Young Adult -- My Heart Lies South
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Title: My Heart Lies South: The Story of My Mexican Marriage
Author: Elizabeth Borton De Trevino
Publisher: Bethlehem Books, Young People Edition
Date Published: Sept. 2001
Price: Softcover $14.95
Comments: Lovely story of an American journalist's marriage and life in
Mexico in the 1930's.
That fortress, the Family, February 6, 2003
Reviewer: Gabriel Toscana (Monterrey, Mexico)
This book is an autobiography of an American woman who came to Mexico on what
she thought was going to be a brief assignment and ended marrying with a
Mexican and staying in Mexico for the rest of her happy life. But the book is much
more than this. It describes the clash between the very different cultures of
Mexico and the USA which result, almost always, in hilarious situations.
Almost everything described happens in Monterrey, Mexico where she lived with
her husband and eventually with her children, but as she mentions in the
book, the extended family is extremely important in Mexico and she got to love and
respect her "Mamacita" and "Papacito" (mother and father-in-law) as much, or
maybe even more, than her own parents. "To Mamacita and Papacito I dedicate
this book in loving memory."
The Trevi?o Borton family is, in my humble opinion, "every family of mankind,
the archetypal family about whom all mankind is dreaming." (Quoting from a
review of Finnegans Wake). As such, anyone may appreciate this book, but... for
Regiomontanos (people from Monterrey) it means much more: it describes the
inner workings of the social fabric in the city, it brings to life the infinite
subtlety of their ways, it gives a microscopic historical view of the 1930's
that you can hardly find anywhere else, it creates a deep longing for a
I, like Borton, married with Monterrey. Her husband was Luis Trevi?o. My wife
is Olivia Trevi?o and through Borton I finally understood why "the Family" is
of such overwhelming importance for my wife.
The interest that this book generated in me was so great that I decided to
journey through Elizabeth's world... 70 years later.
I have built a web site where you can see how her house, her Mamacitas house,
and many other places she mentions in the book look TODAY... 70 YEARS LATER.
Many things have changed during the years but writing from Monterrey I can
say, as she once said, "I was then, as now, so safe, so happy, within that
fortress - the family."
A delightful venture into 30s Mexico, December 27, 2000
Reviewer: E. A Solinas "la_solinas" (Hanover, MD USA)
Reading this autobio, you can see why the author won a Newbery for "I, Juan
de Pareja." Recently reprinted, I was given this book as a gift and was stunned
This short yet sweet accounting of the author's marriage and life in Mexico
is a joy to read. It begins in long ago in California, when a young woman named
Elizabeth Borton travels to Monterrey with a Mexican PR worker, a young man
named Luis Trevino. A few months later, they are married, and a modern young
woman from the US must get used to life in traditional Mexico, with all the joys
and cultural rifts that includes. A delightful extended family and
Elizabeth's excellent kids add to the cultural enjoyment over the course of the book.
In her colorful, sparkling prose, you are transported to the world of
Mamacita and Papacita and Tia Rosa, of Robert's peculiar courtship of his girlfriend
and the trials and tribulations of setting up house in a new country. How does
Elizabeth adjust to the cultura!l changes, the passionate natures of the
people around her, and the expectations of a Mexican wife and mother?
I was feeling depressed until I read this book, but it immediately perked me
up. Read it and enjoy!
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