My Name is Cool: Stories from a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller

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“In 1960 my father got into a rowboat from Havana, Cuba and rowed 90 miles to the United States to start his new life.  By the time I got into seventh grade, I was telling my friends that my father saved all of his family, all of his friends, piled everyone into that boat and rowed everybody over to America.  By the time I got into high school, I was telling my friends that my father stole five boats from Castro’s navy, saved all of his friends, all of his family, all of his first, second, third, fourth, and fifth cousins, everyone on

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“In 1960 my father got into a rowboat from Havana, Cuba and rowed 90 miles to the United States to start his new life.  By the time I got into seventh grade, I was telling my friends that my father saved all of his family, all of his friends, piled everyone into that boat and rowed everybody over to America.  By the time I got into high school, I was telling my friends that my father stole five boats from Castro’s navy, saved all of his friends, all of his family, all of his first, second, third, fourth, and fifth cousins, everyone on his block, all of the pets, and everybody on his baseball team.  He piled them into the boat.  There was no room for him in the boat, so he tied those boats together with a big rope, put that rope around his shoulders and he swam everybody over to the United States. . .”
 
Born in Boston to a Cuban father and an Irish-American mother, Antonio Sacre is one of the few leprecanos on the national speaking circuit. Using his own personal history and telling the stories that audiences across the nation have found so captivating and wonderful, this  award-winning storyteller and author  weaves the Spanish language, Cuban and Mexican customs, and Irish humor into an unforgettable book of humor, inspiration, tradition, and family.

My Name is Cool is a classic story sure to transcend, like the author himself, cultures and boundaries.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Remarkable . . . a serious artist”  —The Village Voice

“Whereever Sacre goes, he leaves storytellers behind.” —Chicago Tribune

"standout stories . . . as funny as they are touching." —Kirkus
 

Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
Through short stories and personal vignettes, Sacre introduces readers to his family, several traditional folk tales and his own success as a professional storyteller. The standout stories of the collection feature strong characters from the author's family, particularly the extended family on his Cuban side. They are over-the-top, as funny as they are touching. These stories convey the importance of bilingualism and biculturalism and should appeal to young readers. However, the tone of the whole collection feels disjointed, and the intended audience is unclear. Would readers who are compelled by the silly origin story of the author's nickname on his first day of school be as engaged by the politics of dual-language education or by the poignant account of the evolution of the author's relationship with his father as an adult? In some stories, the magic of spoken language is lost somewhere in the transition to the written word. For example, in "Lake View High School," the vernacular that the author employs when describing how he presented the plot of Antigone to a group of urban high school students may soar when told aloud but is cringe-worthy to read from text. Though the work falls apart as a cohesive collection, individual stories and the themes of bicultural identity and the bonds of family shine through. (Nonfiction. 8-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938301568
  • Publisher: Familius
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 960,720
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Antonio Sacre, born in Boston to a Cuban father and Irish American mother, is an internationally touring storyteller, author, and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles.  He earned a BA in English from Boston College and an MA in Theater Arts from Northwestern University. He has been a featured storyteller at the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress, and museums, schools, libraries, and festivals worldwide. His books and recordings have won numerous national awards, and he is the author- and storyteller-in-residence at the prestigious UCLA Lab School.

 The Village Voice calls Sacre “Remarkable . . . a serious artist” and Backstage says Sacre is “powerful, hilariously honest . . . the man is an out and out genius.”   His shows have garnered numerous Critics’ Choices in San Francisco, LA, New York, and Chicago.  
 
The “most produced playwright in Fringe history” (Time Out New York), Sacre’s 2002 New York Fringe offering was called by Backstage “exquisite…one of the most skillful and satisfying performances of the year.”
 
“He is not a character actor nor a comedian but someone with a perpetual story and an extraordinary talent for engaging an audience. Therefore, he is frankly funny, uncompromisingly believable, and above all – kind.” (Backstage)
 
“Where ever Sacre goes, he leaves storytellers behind.” Chicago Tribune.

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My Name is Cool

Stories from a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller
By Antonio Sacre

Familius

Copyright © 2013 Antonio Sacre
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781938301568

In 1960 my father got into a rowboat from Havana, Cuba and rowed 90 miles to the United States to start his new life.  By the time I got into seventh grade, I was telling my friends that my father saved all of his family, all of his friends, piled everyone into that boat and rowed everybody over to America.  By the time I got into high school, I was telling my friends that my father stole five boats from Castro’s navy, saved all of his friends, all of his family, all of his first, second, third, fourth, and fifth cousins, everyone on his block, all of the pets, and everybody on his baseball team.  He piled them into the boat.  There was no room for him in the boat, so he tied those boats together with a big rope, put that rope around his shoulders and he swam everybody over to the United States. 
When my dad heard that I was telling that story he laughed.  I said, “But really, you just came over in the boat with your family, right?”
            He said, “Came over on the boat?  What are you talking about?  I flew over in a plane.” 
I said, “You didn’t come over in the boat?”
He said, “No.  You’ve been telling stories like that all your life.”
And it’s true.  I have. Now, all these years later, it is my career and my calling. I write and tell stories primarily to entertain, but also, I hope to shed some light on one tiny part of what it means to be the child of immigrants, or as my father says, “born in the United States with Cuban and Irish parts.” Or as the late storyteller Pat Mendoza, a wonderful man with a perpetual smile, called me once while introducing me at the National Storytelling festival, a leprecano.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
Swimming with Barracudas
Names
My Name is Cool
Food fight
The Country Mouse
Leprechaun’s Gold (first heard from Rives Collins)
Water Torture
Frijoles and Fans
What You Say
The Rabbit in the Moon
La Virgen de Guadalupe
La Llorona
Lake View High School
Faster than Sooner
How do you say Blueberry in Spanish
We Stand Together
Larry Sargeant
My Dad is the Man

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