Eye from the Edge: A Memoir of West Oakland [NOOK Book]

Overview

Oakland is on the San Francisco Bay, California. It is literally on the edge of the North American continent. Ruben, the author, writes a detail-rich memoir of this city, a melting pot for many during the late 19th, and 20th Century. Near rail yards, Oakland Port, a gateway of transportation from east to further west, San Francisco. Urban life for youngsters, their freedoms, their energy, and their ability to get along. Music of the times and how it changes. Sports, for the kids, baseball, bicycling, and boxing. ...
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Eye from the Edge: A Memoir of West Oakland

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Overview

Oakland is on the San Francisco Bay, California. It is literally on the edge of the North American continent. Ruben, the author, writes a detail-rich memoir of this city, a melting pot for many during the late 19th, and 20th Century. Near rail yards, Oakland Port, a gateway of transportation from east to further west, San Francisco. Urban life for youngsters, their freedoms, their energy, and their ability to get along. Music of the times and how it changes. Sports, for the kids, baseball, bicycling, and boxing. Church and police authority are involved in the kids' lives. Graduates from high school are able to get adequate jobs for young families. Then challenges through management and corporate expectations. Also includes family heritage from Chihuahua, Mexico, generations moving north from revolution, settling until disease and death prompt some family members to come to America (with their papers in their hands), only in the 1930s to be sent back. History repeats itself. An authentic memoir. Includes some general history of this area of California. Many photographs tell the story of American culture in the 20th Century.
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Editorial Reviews

in Person - Amy Lignor
"I most like the way the author takes the reader by the hand and leads them through his neighborhood. . . .His stories are amazing because they not only touch the social injustices in Oakland as he was growing up, his words also "mirror" what is STILL happening today across the country. . . the first real memoir of a true American with no "pop star" appeal that will definitely hold the reader's attention." (Amy Lignor: Best Selling Author, Tallent & Lowery-13)
Promotional Material - Paul Trimble
"Great book . . .Ruben has done for 20th Century Oakland what Betty Smith did for the Turn of the Century Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY, except that hers was a novel and Ruben Llamas' book is non-fiction -- the real thing." PC Trimble "Railroad Historian" 2012
Oakland Magazine Nov 2012 - Judith Gallman
One time shoeshine boy, first-generation American and now-Carmichael, Calif., PayLess Drug Store retired exec Ruben Llamas spins a detail-rich memoir of his post-World War II life growing up in West Oakland. . . his family's bustling music store, barbershop and jewelry repair shop. . .later in life (finding) scant history about his old stomping grounds. . .a concise depiction of the lively melting pot that was (and still is) Oakland. . . .memorable sports and music scenes. . (with) photographs
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016545158
  • Publisher: Earth Patch Press
  • Publication date: 3/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Ruben Llamas middle child of six, born in Oakland, California before World War II. His father owns a music store below their home. Music all around, but Ruben is active and starts his working career as a shoeshine boy around age 8. He observes his surroundings and his memories are authentic and detailed. After parochial elementary and high school, he and his high school sweetheart face the challenges of urban expansion.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    thank you for a wonderful tribute to a family rich in love and p

    thank you for a wonderful tribute to a family rich in love and pride of talent,music and the respect for life and community we can all give if willing to make a difference
    from cover to cover a walk down memory lane I gave you five stars mr. LLAMAS because every son should give his father the best rating possible thanks dad you are the best your son stephen all my love

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