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xxxiv, 164 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
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i, 61 p. ; 21 cm.
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188 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Nobody's son
  • Tijuana wonderland
  • The day I launched the Virgin Mary into orbit
  • Down the highway with Edward Abbey
  • Whores
  • Sanctuary
  • Leaving Shelltown.
Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an Anglo mother from Staten Island, Urrea moved to San Diego when he was three. His childhood was a mix of opposites, a clash of cultures and languages. In prose that seethes with energy and crackles with dark humor, Urrea tells a story that is both troubling and wildly entertaining. Urrea endured violence and fear in the barrio of his youth. But the true battlefield was inside his home, where his parents waged daily war over their son's ethnicity. He suffered disease and abuse, and he learned brutal lessons about machismo. But there were gentler moments as well: a simple interlude with his father, sitting on the back of a bakery truck, or witnessing the ultimate gesture of tenderness between the godparents who taught him the magical power of love. His story is unique, but it is not unlike thousands of other stories being played out across the United States, stories of Americans who have waged war - both in the political arena and in their own homes - to claim their own personal and cultural identities. It is a story of what it means to belong to a nation that is sometimes painfully multicultural, where even the language both separates and unites us.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780816518654 20160527
www.aspresolver.com North American Immigrant Letter, Diaries and Oral Histories
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186 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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5. Crazy loco love [2008]

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391 p. ; 23 cm.
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xiv, 320 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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xii, 145 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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vii, 148 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
  • The war against time
  • And in this corner ... from your oral Chicano barrio
  • Reconciliation, reason & human rights
  • Farm work.
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162 p. ; 22 cm.
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xii, 147 p. : ill ; 22 cm.
When his father died, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher wasn't quite two. His mother packed up his father's belongings, put the boxes in a hall closet, and closed the door. The "man in a box" remained a mystery, hardly mentioned, and making only rare appearances in stories when Fletcher or his siblings inquired. Meanwhile, his young Hispanic mother transformed herself into an artist, scouting the back roads and secondhand shops of New Mexico for relics and unlikely treasures to add to her "little shrines, " or descansos. "Look closely, " she'd say to her son. "Everything tells a story." This book is Fletcher's literary descanso, a piecing together - from moments and objects and words - of a father's life, of the life lived without that father, and of his own mixed-race identity. Fletcher's reflections unfold like a collage, offering a rich array of images and stories of life with his single mother, organizing weekend family car trips to explore graveyards and adobe ruins; of growing up on the fault lines of class and culture; of being a father who never had one of his own to learn from. From incidents and observations, Fletcher assembles a beautifully crafted portrait of his family's unspoken affliction with loss over the decades, a portrait that finally evokes the father at its heart.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780803238398 20160608
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xii, 168 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Lock & Key-- Working the Dark-- Portals of Poetry-- Chicanismo: Destiny and Jazz Riffs-- Journeys: Gleanings from a Poet's Journals-- Glossary of Spanish Terms.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781878610089 20160528
Author Jimmy Santiago Baca was raised in an orphanage and took to the streets at age eleven, after which this amazing young Chicano taught himself to read and write. His statement, "I think that the work I do is done in the dark", encompasses many meanings central to his preoccupation with the night. In this book Baca passionately explores the troubled years of his youth, from which he emerged with heightened awareness of his ethnic identity as a Chicano, his role as a voice for the misunderstood tribal life of the barrio, and his redemptive vocation as a poet. His American Book Award for poetry in 1988 and his National Endowment for the Arts Hispanic Heritage Award in 1989 show the esteem in which his work is held.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781878610478 20160527
Baca passionately explores the troubled years of his youth, from which he emerged with heightened awareness of his ethnic identify as a Chicano, his role as a witness for the misunderstood tribal life of the barrio, and his redemptive vocation as a poet.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781878610089 20160528
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12. Gritos : essays [2003]

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xv, 247 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
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xiii, 206 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • Preface 1. Introduction Part I: The Story 2. Alex and the Hobo Part II: The Life 3. The Valley 4. Awareness 5. Social Structure 6. Anastacio Taylor 7. Beatriz Mondragon 8. Women in Peril 9. Conclusion Appendix: Juana's Witchcraft Testimony Notes-- Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780292781795 20160528
When a ten-year-old boy befriends a mysterious hobo in his southern Colorado hometown in the early 1940s, he learns about evil in his community and takes his first steps toward manhood by attempting to protect his new friend from corrupt officials. Though a fictional story, "Alex and the Hobo" is written out of the life experiences of its author, Jose Inez (Joe) Taylor, and it realistically portrays a boy's coming-of-age as a Spanish-speaking man, who must carve out an honorable place for himself in a class-stratified and Anglo-dominated society. In this innovative ethnography, anthropologist James Taggart collaborates with Joe Taylor to explore how "Alex and the Hobo" sprang from Taylor's life experiences and how it presents an insider's view of Mexicano culture and its constructions of manhood. They frame the story (included in its entirety) with chapters that discuss how it encapsulates notions that Taylor learned from the Chicano movement, the farmworkers' union, his community, his father, his mother, and his religion. Taggart gives the ethnography a solid theoretical underpinning by discussing how the story and Taylor's account of how he created it represent an act of resistance to the class system that Taylor perceives as destroying his native culture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780292781795 20160528
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xiv, 509 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Victor Villasenor first introduced readers to his parents, Lup and Salvador, in his hugely successful RAIN OF GOLD. Now in THIRTEEN SENSES, Villasenor returns to the rich history of his family. By retelling tales told to him from hundreds of hours of recorded interviews with several members of his family, Villasenor keeps intact the folk voiced tone of his mesitzo heritage. Villasenor ultimately outlines a multisensory awareness of life which shows that a true enlightened individual is not restricted by the usage of five senses, but is capable of utilising all thirteen.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780066210773 20160527
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xvi, 489 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
The author continues the story of his family, in a memoir that draws on hundreds of interviews with family members and keeps alive the folk traditions of his Latino heritage.
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vii, 191 pages ; 23 cm.
Burdened by poverty, illiteracy, and vulnerability as Mexican immigrants to California's Coachella Valley, three generations of Gonzalez men turn to vices or withdraw into depression. As brothers Rigoberto and Alex grow to manhood, they are haunted by the traumas of their mother's early death, their lonely youth, their father's desertion, and their grandfather's invective. Rigoberto's success in escaping-first to college and then by becoming a writer-is blighted by his struggles with alcohol and abusive relationships, while Alex contends with difficult family relations, his own rocky marriage, and fatherhood. Descending into a dark emotional space that compromises their mental and physical health, the brothers eventually find hope in aiding each other. This is an honest and revealing window into the complexities of Latino masculinity, the private lives of men, and the ways they build strength under the weight of grief, loss, and despair.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780299316907 20180508
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356 p., [15] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
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173 p. ; 22 cm.
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xii, 113 p. ; 21 cm.
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264 p. ; 22 cm.
Jimmy Santiago Baca's harrowing, brilliant memoir of his life before, during, and immediately after the years he spent in a maximum-security prison garnered tremendous critical acclaim and went on to win the prestigious 2001 International Prize. Long considered one of the best poets in America today, Baca was illiterate at the age of twenty-one and facing five to ten years behind bars for selling drugs. A Place to Stand is the remarkable tale of how he emerged after his years in the penitentiary -- much of it spent in isolation -- with the ability to read and a passion for writing poetry. A vivid portrait of life inside a maximum-security prison and an affirmation of one man's spirit in overcoming the most brutal adversity, A Place to Stand "stands as proof there is always hope in even the most desperate lives" (Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram).
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780802116024 20160527
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