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Monday, May 30, 2011

Songs for Memorial Day

 Songs for Memorial Day

Bueno vatos and Vatonas, a break from our Lunes con Lalo this week. A salute to all our Chicano(a)s and Mexicano(a)s who have died in battle for the US or for Mexico. Here some songs:

Adios al Soldado

Mansions of the Lord

Hymn to the Fallen

Soldado Razo

Mayor de Los Dorados

Green Fields of France

Requiem for a Soldier

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Chicano(a) Writers Update: Summer and Fall Previews - Arturo Islas

Arturo Islas
May 25, 1938 – February 15, 1991

Happy Birthday to Arturo Islas en la mas alla.

Chicano(a) Writers' Update

Luis Jimenez in San Tony

While ideas about removing a Luis Jimenez sculpture in Downtown El Paso linger, the Witt Museum in San Antonio will showcase some of Jimenez work along with works of the Bank of America Collection including such artists as Diego Rivera, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Graciela Iturbide and Rufino Tamayo, as well as contemporary artists such as Alejandro Colunga, Judithe Hernandez.

Mosquita y Mari

You can find a small write up on the movie showing at Canne "Mosquita y Mari": Logline: “Mosquita y Mari” is a coming of age film about two young Chicana best friends who struggle to address their growing attraction while growing up in a working-class, immigrant Latino community." read more.

Aldana on Mayan Calender and Doomsday

Gerardo Aldana, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at University of California Santa Barbara, is quoted in the interesting story "Doomsday: Is it May 21, 2011 or Dec. 21, 2012"

New Poetry from Jose Antonio Rodriguez

Also, recently off of Tia Chucha Press is The Shallow End of Sleep on paperback by
Jose Antonio Rodriguez. You can see an image of Rodriguez' book on his blog at: http://joseorbust.blogspot.com/

Also, the Kindle Edition of Another Waterbug is Murdered by Victoria García-Zapata Klein is out this month off of Wings Press. 

Summer Preview

Bilingual Press will release Ocotillo Dreams in paperback this July. It's written by Melinda Palacio. I don't have a description yet, but give me a few days. 

Also, Bilingual will release in August David Rice's Heart-Shaped Cookies and Other Stories on paperback.

Fall Preview Chicano Publishing

Luis Alberto Urrea will be coming out with a sequal to the Hummingbirds Daughter. The novel is called Queen of America: A Novel

Here's the publisher's description: "After the bloody Tomochic rebellion, Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora," flees with her father to Arizona. But their plans are derailed when she once again is claimed as the spiritual leader of the Mexican Revolution. Besieged by pilgrims and pursued by assassins, Teresita embarks on a journey through turn-of-the-century industrial America-New York, San Francisco, St. Louis. She meets immigrants and tycoons, European royalty and Cuban poets, all waking to the new American century. And as she decides what her own role in this modern future will be, she must ask herself: can a saint fall in love? At turns heartbreaking, uplifting, and riotously funny, QUEEN OF AMERICA reconfirms Luis Alberto Urrea's status as a writer of the first rank."

Chicano(a) writers in Darfur Book
Several Chicano authors have contributed to this forcoming book: What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur [Hardcover of Putnam Juvenile. They include Gary Soto, Francisco Stork, among others. "A stellar collection from Newbery medalists and bestselling authors written to benefit Darfuri refugees

With contributions from some of the best talent writing for children today, What You Wish For is a compelling collection of affecting, inspiring, creepy, and oft-times funny short stories and poems all linked by the universal power of a wish - the abstract things we all wish for - home, family, safety and love.

From the exchange of letters between two girls who have never met but are both struggling with the unexpected curves of life, to the stunning sacrifice one dying girl makes for another, to the mermaid who trades her tail for legs, to the boy who unwittingly steals an imp's house, and to the chilling retelling of Cinderella, What You Wish For brings together a potent international roster of authors of note to remember and celebrate the Darfuri refugees and their incredible story of survival and hope." (Publishers Description).

Soto will also be coming out with a young adult book Hey, 13! [Hardcover] in October. "Being thirteen is happy, sad, humiliating, surprising, wonderful, awful, exciting, boring, in other words fill of ups and downs. The thirteen-year-olds in Gary Soto's thirteen stories experience all this and more.

In one story, a girl's world is turned upside down when she visits a college campus where she expects to find a rarified atmosphere of intellectual pursuit, only to meet a tour guide who is tattooed, overly pierced, hungover, and not at all focused on academics. In another, two girls test the attraction of their new bodies by flirting with boys at a mall and then find themselves in an uncomfortable and somewhat frightening situation.

The stories in this book are about family relationshps, friendships, self-worth, and questions of integrity. "

Rudolfo Anaya's La Llorona

Aside from his new novel off of University of Oklahoma Press, Rudolfo Anaya will put out a multilingual edition of his book La Llorona. It will be off of the University of New Mexico Press. 

Here's the publisher's descriptions: "La Llorona, the Crying Woman, is the legendary creature who haunts rivers, lakes, and lonely roads. Said to seek out children who disobey their parents, she has become a 'boogeyman', terrorizing the imaginations of New Mexican children and inspiring them to behave. But there are other lessons her tragic history can demonstrate for children.

In Rudolfo Anaya's version Maya, a young woman in ancient Mexico, loses her children to Father Time s cunning. This tragic and informative story serves as an accessible message of mortality for children. La Llorona, deftly translated by Enrique Lamadrid, is familiar and newly informative, while Amy Cordova's rich illustrations illuminate the story. The legend as retold by Anaya, a man as integral to southwest tradition as La Llorona herself, is storytelling anchored in a very human experience. His book helps parents explain to children the reality of death and the loss of loved ones."

Earth Wisdom by Broyles-Gonzalez

Yolanda Broyles-González will publish Earth Wisdom: A California Chumash Woman on University of Arizona Press in November. "Pilulaw Khus has devoted her life to tribal, environmental, and human rights issues. With impressive candor and detail, she recounts those struggles here, offering a Native woman's perspective on California history and the production of knowledge about indigenous peoples. Readers interested in tribal history will find in her story a spiritual counterpoint to prevailing academic views on the complicated reemergence of a Chumash identity. Readers interested in environmental studies will find vital eyewitness accounts of movements to safeguard important sites like Painted Rock and San Simeon Point from developers. Readers interested in indigenous storytelling will find Chumash origin tales and oral history as recounted by a gifted storyteller.

The 1978 Point Conception Occupation was a turning point in Pilulaw Khus's life. In that year excavation began for a new natural gas facility at Point Conception, near Santa Barbara, California. To the Chumash tribal people of the central California coast, this was desecration of sacred land. In the Chumash cosmology, it was the site of the Western Gate, a passageway for spirits to enter the next world. Frustrated by unfavorable court hearings, the Chumash and their allies mobilized a year-long occupation of the disputed site, eventually forcing the energy company to abandon its plan. The Point Conception Occupation was a landmark event in the cultural revitalization of the Chumash people and a turning point in the life of Pilulaw Khus, the Chumash activist and medicine woman whose firsthand narrations comprise this volume.

Scholar Yolanda Broyles-González provides an extensive introductory analysis of Khus's narrative. Her analysis explores "re-Indianization" and highlights the newly emergent Chumash research of the last decade" 

Ramon Eduardo Ruiz Memoirs

The University of Arizona Press will also publish Memories of a Hyphenated Man [Paperback] which are the memiors of Ramon Eduardo Ruiz. "Ramon Eduardo Ruiz would be the first to admit that he is not your typical Mexican American. But he has always known who he is. 
Historian, author, and intellectual, Ruiz has established himself through such books as Triumphs and Tragedy: A History of the Mexican People and Cuba: The Making of a Revolution, and in 1998 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Clinton. 

