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1. Cross over water [2011]

204 p. ; 23 cm.
Green Library, Special Collections

2. Diadema [2007]

172 p. ; 22 cm.
Mary Black receives a death bed request from her best friend, Diadema, to find a son that she gave up for adoption and let him know his mother "always loved him." Diadema is a fictionalized account of actual events, which came together in Paseo, a Texas border town. San Benito, across the U.S.-Mexico border, shares with Paseo centuries of history. Close by there is a set of small, strange volcanic rock mountains, an ancient archeological site that also reminds Paseos of a deeper, mystically past. Mary leaves the Midwest and finds her way to Paseo where she meets Carlos Alvarado who embodies the many historical contrasts of the city. Carlos is obsessed about his Mexican Native heritage, frustrated with what he considers the colonized reality of the present, and haunted by his past involvement with the American Indian Movement, he unwittingly leads Mary into labyrinth of mystery and intrigue. Their search intertwines with a theft of ancient skeletal remains from the local university museum, an L.A. medical examiner, and a Harvard anthropologist doing research at the sites. The mystery of Diadema's name and efforts to find her son blend into the mythology of the Virgen of Guadalupe to give an insightful look at the underground Indian traditions that still permeate Mexican American culture. "The spiritual path is a search for authenticity. From Mexican American, to Chicano and finally, Native American, the author of DIADEMA presents the steps one takes in traveling on this path that all of us must travel in our search for true meaning of who we are. Carlos Aceves paints a fascinating picture of a Southwest City (which we all know), a spiritual search for identity, the indigenous cultures ofthe area and a cast of characters who represent the people inhabiting this area." Pete T. Duarte, Former Professor at UTEP "A great story that brings to life the vibrant culture of a west Texas town." Mary Luckie, Educator. "Es una encantadora historia que dice realidades profundas del ser humano en forma tierna y mgica." Argelia Flores, teacher. Diadema truly reminded me of my childhood. In its, pages, I could almost hear my mother's voice once again speaking to me. It took me back to a very happy time of my life. Mara E. Saenz. Educator.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780979645761 20160527
SAL3 (off-campus storage), Special Collections
211 p. ; 25 cm.
Green Library, Special Collections
xii, 138 p. ; 22 cm.
The Chicano characters in Richard Yanez's debut story collection live in El Paso's Lower Valley but inhabit a number of borders-between two countries, two languages, and two cultures, between childhood and manhood, life and death. The teenaged narrator of "Desert Vista" copes with a new school and a first love while negotiating the boundaries between his family's tenuous middle-class status and the working-class community in which they have come to live. Tony Amoroza, the protagonist of "Amoroza Tires, " wrestles with the overwhelming grief from his wife's death until an unexpected legacy prompts him with new faith. Maria del Valle, "La Loquita, " the central character of "Lucero's Mkt., " crosses the border into madness while her neighbors watch, gossip, and try to offer-or refuse-aid. Yanez writes with perfect understanding of his borderland setting, a landscape where poverty and violence impinge on traditional Mexican-American values, where the signs of gang culture compete with the ageless rituals of the Church. His characters are vivid, unique, fully authentic, searching for purpose or identity, for hope or meaning, in lives that seem to deny them almost everything. Yanez's world is that of the Southwestern Chicanos, but the fears and yearnings of his characters are universal. This is the work of a deeply compassionate and highly skilled writer, and the stories are moving and powerful.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780874175332 20160528
Green Library, Special Collections
175 p. ; 20 cm.
  • Even in heaven -- The curse -- The girdle -- Memories in white -- Blanca Rosa -- Gloves of her own -- Butterfly -- Hotel Arco Iris -- Love and happiness -- Cloud-shadow -- Return of the spirit.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780811827942 20160528
A collection of interrelated stories exploring life on the Mexican-American border through the inner lives and relationships of characters in the fictional Arizona town of Mesquite.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780811827942 20160528
Green Library, Special Collections

6. Ask a policeman [1998]

196 p. ; 22 cm.
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Green Library, Special Collections

7. Maravilla [2006]

233 p. ; 23 cm.
Maravilla is the first urban novel about Latino youth's experinece in the streets of a major metropolitan area. This is also the earliest novel ever written about an urban Latina finding her way in the mean streets of L.A. This is a novel written about Latino youth living in the barrio. It depicts their experience in the housing projects of L.A. The Maravilla project was a well known public housing in East Los Angeles during the mid-fifties where poverty, crime and desperation often ran unmitigated. This novel for the first time depicts the Chicano youth--long before they ever were known as such--in the L.A. barrios. "I named you Consuelo, " my mother said, "because you didn't stop screaming for hours when you were born. I figured you needed hope." To Consuelo Concepcin, "Cece" Contreres, however, hope seems to be just about all she's got. So when her boyfriend is cheating on her, her friends are doing drugs, and her parents don't understand her, is it any wonder that the only person she can talk to is St. Teresa de Avila? From the housing projects of East Los Angeles, Maravilla, to the lively scene of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district in the 1960s, Laura del Fuego's novel tells the absorbing and personal tale of a young Chicana, like many in real life, making her way in turbulent times. It is a thoughtful and sometimes violent story about coming of age in the heart of the barrio, discovering one's self in the midst of chaos and trying to make sense of a troubled life. An outstanding young writer, del Fuego knits a complex weave whereby her heroine progresses through the barrios of East Los Angeles during the effervescent years of the 1960's. Unlike, Garca Mrquez' narrative thatcenters on political turmoil and violence, Del Fuego's bring us the asphalt jungle, violence in the inner city barrio, which equally unsettle and destroy the Latino pathos. This new height of writing style and drama is a welcome addition to the selected group of Hispanic women writers. Most highly recommended.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780915745906 20160527
Green Library, Special Collections
238 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Sophia
  • Frostbite
  • A tatting man
  • Soy la Avon lady
  • The crown on prince
  • After dad shot Jesus
  • Love can make you sick
  • Ivor's people
  • To control a rabid rodent
  • Mother-in-law's tongue
  • Walking circles.
Green Library, Special Collections

