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Archive/Manuscript
5.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Materials consist of forty-five 22x30-inch lithographs and approximately 100 smaller 15x22-inch lithographs, etchings, paintings, watercolors, pastels and drawings. Also includes five sketchbooks.
Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
54 linear feet
Materials consist of Salvador E. Alvarez's papers related to his political activism and community involvement, including the United Farm Workers, the Hispanic Catholics of America, and the founding of the School of Social Work at San Jose State. The collection includes documents, reports, news clippings, research files, awards, reel and cassette recordings, and more.
Special Collections
Book
326 pages ; 25 cm
Prizewinning and bestselling writer Luis Urrea has written his Mexican coming-to-America story, his masterpiece. Destined to sit alongside other classic immigrant novels, THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS is a sprawling and epic family saga helmed by patriarch Big Angel that takes place over the weekend of the final birthday party he is throwing for himself at home in San Diego, occasioned by his imminent death at the hands of that familiar killer cancer. But when Big Angel's mother Mama America passes as the party nears, he must plan her funeral as well, and so decides to throw two family affairs in one weekend: a farewell double-header. Among the attendants is his namesake Little Angel, who flies in from Seattle to pay his respects and say his goodbyes, and comes face to face with the people with whom he shared a parent but as the weekend proceeds to remind him, not a life. This is the story of Big Angel and Little Angel, of what it means to be a Mexican in America, to have lived two lives across one border - and about the ravaging power of death to shore up the bits of life you have forgotten, whether by choice or not. A finely wrought portrait of this deeply complex family, THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS is purely Urrean: teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn - this novel cements Urrea as a master truth-teller of the Mexican-American experience.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780316154888 20180618
Green Library, Special Collections
Book
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
Green Library, Special Collections
Book
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
Book
xi, 56 pages ; 23 cm.
Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut uses both humor and sincerity to capture moments in time with a sense of compassion for the hard choices we must make to survive. Vertiz's poetry shows how history, oppression, and resistance don't just refer to big events or movements; they play out in our everyday lives, in the intimate spaces of family, sex, and neighborhood. Vertiz's poems ask us to see Los Angeles-and all cities like it-as they have always been: an America of code-switching and reinvention, of lyric and fight.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780816535118 20170925
Green Library, Special Collections
Book
xiii, 245 pages ; 22 cm
Green Library, Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
15 linear feet (36 boxes, 1 map folder)
Finding aid
Online Archive of California
The Lorraine García-Nakata collection encompasses her work as a visual artist, musician, writer, community/arts cultural specialist, and arts administrator. The collection includes art catalogues, awards, day planners, photographs, slides, administrative files, meeting minutes, artwork, media, and other material.
Special Collections
Book
97 pages ; 23 cm.
Emmy Perez's poetry collection With the River on Our Face flows through the Southwest and the Texas borderlands to the river's mouth in the Rio Grande Valley/El Valle. The poems celebrate the land, communities, and ecology of the borderlands through lyric and narrative utterances, auditory and visual texture, chant, and litany that merge and diverge like the iconic river in this long-awaited collection. Perez reveals the strengths and nuances of a universe where no word is "foreign." Her fast-moving, evocative words illuminate the prayers, gasps, touches, and gritos born of everyday discoveries and events. Multiple forms of reference enrich the poems in the form of mantra: ecologist's field notes, geopolitical and ecofeminist observations, wildlife catalogs, trivia, and vigil chants. "What is it to love / within viewing distance of night / vision goggles and guns?" is a question central to many of these poems. The collection creates a poetic confluence of the personal, political, and global forces affecting border lives. Whether alluding to El Valle as a place where toxins now cross borders more easily than people or wildlife, or to increased militarization, immigrant seizures, and twenty-first-century wall-building, Perez's voice is intimate and urgent. She laments, "We cannot tattoo roses / On the wall / Can't tattoo Gloria Anzaldua's roses / On the wall"; yet, she also reaffirms Anzaldua's notions of hope through resilience and conocimiento. With the River on Our Face drips deep like water, turning into amistad- an inquisition into human relationships with planet and self.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780816533442 20161010
SAL3 (off-campus storage), Special Collections
Book
vii, 342 pages ; 22 cm
Green Library, Special Collections
Book
172 pages ; 22 cm
Green Library, Special Collections
Book
102 pages ; 22 cm
Green Library, Special Collections
Book
xvi, 78, xcix-cvii pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Conceived and developed by Adelina Anthony, Dino Foxx and Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano, Tragic Bitches documents the process and poetry of three queer Xicana/o artists seeking to revel and heal in the darkest and most vulnerable spaces of love, desire and loss.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781257103690 20160606
Green Library, Special Collections
Physical extent
xvii, 112, cxxx-cxliii pages ; 22 cm
Green Library, Special Collections
Book
xv, 115 pages ; 22 cm
Green Library, Special Collections
Book
197 pages ; 23 cm
"From the author of Pulitzer-nominated The Devil's Highway and national bestseller The Hummingbird's Daughter comes an exquisitely composed collection of poetry on life at the border. Weaving English and Spanish languages as fluidly as he blends cultures of the southwest, Luis Urrea offers a tour of Tijuana, spanning from Skid Row, to the suburbs of East Los Angeles, to the stunning yet deadly Mojave Desert, to Mexico and the border fence itself. Mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind, Urrea explores duality and the concept of blurring borders in a melting pot society"-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library, Special Collections
Book
64 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
A thirteen-year-old Mexican American girl describes her home, family, school, and daily experiences in a California grape-growing community.
Special Collections
Book
57 p. ; 23 cm
Argument in support of the Mexican claimants against the United States for depredations committed along the Texas border with Mexico, filed before a joint Mexican and American commission which was created under the auspices of a treaty of July 4, 1868. Includes citations to the relevant parts of past treaties between the two countries, and to international law.
Special Collections
Book
vii, 310 pages ; 22 cm
Green Library, Special Collections
Book
144 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A series of poems keyed to the cards in the traditional Mexican lottery game explore growing up Mexican-American in Texas, from enjoying afternoon snacks, climbing mesquite trees, and sharing Catholic traditions to enduring discrimination.
Green Library, Special Collections

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