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Today he is known as Dr. Q, an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting-edge research to cure brain cancer. But not too long ago, he was Freddy, a 19-year-old undocumented migrant worker toiling in the tomato fields of Central California. 

In this gripping memoir, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa tells his amazing life story - from his impoverished childhood in the tiny village of Palaco, Mexico, to his harrowing border crossing and his transformation from illegal immigrant to American citizen and gifted student at the University of California at Berkeley and at Harvard Medical School. Packed with adventure and adversity - including a few terrifying brushes with death - Becoming Dr. Q is a testament to persistence, hard work, the power of hope and imagination, and the pursuit of excellence. It's also a story about the importance of family, of mentors, and of giving people a chance.

©2011 Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Inspirational, Magical, and Empowering

I cried several times…as a Mexican immigrant first generation woman I feel very identified with Dr. Quinones’ story. A book that talks about determination and resilience.

Que orgullosa me siento de ser Mexicana! Gracias por brindar al lector inspiración y demostrarte que la tenacidad es una gran herramienta en la vida.

Me encanto el libro, lo terminé en una semana :)

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Perseverance

Inspiring, perseverance, overcoming obstacles was evident in his journey. An common characteristic of Migrant children and families.

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