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A candid, savvy, inspiring, and often hilarious memoir by one of America’s most fearless political leaders. Beloved by the immigrants and working people whose rights he has championed, eleven-term Congressman Luis Gutierrez is, among Latinos and along with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the most recognized Hispanic public figure in America. Here Gutierrez recounts hi A candid, savvy, inspiring, and often hilarious memoir by one of America’s most fearless political leaders. Beloved by the immigrants and working people whose rights he has championed, eleven-term Congressman Luis Gutierrez is, among Latinos and along with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the most recognized Hispanic public figure in America. Here Gutierrez recounts his life between two worlds: too Puerto Rican in America, where he was born and yet was told to "go back to where you came from"; too American in Puerto Rico, where he was ridiculed as a "gringo" who couldn’t speak Spanish. For much of his early life, he seemed like the last person who would rise to national prominence. Yet his tremendous will and resilience shaped his varied experiences—from picking coffee beans to driving a cab—into one of the most surprising careers in American politics. He campaigned for Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington. Someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of his house, and he only grew more committed to reform. Tested in the crucible of the notoriously tough Chicago city council, he earned the nickname "El Gallito": the little fighting rooster. Gutierrez was one of the first Latino public figures to support gay rights; he led the fight to cut Congressional paychecks, hashed out legislation with both Ted Kennedy and John McCain, and fought with Newt Gingrich and George W. Bush. Despite his strong support for Barack Obama in two elections, he has twice been arrested while protesting for immigrants in front of the Obama White House. From recollections of his failures as a teenage activist to his crackling observations of the nautical décor in Kennedy’s office and the white-gloved waiters of the Speaker’s dining room, Gutierrez is as endearing to the reader as he is sometimes maddening to his colleagues, inspiring us all to stand up for our rights and for those of others.


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A candid, savvy, inspiring, and often hilarious memoir by one of America’s most fearless political leaders. Beloved by the immigrants and working people whose rights he has championed, eleven-term Congressman Luis Gutierrez is, among Latinos and along with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the most recognized Hispanic public figure in America. Here Gutierrez recounts hi A candid, savvy, inspiring, and often hilarious memoir by one of America’s most fearless political leaders. Beloved by the immigrants and working people whose rights he has championed, eleven-term Congressman Luis Gutierrez is, among Latinos and along with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the most recognized Hispanic public figure in America. Here Gutierrez recounts his life between two worlds: too Puerto Rican in America, where he was born and yet was told to "go back to where you came from"; too American in Puerto Rico, where he was ridiculed as a "gringo" who couldn’t speak Spanish. For much of his early life, he seemed like the last person who would rise to national prominence. Yet his tremendous will and resilience shaped his varied experiences—from picking coffee beans to driving a cab—into one of the most surprising careers in American politics. He campaigned for Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington. Someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of his house, and he only grew more committed to reform. Tested in the crucible of the notoriously tough Chicago city council, he earned the nickname "El Gallito": the little fighting rooster. Gutierrez was one of the first Latino public figures to support gay rights; he led the fight to cut Congressional paychecks, hashed out legislation with both Ted Kennedy and John McCain, and fought with Newt Gingrich and George W. Bush. Despite his strong support for Barack Obama in two elections, he has twice been arrested while protesting for immigrants in front of the Obama White House. From recollections of his failures as a teenage activist to his crackling observations of the nautical décor in Kennedy’s office and the white-gloved waiters of the Speaker’s dining room, Gutierrez is as endearing to the reader as he is sometimes maddening to his colleagues, inspiring us all to stand up for our rights and for those of others.

30 review for Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steph :)

    For the past couple weeks I've been reading this book before bed, and needless to say I've been missing out on some serious sleep because I can't put the book down! In the beginning, the book seemed really long, but it soon picked up the pace and you can see why all the background Gutierrez gives is necessary. This book gives an interesting view on politics and campaigning, and I got a unique view on the struggles of immigrants. Gutierrez's life has had an interesting plot, but with his excellen For the past couple weeks I've been reading this book before bed, and needless to say I've been missing out on some serious sleep because I can't put the book down! In the beginning, the book seemed really long, but it soon picked up the pace and you can see why all the background Gutierrez gives is necessary. This book gives an interesting view on politics and campaigning, and I got a unique view on the struggles of immigrants. Gutierrez's life has had an interesting plot, but with his excellent storytelling skills, I couldn't stop reading. I also appreciated that even though he is pretty liberal (yay!) he had fair criticisms of Obama and other Democrats, along with Republicans. I was lucky enough to get this book from goodreads giveaways

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    The cover of this book, My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill by Luis Gutierrez made me want to read this book. Congressman Luis Gutierrez has such an open and beckoning smile His book tells of his journey as Puerto American in Lincoln Park, Chicago to Puerto Rico and back. He is now in his eleventh term. The book opens with a consequence of going against the political machine. His house was firebombed. His whole family could have been killed. After this dramatic opening, he swings back to w The cover of this book, My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill by Luis Gutierrez made me want to read this book. Congressman Luis Gutierrez has such an open and beckoning smile His book tells of his journey as Puerto American in Lincoln Park, Chicago to Puerto Rico and back. He is now in his eleventh term. The book opens with a consequence of going against the political machine. His house was firebombed. His whole family could have been killed. After this dramatic opening, he swings back to when he was growing up in Lincoln Park. The neighborhood was very poor and there were gangs and drugs. When he was growing up, he did not know how to speak Spanish. He could understand what his parents said but could not use the language. Then his parents started buying up expensive things like a new couch and a new stereo. His father who was a cab driver at the time had decided it was time to return his family to Puerto Rico. His father’s dream was to have a family restaurant. He was concerned that Luis would join the gangs and never learn about his Puerto Rico Heritage. Luis discovered that Puerto Rico was very different than Lincoln Park. He struggled at first to speak Spanish but mastered it completely later. He learned the value and self-respect that comes with hard work and an understanding of the world of the sugar cane workers. He learned to have pride in his heritage and to court a sweetheart. That is only a glimpse of part of his story. Reading his biography, it is clear why the Comprehensive Immigration Reform is so important to him. He writes of his background and how he came to form his opinions and why he works so passionately to help immigrants. I highly recommend this book to people who like to read about their representatives and how they came to believe what they do and why they fight for what they do. I received this book as a win from First Reads but that in no way influenced my review. My thoughts are 100 percent my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Allan

