Growing up Latino

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From the mean streets of the barrio to the house on Mango Street, from the Mambo Kings to the Garcia Girls, the authors who contribute to this volume transport us across geographies and through cultures in an attempt to articulate the joys, struggles, defeats, and triumphs of the Latino experience in the United States. Growing Up Latino offers, for the first time, a comprehensive collection of classic and recent Latino writing in English, converging in sometimes shocking, often funny, and always stirring memoirs ...
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Overview

From the mean streets of the barrio to the house on Mango Street, from the Mambo Kings to the Garcia Girls, the authors who contribute to this volume transport us across geographies and through cultures in an attempt to articulate the joys, struggles, defeats, and triumphs of the Latino experience in the United States. Growing Up Latino offers, for the first time, a comprehensive collection of classic and recent Latino writing in English, converging in sometimes shocking, often funny, and always stirring memoirs and stories. Religion, sex, love, language, and family are some of the topics explored in this compelling anthology of fiction and nonfiction. With its laughter and tears, its beauty and power, it is a thoroughly enjoyable book and an unforgettable contribution to the Latino tradition of letters. This diverse collection shatters the myth of a singular U.S.-Latino experience, proving the existence of a rich tradition whose writers, active for more than forty years, are only now being recognized by a rapidly growing audience.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Augenbraum, a librarian, and Stavans ( Imagining Columbus: The Literary Voyage ) have gathered together the best in autobiographical reflections and fiction by Latino authors to produce this intriguing and excellent volume. These pieces raise the question: What does it mean to grow up Latino in the United States, where there are so many nationalities of Spanish origin? Is a pan-Hispanic identity being forged? A brief excerpt of Oscar ``Zeta'' Acosta's The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo is about growing up during WW II, the son of a Mexican father who has become an enthusiastic American and a mother who sings songs from the homeland. A selection from Jose Antonio Villareal's seminal novel Pocho tells of a strike by farm laborers during the Depression through the eyes of a young boy . Masterful stories are also collected from Rudolfo Anaya, Sandra Cisneros and Gloria Anzaldua. Edward Rivera's seriocomic tale of his first Communion and Nash Candelaria's tale concerning the nature and cultural character of hero worship deserve to be singled out. The introduction, a fine overview of Latino autobiography, helps put the selections into their cultural context. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Written in English, all 26 essays and stories in this anthology of contemporary Hispanic American writing focus on coming of age within two conflicting cultures. The pieces show as much variety as they do similarity, representing the work of writers with Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Colombian, and other Latin American ancestry. Some of the pieces, including Nicholasa Mohr's ``Mr. Mendelsohn,'' were originally published as short stories, while others, such as Judith Ortiz Cofer's ``Silent Dancing,'' are excerpted from full-length works. Many other contributors, including Piri Thomas, Sandra Cisneros, Oscar Hijuelos, Rudolfo Anaya, and Julia Alvarez, will be familiar to most readers. This anthology belongs in contemporary literature collections in both public and academic libraries and should also be considered as a text for advanced high school and college literary courses. Editor Augenbraum is an LJ reviewer.--Ed.-- Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, Ore.
Zom Zoms
It's possible to think there's been a glut of Latino anthologies lately, yet they have all been very good for the most part and very much overdue. Now, along comes this set of 25 wonderfully insightful tales of what it's really like to live the "melting pot" experience. The commonality of the immigrant experience illuminates each of these very personal stories, which range from Denise Chavez's "The Closet," which reads delightfully like narrative poetry, to Rolando Hinojosa's "Brother Imas," which gives one an inkling of why Hinojosa has been compared to Faulkner in his rendering of ordinary persons' everyday struggles with the world both within and without. An anthology that teachers and librarians should welcome with open arms, it's such good reading that one hopes it will encourage publishers to give us more of these fine writers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395622315
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/26/1993
  • Pages: 416

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: Soldier of the Culture Wars
Imagining the Family
Daughter of Invention 3
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love 16
Silent Dancing 22
The Moths 32
Un Hijo del Sol 38
An Apology to the Moon Furies 47
The Ruins 73
The Closet 85
Gringolandia
Alien Turf 101
The Day the Cisco Kid Shot John Wayne 115
Mr. Mendelsohn 131
On the Road to Texas: Pete Fonseca 147
Kipling and I 155
The Hammon and the Beans 159
Pocho 165
The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo 193
Songs of Self-Discovery
First Communion 211
Brother Imas 250
Golden Glass 259
My Father's Flag 264
Being Mean 274
People Should Not Die in June in South Texas 280
The Monkey Garden 288
The Apple Orchard 292
Aria 305
Suggestions for Further Reading 331
Contributors 339
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