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1 CON DAVIS-UNDIANO, ROBERT. Mestizos Come Home!: Making And Claiming Mexican American Identity.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2017. Volume 19 in Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Americas series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano has described U.S. and Latin American culture as continually hobbled by amnesia—unable, or unwilling, to remember the influence of mestizos and indigenous populations. In Mestizos Come Home! author Robert Con Davis-Undiano documents the great awakening of Mexican American and Latino culture since the 1960s that has challenged this omission in collective memory. He maps a new awareness of the United States as intrinsically connected to the broader context of the Americas. At once native and new to the American Southwest, Mexican Americans have "come home" in a profound sense: they have reasserted their right to claim that land and U.S. culture as their own. Mestizos Come Home! explores key areas of change that Mexican Americans have brought to the United States. These areas include the recognition of mestizo identity, especially its historical development across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the re-emergence of indigenous relationships to land; and the promotion of Mesoamerican conceptions of the human body. Clarifying and bridging critical gaps in cultural history, Davis-Undiano considers important artifacts from the past and present, connecting the casta (caste) paintings of eighteenth-century Mexico to modern-day artists including John Valadez, Alma López, and Luis A. Jiménez Jr. He also examines such community celebrations as Day of the Dead, Cinco de Mayo, and lowrider car culture as examples of mestizo influence on mainstream American culture. Woven throughout is the search for meaning and understanding of mestizo identity. A large-scale landmark account of Mexican American culture, Mestizos Come Home! shows that mestizos are essential to U.S. national culture. As an argument for social justice and a renewal of America's democratic ideals, this book marks a historical cultural homecoming. 8 Color Illustrations, 336 pages, 6" x 9". 
Price: 28.45 USD
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2 CUMMINGS, LAURA L. Pachucas And Pachucos In Tucson: Situated Border Lives.
University of Arizona Press, Tucson . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
When the Zoot Suit Riots ignited in Los Angeles in 1943, they quickly became headline news across the country. At their center was a series of attacks by U.S. Marines and sailors on young Mexican American men who dressed in distinctive suits and called themselves pachucos. The media of the day portrayed these youths as miscreants and hoodlums. Even though the outspoken First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, quickly labeled them victims of race riots, the initial portrayal has distorted images ever since. A surprising amount of scholarship has reinforced those images, writes Laura Cummings, proceeding from what she calls "the deviance school of thought." This innovative study examines the pachuco phenomenon in a new way. Exploring its growth in Tucson, Arizona, the book combines ethnography, history, and sociolinguistics to contextualize the early years of the phenomenon, its diverse cultural roots, and its language development in Tucson. Unlike other studies, it features first-person research with men and women who—despite a wide span of ages—self-identify as pachucos and pachucas. Through these interviews and her archival research, the author finds that pachuco culture has deep roots in Tucson and the Southwest. And she discovers the importance of the pachuco/caló language variety to a shared sense of pachuquismo. Further, she identifies previously neglected pachuco ties to indigenous Indian languages and cultures in Mexico and the United States. Cummings stresses that the great majority of people conversant with the culture and language do not subscribe to the dynamics of contemporary hardcore gangs, but while zoot suits are no longer the rage today, the pachuco language and sensibilities do live on in Mexican American communities across the Southwest and throughout the United States. 
Price: 33.20 USD
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3 DEL CASTILLO, ADELAIDA R (EDITED). Between Borders: Essays On Mexicana/chicana History.
