Los Secrets de Ninfa (Ninfa's Secrets): A Memoir from San Antonio, Texas

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Rose Contreras Communications, Aug 7, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography
Los Secrets de Ninfa is the life story of author Ninfa Ruiz. Written in the everyday language of Latino South Texas, Ninfa's story is an important reflection of San Antonio's Latino culture and community. As she details her heartaches, struggles, triumphs, and continuing growth as a Latina woman, daughter, wife, mother, sister, and friend, Ninfa's story is the story of all Latino women and her triumph is their triumph as well.

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About the author (2009)

Barbara Renaud Gonzalez is a writer and editor living in San Antonio, Texas. Her novel, "Golondrina, Why Did You Leave Me?" was published in April 2009, and is the first Chicana novel to be published by UT Press. Her essays/articles have appeared in diverse anthologies and magazines, including The Nation; The Progressive; Ms. Magazine; The Los Angeles Times, and many others. Her commentaries have aired on NPR's Morning Edition and LatinoUSA. In 2000, she received the Inter-American Press Association Opinion prize in Santiago de Chile. Presently, she is working on a Tex-Mex fairy tale, "La Pinky," for which I received a literature grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. She has also written a children's book about voting rights pioneer Willie Velasquez, that is under consideration at ArtePublico Press.

Ninfa Ruiz was born in Karnes City, Texas, on November 25, 1951. When Ninfa was still a baby, herfamily moved to San Antonio. Before the age of 20, she moved 14 times within the city of San Antonio.Ninfa attended Huff and Columbia Heights Elementary schools. She stopped attending school after the6th grade. She married her husband of 36 years on December 24, 1971, and has a son and a daughter.Ninfa earned her GED in 1990. In December 2001, Ninfa graduated from St. Philip?s College with anAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Dietetic Technology.Ninfa worked for the South San Antonio Independent School District for 24 years. She began heremployment with the school district as a substitute cafteria worker and retired as the Child NutritionSupervisor for the school district.Ninfa has lived on the South Side of San Antonio all of her life. Since her retirement in 2007, shecontinues to keep busy with hobbies like sewing, gardening, reading and writing. Most importantly,Ninfa enjoys spending time with her family cooking delicious Saturday lunches.

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