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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

2. A rush of hands [2003]

71 p. ; 21 cm.
Green Library, Special Collections

3. Giraffe on fire [2001]

85 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Your throat burns, Red
  • Bull and octopus = Pulpo y toro (Adiós, querido PRI)
  • Ofelia
  • Giraffe on fire
  • Beneath your skin = Bajo tu piel.
Green Library, Special Collections
viii, 99 p. ; 23 cm.
www.aspresolver.com Latino Literature
Green Library, Special Collections
89 p. ; 21 cm.
  • The slaughterhouse
  • The flight south of the monarch butterfly
  • Horn
  • At the Panteón San Franciscano, Michoac?n
  • Day of the Dead
  • Pla?idera: professional mourner for hire
  • Walking by the Pante?n San Franciscano
  • In the Week of the Dead, masked
  • The night Don Pedro buried his best friend the rooster
  • Sentimental undertakers
  • Do?a Mar?a greets her comadre Do?a Luna at the balcony window
  • Catarina's dress rehearsal
  • The exhibitionist umbrella salesman
  • Craft of the candlestickmaker
  • Before the first man stepped on the moon
  • Response to the sidewalk preacher
  • Marías, old Indian mothers
  • You and the Tijuana mule
  • Perla at the Mexican border assembly line of dolls
  • Penny men
  • Death of the farm workers' cat
  • After Jaime the refrigerator man shot himself we said
  • Rosario's graveyard shift at JFK Memorial Hospital
  • Body maker
  • The man who learned about origami
  • Widower
  • Mortician's secrets
  • Show and tell: how my grandmother taught me to read Spanish
  • Slide transparency of my now-deceased mother sitting on the lawn one day before my birth
  • Stars breaking
  • Abuelo photographs
  • Abuelo looks at stars without glasses
  • Ghostory
  • What smells dead
  • Growing up with Goya's Saturno --Sinister hand
  • Texaco Alex
  • Taking possession
  • So often the pitcher goes to water until it breaks
  • The man who gives you nightmares.
An astonishing new talent, Rigoberto Gonzalez writes with a clarity of the senses that pulls the reader into a marvelous and unfamiliar world. The sidewalk preacher, the umbrella salesman, the nurse on the graveyard shift, the professional mourner - all allow Gonzalez, a clandestine glimpse of their lives. Crackling with the dry electricity of the desert and flashing with the brilliant colors of Mexico, Gonzlez's poems are rooted in the fertile soil beneath poverty's dust, the border's violence, and longing's desolation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780252067983 20160528
Green Library, Special Collections
152 p. ; 23 cm.
Special Collections
xx, 168 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • La Malinche
  • Dreaming on a Sunday in the Alameda
  • Esperanza.
Green Library, Special Collections

8. 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
xiii, 197 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
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
92 pages ; 22 cm
Loners, families, fathers, wives--anyone who lives on the border between Mexico and the United States also lives on a border of violence and complexity. Here a master of Chicano noir explores that world in lean and haunting stories that you will never forget.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780826353344 20160612
SAL3 (off-campus storage), Special Collections
xxi, 522 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Once an independent nation, Texas has always been proud of its unique culture. The literature of the Lone Star State has long attracted local, regional, and national audiences and critics, yet the state's Mexican American voices have yet to receive the attention they deserve. "Hecho en Tejas" is a historic anthology that establishes the canon of Mexican American literature in Texas. With close to one hundred selections chosen, the book reaches back to the sixteenth-century exploration narrative of Texas' first Spanish-speaking writer, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. It features prose by Americo Paredes and Jovita Gonzalez, Rolando Hinojosa and Tomas Rivera, Estela Trambley Portillo, and Sandra Cisneros. Among the poets included in the anthology are Ricardo Sanchez, Carmen Tafolla, Angela de Hoyos, and Abelardo 'Lalo' Delgado. "Hecho en Tejas" also includes corridos from the turn of the century and verses sung by music legends such as Lydia Mendoza and Santiago Jimenez, Sr., Freddy Fender, and Selena. In addition to these established names, already known across the United States, "Hecho en Tejas" introduces such younger writers as Christine Granados, Erasmo Guerra, and Tonantzin Canestaro-Garcia, the famous Tejano authors of tomorrow. In assembling this canonic reader, Dagoberto Gilb has created more than an anthology. Read cover to cover, "Hecho en Tejas" becomes not only a literary showcase, but also a cultural and historical narrative both for those familiar with Texas Mexicans and for outsiders. "Hecho en Tejas" is a mosaic portrait of the community, the land and its history, its people's sorrows and joys, anger and humour and pride, what has been assimilated and what will not be.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780826341259 20160528
Green Library, Special Collections

15. Men without bliss [2008]

ix, 206 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Mexican gold
  • Your malicious moons
  • Cactus flower
  • Plums
  • Good boys
  • The call
  • Confessions of a drowning man
  • Men without bliss
  • Nayarita blues
  • Día de las madres
  • Haunting José
  • Road to enchantment
  • The abortionist's lover.
Short stories that probe the silent suffering of men.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780806139456 20160527
Green Library, Special Collections

16. Turtle pictures [2000]

178 p. ; 24 cm.
  • First shell
  • Chicano tortuga party
  • Second shell
  • Tortuga borders
  • Third shell
  • Year of the tortuga egg.
Green Library, Special Collections

17. Cue Lazarus [2001]

76 p. ; 23 cm.
Green Library, Special Collections
xvii, 233 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
The first comprehensive interpretation of the work of a major figure in Chicano literature, Klaus Zilles's study of the fourteen novels in Rolando Hinojosa's 'Klail City Death Trip' series will appeal equally to the specialist, to the student, and to the interested reader of Hinojosa's intriguing and innovative 'Tejano' novels. The series is dedicated to revealing the suppressed oral history of Mexican Texas and to making the reader a companion on a quest for this elusive history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780826322753 20160528
Green Library, Special Collections
Special Collections

20. The magic of blood [1993]

ix, 287 p. ; 23 cm.
Special Collections


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