Floricanto Press, Mountain View CA. 0915745186 / 9780915745180 s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The most comprehensive and complete original history of U.S. Latinas of Mexican descent written by an outstanding team of Mexican and U.S. scholars and based on copious documentary sources from both countries. Between Borders has been hailed by the scholarly review media as "the most important piece of original research on Mexicana/ Chicana ever published." This collection of essays is a smashing success in terms of organization, presentation, significance of content, and theoretical approach. The essays reflect the maturation of the field in the 1980's. In keeping with the bilingual/bicultural tenor of Chicano Studies, contributions written in Spanish are presented in their original form, prefaced with abstracts in English. The book underscores the benefits of international exchanges in Chicano Studies and in the history of Mexican women on both sides of the border. Addressed here are the historical significance of gender, class, culture, and ethnicity. Collected here are twenty-five essays by an international group of scholars who discuss methods, content and critical theoretical concerns of Chicana historiography to date. Together these writings comprise an unprecedented collection of Mexican women in the United States. Part I examines theoretical approaches useful to Chicana history and argues important distinctions between Chicana and women's in general. Part II follows with a discussion on method and sources for Chicana historiography and draws on colonial census data as well as archival material, oral history and literature as historical sources. Part III turns to the discussion of undocumented female labor in the United States and clandestine garment workers. Part IV examines the impact of gender ideology, patriarchal structures and feminist activism. This anthology includes a bibliography with over 500 interdisciplinary citations important to Chicana/Mexicana studies. Strongly recommended for courses in Ethnic studies and women's history. 
Price: 43.65 USD
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4 DONELSON, ANGELA J. & ESPARZA, ADRIAN X. (EDITORS). The Colonias Reader: Economy Housing And Public Health In Us - Mexico Colonias.
University of Arizona Press, Tucson 2010. First Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The colonias of the U.S.-Mexico border form a loose network of more than 2,500 settlements, ranging in size from villages to cities, that are home to over a million people. While varying in size, all share common features: wrenching poverty, substandard housing, and public health issues approaching crisis levels. This book brings together scholars, professionals, and activists from a wide range of disciplines to examine the pressing issues of economic development, housing and community development, and public and environmental health in colonias of the four U.S.-Mexico border states. The Colonias Reader is the first book to present such a broad overview of these communities, offering a glimpse into life in the colonias and the circumstances that allow them to continue to exist—and even grow—in persistent poverty. The contributors document the depth of existing problems in each state and describe how government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and community activists have mobilized resources to overcome obstacles to progress. More than reporting problems and documenting programs, the book provides conceptual frameworks that tie poverty to institutional and class-based conflicts, and even challenges the very basis of colonia designations. Most of these contributions move beyond portraying border residents as hapless victims of discrimination and racism, showing instead their devotion to improving their own living conditions through grassroots organizing and community leadership. These contributions show that, despite varying degrees of success, all colonia residents aspire to a livable wage, safe and decent housing, and basic health care. The Colonias Reader showcases many situations in which these people have organized to fulfill these ambitions and provides new insight into life along the border. 
Price: 25.60 USD
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5 GAMBOA, ERASMO (EDITOR); BUAN, CAROLYN M (EDITOR). Nosotros: The Hispanic People Of Oregon.
Oregon State University Press. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
IIncludes essays by a host of writers on topics such as Spanish explorers and vaqueros, to analyses of government policy and explanations of traditional cultural celebrations. 
Price: 20.85 USD
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6 GILB, DAGOBERTO (EDITOR). Hecho En Tejas: An Anthology Of Texas Mexican Literature.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque: s Softcover. Brand new book. 

Price: 28.69 USD
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7 GONZALEZ-BERRY, ERLINDA V; MENDOZA, MARCELA. Mexicanos In Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives.
Oregon State University Press. First Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
This important volume sheds new light on the stories and lives of mexicanos in Oregon: why migrants come to Oregon fields, construction sites, and warehouses, what their experiences are when they settle here, and how they adapt to life in the United States. Drawing from the disciplines of history, anthropology, sociology, gender and cultural studies, building on the work of earlier scholars, and providing new and original research, Gonzalez-Berry and Mendoza present a comprehensive view of the experiences of the Mexican-origin population in Oregon. The number of Latinos residing in Oregon has increased dramatically in the last two decades, leading to increased diversity across the state, particularly visible in the public school system, in the agricultural fields, and in the service occupations. This, however, is not a new phenomenon. There has been a settled Mexican-origin population in Oregon since the mid-nineteenth century. Mexicanos in Oregon explores this history of migration and settlement of mexicanos, highlighting their sustained practices of community building, their struggles for integration, and their contributions to the economic and cultural life of the state. Using archival records, primary and secondary scholarly works, demographic statistics, and personal testimonies, Gonzales-Berry and Mendoza create a picture of the economic, political, social, and cultural conditions that have shaped the lives of mexicanos. The blend of scholarly research and individual stories reflect the very human dimension and complex forces that make up the whole story of Mexican migration and settlement in Oregon. Mexicanos in Oregon is a major contribution to the general understanding and appreciation of the stories and lives of Mexican-origin immigrants. It is a vital resource for immigration scholars, historians, students, and for all Oregonians. 
