Where the Mesquite Tree Grows

Growing Up Along the Rio Grande – An Anthology

by Al Garcia



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/20/2018

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 460
ISBN : 9781973640059
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 460
ISBN : 9781973640066
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 460
ISBN : 9781973640073

About the Book

Where the Mesquite Tree Grows is a poignant and riveting journey through the thoughts and recollections of a Mexican American young man who, like others of his generation, searched for purpose, meaning, and self-discovery. The journey begins in the cotton fields along the Rio Grande and follows the author through the 1960s cultural revolution, into the jungles of Vietnam, and finally to his return to his roots and his legacy along the Rio Grande.

It is a compilation of memories, thoughts, and even nightmares blended into a kaleidoscopic work that will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you think. The author examines and reveals in passionate writing his emotions and his sentiments about the past and current culture of his heritage and the social evolution within that culture, revealing his life experiences in words that define not only him but his generation.

About the Author

Al Garcia is a native of the Rio Grande Valley. Recently retired and a former military journalist and legal assistant, he now makes his home in Palm Valley, Texas.

He served in the US Army from 1968 to 1971 as a combat journalist in Vietnam and as a military journalist at Fort Carson, Colorado. While in Vietnam he traveled throughout the Mekong Delta, which gave him unfettered access to the realities of the War and the affects it was having on the American men and women in uniform.

Before entering the military, he attended Pam American University in Edinburg, Texas and worked briefly for The Monitor newspaper in McAllen, Texas as a feature writer. For over 30 years he worked in Northern California as a legal assistant at several prestigious law firms in the Bay Area before returning to his roots in the Rio Grande Valley.