Now he turns his pen on his own life to offer a personal look at what it really means to be American by birth but Mexican by culture. Little has been written by or about persons of Mexican origin who have achieved the academic stature of Ruiz, and his memoir provides insights not found in the more common biographies of labor leaders and civil rights activists. His early life straddled the social worlds of his parent's Mexico and semi-rural America, where his father's success as an entrepreneur and property owner set his family's experiences apart from those of most other Mexicans at the time. 

His parents reinforced in their children an identity as mexicanos, and that connection with his ancestral roots was for Ruiz a lifejacket in the days of acute bigotry in America. In making an early, self-conscious commitment to a life of the mind, Ruiz became aware of his unique nature, and while not immune to prejudice he was able to make a name for himself in several endeavors. 

As a student, he attended college when few Mexican Americans were given that opportunity, and he was one of the first of his generation to earn a Ph.D. As an Army Air Force officer during World War II, he served as a pilot in the Pacific theatre. And as an intellectual, he navigated the currents of the historical profession and charted new directions in Latin American research through his prolific writing. Ruiz's career teaching took him to Mexico, Massachusetts, Texas, Oregon--often as the lone "Mexican professor," and ultimately back to his native California. 

While teaching at Smith, he exulted in being "free to interpret Spanish American life and culture to my heart's content," and at the University of California, San Diego, he saw the era of campus racial barrier give way to the birth of affirmative action. While at UCSD, he taught hundreds of Chicanos and trained one of the largest groups of Chicano Ph.D's. Memories of a Hyphenated Man is the story of a unique individual who, while shaped by his upbringing and drawing on deep cultural roots, steadfastly followed his own compass in life. It tells of a singular man who beat the odds as it poignantly addresses the ambiguities associated with race, class, citizenship, and nationality for Mexicans and Mexican Americans."

The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity

Lorraine M. Lopez will co-edit The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity [Paperback] on U of A Press. "The sheer number of different ethnic groups and cultures in the United States makes it tempting to classify them according to broad stereotypes, ignoring their unique and changing identities. Because of their growing diversity within the United States, Latinas and Latinos face this problem in their everyday lives. With cultural roots in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, or a variety of other locales, Hispanic-origin people in the United States are too often consigned to a single category. With this book Blas Falconer and Lorraine M. Lopez set out to change this.

The Other Latin@ is a diverse collection of essays written by some of the best emerging and established contemporary writers of Latin origin to help answer the question: How can we treat U.S. Latina and Latino literature as a definable whole while acknowledging the many shifting identities within their cultures? By telling their own stories, these authors illuminate the richness of their cultural backgrounds while adding a unique perspective to Latina and Latino literature.

This book sheds light on the dangers of abandoning identity by accepting cultural stereotypes and ignoring diversity within diversity. These contributors caution against judging literature based on the race of the author and lament the use of the term Hispanic to erase individuality. Honestly addressing difficult issues, this book will greatly contribute to a better understanding of Latina and Latino literature and identity." 

Johnson on Immigration

Kevin Johnson will release Immigration Law and the U.S.-Mexico Border: ¿S' se puede? (The Mexican American Experience) also on U of A Press."Americans from radically different political persuasions agree on the need to "fix" the "broken" US immigration laws to address serious deficiencies and improve border enforcement. In Immigration Law and the US-Mexico Border, Kevin Johnson and Bernard Trujillo focus on what for many is at the core of the entire immigration debate in modern America: immigration from Mexico.

In clear, reasonable prose, Johnson and Trujillo explore the long history of discrimination against US citizens of Mexican ancestry in the United States and the current movement against "illegal aliens"--persons depicted as not deserving fair treatment by US law. The authors argue that the United States has a special relationship with Mexico by virtue of sharing a 2,000-mile border and a "land-grab of epic proportions" when the United States "acquired" nearly two-thirds of Mexican territory between 1836 and 1853.

The authors explain US immigration law and policy in its many aspects--including the migration of labor, the place of state and local regulation over immigration, and the contributions of Mexican immigrants to the US economy. Their objective is to help thinking citizens on both sides of the border to sort through an issue with a long, emotional history that will undoubtedly continue to inflame politics until cooler, and better-informed, heads can prevail. 

The authors conclude by outlining possibilities for the future, sketching a possible movement to promote social justice. Great for use by students of immigration law, border studies, and Latino studies, this book will also be of interest to anyone wondering about the general state of immigration law as it pertains to our most troublesome border" 

Rascuache Lawyer

Also of interest on U of A Press this fall is Rascuache Lawyer: Toward a Theory of Ordinary Litigation [Paperback] by Alfredo Mirandé."Alfredo Mirandé, a sociology professor, Stanford Law graduate, and part-time pro bono attorney, represents clients who are rascuache--a Spanish word for "poor" or even "wretched"--and on the margins of society. For Mirandé, however, rascuache means to be "down but not out," an underdog who is still holding its ground. Rascuache Lawyer offers a unique perspective on providing legal services to poor, usually minority, folks who are often just one short step from jail. Not only a passionate argument for rascuache lawyering, it is also a thoughtful, practical attempt to apply and test critical race theory--particularly Latino critical race theory--in day-to-day legal practice.

Every chapter presents an actual case from Mirandé's experience (only the names and places have been changed). His clients have been charged with everything from carrying a concealed weapon, indecent exposure, and trespassing to attempted murder, domestic violence, and child abuse. Among them are recent Mexican immigrants, drug addicts, gang members, and the homeless. All of them are destitute, and many are victims of racial profiling. Some "pay" 

Mirandé with bartered services such as painting, home repairs, or mechanical work on his car. And Mirandé doesn't always win their cases. But, as he recounts, he certainly works tirelessly to pursue all legal remedies.

Each case is presented as a letter to a fascinating (fictional) "Super Chicana" named Fermina Gabriel, who we are told is an accomplished lawyer, author, and singer. This narrative device allows the author to present his cases as if he were recounting them to a friend, drawing in the reader as a friend as well.

Bookending the individual cases, Mirandé's introductions and conclusions offer a compelling vision of progressive legal practice grounded in rascuache lawyering"

Fall of Arte Publico Press

Arte Publico Press will release the Spanish edition of Los recuerdos de Ana Calderon/ Memories of Ana Calderon by Graciela Limon. It will be on paperback. 

Arte Publico will also release a book of essays by Rolando Hinojosa in November. 
It is called A Voice of My Own: Essays and Stories [Paperback]. Also by Arte Publico and by Hinojosa will be a Rafa Buenrostro Mystery called Partners in Crime.

Lorna's Next Poetry

Also remember, that Lorna Dee Cervantes next poetry collection's publication date was moved to the fall.

It is titled Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems and its on Wing Press.

Rigoberto's forthcoming

Rigoberto Gonzalez will release a book Black Blossoms on paperback off of . I thought it was a book of poems, but now I'm not sure.
It is published by Four Way Press and here's their description: "Black Blossoms offers a sustained exploration into the private lives of working class women of color and their difficult journeys. In surreal fairytales and magical biographies, Black Blossoms travels the U.S. and abroad: a daughter in Baja California tends to her sick father and watches for "the prince in his storybook tights"; "The Unsung Story of the Invisible Woman" in Phoenix, Arizona; the infamous New England spinster Lizzie Borden. A follow-up to Gonzalez's Other Fugitives and Other Strangers (which recounted male lives), Black Blossoms interweaves sex, death and violence: the tragedies of loving and losing."

