Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America COVER & EXCERPT!

Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America  COVER & EXCERPT!Living Beyond Borders Published by Penguin Teen, Philomel on August 17, 2021
Format: Hardcover
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Illustrator: Luisa Rivera; Designer: Kristie Radwilowicz 

Twenty stand-alone short stories, essays, poems, and more from celebrated and award-winning authors make up this YA anthology that explores the Mexican American experience. With works by Francisco X. Stork, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, David Bowles, Rubén Degollado, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Diana López, Xavier Garza, Trinidad Gonzales, Alex Temblador, Aida Salazar, Lupe Ruiz-Flores, Sylvia Sanchez Garza, Dominic Carrillo, Angela Cervantes, Carolyn Dee Flores, René Saldaña Jr., Justine Narro, Daniel García Ordáz, and Anna Meriano.

For years I have been a book blogger, posting, loving, promoting all the books I love. It is a little surreal to post and blog about MY OWN BOOK!!! But I wanted to capture this moment on my blog and post the cover for the AUGUST 17, 2021 Release of our YA Anthology called, Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican In America! The contributors of this book are some of the BEST writers of Mexican American Literature and I am so grateful they worked with me to turn this vision into life! I am honored to be the editor of this amazing anthology! I am so thrilled to post this here. This book was truly a work of heart!

Here is an expert from the anthology, a poem by Chicana Poetess Justine Narro

I Want to Go Home by: Justine Narro

I want to go home.

I can still see it, still feel it

The cuts and bruises on my knees,

the dirt under my fingernails,

and the sweat in my hair

from countless days and nights

of picking naranjas from my backyard tree

BBQs where I would go outside

to pick the chile piquín for the pico de gallo

and my tíos sat outside drinking Tecate and Modelo

while my dad cooked the fajita

of chasing light bugs


lightning bugs

o luciérnagas, como dice mi abuelo

I want to go home.

A place you have never stepped foot on

but call it your land

A place you know nothing about

but say you have more right to

A piece of paper

And it is yours?

Because it is now “technically” legal

The gringos trick us

Promise us better

All for what?

To kill mi abuelo’s abuelo

For a price

Because it is fair

Because it is now yours?

I want to go home.

The barrio where I was raised

A stucco home

with three bedrooms and one bath

Chickens and cabritos in the back

Our own natural lawn mowers

At five years old

when I helped place the now cracked tiles

in our new house

Where I swept the dirt off the concrete porch

not two inches above the ground

and played in the six-inch puddle of water on the edge of the house,

where the land indented from years of our makeshift driveway

I want to go home.

You say it is yours

because it is America’s land

because it is on dirt

that is exactly the same on the other side of the river

with a different name

The cactus plants that housed the tortoises

The aloe vera that I would cut for sunburns

The leaves from the Mexican olive trees that I would collect

None of which you know how to use

I want to go home.

The place where I met every friend

My first day of school

and the boy next to me gave me a toothy grin

and ten years later asked me to prom

You say I don’t belong

because it is your choice to make

where every memory is

where all my love is

where my life waits

I want to go home.


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Margarita Longoria is a lifelong bookworm, book blogger, and high school librarian in South Texas. She is the founder of Border Book Bash: Celebrating Teens and Tweens of the Rio Grande Valley and served on state reading committees for the Texas Library Association. She grew up on the Texas/Mexico border known as the Rio Grande Valley. She lives with her family in Texas. You can visit Margie online at and follow her on Instagram at @MargiesMustReads.

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