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From the Publisher
"This set employs a broad definition of icon and includes real personages, cartoon characters, and Mexican food among the entries. The engaging articles average 20 to 30 pages in length and contain substantive, documented information. Entries are detailed and interesting. For instance, the essay on Sandra Cisneros provides excellent insight into how her childhood feelings of isolation impacted her life and her writing, and how her sense of responsibility to the Latino community affected her work. Subsections focusing on specific literary works will be valuable to students studying her writings. Articles include black-and-white photographs and conclude with a list of suggested additional readings and notes."
School Library Journal
". . . this guide provides substantial evidence of the influence of the Latino community on American culture. It will serve interested audiences in high school, public and academic libraries."
Lawrence Looks at Books
"Entries are carefully and meticulously referenced…The entries are clearly written, informative and interesting, whether focusing on popular singer Selena or activist Cesar Chavez…Overall, this is an excellent set covering a wide range of topics and likely valuable to a wide range of users. Recommended for academic, public, and high-school libraries."
"This set is part of Greenwood's Icon series, designed to introduce users to icons central to popular culture. . . . Entries are carefully and meticulously referenced. . . . [A]n excellent set convering a wide range of topics and likely valuable to a wide range of users. Recommended for academic, public, and high-school libraries."
"The two volumes offer an in-depth look at a select group of Latino icons, figures whose lives and careers have pushed cultural boundaries and effect social change. Most high school students will find the language accessible and the sidebars that accompany the profiles add interest to the text. A timeline provides a helpful framework for both volumes, while each essay concludes with suggested reading that teachers and students can use for further inquiry: websites, relevant movies, recordings and books are listed. A selected bibliography and an index round out the text. Recommended for high school and public libraries."
Doug's Student Reference Room
"Icons of Latino America is an eminently readable two-volume compendium of icons, people or ideas that have had a major impact on society. In fascinating essays, Roger Burns spotlights Hispanics from many countries who have contributed in a noteworthy fashion to American culture. . .. this is an original and unconventional collection. . . . I enjoyed the diverse selection of subjects and the details of their lives and careers. This would be a useful addition for a high school, college or public library seeking to increase its offerings on Hispanic culture."
Catholic Library World