Music to My Years: A Mixtape Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up

Music to My Years: A Mixtape Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up

By Cristela Alonzo

In this memoir full of humor and heart, comedian, writer, and producer 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.


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Book Information

Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: 10/08/2019
Pages: 304
ISBN-13: 9781501189203
ISBN-10: 1501189204
Language: English

Full Description

This memoir is "an emotional journey that will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between" (Wanda Sykes) as it explores comedian, writer, and producer Cristela Alonzo's childhood as a first-generation Mexican American in Texas and 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. These became her pop cultural touchstones and a guiding light that ushered her forward. In Music to My Years, 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. Each significant moment of the book relates to a song, and the resulting playlist is deeply moving, resonant, and unforgettable. Music to My Years is "a timely reminder that regardless of economic status, race, or gender, love is the connection that ties together all humanity" (Booklist).

About the Author

Cristela Alonzo is a comedian, actor, and producer. She was the first Latina to create, produce, and star in her own network sitcom, Cristela.

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