Price: 22.04 USD
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8 LEWTHWAITE, STEPHANIE. Race Place And Reform In Mexican Los Angeles: A Transnational Perspective 1890-1940.
University of Arizona Press, Tucson . h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Beginning near the end of the nineteenth century, a generation of reformers set their sights on the growing Mexican community in Los Angeles. Experimenting with a variety of policies on health, housing, education, and labor, these reformers—settlement workers, educationalists, Americanizers, government officials, and employers—attempted to transform the Mexican community with a variety of distinct and often competing agendas. In Race, Place, and Reform in Mexican Los Angeles, Stephanie Lewthwaite presents evidence from a myriad of sources that these varied agendas of reform consistently supported the creation of racial, ethnic, and cultural differences across Los Angeles. Reformers simultaneously promoted acculturation and racialization, creating a "landscape of difference" that significantly shaped the place and status of Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans from the Progressive era through the New Deal. The book journeys across the urban, suburban, and rural spaces of Greater Los Angeles as it moves through time and examines the rural-urban migration of Mexicans on both a local and a transnational scale. Part 1 traverses the world of Progressive reform in urban Los Angeles, exploring the link between the region's territorial and industrial expansion, early campaigns for social and housing reform, and the emergence of a first-generation Mexican immigrant population. Part 2 documents the shift from official Americanization and assimilation toward nativism and exclusion. Here Lewthwaite examines competing cultures of reform and the challenges to assimilation from Mexican nationalists and American nativists. Part 3 analyzes reform during the New Deal, which spawned the active resistance of second-generation Mexican Americans. Race, Place, and Reform in Mexican Los Angeles achieves a full, broad, and nuanced account of the various—and often contradictory—efforts to reform the Mexican population of Los Angeles. With a transnational approach grounded in historical context, this book will appeal to students of history, cultural studies, and literary studies 
Price: 47.45 USD
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9 MARTINEZ, DEMETRIA. Confessions Of A Berlitz-tape Chicana.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2005. Volume 4 in the Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Américas series. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
"We're everywhere, and it's time to come out of the closet: I speak of the tongue-tied generation, buyers of books with titles like Master Spanish in Ten Minutes a Day while You Nap. . . . We grew up listening to the language—usually in the kitchens of extended family—but we answered back mostly in English." Demetria Martínez wields her trademark blend of humor and irony to give voice to her own "tongue-tied generation" in this notable series of essays, revealing her deeply personal views of the world. Martínez breaks down the barriers between prayer and action, between the border denizen and the citizen of the world, and between patriarchal religion and the Divine Mother. She explores her identity as a woman who has within her the "blood of the conquered and the conqueror," and who must daily contend with yet a third world—white America. Demetria Martínez is the author of the widely translated novel Mother Tongue and of two books of poetry—The Devil's Workshop and Breathing Between the Lines. She is also a columnist for the independent progressive weekly National Catholic Reporter. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico."Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana takes the reader on Martínez's journey to answer, or perhaps to ameliorate, the sense of anguish she encounters in the individuals she interviews. This collection of her hard-edged columns succeeds in its venture to illuminate what can only be described as the pervasive perplexity of everyday life.— Norman Mailer, author of Armies of the Night "In the beginning was the word. But then the word was co-opted by the politicians. And it was not good. Here, then, is a poet who puts 'pen to paper . . . [to] call the world to order.' This is the Gospel according to Santa Demetria the peacemaker, and it is good."—Sandra Cisneros, author of Caramelo 
Price: 18.95 USD
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10 STAVANS, ILAN. The Riddle Of Cantinflas: Essays On Hispanic Popular Culture.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque: . Querencias Series. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Ilan Stavans's essays on kitsch and high art in the Americas makes a return with twenty-one colorful essays and conversations that deliver Stavans's trademark wit and provocative analysis. "A Dream Act Deferred" discusses an issue that is always topical in the dialogue of Hispanic popular culture: immigration. This essay generated a vociferous response when first published in The Chronicle of Higher Education as the issue of immigration was contested in states like Arizona and is included here as a new addition that adds a rich layer to Stavans's vibrant discourse. "Arrival: Notes from an Interloper" recounts the author's origins as a social critic and provides the reader with interactive insight into the mind behind the matter. He writes with incisive intelligence about such luminaries as Cantinflas, Sandra Cisneros, Subcomandante Marcos, the artist José Guadalupe Posada, and the pop singer Selena, as well as about Latin American political posters, historietas, and dictators as novelistic characters. Always humorous and perceptive, Stavans delivers an expanded collection that has the power to go even further beyond common assumptions and helps us understand Hispanic popular culture and its counterparts in the United States. Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. 
