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“On good days I feel I am a bridge. On bad days I just feel alone," Sergio Troncoso writes in this riveting collection of sixteen personal essays in which he seeks to connect the humanity of his Mexican family to people he meets on the East Coast, including his wife's Jewish kin. Raised in El Paso near the Texas-Mexico border, Troncoso crossed what seemed an even more imposing border when he left home to attend Harvard College.

Initially,"outsider status" was thrust upon him; later, he adopted it willingly, ...
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Overview

“On good days I feel I am a bridge. On bad days I just feel alone," Sergio Troncoso writes in this riveting collection of sixteen personal essays in which he seeks to connect the humanity of his Mexican family to people he meets on the East Coast, including his wife's Jewish kin. Raised in El Paso near the Texas-Mexico border, Troncoso crossed what seemed an even more imposing border when he left home to attend Harvard College.

Initially,"outsider status" was thrust upon him; later, he adopted it willingly, writing about the Southwest in an effort to communicate where he came from to those unfamiliar with his childhood world. Troncoso writes to preserve his connections to the past, but he puts pen to paper just as much for the future.

Crossing Borders: Personal Essays reveals a writer, father and husband who has crossed linguistic, cultural and intellectual borders to provoke debate about contemporary Mexican-American identity. Troncoso writes with the deepest faith in humanity about sacrifice, commitment and honesty.
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El Paso Times
Troncoso is a complicated man trying to understand a complicated world. In his quest for understanding, he eloquently shares lessons learned in 16 provocative essays. These very personal essays cross several borders: cultural, historical and self-imposed. We owe it to ourselves to read, savor and read them again.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558857100
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 201
  • Sales rank: 431,394
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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