    What an excellent book! I was only familiar about Congressman Luis Gutierez from his appearances on Sixty Minutes. This book was an interesting read and covered varied topics such as the Puerto Rican experience in Humbolt Park Chicago, life on the island of Puerto Rico, Chicago politics, the undocumented immigration issue, and Washington politics. Congressman Gutierez details his entrance into Chicago politics, but gives little details on his entrance into Washington politics. Once there, Congre What an excellent book! I was only familiar about Congressman Luis Gutierez from his appearances on Sixty Minutes. This book was an interesting read and covered varied topics such as the Puerto Rican experience in Humbolt Park Chicago, life on the island of Puerto Rico, Chicago politics, the undocumented immigration issue, and Washington politics. Congressman Gutierez details his entrance into Chicago politics, but gives little details on his entrance into Washington politics. Once there, Congressman Gutierez becomes an advocate for the civil rights of undocumented workers. This is one of the most interesting parts of the book and it is fascinating to read the political challenges he faces while fighting for undocumented workers. I hope that this is not the only book the congressman writes, as his is a unique and interesting voice.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sonja

    This book was chosen by my book club this month. I normally would not have added the autobiography of a local politician who doesn't represent my district to my "to read" list. So I thought maybe I would skim it, maybe I would read a little bit but not the whole thing. But I quickly found myself drawn into the story of Luis Gutierrez's upbringing and career, and I ended up reading every word. The first part of the book covers his coming of age and early life in Chicago and Puerto Rico. The secon This book was chosen by my book club this month. I normally would not have added the autobiography of a local politician who doesn't represent my district to my "to read" list. So I thought maybe I would skim it, maybe I would read a little bit but not the whole thing. But I quickly found myself drawn into the story of Luis Gutierrez's upbringing and career, and I ended up reading every word. The first part of the book covers his coming of age and early life in Chicago and Puerto Rico. The second part covers his current battle in Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Both parts are equally engrossing. It only bugged me a little bit that the writing was sometimes stilted and written as if a sixth-grader could pick it up, but I suppose that was by design. I also don't think it would have been nearly as interesting if I didn't live in Chicago, but overall I'd recommend it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Good true story; from Chicago to PR and back. I liked reading the details of his family life and various jobs. (cab driver to factory work) Didn't share much of family life in the last half of book. Details were about the life as a congressman. I'm sure his parents and family are very proud of him! Overall I would purchase this book if you like reading true stories and how one never know what twists and turns can happen. If he didn't meet a man with name Washington, he might be working in social Good true story; from Chicago to PR and back. I liked reading the details of his family life and various jobs. (cab driver to factory work) Didn't share much of family life in the last half of book. Details were about the life as a congressman. I'm sure his parents and family are very proud of him! Overall I would purchase this book if you like reading true stories and how one never know what twists and turns can happen. If he didn't meet a man with name Washington, he might be working in social work. Four Stars. Thanks for writing!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Lovejoy

    No matter what your political leanings may be, I highly recommend this book. It was hard for me to put it down. I have a much greater understanding of many things, especially immigration issues, from reading this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Scofield

    Open book launch party tomorrow at the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture at 11 a.m. Cong. Gutierrez will read live and sign books. Not your typical political policywonk book. Great storytelling. Very funny at times. A very unique life story. Highly recommended. Open book launch party tomorrow at the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture at 11 a.m. Cong. Gutierrez will read live and sign books. Not your typical political policywonk book. Great storytelling. Very funny at times. A very unique life story. Highly recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel Plascencia

    Tells an amazing story of hardship and accomplishment. This novel takes a semi-bumpy jump from an intriguing biography into a very political tone, which is expected by the author and as long as you anticipate the change coming, you will enjoy it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gabriel Plascencia

    Tells an amazing story of hardship and accomplishment. This novel takes a semi-bumpy jump from an intriguing biography into a very political tone, which is expected by the author and as long as you anticipate the change coming, you will enjoy it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    What a powerful story about not giving up and having the courage to keep on going.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Beatriz

    Wonderful insight into Luis Gutierrez's life, how our government really works, and his experiences fighting for immigration reform. Totally recommend this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

    I really appreciated hearing the stories from back in the day, especially within the Puerto Rican community.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Can't wait to receive this and start reading. Will update review when completed!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Clark

  15. 5 out of 5

    Set

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alexander

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mintybooks

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Simons

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bill

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tara Raghuveer

  21. 4 out of 5

    Isabel Morales

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andre

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Francisco Garcia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Desharnais

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cullen Enn

  27. 4 out of 5

    Albert

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jj

  29. 5 out of 5

    Books with Brookes

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

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