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Told through the eyes of a Mexican-American, Stewing in the Melting Pot will touch the heart of anyone who has lived between two cultures and never felt completely accepted by mainstream American society. This is the story of an immigrant family struggling to survive in pre-and post-World War II America.

Robert Sanabria was four years old when his mother took her four children and fled an abusive husband in Texas to Los Angeles. There, unable to care for her
children, she was forced to place them in a Methodist-run orphanage for Latino children. In "The Home," Robert quickly learned that his heritage as a Mexican was not welcome.

"It was a place that nurtured and formed me for ten crucial years of my childhood, a place whose lessons have profoundly affected all of my life, the place where I was to become a 'real American'."

Here, he tells how The Home's well-intended but harmful policy of assimilation led to his development as an identity-starved American. How he was required to abandon his native culture, language, and religion. How in the process he also became estranged from his mother and siblings and was turned away from others like himself. Though he succeeded in carving out a career in the Army and as an artist, identity as an American remains unresolved in the man he is today.

In our increasingly diverse society Robert Sanabria's words will resonate with millions of immigrants and their children who have discovered that the Great Melting Pot has always been a myth.

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