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.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.87(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
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'Growing Up Latino: Memoirs and Stories' consists of twenty-six short stories ranging from five to ten pages long. The stories are divided into three subsections: Imagining the Family, Gringounda, and Songs of Self-Discovery. A different author writes each story. Religion, sex, love, language, and family are some of the most popular themes. One story deals with a family and how each member of the family wants different things in life. Another story is about a boy and his siblings and how mean they are to each other. The book has about ten stories that are worth reading. These stories have a point and make sense as well as being fun to read. The other stories in the book are bizarre and may not make a lot of sense, and some readers may want to skip over them. Each author has a slightly different way of writing which can be fun, because they give insight to much of the culture. All and all, the book has some fun parts, and the different authors make the reader keep reading.