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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

New Books in March 2011

New Books in March 2011

There are several books that we have mentioned before, but it looks like their publication date got pushed back: 

Chicano School Failure and Success: Past, Present, and Future, Third Edition 
[Kindle Edition]
Format: Kindle Edition File Size: 1563 KB
Print Length: 328 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
Publisher: T & F Books US; 3 edition (March 4, 2011) ASIN: B004QM9OGE
Richard R. Valencia (Author)

Richly informative and accessibly written, Chicano School Failure and Success, Third Edition includes completely revised and updated chapters that incorporate recent scholarship and research on the current realities of the Chicano school experience.

Words Were All We Had: Becoming Biliterate Against the Odds 
(Language and Literacy Series)
[Paperback]Teachers College Press (March 25, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0807751804 ISBN-13: 978-0807751800
Maria de la Luz Reyes

''In this wonderful volume you are about to read elegantly crafted, heartfelt, and insightful autobiographical narratives. They both moved me and instructed me, as few writings have in our field of study.'' --From the Foreword by Luis C. Moll, University of Arizona
''The stories included in this collection reflect in extraordinary ways the importance of bilingualism and biliteracy for Latino children.'' --Guadalupe Valdés, Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education, Stanford University 

This engaging collection examines the personal narratives of a select group of well-respected educators who attained biliteracy when they were young students, and in the era before bilingual education. 

These autobiographical accounts celebrate and make visible a linguistic potential that has been largely ignored in schools--the inextricable and emotional ties that Latinos have to Spanish. 

The authors offer teachers important lessons about the individual potential of their Latino students. These stories of tenacity and resilience offer hope for a new generation of bilingual learners who are too often forced to choose between English and their native language.

The Book of Want: A Novel 
University of Arizona Press (March 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0816528993
ISBN-13: 978-0816528998
Daniel A. Olivas

"To read this sensuous and open-hearted novel is to enter a kind of heaven." --Michael Nava, author of The Little Death

"These haunting, lyrical tales, woven into a seamless novel by Daniel A. Olivas, rise from the heart of his beloved Los Angeles, in that mythical place called the Borderlands, and lead the way in a new genre of superb American literature." --Himilce Novas, author of Mangos, Bananas and Coconuts: A Cuban Love Story

"Daniel Olivas has been steadily developing into one of the primary voices of Latino literature's new wave. The Book of Want is a major step forward in his art, a moving, vital narrative from a major American talent." --Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Hummingbird's Daughter

Rethinking Chicana/ O and Latina/ O Popular Culture
[Paperback]Palgrave Macmillan (March 30, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0230616054 ISBN-13: 978-0230616059
Daniel Enrique Perez

In this book, Daniel Enrique Pérez examines the various ways queer identities are represented in Chicana/o and Latina/o cultural texts. 

Through a gender, ethnicity, and sexuality lens, he demonstrates that queer Chicana/o and Latina/o identities are much more prevalent in cultural production than most people think. 

He argues that the representation of queer identities goes well beyond gay Chicana/o and Latina/o stereotypes: maricones, jotos, and marimachas. Macho men, the Latin lover, Pocho, Real Women Have Curves, Selena, and several other characters and texts are also queer. 

By claiming such a variety of characters and texts as queer, he erases that infamous forward slash that tends to be drawn between the terms straight and gay while expanding the breadth of queer representation in cultural production.

Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950-1980 
(Critical Issues in Health and Medicine) [Paperback]Rutgers University Press; Revised edition (February 11, 2011)
ISBN-10: 081354999X ISBN-13: 978-0813549996
Rebecca M. Kluchin

The 1960s revolutionized American contraceptive practice. Diaphragms, jellies, and condoms with high failure rates gave way to newer choices of the Pill, IUD, and sterilization. 

Fit to Be Tied provides a history of sterilization and what would prove to become, at once, socially divisive and a popular form of birth control. 

During the first half of the twentieth century, sterilization (tubal ligation and vasectomy) was a tool of eugenics. Individuals who endorsed crude notions of biological determinism sought to control the reproductive decisions of women they considered "unfit" by nature of race or class, and used surgery to do so. 

Incorporating first-person narratives, court cases, and official records, Rebecca M. Kluchin examines the evolution of forced sterilization of poor women, especially women of color, in the second half of the century and contrasts it with demands for contraceptive sterilization made by white women and men. 

She chronicles public acceptance during an era of reproductive and sexual freedom, and the subsequent replacement of the eugenics movement with "neo-eugenic" standards that continued to influence American medical practice, family planning, public policy, and popular sentiment.

Mexican Voices of the Border Region: Mexicans and Mexican Americans Speak about Living along the Wall 
(Voices Of Latin American Life)
[Paperback]Temple University Press (March 18, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1592139094 ISBN-13: 978-1592139095
Laura Velasco Ortiz (Author), Oscar F. Contreras (Author), Sandra del Castillo (Translator) 

Every day, 40,000 commuters cross the U.S.-Mexico border at Tijuana-San Diego to go to work. 

Untold numbers cross illegally. Since NAFTA was signed into law, the border has become a greater obstacle for people moving between countries. Transnational powers have exerted greater control over the flow of goods, services, information, and people. 

Mexican Voices of the Border Region examines the flow of people, commercial traffic, and the development of relationships across this border. Through first-person narratives, Laura Velasco Ortiz and Oscar F. Contreras show that since NAFTA, Tijuana has become a dynamic and significant place for both nations in terms of jobs and residents. 

The authors emphasize that the border itself has different meanings whether one crosses it frequently or not at all. The interviews probe into matters of race, class, gender, ethnicity, place, violence, and political economy as well as the individual's sense of agency. 

Making the Mexican Diabetic: Race, Science, and the Genetics of Inequality
[Paperback]University of California Press; 1 edition (March 18, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0520267311 ISBN-13: 978-0520267312
Michael Montoya 

This innovative ethnographic study animates the racial politics that underlie genomic research into type 2 diabetes, one of the most widespread chronic diseases and one that affects ethnic groups disproportionately.

Michael J. Montoya follows blood donations from "Mexican-American" donors to laboratories that are searching out genetic contributions to diabetes. His analysis lays bare the politics and ethics of the research process, addressing the implicit contradiction of undertaking genetic research that reinscribes race's importance even as it is being demonstrated to have little scientific validity. 

In placing DNA sampling, processing, data set sharing, and carefully crafted science into a broader social context, Making the Mexican Diabetic underscores the implications of geneticizing disease while illuminating the significance of type 2 diabetes research in American life. 

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen  
(Vintage) [Paperback]
Christopher McDougall 

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. 

For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. 

Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. 

With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.

With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons.  

Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

What Can't Wait 
(Carolrhoda Ya) [Hardcover]
Carolrhoda Books (March 2011)
ISBN-10: 0761361553 ISBN-13: 978-0761361558
Ashley Hope Perez

"Another day finished, gracias a Dios." Seventeen-year-old Marisa's mother has been saying this for as long as Marisa can remember. Her parents came to Houston from Mexico. They work hard, and they expect Marisa to help her familia. An ordinary life--marrying a neighborhood guy, working, having babies--ought to be good enough for her. 

Marisa hears something else from her calc teacher. She should study harder, ace the AP test, and get into engineering school in Austin. Some days, it all seems possible. On others, she's not even sure what she wants. When her life at home becomes unbearable, Marisa seeks comfort elsewhere--and suddenly neither her best friend nor boyfriend can get through to her. Caught between the expectations of two different worlds, Marisa isn't sure what she wants--other than a life where she doesn't end each day thanking God it's over. But some things just can't wait...

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