El Paso Writers Update
We have also mentioned on our Facebook Page new books by Sergio Troncoso and Dagoberto Gilb coming out this fall. We'll have more on those books on the Blog on this weeks' El Paso Writers Update. Also, don't for get to check out our post "New Book Titles in May 2011: Chicano(a) Topics."
More fall previews next week.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Lunes con Lalo: Poetic Wisdom for Your Week - La Bowie

La Bowie
a high school with a heartbreaking
will always be a major part
of the lives of thousands
of chicanos.
that is, of those
fortunate enough
to have attended la bowie
whether it was just the jr. high-school
or whether it was just for a semester
or to actually get a diploma
the pride in their eyes se asoma
when they hear la bowie mentioned
spread now
the world over
the alumni
the you and i,
have gone on to become
respected leaders, war heroes
accomplished artists, successes
or better yet simply good u.s. citizens
working at raising a family
in the serenity of home.
we also claim
those who did not do so well,
or worse yet
took some crooked roads
and wound up in a prison
or in the city morgue o.d.d.
or became slaves to a wine bottle.
We claim them all
and speak with tears
in our broken voices
as we recall,
--------- bowie siempre gloriosa--------
la bowie filled with glory
in the full sense of the word.
Each new generation
entering its new site's doors
assumes immediately
a heritage with lots of pride
the moments of glory,
the sport victories,
the magnificent teachers,
the locuras, the character of students,
the walking to and from
along sixth or seventh streets
la bowie, home of some greats
of the classroom, administration,
coaching staffs, such as,
coach davidson, el pollitt,
paredes, la dixon, el mr. carpenter
el bean and el jackson.
The famous bears like
perez, morales, montes
and el zurdo holguin who pitched
la bowie into a state championship.
la bowie is an institutions
which with time and love acquired
human characteristics
and thus became the mother-shelter
for many of us who had little else
to protect us and to guide us.
The times have changed, yes,
but as long as there is an alumni
guarding its strong spirit,
highlighting yearly
another outstanding bowieite,
la bowie
will remain a beacon
in El Paso, Texas
nay, in East L.A.
Denver, Chicago
or any other major city
where a bowie graduate
makes its home now.
La bowie is,
after all,
a high school with a soul.

by Abelardo "Lalo" B. Delgado, Class of 1950

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(c) Abelardo Delgado. Published with permission of the Delgado family. All poems are copyright of the Estate of Lalo Delgado and may not be reproduced without permission.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

New Books in May 2011: Topic Mexico

New Books in May 2011: Topic Mexico,
Luis Arturo Ramos, Carlos Fuentes, Jorge G. Castaneda, Elena Poniatowska, Octavio Paz, Ilan Stavans on Jose Vascocelos 

Jose Vasconcelos: The Prophet of Race
Rutgers University Press (April 7, 2011) Language: English
ISBN-10: 0813550637 ISBN-13: 978-0813550633
Ilan Stavans (Author) 

Mexican educator and thinker Jose Vasconcelos is to Latinos what W.E.B. Du Bois is to African Americans -- a controversial scholar who fostered an alternative view of the future. In Josè Vasconcelos: The Prophet of Race, his influential 1925 essay, "Mestizaje" key to understanding the role he played in the shaping of multiethnic America--is for the first time showcased and properly analyzed. 

Freshly translated here by John H. R. Polt, "Mestizaje" suggested that the Brown Race from Latin America was called to dominate the world, a thesis embraced by activists and scholars north and south of the Rio Grande. Ilan Stavans insightfully and comprehensively examines the essay in biographical and historical context, and considers how many in the United States, especially Chicanos during the civil rights era, used it as a platform for their political agenda. 

The volume also includes Vasconcelos's long-forgotten 1926 Harris Foundation Lecture at the University of Chicago, "The Race Problem in Latin America," where he cautioned the United States that rejecting mestizaje in our own midst will ultimately bankrupt the nation. 

Luis Arturo Ramos. Mickey y sus amigos
Mickey y sus amigos (Cal y arena, 2010)
Luis Arturo Ramos

Uuna novela que nos introduce a la vida secreta de Paula Parham y Tobias S. Truman, enanos que prestaron sus servicios a la empresa Disney (de Orlando, Florida), insuflándole vida, en tiempos distintos, al ratón simpático y orejón de Ciudad en Miniatura. Corría la década del setenta, una época de contradicciones políticas e inercias absurdas. Mientras el flower power y la psicodelia mostraban otras alternativas de escape, Estados Unidos seguía insistiendo en la agitación militar a secas y ponderaba un hábitat cultural opresivo.

(Seix Barral Premio Biblioteca Breve) (Spanish Edition) 
Paperback Planeta Publishing (April 5, 2011) Language: Spanish
ISBN-10: 6070706323 ISBN-13: 978-6070706325
Elena Poniatowska (Author)

 Premio Bibiloteca Breve 2011
Esta novela cuenta la historia de una mujer indomable, un espíritu rebelde. Destinada a crecer como la rica heredera de un magnate de la industria textil, desde pequeña supo que era diferente, que su capacidad de ver lo que otros no veían, de conectar con los animales, la convertía en especial. 

Desafió las convenciones sociales, a sus padres y maestros, y rompió cualquier atadura religiosa o ideológica para conquistar su derecho a ser una mujer libre, personal y artísticamente. 

Leonora Carrington es hoy una leyenda, la más importante pintora surrealista, y su fascinante vida, el material del que se nutren nuestros sueños.

Fantasiosa y excéntrica en su infancia, desafiante en su adolescencia, Leonora vivió la más turbulenta historia de amor con el pintor Max Ernst. Con él se sumergió en el torbellino del surrealismo, y se codeó en París con Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Joan Miró, André Breton o Pablo Picasso; por Max enloqueció cuando fue enviado a un campo de concentración. A Leonora se la confinó en un manicomio de Santander, del que escapó para conquistar Nueva York de la mano de Peggy Guggenheim. Se instaló en México casándose con el poeta y periodista Renato Leduc; aquí culmina una de las obras artísticas y literarias más singulares y geniales.
Elena Poniatowska retrata como nadie a una mujer excepcional.


Octavio Paz y la poética de la historia mexicana (Spanish Edition)
Kindle Edition
Publisher: Fondo de Cultura Económica (May 11, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: Spanish
Lending: Enabled
David A. Brading (Author) 

En el año 2000, y con motivo del cincuentenario de la publicación de El laberinto de la soledad, la Fundación Octavio Paz y el Fondo de Cultura Económica organizaron un coloquio en el que participó David A. Brading con una ponencia titulada "Octavio Paz y la poética de la historia mexicana". Ése es precisamente el origen de este libro que ahora, en versión ampliada, publica el FCE y en el que el especialista en la obra del Nobel mexicano ratifica la vigencia de las consideraciones de Paz acerca del pasado mexicano. 

The Narrative of Carlos Fuentes: Family, Text, Nation
(Durham Modern Languages) Paperback
Manchester University Press (May 10, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0719085918 ISBN-13: 978-0719085918
Steven Boldy (Author) 

This study examines the full range of Carlos Fuentes’ art, from the critical realism of his early novels to his highly experimental novels of the late sixties, and to his novels from the eighties where national identities are playfully evoked and largely dismantled through intertextual games, migrations of people and ide

Manana Forever?: Mexico and the Mexicans
Hardcover Publisher: Knopf (May 17, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0375404244 ISBN-13: 978-0375404245
Jorge G. Castaneda

Why are Mexicans so successful in individual sports, but deficient in team play? Why do Mexicans dislike living in skyscrapers? Why do Mexicans love to see themselves as victims, but also love victims? And why, though the Mexican people traditionally avoid conflict, is there so much violence in a country where many leaders have died by assassination?

