Books: A Tale of Survival
A Tale of Survival is an explosive story that is much more than a simple memoir of an Hispanic woman: it is an important, quintessential American story of adversity and perseverance. This is a brutally honest and provocative tale of not merely survival but success from one who came from a time and place where success and upward mobility for a Mexican-American was not only unlikely but damn near impossible.
Unlike some other Hispanic memoirs, Grace Flores-Hughes describes her childhood and transition to adulthood and beyond, against the tapestry of the modern Hispanic experience and the sometimes turbulent era of the rebellious baby-boomer generation. She writes of assimilation, racial and ethnic injustice, her pivotal role in coining of the term Hispanic in the early 1970s, and her championing the lives of the disenfranchised before and after the civil rights movement.
Further, Ms. Flores- Hughes takes you on this treacherous journey while exploring her encounters and friendships with many of America’s leaders. She demonstrates in this colorful and spicy story that “Hold the Salsa” has never been her style; a story that chronicles the emergence of a child’s identity to that of an accomplished Hispanic woman who rose against all odds.
The book was awarded an Honorary Mention in The New England Book Festival in 2013, the Southwest Book Festival in 2013, and received a prestigious International Latino Book award.
About the author: Grace Flores-Hughes is a featured contributor for Voxxi.com. She has been both a career civil servant and political appointee in the federal sector. She served as one of the highest ranking Hispanics in the administration of three Republican presidents. Born in Texas, the Harvard trained Flores-Hughes is the author of numerous magazine articles on diversity and on the term Hispanic, which she helped coin. Currently, she lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Lt Gen. Harley A. Hughes, USAF (Ret).