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Friday, February 11, 2011

New Fiction Titles in Feb. 2011: New Chicano and Latino Books

New Chicano and Latino Fiction 
for Feb. 2011


(WEST WORD FICTION) Paperback University of Nevada Press 
February 1, 2011
ISBN-10: 087417838X ISBN-13: 978-0874178388
Richard Yañez 

Raul Luis "Ruly" Cruz is a young Mexican American who lives in El Paso, just across the Rio Grande from Mexico, home of his ancestors and some of his current relatives.

As he grows from awkward adolescent to manhood, he negotiates the precarious borders of family, tradition, and identity trying to find his own place in the Chicano community and in the larger world.

This is an engaging and moving story of growing up in a borderland that is not only geographical but cultural and psychological as well.

(Camino Del Sol Series) Paperback
University of Arizona Press February 7, 2011
ISBN-10: 0816528829 ISBN-13: 978-0816528820
Xochiquetzal Candelaria
Using both lyrical and narrative forms, these concise verses explore a family history set against the larger backdrop of Mexican history, immigration, and landscapes of the Southwest. The poet's delicate touch lends these poems an organic quality that allows her to address both the personal and the political with equal grace. Straightforward without being simplistic or reductive, these poems manage to be intimate without seeming self-important.
This distinctive collection ranges from the frighteningly whimsical image of Cortés dancing gleefully around a cannon to the haunting and poignant discovery of a dead refugee boy seemingly buried within the poet herself. The blending of styles works to blur the lines between subjects, creating a textured narrative full of both imagination and nuance.

Ultimately, Empire situates individual experience in the wider social context, highlighting the power of poetry as song, performance, testimony, and witness. Addressing themes such as war, family, poverty, gender, race, and migration, Candelaria gives us a dialogue between historical and personal narratives, as well as discreet "conversations" between content and form.

Paperback University of Notre Dame Press; 1st Edition edition February 1, 2011
ISBN-10: 0268029792 ISBN-13: 978-0268029791
Ernesto Galarza (Author), Ilan Stavans (Introduction)

Barrio Boy is the remarkable story of one boy's journey from a Mexican village so small its main street didn't have a name, to the barrio of Sacramento, California, bustling and thriving in the early decades of the twentieth century.

With vivid imagery and a rare gift for re-creating a child's sense of time and place, Ernesto Galarza gives an account of the early experiences of his extraordinary life--from revolution in Mexico to segregation in the United States--that will continue to delight readers for generations to come.

"Barrio Boy is one of the classic early Chicano Renaissance texts giving us the early experiences of the labor organizer and scholar Ernesto Galarza. Galarza had been one of the few scholars focusing on Chicano laborers before the Chicano Movement. He published two other books Merchants of Labor and Spiders in the House and Workers in the Field.” – Raymundo Eli Rojas, Pluma Fronteriza

Perfect Paperback - Tate Publishing February 8, 2011
ISBN-10: 1617394254 ISBN-13: 978-1617394256
Jerry P. Martinez

Luciano Herrera never backed away from a fight. He was a tough man from a tough placenorthern New Mexico. When the U.S. Army entered New Mexico in 1846, Luciano knew that changes were coming. 

The rules of the old frontier no longer applied. Americano law now governed New Mexico. When Luciano caught his wife in bed with another man, he faced a difficult decision. Before the U.S. conquest, Luciano would have killed the other man without hesitation. 
But faced with the possibility of doing time in an American prison, Luciano spared the man's life, setting off a series of events that would bring great misfortune to Luciano and his family. For the rest of his life, Luciano was haunted by his decision and struggled to maintain his sense of honor in a changing world. 

In Timely Conquest, Jerry Martinez tells the story of his great-grandfathers, Luciano Herrera and Jesus Maria Martin, as they adapt to life in New Mexico under U.S. control. They trade and travel with Americans and Indians, they fight in the Civil War, and they experience love and loss. 

Timely Conquest offers a fascinating snapshot of a time of change for the American West and for the people who called it home.

University of New Mexico Press
(February 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0826328199 ISBN-13: 978-0826328199
Translated by Ursula K. Le Guin

The first Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to a Latin American writer went to the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral. The breadth and depth of Nobel laureate Gabriela Mistral's poetry is passionately translated to English by Le Guin in this landmark bilingual edition.

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