In this shrewd and fascinating book, the renowned scholar and former foreign minister Jorge Castañeda sheds much light on the puzzling paradoxes of his native country. Here’s a nation of 110 million that has an ambivalent and complicated relationship with the United States yet is host to more American expatriates than any country in the world. Its people tend to resent foreigners yet have made the nation a hugely popular tourist destination. Mexican individualism and individual ties to the land reflect a desire to conserve the past and slow the route to uncertain modernity.

Castañeda examines the future possibilities for Mexico as it becomes more diverse in its regional identities, socially more homogenous, its character and culture the instruments of change rather than sources of stagnation, its political system more open and democratic. Mañana Forever? is a compelling portrait of a nation at a crossroads. 

MALALIENTO (Spanish Edition)
Format: Kindle Edition File Size: 628 KB
Publisher: Sergio Andrade / Editorial Alaminos (May 18, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services Language: Spanish
ASIN: B0051OT1TG Lending: Enabled

A fantastic novel about the "new" México, written on the roads of a deconstructed nation. Sergio Andrade, in his very amazing and personal style, writes about how an ancient magical country succeed in becoming a worldwide leader in corruption, violence and drugs traffic.The origins of this complex process one can find them at the National Students Movement of 1968, the Olympic Games of that year, and the growth of a generation of "nobodies" wich "studied" medium high-school by that time and surprisingly became the chief organizers of the "new" mexican order.

In the allucinate narration based in the crazy monologues of the main character of the novel, you will find the adult man discovery of sex, the bounds between El Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional and the ETA, the rarities inside the team of Sub-comandante Marcos followers, the way of doing business of the new Cárteles de la Droga, and much more. Also, the most accurate fictional painting of the tortured beauty of a falling apart country

Diseased Relations: Epidemics, Public Health, and State-Building in Yucatan, Mexico, 1847-1924
Paperback University of New Mexico Press (May 15, 2011)
ISBN-10: 082634898X ISBN-13: 978-0826348982
Heather McCrea

Throughout recorded history, epidemics have touched every aspect of life, including commerce, travel, agriculture, religious ritual, education, and political campaigns. In the tropical region of Yucatan, Mexico, which hosted a plethora of diseases, the violent resistance of various Mayan groups to state exploitation created one of the least understood but most significant threats to Mexican rule since the Conquest. 

As protection of one's own health -- as well as control over individual and collective bodies -- came to be ingrained in the imagined community that elites sought to construct, public health campaigns became symbols of modernization and an extension of the state's efforts to remake clean citizens out of what some perceived as the filthy, the disorderly, and the rebellious. 

Their medical plans and legislation, however, often ran counter to long-practiced rituals of burial, mourning, food preparation, and sick care in the region.

This study examines the politics of post-colonial state-building through the lens of disease and public health policy in order to trace how indigenous groups on the periphery of power and geography helped shape the political practices and institutions of modern Mexico. 

Placing Yucatan at the center of an international labor force, global economics (due to the henequen boom), and a modernizing medical establishment, Heather McCrea incorporates the region into a larger discussion about socioeconomic change and the pervasive role that health care, or lack thereof, plays in human society.

Cuauhtemoc's Bones: Forging National Identity in Modern Mexico 
(Dialogos Series)  Paperback 
University of New Mexico Press (May 15, 2011) 
ISBN-10: 0826350372 ISBN-13: 978-0826350374
Paul Gillingham

In 1949, a group of villagers and ad hoc archaeologists dug up what they believed to be the remains of the last Aztec emperor, Cuauhtemoc, in a remote village in the mountains of central Mexico. 

State and local leaders enthusiastically promoted this remarkable discovery and nationalist celebrations erupted throughout the country. The festivities ended abruptly when professional Mexican archaeologists denied that the body was that of Cuauhtemoc, igniting what became the greatest scandal in the cultural politics of twentieth-century Mexico. 

Suddenly, Cuauhtemoc's bones were at the center of debates about the politics and mechanisms of Mexican national identity.

In this engaging study, Paul Gillingham uses the revelation of the forgery of Cuauhtemoc's tomb and the responses it evoked as a means of examining the set of ideas, beliefs, and dreams that bind societies to the nation-state. 

Living with the Dead: Mortuary Ritual in Mesoamerica
Hardcover University of Arizona Press (May 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0816529760 ISBN-13: 978-0816529766
James L. Fitzsimmons (Editor), Izumi Shimada (Editor)

Scholars have recently achieved new insights into the many ways in which the dead and the living interacted from the Late Preclassic to the Conquest in Mesoamerica. The eight essays in this useful volume were written by well-known scholars who offer cross-disciplinary and synergistic insights into the varied articulations between the dead and those who survived them. 
From physically opening the tomb of their ancestors and carrying out ancestral heirlooms to periodic feasts, sacrifices, and other lavish ceremonies, heirs revisited death on a regular basis. The activities attributable to the dead, moreover, range from passively defining territorial boundaries to more active exploits, such as "dancing" at weddings and "witnessing" royal accessions. 

The dead were -- and continued to be -- a vital part of everyday life in Mesoamerican cultures.

This book results from a symposium organized by the editors for an annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The contributors employ historical sources, comparative art history, anthropology, and sociology, as well as archaeology and anthropology, to uncover surprising commonalities across cultures, including the manner in which the dead were politicized, the perceptions of reciprocity between the dead and the living, and the ways that the dead were used by the living to create, define, and renew social as well as family ties. 

In exploring larger issues of a "good death" and the transition from death to ancestry, the contributors demonstrate that across Mesoamerica death was almost never accompanied by the extinction of a persona; it was more often the beginning of a social process than a conclusion. 

In Search of Dominguez & Escalante: Photographing the 1776 Spanish Expedition Through the Southwest  
Hardcover Museum of New Mexico Press (May 2011)
ISBN-10: 0890135290 ISBN-13: 978-0890135297
Greg Mac Gregor (Author), Siegfried Halus (Author) 

On 29 July 1776, Franciscan friars Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestro Velez de Escalante embarked on an expedition to seek an overland route from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Monterey, California. 

Although the Spaniards did not reach their final destination, the expedition is widely regarded as one of the great explorations in western U.S. history for its documentation of the land and Native people in the Four Corners. The group - including cartographer Don Bernardo Miera y Pacheco, Ute-speaking guides and the alcade (mayor) of Zuni - circumnavigated 1800 miles of unchartered territory never before seen by Europeans, an arduous five month trip documented in Escalante's journal, a widely read historical account of the exploration. 

More than two hundred years later Greg Mac Gregor and Siegfried Halus have created a remarkable visual record of the expedition. Using Escalan-te's journal as their guide, the photographers followed the expeditionary route, circling through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona, and documenting the frontier as first witnessed by the Spanish explorers on horseback. 

The expedition passed what today are major national parks and landforms: Zion Canyon; Dinosaur Monument; and the Grand Canyon. The photographs show many areas virtually unchanged over centuries; other images reveal the passage of time in pictures of dammed rivers, power lines, and towns where once stood virgin forests. 

