Bring your copy to the Expo on July 20 and Leo Cervantes will sign the book for you. Make sure you get his book here–> https://goo.gl/haPHJe
Of all the Mexicans who “jump the border” onto the Land of Opportunity—America—to make their dreams come true, only about 37 percent of the more than 400,000 men, women, and children actually make it through the arduous ordeal, a veritable plague of 1,954 miles of difficult river, jungle, and other harsh terrain, relentlessly challenging weather conditions, extreme hunger, sickness, armed border police, and trusting the “coyotes” who take money to help the beleaguered emigrants. They also suffer the emotional hardship of leaving family and friends and the culture they fundamentally love. And the ones who get to America often fear culture shock, financial obstacles, and deportation after all their effort.
These determined people want to escape not Mexico’s natural beauty and history, but its rampant poverty, violence and crime, limited access to education, and the few worthwhile opportunities their country offered them. Never saying “can’t” are those who call themselves Mexi-CANS.
Meet Leo Cervantes, who shares a surname with Miguel de Cervantes, author of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de La Mancha. Leo is most definitely a Don Quixote, one who always saw the positive side of life and went after it with passion, “no matter how hopeless, no matter how far.” According to both men named Cervantes, no dream is impossible.
This book is the story of Leo’s poverty-stricken childhood, his absentee father, his loyal siblings, and his mother, a smart, creative, hard-working woman who taught her children how to make the best of any situation. And what a teacher! Within these pages Leo tells his experiences—the good, the bad, and the ugly—with unabashed pride, true stories that will guide you through sorrow, laughter, inspiration, and, ultimately, love. A Mexi-CAN, Leo shows you how one can love two countries at once: his Mexican roots and his American home. He literally “feeds” you a sense of appreciation and faith and draws you into an intriguing view of raw ambition, the sensuality of Mexican food, and the power of human connection.