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1. A natural man [1999]

71 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
In wide-ranging poems, Soto explores topics of ethnic identity, death and aging, lust and love.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780811825184 20160528
Green Library, Special Collections
175 p.
A collection of poems describing the experiences of Mexican Americans in California.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780811807616 20160528
Green Library, Special Collections

3. Nickel and dime [2000]

189 p. ; 21 cm.
  • We ain't asking much
  • Literary life
  • The untimely passing of the clock radio.
"I'm outta here! I got a future!" crows Roberto Silva when he is down-sized out of his job as a security guard at a bank in Oakland. But Roberto's future isn't the one he was looking forward to. This is the 1990s, and upward mobility in the city requires resources that Roberto is short of. Before he knows it, he is living in an abandoned quonset hut and then on the street, where he crosses paths with poet Silver Mendez, a survivor of the 1960s whose luck has run out, and Gus Hernandez, a compadre from his days at the bank. The ups and downs of the lives of men who are always looking for a way to earn a cup of coffee with plenty of sugar and cream, their desperate ingenuity, their hunger, their dauntless optimism have never been brought to life as vividly as in this sweet, sad, funny trio of interlocking stories by one of America's most original writers.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780826321862 20160528
Green Library, Special Collections

4. The afterlife [2003]

161 p. ; 22 cm.
A senior at East Fresno High School lives on as a ghost after his brutal murder in the restroom of a club where he had gone to dance.
Education Library (Cubberley), Special Collections
xi, 76 pages ; 23 cm
A timely new edition of a pioneering work in Latino literature, National Book Award nominee Gary Soto's first collection (originally published in 1977) draws on California's fertile San Joaquin Valley, the people, the place, and the hard agricultural work done there by immigrants. In these poems, joy and anger, violence and hope are placed in both the metaphorical and very real circumstances of the Valley. Rooted in personal experiences-of the poet as a young man, his friends, family, and neighbors-the poems are spare but expansive, with Soto's voice as important as ever. This welcome new edition has been expanded with a crucial selection of complementary poems (some previously unpublished) and a new introduction by the author.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781452170138 20180430
Green Library, Special Collections

6. Poetry lover [2001]

206 p. ; 21 cm.
Twenty years ago, when Silver Mendez was the youthful author of two published books of poetry, he bragged that he was the first Chicano to write in complete sentences. His career has been going steadily downhill ever since. But a letter from Spain may change his luck. Silver is invited to Madrid to participate in a conference on Chicano literature. Now all he needs is money - for a plane ticket, a new passport, and a place to stay. And oh, yes - he needs to be able to send e-mail to Spain. Silver, a poet without a job, a home, or even a typewriter to his name, has his work cut out for him. His old friend Al Sanchez, a body and fender man, who used to play drums in a rock band, is tapped out and angry because Silver never repaid Al's last loan. But even in the face of these imposing obstacles, Silver is determined not to miss this chance at the life a poet should live. Gary Soto introduced us to Silver in "Nickel and Dime", where the homeless poet crossed paths with an assortment of other hard-luck Oakland compadres. Here once again Soto's virtuoso ability to combine humour and pathos etches a warm-hearted portrait of the stumbling Silver. Even while we laugh at his misadventures, we cheer him on as he lurches toward a new life with an old love.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780826323194 20160527
Green Library, Special Collections
4 videocassettes (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
  • [1] Lorna Dee Cervantes (30 min.)
  • [2] Alejandro Morales (29 min.)
  • [3] Estela Portillo Trambley (29 in.)
  • [4] Gary Soto (29 min.)
Interviews with contemporary Latino authors, hosted by Francisco A. Lomeli. Taped in May, 1985, each program includes discussion of the author's background, emergence as a writer, view of the current state of Chicano literature, and insights into some of his or her works.
Special Collections


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