Eye from the Edge: A Memoir of West Oakland, California

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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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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885401601
  • Publisher: Earth Patch Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2012
  • Pages: 179
  • Sales rank: 1,477,019
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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  • Posted September 24, 2013

    My 9/10 grade students from Oakland love the book because they c

    My 9/10 grade students from Oakland love the book because they can make connections with streets and neighborhoods they are familiar with ,as well as, bringing excitement to their learning and encourages them to reading. The reading level for them is perfect too. The pictures make it even more interesting. So the content is good for anyone who lives or has lived in Oakland. It gives the reader the history of an area of Oakland that was once rich with diversity and culture.

    However, the writing could be tighter. The author tends to repeat himself and write in short sometimes choppy sentences. I would have liked more structure in the writing to make the content flow in such a way that the story would come live. I wanted to see more depth with the characters, I wanted to feel as if I were in the clubs like Esther's Orbit Room and Sweet's Ballroom. I know he is writing from the memory of a child, but the embellishments would have been appropriate and would have brought more life to the story. Even so, I am grateful that this book was written.

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