Price: 26.55 USD
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University of Arizona Press, Tucson . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Winner of the Southwest Book Award! Beneath the streets of the U.S.-Mexico border, children are coming of age. They have come from all over Mexico to find shelter and adventure in the drainage tunnels that connect the twin cities of Nogales, Sonora, and Nogales, Arizona. This book opens up the world of the tunnel kids and tells how in this murky underworld of struggling immigrants, drug dealers, and thieves, these kids have carved out a place of their own. Two parallel tunnels— each fourteen feet wide and several miles long— drain the summer rains from Mexico to the United States. Here and in the crumbling colonias you'll meet the tunnel kids: streetwise El Boston, a six-year veteran of the tunnels; his little pal Jesús; Jesús' girlfriend, La Flor, and her six-month-old baby; wild Negra; poetic Guanatos; moody Romel and his beautiful girlfriend, La Fanta. They form an extended family of some two dozen young people who live hard-edged lives and answer to no one in El Barrio Libre— the free barrio. Lawrence Taylor and Maeve Hickey met these kids at Mi Nueva Casa, the safe house built to draw the youths out of the tunnels and into a more normal life. The authors spent two summers with tunnel kids as they roamed all over Nogales and beyond in their struggle to survive. In the course of their adventures the kids described their lives, talking about what might tempt them to leave the tunnels— and what kept them there. Hickey's stunning portraits provide a heart-stopping counterpoint to Taylor's incisive prose. Story and photos together open a window into the life of the tunnel kids—a world like that of many homeless children, precarious and adaptive, albeit unique to the border. Where most people might see just another gang of doped-up, violent children, Taylor and Hickey discover displaced and sometimes heroic young people whose stories add a human dimension to the world of the U.S.-Mexico border. 
Price: 18.95 USD
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12 URREA, LUIS ALBERTO. Nobody's Son: Notes From An American Life.
University of Arizona Press, Tucson . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Here's a story about a family that comes from Tijuana and settles into the 'hood, hoping for the American Dream. . . . I'm not saying it's our story. I'm not saying it isn't. It might be instead of Luis?" He suffers disease and abuse and he learns brutal lessons about machismo. But there are gentler moments as well: a simple interlude with his father, sitting on the back of a bakery truck; witnessing the ultimate gesture of tenderness between the godparents who taught him the magical power of love. "I am nobody's son. I am everybody's brother," writes Urrea. His story is unique, but it is not unlike thousands of other stories being played out across the United States, stories of other Americans who have waged war—both in the political arena and in their own homes—to claim their own personal and cultural identity. It is a story of what it means to belong to a nation that is sometimes painfully multicultural, where even the language both separates and unites us. Brutally honest and deeply moving, Nobody's Son is a testament to the borders that divide us all. yours. "How do you tell a story that cannot be told?" writes Luis Alberto Urrea in this potent memoir of a childhood divided. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an Anglo mother from Staten Island, Urrea moved to San Diego when he was three. His childhood was a mix of opposites, a clash of cultures and languages. In prose that seethes with energy and crackles with dark humor, Urrea tells a story that is both troubling and wildly entertaining. Urrea endured violence and fear in the black and Mexican barrio of his youth. But the true battlefield was inside his home, where his parents waged daily war over their son's ethnicity. "You are not a Mexican!" his mother once screamed at him. "Why can't you be called Louis 
Price: 15.15 USD
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