Quoting widely from "Escalante's Journal", the authors present first hand accounts of the expedition alongside their photographic narrative. Essays by the photographers discuss their methodology and experiences as modern day explorers retracing the steps of the friars. In his historical essay, Joseph P Sanchez writes about the lasting legacy of the Spanish expeditions. 

The Jar of Severed Hands: The Spanish Deportation of Apache Prisoners of War, 1770-1810
Hardcover Univ of Oklahoma Pr (Trd) (May 5, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0806141778 ISBN-13: 978-0806141770
Mark Santiago (Author) 

More than two centuries after the Coronado Expedition first set foot in the region, the northern frontier of New Spain in the late 1770s was still under attack by Apache raiders. 

Mark Santiago s gripping account of Spanish efforts to subdue the Apaches illuminates larger cultural and political issues in the colonial period of the Southwest and northern Mexico. To persuade the Apaches to abandon their homelands and accept Christian "civilization," Spanish officials employed both the mailed fist of continuous war and the velvet glove of the reservation system. 

"Hostiles" captured by the Spanish would be deported, while Apaches who agreed to live in peace near the Spanish presidios would receive support. Santiago s history of the deportation policy includes vivid descriptions of colleras, the chain gangs of Apache prisoners of war bound together for the two-month journey by mule and on foot from the northern frontier to Mexico City. 

The book's arresting title, The Jar of Severed Hands, comes from a 1792 report documenting a desperate break for freedom made by a group of Apache prisoners. After subduing the prisoners and killing twelve Apache men, the Spanish soldiers verified the attempted breakout by amputating the left hands of the dead and preserving them in a jar for display to their superiors.

Santiago's nuanced analysis of deportation policy credits both the Apaches ability to exploit the Spanish government s dual approach and the growing awareness on the Spaniards part that the peoples they referred to as Apaches were a disparate and complex assortment of tribes that could not easily be subjugated. 

The Jar of Severed Hands deepens our understanding of the dynamics of the relationship between Indian tribes and colonial powers in the Southwest borderlands.

The Maya of Modernism: Art, Architecture, and Film
Hardcover University of New Mexico Press (May 15, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0826349811 ISBN-13: 978-0826349811
Jesse Lerner (Author) 

From the time when archaeologists first began to discover the civilization's spectacular ruins, Mexico's Mayan past has been a boundless source of inspiration, ideas, and iconography for the modernist imagination. 

This study examines the ways artists, architects, filmmakers, photographers, and other producers of visual culture in Mexico, the United States, Europe, and beyond have mined Mayan history and imagery. 

Beginning his study in the mid-nineteenth century, with the first mechanically reproduced and mass distributed images of the Mayan ruins, and ending with recent works that address this history of representation, Lerner argues that Maya modernism is the product of an ongoing pan-American modernism characterized by a continuing series of reinterpretations, collaborations, and exchanges in which Yucatecans, Mexicans and foreigners, mestizos, Mayas, and others all participate and are free to endorse, misunderstand, reinterpret, or reject each other's ideas. 

Origins of the Nuu: Archaeology in the Mixteca Alta, Mexico
Paperback University Press of Colorado (May 11, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1607321033 ISBN-13: 978-1607321033
Stephen A. Kowalewski (Author, Editor) 

Combining older findings with new data on 1,000 previously undescribed archaeological sites, Origins of the Ñuu presents the cultural evolution of the Mixteca Alta in an up-to-date chronological framework.

The ñuu--the kingdoms of the famous Mixtec codices--are traced back through the Postclassic and Classic periods to their beginnings in the first states of the Terminal Formative, revealing their origin, evolution, and persistence through two cycles of growth and collapse. Challenging assumptions that the Mixtec were peripheral to better-known peoples such as the Aztecs and Maya, the book asserts that the ñuu were a major demographic and economic power in their own right.

Older explanations of multiregional or macroregional systems often portrayed civilizations as rising in a cradle or hearth and spreading outward. New macroregional studies show that civilizations are products of more complex interactions among regions, in which peripheries are not simply shaped by cores but by their interactions with multiple societies at varying distances from major centers. Origins of the Ñuu is a significant contribution to this emerging area of archaeological research.

Reinventing Practice in a Disenchanted World: Bourdieu and Urban Poverty in Oaxaca, Mexico
Paperback University of Texas Press (May 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0292728891 ISBN-13: 978-0292728899
Cheleen Ann-Catherine Mahar (Author) 

Colonia Hermosa, now considered a suburb of Oaxaca, began as a squatter settlement in the 1950s. 

The original residents came in search of transformation from migrants to urban citizens, struggling from rural poverty for the chance to be part of the global economy in Oaxaca.

Cheleen Ann-Catherine Mahar charts the lives of a group of residents in Colonia Hermosa over a period of thirty years, as Mexico became more closely tied into the structures of global capital, and the residents of Colonia Hermosa struggled to survive. 

Residents shape their discussions within a larger narrative, and their talk is the language of the heroic individual, so necessary to the ideology and the functioning of capital. However, this logic only tenuously connects to the actual material circumstances of their lives.

Mahar applies the theories of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu to her data from Mexico in order to examine the class trajectories of migrant families over more than three decades. Through this investigation, Mahar adds an important intergenerational study to the existing body of literature on Oaxaca, particularly concerning the factors that have reshaped the lives of urban working poor families and have created a working-class fraction of globalized citizenship.

Traveling from New Spain to Mexico: Mapping Practices of Nineteenth-Century Mexico
Duke University Press Books (May 6, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0822349914 ISBN-13: 978-0822349914 [Paperback]
Magali M. Carrera

Antonio García Cubas’s Carta general of 1857, the first published map of the independent Mexican nation-state, represented the country’s geographic coordinates in precise detail. 

The respected geographer and cartographer made mapping Mexico his life’s work. Combining insights from the history of cartography and visual culture studies, Magali M. Carrera explains how García Cubas fabricated credible and inspiring nationalist visual narratives for a rising sovereign nation by linking old and new visual strategies.

From the sixteenth century until the early nineteenth, Europeans had envisioned New Spain (colonial Mexico) in texts, maps, and other images. In the first decades of the 1800s, ideas about Mexican, rather than Spanish, national character and identity began to cohere in written and illustrated narratives produced by foreign travelers. 

During the nineteenth century, technologies and processes of visual reproduction expanded to include lithography, daguerreotype, and photography. New methods of display — such as albums, museums, exhibitions, and world fairs — signaled new ideas about spectatorship. 

García Cubas participated in this emerging visual culture as he reconfigured geographic and cultural imagery culled from previous mapping practices and travel writing. In works such as the Atlas geográfico (1858) and the Atlas pintoresco é historico (1885), he presented independent Mexico to Mexican citizens and the world.

Marvels and Miracles in Late Colonial Mexico: Three Texts in Context 
(Religions of the Americas Series)
Hardcover Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (May 15, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0826349757 ISBN-13: 978-0826349750
William B. Taylor (Author)

Miracles, signs of divine presence and intervention, have been esteemed by Christians, especially Catholic Christians, as central to religious belief. 

During the second half of the eighteenth century Spain's Bourbon dynasty sought to tighten its control over New World colonies, reform imperial institutions, and change the role of the church and religion in colonial life. 

As a result, miracles were recognized and publicized sparingly by the church hierarchy and colonial courts were increasingly reluctant to recognize the events. Despite this lack of official encouragement, stories of amazing healings, rescues, and acts of divine retribution abounded throughout Mexico.

Consisting of three rare documents about miracles from this period, each accompanied by an introductory essay, this study serves as a source book and complement to the author's Shrines and Miraculous Images: Religious Life in Mexico Before the Reforma. 

