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Love in Any Language: A Memoir of a Cross-Cultural Marriage


Worth reading 😎

Evelyn was educated & progressive for her time, and her story will especially interest those in education or social work.

Evelyn was born in Montana, as 1 of 6 kids in a blue collar, Roman Catholic family. Her parents moved to California as their kids got older, because they wanted them to have easier access to institutions of higher learning. 

Right away we can see that she and her family embraced a few more modern values. Not only did she expect to get a college education, but she also had her eyes on traveling internationally, and joined the Peace Corps.

This brings me to one of the key things I liked about this book: Evelyn was ahead of her time in a lot of things. She was often juggling work and kids, and was sometimes even the breadwinner of the house. She continuously pursued higher degrees, additional certifications, more challenging jobs, and opportunities to travel – with or without her husband! She comes across as a strong woman – especially mentally. 

Another interesting aspect is seeing how her work evolved over the years. She spent most of her career working within various school systems. She started out administering tests to determine students’ ability levels, and was later in charge of innovating ways to accommodate students who had different abilities. This book spans the 60s – 90s, mostly, and during that time we see new laws introduced that protect differently-abled students, and ensure their access to a public education. We also see the advent of computers, the introduction of the Meyers-Briggs personality test, and other concepts that affect Evelyn’s work. 

While I found these aspects fascinating - I felt like every time she encountered a problem, it was solved within a page. I’ve seen other reviewers applaud her “straightforward” writing style, so I thought maybe it was just that – she didn’t oversell or dwell on the issues.

In the last pages, Evelyn puts out a thought that I hadn’t considered - but it definitely hit a chord with me, and I think it’s part of why I had trouble sympathizing with her “quick solutions.” The idea is that she benefited from many social nets that aren’t as easily available today – from low-cost childcare and subsidized housing to flexible work schedules and bosses that often gave her freedom to pursue what opportunities she wanted to. 

Dr. Evelyn LaTorre accomplished a lot – and continues to do so, as this isn’t her first book! She was also helped by her family, and the many opportunities that were available to an educated woman at the time. If you have any interests in education or social work, I would definitely recommend her story.

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Rising from the Ruins

About the author

Evelyn LaTorre's award-winning first book, Between Inca Walls, tells of her adventures in Peru. After the Peace Corp, she and her husband settled in California. She worked as a school psychologist and earned a doctorate in Multicultural Education. She has traveled to nearly 100 countries. view profile

Published on September 28, 2021

Published by She Writes Press

80000 words

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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