Riding Low on Streets of Gold

Riding Low on Streets of Gold

by Judith Ortiz Cofer (Editor)

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Riding Low on Streets of Gold by Judith Ortiz Cofer

Fiction. Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Young Adult. RIDING LOW ON THE STREETS OF GOLD is an essential collection of stories and poems for young people that introduces U.S. Latino Literature. "There seemed to be no way out of the custom. Her arguments were always the same and always turned into pleas ... 'But, Ama', it's embarrassing. I'm too old for that. I'm an adult,'" Naomi says in Helena Maria Viramontes' story "Growing." Ever since Naomi hit high school and puberty, she began to notice that "there were too many expectations, and no one instructed her on how to fulfill them..." In her tradition-bound family and under the thundering gaze of her father, Naomi struggles to stretch the limitations imposed on her by her family, even as her mind expands along with her changing body. Like "Growing," the pieces in this anthology for young adults reveal the struggles of discovering a new self and the trials of leaving behind an old one. This extraordinary collection gathers a wealth of stories and poems that explore the challenges of negotiating identity and relationships with others, struggling with authority, learning to love oneself and challenging the roles society demands of teenagers and adults. Edited by well-known poet and prose-writer Judith Ortiz Cofer, the collection includes work by such leading Latino writers as Pat Mora, Jesus Salvador Trevino, Tomas Rivera, Virgil Suarez, Jose Marti, Viramontes and Ortiz Cofer herself. Included as well are new voices that represent the freshness and vigor of youth: Mike Padilla, Daniel Chacon, and Sarah Cortez. For many students across the United States, this text will serve as their first rewarding introduction to diverse writers of Latino/Latina literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558853805
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Publication date: 11/15/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 798,260
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

from ...y no se lo trago la tierra / ...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him23
The Salamanders24
The Fabulous Sinkhole30
Same Song62
Tomas Rivera63
Walking Home79
Carrying Sergei81
He Couldn't Guess My Name119
Pillars of Gold and Silver122
Religious Instructions for Young Casualties140
Affirmations #3, Take Off Your Mask142
Life Is A Journey142
Too White147
Toreando el tren or Bullfighting the Train166
Primary Lessons186
Additional Works by These Authors197

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Judith Ortiz Cofer has drawn from the works of fifteen authors of Latino literature for young adults to compile this collection of stories, memoirs, and poems. Each selection presents a distinct picture of the immigrant experience in a coming-of-age context. The collection includes a wide variety of Latino voices, ranging from the nineteenth century voice of José Martí to contemporary voices such as Jesús Salvador Treviño. Male and female perspectives are each represented. The selections range from the poignant reflection of a shy student in ¿Pillars of Gold and Silver¿ by Beatriz de la Garza to the disturbing story of a gang induction in ¿Too White¿ by Daniel Chacón to the heartwarming and humorous in ¿The Fabulous Sinkhole¿ by Jesús Salvador Treviño. To help the reader¿s who are new to Latino literature, each author is introduced with a photograph and a brief biography. Additional works by the authors are listed in an appendix. Riding Low on the Streets of Gold is appealing on many levels. The design of its cover and its soft binding invite reading. The varying length and uniqueness of each selection would hold the interest of young adult readers. The content of each selection would spark discussions about both literary and social/cultural topics. A possible drawback of this book is the use of untranslated Spanish phrases in many of the stories. Though the lack of translation or a glossary is an inconvenience to the monolingual English speaker, it underlines the challenge that immigrants face in learning English and in navigating the Anglo culture. Both Latino and Anglo young people would enjoy and be enriched by this engaging collection of stories and poems. As a way to explore the bilingual immigrant experience and questions of identity, Riding Low on the Streets of Gold is a must buy for middle and high school libraries.