Solito: A Memoir (Unabridged‪)‬

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    • $19.99

Publisher Description

New York Times Bestseller • Read With Jenna Book Club Pick as seen on Today • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiography • Winner of the American Library Association Alex Award

A young poet tells the inspiring story of his migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine in this “gripping memoir” (NPR) of bravery, hope, and finding family.
 

Finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction • One of the New York Public Library’s Ten Best Books of the Year

Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence and the PEN/Open Book Award

I read Solito with my heart in my throat and did not burst into tears until the last sentence. What a person, what a writer, what a book.—Emma Straub

“A riveting tale of perseverance and the lengths humans will go to help each other in times of struggle.”—Dave Eggers

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Vulture, She Reads, Kirkus Reviews

Trip. My parents started using that word about a year ago—“one day, you’ll take a trip to be with us. Like an adventure.”  

Javier Zamora’s adventure is a three-thousand-mile journey from his small town in El Salvador, through Guatemala and Mexico, and across the U.S. border. He will leave behind his beloved aunt and grandparents to reunite with a mother who left four years ago and a father he barely remembers. Traveling alone amid a group of strangers and a “coyote” hired to lead them to safety, Javier expects his trip to last two short weeks.
 
At nine years old, all Javier can imagine is rushing into his parents’ arms, snuggling in bed between them, and living under the same roof again. He cannot foresee the perilous boat trips, relentless desert treks, pointed guns, arrests and deceptions that await him; nor can he know that those two weeks will expand into two life-altering months alongside fellow migrants who will come to encircle him like an unexpected family.
 
A memoir as gripping as it is moving, Solito provides an immediate and intimate account not only of a treacherous and near-impossible journey, but also of the miraculous kindness and love delivered at the most unexpected moments. Solito is Javier Zamora’s story, but it’s also the story of millions of others who had no choice but to leave home.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
NARRATOR
JZ
Javier Zamora
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
17:08
hr min
RELEASED
2022
September 6
PUBLISHER
Random House Audio
SIZE
1.1
GB

Customer Reviews

The_market ,

Just WOW!

As a first generation Mexican American. I’ve heard countless stories of my family’s journey to the untied states. However nothing like this. I’ve never been the type of guy that cries to a sad movie, song or let alone book. But I was brought to tears.

mejias1938 ,

Story of perseverance

Talented writer. His memoir is truly allows the reader to see and feel all that he experienced. His story of perseverance moved me to tears. Hoping that others are as inspired by his story as I was.

Mayrita28 ,

Amazing

This is my first review out of the books I’ve read. Such an amazing story. So heart wrenching and beautiful.

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