Forty Miles from the Sea: Xalapa, the Public Sphere, and the Atlantic World in Nineteenth-Century Mexico
Hardcover University of Arizona Press (May 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0816529337 ISBN-13: 978-0816529339
Rachel M. Moore 

While the literature on Atlantic history is vast and flourishing, few studies have examined the importance of inland settlements to the survival of Atlantic ports. 

This book explores the symbiotic yet conflicted relationships that bound the Mexican cities of Xalapa and Veracruz to the larger Atlantic world and considers the impact these affiliations had on communication and, ultimately, the formation of national identity.

Over the course of the nineteenth century, despite its inland location, Xalapa became an important Atlantic community as it came to represent both a haven and a place of fortification for residents of Veracruz. 

Yellow fever, foreign invasion, and domestic discord drove thousands of residents of Veracruz, as well as foreign travelers, to seek refuge in Xalapa. At the same time, these adverse circumstances prompted the Mexican government to use Xalapa as a bulwark against threats originating in the Atlantic.

The influence of the Atlantic world thus stretched far into central Mexico, thanks to both the instability of the coastal region and the desire of government officials to "protect" central Mexico from volatile Atlantic imports. 

The boundaries established at Xalapa, however, encouraged goods, information, and people to collect in the city and thereby immerse the population in the developments of the Atlantic sphere. Thus, in seeking to protect the center of the country, government authorities more firmly situated Xalapa in the Atlantic world. 

This connection would be trumped by national affiliation only when native residents of Xalapa became more comfortable with their participation in the Mexican public sphere later in the nineteenth century.

The interdisciplinary and comparative nature of this study will make it appeal to those studying Atlantic history, including historians of Britain, the United States, Latin America, and Africa, as well as those studying communication, print culture, and postal history more broadly. 

100 mitos de la historia de Mexico (Spanish Edition)
Paperback Aguilar (May 30, 2011)
ISBN-10: 6071105293 ISBN-13: 978-6071105295
Francisco Martin Moreno (Author) 

Primitive Revolution: Restorationist Religion and the Idea of the Mexican Revolution, 1940-1968
Paperback University of New Mexico Press (May 15, 2011)
ISBN-10: 082634951X ISBN-13: 978-0826349514
Jason H. Dormady (Author) 

In this intriguing study, Jason Dormady examines the ways members of Mexico's urban and rural poor used religious community to mediate between themselves and the state through the practice of religious primitivism, the belief that they were restoring Christianity -- and the practice of Mexican citizenship -- to a more pure and essential state. 

Focusing on three community formation projects -- the Iglesia del Reino de Dios en su Plenitud, a Mormon-based polygamist organization; the Iglesia Luz del Mundo, an evangelical Protestant organization; and the Union Nacional Sinarquista, a semi-fascist Mexican Catholic group -- Dormady argues that their attempts to establish religious authenticity mirror the efforts of officials to define the meaning of the Mexican Revolution in the era following its military phase. 

Despite the fact that these communities engaged in counterrevolutionary behavior, the state remained pragmatic and willing to be flexible depending on convergence of the group's interests with those of the official revolution


La Fuerza Aérea de Pancho Villa - Los Halcones Dorados (Spanish Version for Kindle) 
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Publisher: Mystic-Buddha Publishing House; e-001 edition (May 5, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: Spanish ASIN: B001P80QOG
Lending: Enabled
Carlos H Cantu (Author) 

Valentía, heroicidad y audacia, convierten esta narración en una novela capaz de satisfacer plenamente a los amantes de la acción y aventura. 

Estas cualidades conducen a Los Demonios Voladores a la Primera Guerra Mundial, los unen para integrar un Circo Aéreo y, finalmente, a volar como mercenarios para Pancho Villa. Encontrando su causa noble, convierten cinco aviones obsoletos en aeronaves capaces de realizar memorables hazañas. 

Implacable, la muerte se lleva a cinco de ellos, y sólo sobrevive Frank, para disputarle honor y gloria a Antonio, un aviador mexicano, y el amor de la hermosa Florentina. La pugna romántica no se resuelve hasta la última página del libro que, además, traza un vigoroso y veraz retrato del legendario Pancho Villa.

Suffering and Salvation in Ciudad Juarez
Paperback Fortress Press (May 20, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0800698479 ISBN-13: 978-0800698478
Nancy Pineda-madrid (Author)

Since 1993 more than six hundred girls and women have been brutally slain in Ciudad Juarez in internationally condemned violence. No one has been arrested. This volume seeks meaning in that tragedy.

Nancy Pineda-Madrid's powerful reflection on this destructive and dehumanizing violence, based on first-hand knowledge of the traumatic situation in Cd. Juarez, attempts to understand the cultural, economic, and even religious factors that feed the violence. 

She detects in the social suffering of the women there a yearning for release, justice, and healing in their quest for salvation through solidarity and community practices that resist rather than acquiesce to the violence.

El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin 
Paperback Nation Books; First Edition edition (May 10, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1568586582 ISBN-13: 978-1568586588
Molly Molloy (Editor), Charles Bowden (Editor) 

In this unprecedented and chilling monologue, a repentant Mexican hitman tells the unvarnished truth about the war on drugs on the American. 

El Sicario is the hidden face of America's war on drugs. He is a contract killer who functioned as a commandante in the Chihuahuan State police, who was trained in the US by the FBI, and who for twenty years kidnapped, tortured and murdered people for the drug industry at the behest of Mexican drug cartels. 

He is a hit man who came off the killing fields alive. He left the business and turned to Christ. And then he decided to tell the story of his life and work. 

Charles Bowden first encountered El Sicario while reporting for the book Murder City. As trust between the two men developed, Bowden bore witness to the Sicario's unfolding confession, and decided to tell his story. 

The well-spoken man that emerges from the pages of El Sicario is one who has been groomed by poverty and driven by a refusal to be one more statistic in the failure of Mexico. He is not boastful, he claims no major standing in organized crime. 

But he can explain in detail not only torture and murder, but how power is distributed and used in the arrangement between the public Mexican state and law enforcement on the ground - where terror and slaughter are simply tools in implementing policy for both the police and the cartels. 

And he is not an outlaw or a rebel. He is the state. When he headed the state police anti-kidnapping squad in Cd. Juarez, he was also running a kidnapping ring in Juarez. 

When he was killing people for money in Cd. Juarez, he was sharpening his marksmanship at the Federal Police range. Now he lives in the United States as a fugitive. 

One cartel has a quarter million dollar contract on his head. Another cartel is trying to recruit him. He speaks as a free man and of his own free will - there are no charges against him. He is a lonely voice - no one with his background has ever come forward and talked. He is the future - there are thousands of men like him in Mexico and there will be more in other places. He is the truth no one wants to hear. 

Los morros del narco: Ninos y jovenes en el narcotrafico mexicano (Narco Youth) 
(Spanish Edition)
Paperback Aguilar (May 30, 2011)
Language: Spanish ISBN-10: 6071109396 ISBN-13: 978-6071109392
Javier Valdez (Author) 

After the success of Miss Narco, Javier Valdez presents a new work on Mexico s drug crisis. 
This time, the leading characters are young men and women at that crucial age in their personal development who, in one way or another, come across the world of drug trafficking. 

Some escape its clutches while others fall in its trap, but their lives are irrevocably changed. The author collects the most intense, moving and surprising accounts that mark Mexicos social and political reality today. 

