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Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life

Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life

by Luis Alberto Urrea
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ISBN-13: 9780816522705
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 08/01/2002
Series: Camino del Sol
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 672,030
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Robert Boswell

Urrea writes with a rare combination of heartfelt passion and self-deprecating humor.

John Nichols

A tough, beautiful, turbulent, and often astonishing memoir.

Terry Tempest Williams

Smart, witty, hip, and at times heartbreakingly honest.

Richard Shelton

Urrea's sheer verbal energy and speed are dazzling.

Benjamin Alire Saenz

There is an honest and precise passion in this book.

Ernest J. Gaines

I commend him for the pure style of his prose and the reaffirmation of the American Story.

Rudolfo Anaya

This book shines with genius.

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Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
voracious on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This collection of essays from the author's life experiences were written in prose-like language, alternating with story-tellling and occasional rants. There were parts of this autobiography that I enjoyed. The author's caustic wit was most apparent when discussing his feelings of isolation regarding his mixed Mexican-Caucasian heritage. His experiences of racism and disdain for intolerance was a primary theme throughout the narrative. I think I would have enjoyed this book more had it not been so disturbing and sad. While you can't judge a book about an author's life over whether it was happy or dysphoric, it made for a rather depressing read. His experiences of abuse from his father were barely lightened by his near adoption by his fictive kin/godparents in San Diego. His years of pseudoadoption taught the author about love and joy, something he had not been aware of prior to those familial experiences. I wish the rest of his story had been as optimistic but unfortunately, this was not the case.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A good read, it's a little slow at times, but can be intense. The author uses great words, very descriptive!