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Stars Always Shine [Paperback]

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Stars Always Shine depicts the bonds that gradually develop between two memorable characters of vastly different social, political, and spiritual backgrounds. Placido Moreno, a Mexican American, Salvador Campos, an undocumented immigrant, and Placido's wife, Michelle, live as caretakers on StarRidge Ranch in California. As Placido and Salvador get to know each other, they become aware of their similarities and shared Mexican culture as well as the differences between them shaped by their backgrounds on opposite sides of the border. Their stories are imaginatively interwoven in the narrative. All the characters experience the rhythms of life as their ways and beliefs clash, sometimes humorously and at other times with profound sadness.

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Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 25, 2001
Publisher   Bilingual Review Press (AZ)
ISBN  193101003X  
ISBN13  9781931010030  

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this guy was my Teacher  Apr 20, 2008
I bought this book a while back. I still enjoy reading it. I don't want to give anything away. It's a very deep story, that deals with what many Mexicans in the U.S., deal with. I think that policy makers and the people that don't understand Illegal Immigration, should really sit down and read this book. If you are one of those civilians guarding the border (us/mexico) and you got a few minutes to kill, you should read this book, you might think twice about what you are doing....

p.s. this book is up with the best of them like.., fear and loathing in las Vegas, the autobiography of Malcom X, always running.
My thoughts  Nov 17, 2005
This book sucked. Don't read it. This is a very poorly written book. IT is also very boring. I was forced to read it for a class. :(
This Novel Shines  Jan 26, 2003
Rick Rivera's "Stars Always Shine" is a beautifully-crafted story of attorney Michelle Stanton ("Mitch") and English-degreed Placido Moreno ("Place") who flee the fast lane and become ranch hands for Jacqueline and Mickey Kittle. Thrown into the mix is the holdover Salvador, an undocumented Mexican, who worked for the previous owners. Though technically not much happens, the characters go through major life changes as they confront their own and others expectations in matters of culture, language and the work ethic. The most compelling relationship is between Place -- who feels a bit like a "pocho" because of his poor Spanish and "Americanized" ways of thinking -- and Salvador who is both amused and confounded by Place's ability to be in two cultures at once. With the help of Place, Salvador becomes more a part of the United States. Conversely, Salvador helps Place with his Spanish. Rivera is masterful at painting believeable characters who are not unlike ourselves. And his meticulous descriptions of Sonoma County's terrain and climate bring that part of California alive. On top of it, I learned so much about the practicalities of running a ranch from irrigation to medicating cattle. This is a very fine book.
My Review  May 10, 2002
Stars Always Shine, by Rick Rivera is an inspirational story about married couples' experience of working on a ranch located in Sonoma County, in California. The story deals with the struggle between the couple, Michelle Stanton and Placido Moreno, and the ranch owners, Jacqueline and Mickey Kittle. It also depicts the relationship that develops between Michelle, who is nicknamed Mitch, Placido, who is nicknamed Place, and a migrant farm worker who is already living on the ranch when Mitch and Place arrive, whose name is Salvador.
Mitch, Place, and Salvador all work together since Mickey and Jacqueline do not seem to know much about running a ranch, despite being the owners. Place describes the three of them as being "el parejo" which means that they all work well together. They are all on the same level and through this understanding of each other combat some of the difficult situations that they find themselves in.
Not only do the people on the ranch go through some difficult things, but the animals on the ranch do as well. Mitch and Place, who would rather have dogs than children, own two dogs, Rosa and Coquette. These dogs symbolize the couple in many ways. The couple feels that Rosa completes their family. They describe the trio as "alpha, beta, and gamma dogs." Salvador owns a stray cat, which he names Gatita. Like Salvador, Gatita had no place she could call home. The Kittles bring animals of their own on to the ranch and these animals stir things up a bit. These animals each bring with
them their own uniqueness and personality to the ranch. In some cases, the animals seem to know more than the people that are supposed to be taking care of them do.
Rick Rivera's style of writing is different than that of any I have read before. The book is filled with many vivid descriptions of the land, people, and animals, which makes the story come to life in front of the reader's eyes. His descriptions are all very effective. All the descriptions in the book enhance the story. Some might think that a lot of descriptiveness would come across as babble but that is not the case in this novel. The descriptions only serve as a means to let the story come alive to the reader. Rick Rivera shies away from the conventional way of writing. He introduces many different ideas that are not the conventional way of thinking. One of the main ideas that deviate from the norm is the relationship between Mitch and Place. In the marriage, it is Mitch, not Place, who is the dominant person in the relationship. She works as a lawyer before moving to the ranch, while Place stays at home as a househusband. Place also consults with and listens to Mitch about almost everything.
Overall, I think this was a successful book. I feel that it told the story of very different people coming together in a difficult situation and coexisting very effectively. I also feel it gave a good description of what life would be like while trying to live on a ranch. I would give this book four stars and would encourage others to invest in a copy of their own.
Read It  May 8, 2002
Stars Always Shine is very realistic. I liked it because it plays a movie in my mind. It is very descriptive makes you feel like your there. Also it made me feel what the characters felt the anger or sadness. I thought the way the auther made the chapters be one on people and the next on animals was very creative. The only part I did not really enjoy was where they learn to dance. But if you like country music you might understand it and enjoy it. The ending is quite a surprise not what I expected. I recommend this book!!!!

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