Spanish Description: Tras el exito de Miss Narco, Javier Valdez entrega una nueva obra acerca del narcotrafico en Mexico; esta vez, los protagonistas son ninos y jovenes, hombres y mujeres, en edades cruciales para su desarrollo personal que, de una u otra forma, se topan con el narco. Ya sea que escapen de el o caigan en sus redes, el narcotrafico cambia la trayectoria de su vida. Javier Valdez recoge los relatos mas intensos, conmovedores y sorprendentes que tinen la realidad social y politica de Mexico a diario.


Mexico's Indigenous Communities: Their Lands and Histories [Kindle Edition]
Format: Kindle Edition File Size: 2419 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: OReilly Media - A (May 25, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services Language: English ASIN: B0051X6F8M
Ethelia Ruiz Medrano (Author), Russ Davidson (Author) 

A rich and detailed account of indigenous history in central and southern Mexico from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, Mexico's Indigenous Communities is an expansive work that destroys the notion that Indians were victims of forces beyond their control and today have little connection with their ancient past. 

Indian communities continue to remember and tell their own local histories, recovering and rewriting versions of their past in light of their lived present. 

Ethelia Ruiz Medrano focuses on a series of individual cases, falling within successive historical epochs, that illustrate how the practice of drawing up and preserving historical documents-in particular, maps, oral accounts, and painted manuscripts-has been a determining factor in the history of Mexico's Indian communities for a variety of purposes, including the significant issue of land and its rightful ownership. 

Since the sixteenth century, numerous Indian pueblos have presented colonial and national courts with historical evidence that defends their landholdings. Because of its sweeping scope, groundbreaking research, and the author's intimate knowledge of specific communities, Mexico's Indigenous Communities is a unique and exceptional contribution to Mexican history. It will appeal to students and specialists of history, indigenous studies, ethnohistory, and anthropology of Latin America and Mexico

Rural Protest and the Making of Democracy in Mexico, 1968-2000 
Hardcover Publisher: Penn State Press (May 23, 2011)
Language: English ISBN-10: 0271037873 ISBN-13: 978-027103787
Dolores Trevizo (Author) 

Traditional accounts of democratization tend to credit elites with most of the 'heavy lifting' via the fashioning of democratic 'pacts.' 

More recently, a newer generation of scholars has focused attention on the role of grassroots movements in democratizing episodes. In her exemplary account of the fall of the PRI from power in Mexico, Trevizo does both, arguing that it was the complex interaction between grassroots and elite groups that ultimately undermined the party's hold on power. 

In doing so, she also extends her analysis over a much longer period of time than most studies of democratization. The result is one of the richest, most detailed accounts of democratization produced to date. --Doug McAdam, Stanford University

Rural Protest and the Making of Democracy in Mexico provides a unique, in-depth exploration of the underlying causes of Mexico s democratic electoral transition from 1968 to 2000. 

Dolores Trevizo, relying on years of field research, analyzes the importance of the 1968 student massacre on distributing student leaders among nonviolent peasant movements in the 1970s and 1980s. The author pursues an original strategy, providing case studies of prodemocratic agrarian movements on one hand, as well as businessmen on the other, in strengthening the abilities of the PRD and the PAN respectively in their opposition to the PRI. She enhances our understanding of how the PRI combined a complex repressive and pluralistic approach to different groups in its ultimately failed attempt to put a lid on the legitimacy crisis created in 1968. --Roderick Ai Camp, Claremont McKenna College 

Enseñando rebeldía
Format: Kindle Edition File Size: 3927 KB
Print Length: 382 pages Publisher: PM Press (May 10, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services Language: English
ASIN: B005069PSW Lending: Enabled
Diana Denham (Author), Colectivo C.A.S.A. (Author) 

Accompanied by photography and political art, this powerful compilation of testimonies from longtime organizers, artists, housewives, journalists, students, teachers, and others who participated in the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca provides a raw, honest look at the 2006 Oaxaca protests to the political situation in the Mexican state — protests that would become one of the most important social uprisings of the 21st century. 

Acompañada de fotografías y arte político, esta compilación poderosa de testimonios de organizadores, artistas, amas de casa, periodistas, estudiantes, maestros y otros que participaron en la Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca provee un vistazo abierto y honesto de las protestas oaxaqueñas del 2006 contra la situación política en el estado mexicano — protestas que se convertirían en una de las revueltas sociales más importantes del siglo XX1.

Mexican Movies in the United States: A History of the Films, Theaters and Audiences, 1920-1960
Paperback Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub (May 15, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0786464100 ISBN-13: 978-0786464104
Rogelio, Jr. Agrasanchez (Author) 

A surge of immigration in the United States in the 1920s coincided with burgeoning developments in entertainment—including cinema. As people from Latin America settled in the U.S. in growing numbers, movie houses sprang up in areas where these populations were concentrated. 

The advent of talkies in the 1930s propelled the Spanish-speaking movie industry into high gear. As the U.S. entered World War II, films from Mexico dominated the market, creating a culture of Mexican cinema that offered entertainment, a reflection of native values and customs, and a link to the homeland. 

A study of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema reveals much about the development of Latin American popular culture in the U.S.

This book is a richly detailed look at Mexican cinema’s boom years in the United States, 1920 to 1960. It draws upon a treasure trove of files from Clasa-Mohme, Inc., a major distributor of Mexican films in the United States, that the author stumbled across while browsing for old movie posters. 

Chapters focus on the appeal of Mexican cinema and the venues that evolved where Hispanic populations were centered: Los Angeles and Pomona Valley, California; New York City; El Paso, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; and the Rio Grande Valley. The theaters, distributors, audience demographics, popular and critical reception of the films, and the stars all receive attention. Included are lists of theaters in California, Texas and cities in other states that exhibited Mexican films between 1920 and 1960. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. 

Crossing Borders: Migration and Citizenship in the Twentieth-Century United States
Hardcover Harvard University Press (May 2, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0674047567 ISBN-13: 978-0674047563
Dorothee Schneider (Author) 

Aspiring immigrants to the United States make many separate border crossings in their quest to become Americans — in their home towns, ports of departure, U.S. border stations, and in American neighborhoods, courthouses, and schools. 

In a book of remarkable breadth, Dorothee Schneider covers both the immigrants’ experience of their passage from an old society to a new one and American policymakers’ debates over admission to the United States and citizenship. 

Bringing together the separate histories of Irish, English, German, Italian, Jewish, Chinese, Japanese, and Mexican immigrants, the book opens up a fresh view of immigrant aspirations and government responses.

Ingenuity and courage emerge repeatedly from these stories, as immigrants adapted their particular resources, especially social networks, to make migration and citizenship successful on their own terms. 

While officials argued over immigrants’ fitness for admission and citizenship, immigrant communities forced the government to alter the meaning of race, class, and gender as criteria for admission. Women in particular made a long transition from dependence on men to shapers of their own destinies.

Schneider aims to relate the immigrant experience as a totality across many borders. By including immigrant voices as well as U.S. policies and laws, she provides a truly transnational history that offers valuable perspectives on current debates over immigration.

En el Camino: Mexico, la ruta de los migrantes que no importan
(Spanish Edition) [Paperback]Publisher: Blume; 1st Ed. edition (May 1, 2011) Language: Spanish ISBN-10: 8498014786 ISBN-13: 978-8498014785
Edu Ponces (Author), Toni Arnau (Author), Eduardo Soteras (Author) 

Every year, more than 500,000 Central American migrants undertake a journey of more than 3,000 miles through Mexico in the hope of finding a better life in the United States. 