9. The Quixote cult [1998]

260 p. ; 22 cm.
Green Library, Special Collections
128 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Uncivil rights
  • The dancing school
  • A whole lot of justice
  • Dear Rosita
  • The border
  • Family Thanksgiving
  • Radio waves.
Green Library, Special Collections

11. Hombres de ladrillo [2010]

387 p. ; 22 cm.
Green Library, Special Collections

12. Zigzagger [2003]

185 p. ; 24 cm.
Set mainly in California's Central Valley, Manuel Munoz's collection of stories goes beyond the traditional family myths and narratives of Chicano literature and explores, instead, the constant struggle of characters against their physical and personal surroundings.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780810120983 20160528
www.aspresolver.com Latino Literature
Green Library, Special Collections

13. 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
34 linear feet.
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
Collection contains drafts, research, editorial material, correspondence, and reviews of Morales' major publications; and personal correspondence, ephemera, and miscellaneous material.
Special Collections
xiii, 197 p. ; 22 cm.
Green Library, Special Collections

16. We happy few [2006]

122 p. ; 22 cm.
Green Library, Special Collections
xi, 186 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • El hoyo
  • Señor Garza
  • Cuco goes to a party
  • Loco-Chu
  • Kid Zopilote
  • Southside run
  • Maestría
  • Mexican heaven
  • Las comadres
  • Los coyotes
  • The migrant
  • Doña Clara
  • Life is but a tango
  • Doña Clara's nephew
  • El tiradito
  • The pioneer
  • Something useful, even tailoring
  • Trouble in Petate
  • La suerta del pobre (a poor man's fate).
Green Library, Special Collections
xii, 146 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Nine quarter-moons
  • Outside Magdalena, Sonora
  • Salt crosses in doorways
  • Nogales and the bombs
  • What I heard from the bear
  • The other League of Nations
  • Don Gustavo, who had a hand for an ear
  • The orange woman, the walnut girl
  • The curtain of trees.
Re-creates a time and place forgotten these days except by grandparents and elders. The stories in this book are part folklore, part oral history, but in full measure literary as they recollect family tales modified by time, telling, and now Rios's perspective.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780826320711 20160527
SAL3 (off-campus storage), Special Collections
152 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Godoy lives
  • Too white
  • Jimi
  • The biggest city in the world
  • Expression of our people
  • Aztlán, Oregon
  • Mexican table
  • The boy too much like America
  • Slow and good
  • Bovine inspiration
  • El escritor
  • Story #7 in D minor.
www.aspresolver.com Latino Literature
Green Library, Special Collections
x, 220 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction / by Ilan Stavans
  • Angie Luna
  • A rock trying to be a stone
  • Espíritu Santo
  • Remembering possibilities
  • The snake
  • Time magician
  • The abuelita
  • The gardener
  • The last tortilla
  • Punching chickens
  • Day of the dead
  • My life in the city
  • Acknowledgments.
"She asked me if I liked them. And what could I say? They were wonderful." From the very beginning of Sergio Troncoso's celebrated story "Angie Luna, " we know we are in the hands of a gifted storyteller. Born of Mexican immigrants, raised in El Paso, and now living in New York City, Troncoso has a rare knack for celebrating life. Writing in a straightforward, light-handed style reminiscent of Grace Paley and Raymond Carver, he spins charming tales that reflect his experiences in two worlds. Troncoso's El Paso is a normal town where common people who happen to be Mexican eat, sleep, fall in love, and undergo epiphanies just like everyone else. His tales are coming-of-age stories from the Mexican-American border, stories of the working class, stories of those coping with the trials of growing old in a rapidly changing society. He also explores New York with vignettes of life in the big city, capturing its loneliness and danger. Beginning with Troncoso's widely acclaimed story "Angie Luna, " the tale of a feverish love affair in which a young man rediscovers his Mexican heritage and learns how much love can hurt, these stories delve into the many dimensions of the human condition. We watch boys playing a game that begins innocently but takes a dangerous turn. We see an old Anglo woman befriending her Mexican gardener because both are lonely. We witness a man terrorized in his New York apartment, taking solace in memories of lost love. Two new stories will be welcomed by Troncoso's readers. "My Life in the City" relates a transplanted Texan's yearning for companionship in New York, while "The Last Tortilla" returns to the Southwest to explore family strains after a mother's death--and the secret behind that death. Each reflects an insight about the human heart that has already established the author's work in literary circles. Troncoso sets aside the polemics about social discomfort sometimes found in contemporary Chicano writing and focuses instead on the moral and intellectual lives of his characters. The twelve stories gathered here form a richly textured tapestry that adds to our understanding of what it is to be human.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780816519613 20180604
www.aspresolver.com Latino Literature
Green Library, Special Collections


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