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Book details
  • SubGenre:Administration / Elementary & Secondary
  • Language:English
  • Pages:248
  • Hardcover ISBN:9798350954258


by B. Duran W.

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Growing up in the fifties and on, and within approximately twenty years, the author's "Mama" birthed ten children. Unfortunately, Mama was the only parent as her husband, our father, was an abusive alcoholic, thus, mostly being absent from home. Overwhelmed, Mama's attention for each child was challenged as witnessed by the author and other siblings' experiences. With a strong desire for continual and consistent learning, the author's hopes were crushed as she was denied higher education and left with "other alternatives." No financial success for a person of color! Fighting her many obstacles and with time lost, the author did gain advanced degrees, but would have to be enlightened regarding fighting another emergent element...Mental health!
'Invisible' is a gripping memoir about growing up with the odds stacked against you. B. tells her life's story, beginning with her childhood growing up in a family with a constant stream of babies being born, ten in total, which naturally limited the amount of care and attention her mother, "Mama," could provide. Duran W. describes in detail her siblings and their unique personalities and traits, and their father, an abusive alcoholic who is rarely present at home. Having keen interest in learning at a very young age, the author's hopes for higher education are crushed when a school counselor tells her that college is expensive and there are "other alternatives." Being a person of color coming from a background of poverty and economic disadvantage, she was repeatedly made to feel that education, a life worth living, financial success, was not for her, but for others. The author attain advanced degrees and a career in education, despite many obstacles. This memoir, at times shocking, humorous, and often heartbreaking, the author shares personal stories about her failed marriages, her children, her siblings' lives as they grow into adulthood, her husband in later years and their alpaca farm and much more. Duran W.
About the author
The author, B. Duran W., excited to learn began her educational journey as an instructional assistant helping classroom students, especially those with bilingual skills. Inspired by teachers she worked with, B. then engaged at the community college level, and then later at the University of California, Riverside to accomplish a BA (spanish and liberal Arts) and an MA In reading development.