This astonishing photo documentary chronicles the myriad dangers inherent in the trip: murder, rape, abuse at the hands of narco-traffickers, and more. The vivid, haunting photographs portray the indignities and injustices suffered by hundreds of thousands as they chase the American dream.

Cada año, más de 500.000 migrantes centroamericanos emprenden un viaje de 5.000 kilómetros a través de México en la esperanza de conseguir una mejor vida en los Estados Unidos. 

Este ensayo fotográfico relata la multitud de riesgos inherentes al viaje: asesinatos, violaciones, abuso en las manos de narcotraficantes y más. Las fotografías vívidas e inquietantes describen las humillaciones e injusticias que sufren cientos de miles en la búsqueda del sueño americano.

A Canadian Woman Takes an Interest in Troubled Mexico: Agnes C. Laut's Journalistic Work and Philanthropic Projects Concerning Revolutionary Mexico, 1913-1921
Paperback VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (May 6, 2011)
Language: English ISBN-10: 3639351037 ISBN-13: 978-3639351033
Grisell Ortega (Author) 

This book, written for readers interested in a first approach to the very complex historical process known as the Mexican Revolution, focuses on the international dimension of this conflict. 

In particular, it tells the story of a Canadian woman who got deeply, and actively, interested in Mexico's strife. Agnes Laut (Ontario, 1871 – New York, 1936) was a journalist, novelist, financial advisor, and a farmer who became closely involved with United States-Mexico relations during the Mexican Revolution (1910-1921). 

This research analyses Agnes Laut's editorial work, travels, and publications about the Mexican situation. Furthermore, it explores her role as coordinator of US civic and religious associations aiming to relieve Mexico's social troubles through humanitarian aide.

Internet y culturas juveniles: Caso: Guanajuato México (Spanish Edition) 
Paperback Editorial Académica Española (May 6, 2011)
Language: Spanish ISBN-10: 384433680X ISBN-13: 978-3844336801
Jorge Alfredo Blanco Sánchez (Author) 

Los usos y consumos que los jóvenes realizan al entrar en contacto con el medio tecnológico, es también un acercamiento a las culturas juveniles, es un estudio que trata de agregar conocimiento al impacto tecnológico que se produce en estados de tamaño mediano de la República Mexicana como es el caso de Guanajuato. 

El estudio reporta que cada vez más, los jóvenes están interesados en participar de un mundo globalizado, planetario y se manifiestan de manera activa con las herramientas tecnológicas que se encuentra a su alcance. La computadora es una de ellas y por tal motivo interesa la forma de su uso y consumo.

Economía y Política de la Vivienda en México: Análisis Económico Urbano (Spanish Edition)
Paperback Editorial Académica Española (May 11, 2011)
Language: Spanish ISBN-10: 3844336958 ISBN-13: 978-3844336955
Leonardo González Tejeda (Author) 

Este texto analiza en mercado de vivienda en México desde distintos enfoques. El primero de estos estima la demanda de vivienda utilizando técnicas microeconométricas para el mercado metropolitano en México. 

El segundo, desarrolla un mercado de acumulación de capital con expectativas racionales para evaluar la implementación de política fiscal e impositiva que incentive el uso de la vivienda habitual, también desarrolla este enfoque con el uso del suelo como un factor estratégico en la determinación de la cantidad óptima de stock residencial y trayectoria de convergencia al estado de equilibrio del modelo. 

Por último, analiza el fenómeno de control de rentas bajo un contexto de incertidumbre en la toma de decisiones de los agentes urbanos que interactuan en el mercado de vivienda en México.

Conservadurismo y Democracia Cristiana en México: El Partido Acción Nacional (Spanish Edition)
Paperback Editorial Académica Española (May 11, 2011)
Language: Spanish ISBN-10: 3844337237 ISBN-13: 978-3844337235
Héctor Gómez Peralta (Author) 

Después de más de 70 años de contar con un sistema de partido hegemónico, México goza en la actualidad de una competencia partidista relativamente plural. Durante las décadas que duró ese sistema político autoritario era un tabú investigar o publicar trabajos sobre el conservadurismo o el pensamiento de derecha. 

Aquellos que se atrevieran a trabajar esos temas corrían el riesgo de ser catalogados de reaccionarios. El presente trabajo muestra las entrañas de la ideología del Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), que fue el partido de oposición más importante en México durante el dominio aplastante del Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). Representa una obra desapasionada y académica que trata de analizar y explicar el pensamiento político de los principales militantes del PAN, desde sus orígenes hasta que lograron conquistar la Presidencia de la República. 

Al autor no le interesa condenar o alabar al conservadurismo, sino entenderlo. A la par de que se van desmenuzando las entrañas de las diversas doctrinas del PAN, el lector va conociendo una parte notable del México excluido por la patria liberal y revolucionaria: el conservadurismo católico.

Estrategias de Grupo Televisa: del monopolio a la competencia: Análisis económico, político y social de la industria audiovisual en México (Spanish Edition)
Paperback Paperback Editorial Académica Española (May 17, 2011
Language: Spanish
ISBN-10: 384433792X ISBN-13: 978-3844337921
María Elena Gutiérrez-Rentería (Author)

The Boy Scouts Under Fire in Mexico [Kindle Edition]
File Size: 211 KB Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: EnglishASIN: B004Z0LAM8
Lending: Enabled 
Lieut. Howard Payton (Author) 

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Rambles By Land And Water, Or, Notes Of Travel In Cuba And Mexico, Including A Canoe Voyage Up The River Panuco, And Researches Among The Runins Of Tamulipas, Etc.
Paperback Thackeray Press (May 16, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1446062678 ISBN-13: 978-1446062678
B. M. Norman (Author)

El sueño mexicano o el pensamiento interrumpido (Spanish Edition) 
Kindle Edition
File Size: 419 KB Publisher: Fondo de Cultura Económica (May 16, 2011) Sold by: Amazon Digital Services Language: Spanish
ASIN: B0051AN074 Lending: Enabled
J. M. G. Le Clezio (Author), Mercedes Córdova y Magro (Translator), Tomás Segovia (Translator) 

Le Clézio explora los valores culturales indígenas de México a través de un recorrido por la dimensión mágica de la cosmogonía de los pueblos prehispánicos mediante el reconocimiento de bailes, ritos, ceremonias tribales y conmemoraciones, además de extensas citas de códices prehispánicos.

Mexican Takeaway
Paperback Matador (May 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1848766270 ISBN-13: 978-1848766273
Francesca Polini (Author)

A road trip that will test every bit of one couple's courage and resolve to the limit...Francesca and Rick don't give up easily - which is just as well when they decide to adopt a child internationally after being turned down in the UK. 

They can have children naturally but believe passionately in adoption and their desire to do some good in the world sees them go to Mexico. With no idea where to start, they plunge straight in and find themselves in a country that seems stuck in the 1970s. Faced with a series of nail-biting unexpected twists and turns, this is a personal touching human drama and a heartbreaking account of one couple's trials and tribulations. 

The story will hook you in and keep you reading as their journey brings them into contact with a cast of characters straight out of Hollywood casting, from a demented but loving mother to a lawyer offering babies for sale in Starbucks. Francesca's writing is inspired by authors Chris Cleave, Niccolo Ammaniti and Isabel Allende. 

Mexican Takeaway will appeal to women, mothers and especially those who are interested in adoption. It will also reach readers who enjoy true stories of impossible adventures in exotic destinations. Francesca and Rick's story has already had high press visibility with an article in the Daily Mail and The Sun, and Francesca appeared on BBC and ITV during National Adoption Week.

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