Kennedy and a U. After Kennedy's death, she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Union leader and labor organizer Cesar Chavez dedicated his life to improving treatment, pay and working conditions for farm workers. Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.
In , Salinas, California was a prosperous farming community, founded about fifty years earlier. Only fifteen miles from the Pacific, the mile long Salinas Valley was cool and often foggy, temperatures moderate, and the soil rich beyond measure. Ranchers and farmers thrived. By the time he went to college in , the valley was about to ship lettuce across America in refrigerated railroad cars. John Steinbeck was born in Salinas in , in a stately home on Central Ave now open as a popular luncheon spot. During his childhood, Salinas had a population of about , was the county seat of Monterey County, and a trading and shipping center for the lower Salinas Valley. I can see how I would like to do it so that it would be the valley of the world.
It has taken me 30 years to understand how much of them I understood. That fearlessness suffuses this book; she stares unflinchingly at all that is hidden, difficult, strange, unresolvable in herself and others — at loneliness, sexual malice and the devouring, claustral closeness of mothers and daughters. I love this book — even during those moments when I want to scream at Gornick, which are the times when she becomes the hypercritical, constantly disappointed woman that her mother, through her words and example, taught the author to be.
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