These gripping stories portray the coming-of-age of a youngster who, with his parents, overstays his visa in the U.S. right after World War II. Told in engaging and moving vignettes, the writer recalls his efforts to surmount the hurdles of living in two different and bewildering worlds. From childhood to grandparenthood, he smoothly moves back and forth in time, sharing the cross-cultural experiences and travel insights that shape his being. He lays bare his feelings, prompting out-loud chuckles and tender, teary-eyed moments. He reveals his thoughts on family, friendship, bullying, education, immigration and service to others. Having learned English as a second language, his own distinctive voice and phrasing enrich the telling. He incorporates impactful literary references, music and ethnic foods to reflect the customs and flavor of the times his stories depict. He vividly recounts his battles with relentless health disorders and how he finds the ánimo (courage), buoyed by family love, to trump life's mishaps. Here are valuable life lessons. These fascinating, heartwarming and uplifting vignettes are thought-provoking and elicit lively conversation.