let you order books right from your teacher. She worked for children's book publishers for 10 years and then started her own book packaging company, Boingo Books. She enjoyed being s book publishe ras well as an author but being an author was her passion. Lisa McCourt's books include Good Night, Princess Pruney Toes, and the Chicken Soup for Little Souls series. In 2014 her title, I Love You Stinky Face made the New York Times Best Seller List.Victor Villasentilde;oris the author of the national bestsellersRain of Gold, Thirteen Senses,Burro Genius,andCrazy Loco Love,the last two of which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; as well as other critically acclaimed books, such asWild Steps of HeavenandMacho!,which was compared to the best of John Steinbeck by theLos Angeles Times.He is also the author of five ancestral-themed bilingual children's books, and has written several screenplays, including the award-winningThe Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.Villasentilde;or, a gifted and accomplished speaker, continues to live on the North County San Diego ranch where he grew up, and is currently writing the multiple-book saga that starts withBeyond Rain of Gold.The originalRain of Goldtrilogy is now being developed for a seven-part HBO miniseries. For more information, please visit:www.victorvillasenor.com.

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