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Music to My Years

Lu par : Cristela Alonzo
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In this memoir full of humor and heart, comedian, writer, and producer Cristela Alonzo shares personal stories of growing up as a first-generation Mexican American in Texas and following her dreams to pursue a career in comedy.

When Cristela Alonzo and her family lived as squatters in an abandoned diner, they only had two luxuries: a television and a radio, which became her pop cultural touchstone and a guiding light.

Cristela shares her experiences and struggles of being a first-generation American, her dreams of becoming a comedian, and how it feels to be a creator in a world that often minimizes people of color and women. Her stories range from the ridiculous - like the time she made her own tap shoes out of bottle caps or how the theme song of The Golden Girls landed her in the principal’s office - to the sobering moments, like how she turned to stand-up comedy to grieve the heartbreaking loss of her mother, and how, years later, she’s committed to giving back to the community that helped make her.

Each significant moment of the audiobook relates to a song, and the resulting playlist is deeply moving, resonant, and unforgettable. Music to My Years will make you laugh, cry, and even inspire you to make a playlist of your own.

©2019 Cristela Alonzo (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25/11/2019

Very Smart

I thought this book was very clever and well thought out. I love this title and loved that each chapter was about a song that was meaningful to her and had a whole story surrounding it. It was an emotional story with some sad parts, some funny, some inspiring. Would definitely recommend.

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  • 22/11/2019

Personal and sincere

Love you Cristela! Your authenticity shines through and you teach us lessons you've learned on your journey.

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  • 21/11/2019

Standing ovation for Cristela, BRAVO!! sisters between LA and Texas

Laughed, cried and took me way back. Appreciate the sincerity and genuine delivery of her story. Love the connection between music and each part of her life throughout the chapters.

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  • Mommy
  • 19/11/2019

Believe in it girl!

I am a fan of Cristela’s comedy work and her activism of late. I had to hear her book. I related to a lot of the story and completely 100% understand how music can not only be the soundtrack to your life, but help you grow up when there are voids in your home life. The Selena and Eminem chapters are probably my favorite. But Livin La Vida Loca is where Cristela really shows up. These are the qualities I loved.
There are a lot of repetitive statements that disengage the reader. It’s unfortunate because what I hear in those statements is, “people aren’t listening to me!” There are portions of the book that either the editor got too involved and messed with it, or Cristela lacks the confidence in her writing; portions that seem forced or artificial. The “for those of you that don’t know” definitions are part of Cristela’s stand up style, but don’t really work for a 6 hour book. Some of them were essential to the story but most could’ve been written differently as it sounds a little grandma-ish, “when I was young we had to walk 8 miles in the snow...”
Overall I love Cristela and will continue to support her work, and I implore her to dig deeper for the self confidence she lacks because she’s got a voice to be heard speaking for our people.

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  • vivian trevino
  • 19/11/2019

I loved this book.

Thank you Cristela for helping me feel closer to my roots. My mom grew up in Alamo, TX. This book helped me understand her upbringing a little bit more and some of her southern characteristics ( we ALWAYS had to write thank you notes for gifts we received). This book is a lovely reminder of the influence music has on our years.

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  • Catalina Figueroa
  • 15/11/2019

We the people...

I enjoyed learning more about Cristela and her journey, thus far. I recommend and I’m happy to support a Latina author.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 07/11/2019

The book I didn’t know I needed

I loved this book! Cristela Alonzo’s ability to connect her life to music and specific songs was so powerful. I felt so many connections to her story and her life and I am thankful that she was able to tell hers.

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  • Fabiola Tafolla
  • 05/11/2019

The songs I needed to hear

I loved everything about it. I found myself laughing and crying in multiple chapters. I'm having my teenagers listen to it as well. The story is so universal.

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  • Ricardo
  • 05/11/2019

Amazing Book!

Cristela shares such heartfelt life stories. As a daughter of immigrant parents imher story is so relatable. Loved it!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 02/11/2019

We The People

A loving memoir of Cristela. Filled with love, heartache, and hope. Realities that many of us face.