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Friday, June 24, 2011

New Chicano Titles in June 2011

 New Chicano Titles in June 2011

Randy Lopez Goes Home: A Novel
(Chicana & Chicano Visions of the Americas Series)
Hardcover Univ of Oklahoma Pr (Trd) (June 10, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0806141891 ISBN-13: 978-0806141893
Rudolfo Anaya (Author) 

When he was a young man, Randy Lopez left his village in northern New Mexico to seek his fortune. Since then, he has learned some of the secrets of success in the Anglo world and even written a book called Life Among the Gringos. 

But something has been missing. Now he returns to Agua Bendita to reconnect with his past and to find the wisdom the Anglo world has not provided. In this allegorical account of Randy s final journey, master storyteller Rudolfo Anaya tackles life s big questions with a light touch.

Randy s entry into the haunted canyon that leads to his ancestral home begins on the Day of the Dead. Reuniting with his padrinos his godparents and hoping to meet up with his lost love, Sofia, Randy encounters a series of spirits: coyotes, cowboys, Death, and the devil. 

Each one engages him in a conversation about life. It is Randy s old teacher Miss Libriana who suggests his new purpose. She gives him a book, How to Build a Bridge. Only the bridge which is both literal and figurative, like everything else in this story can enable Randy to complete his journey.

Readers acquainted with Anaya s fiction will find themselves in familiar territory here. Randy Lopez, like all Anaya s protagonists, is on a spiritual quest. But both those new to and familiar with Anaya will recognize this philosophical meditation as part of a long literary tradition going back to Homer, Dante, and the Bible. Richly allusive and uniquely witty, Randy Lopez Goes Home presents man s quest for meaning in a touching, thought-provoking narrative that will resound with young adults and mature readers alike.

Sonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon
[Paperback] Oregon State University Press (June 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 087071600X ISBN-13: 978-0870716003
Glenn Anthony May (Author) 

With Sonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon, Glenn Anthony May makes a major contribution to the literature on Oregon and Chicano history.
On one level a biography of Oregon's leading Chicano activist, the book also tells the broader story of the state's Mexican American community during the 1960s and 1970s, a story in which Sonny Montes, a former migrant farmworker from South Texas, played an important part.

Montes was the key figure in the birth of a Chicano movement in Oregon during the 1970s, a movement that coalesced around the struggle for survival of the Colegio Cesar Chavez, a small college in Mt. Angel, Oregon, with a largely Mexican American student body. Montes led the college community and its supporters in collective action--sit-ins, protest marches, rallies, prayer vigil. 

This campaign received wide media attention, making Sonny Montes a visible public figure.

By viewing Mexican American protest between 1965 and 1980 through the prism of social movement theory, May's book deepens our understanding of the Chicano movement in Oregon and beyond. It also provides a much-needed account of the emergence of the state's Mexican American community during that time period.
Sonny Montes will appeal to readers interested in modern social movements, Mexican American history, and Pacific Northwest history. It is an essential resource for scholars and students in those fields.

I (Heart) Babylon, Tenochtitlan, and Ysteléi
Paperback Villegas (June 7, 2011)
ISBN-10: 061549658X ISBN-13: 978-0615496580
Richard Villegas Jr. (Author)

Mexico and its Diaspora in the United States: Policies of Emigration since 1848
Hardcover Cambridge University Press (June 6, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1107011264 ISBN-13: 978-1107011267
Alexandra Delano

In the past two decades, changes in the Mexican government's policies toward the 30 million Mexican migrants living in the United States highlight the importance of the Mexican diaspora in both countries given its size, its economic power, and its growing political participation across borders. 

This work examines how the Mexican government's assessment of the possibilities and consequences of implementing certain emigration policies from 1848 to 2010 has been tied to changes in the bilateral relationship, which remains a key factor in Mexico's current development of strategies and policies in relation to migrants in the United States. 

Understanding this dynamic gives an insight into the stated and unstated objectives of Mexico's recent activism in defending migrants' rights and engaging the diaspora, the continuing linkage between Mexican migration policies and shifts in the U.S.-Mexico relationship, and the limits and possibilities for expanding shared mechanisms for the management of migration within the NAFTA framework.

The Joaquin Band: The History behind the Legend
Hardcover University of Nebraska Press (June 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0803234619 ISBN-13: 978-0803234611
Lori Lee Wilson (Author) 

After the U.S.-Mexican War, gold was discovered in northern California, a Mexican territory that had been ceded to the United States. Thousands of Mexican and American citizens traveled to the gold region and soon clashed. 

The ruling Americans enforced unjust laws that impelled some Mexicans to become bandits, Joaquín Murrieta among them. He became something of a media myth, with a few newspaper editors complaining that he was reportedly seen in two or more counties at once. In 1854 journalist John Rollin Ridge published a book about the legendary Joaquín band, with news accounts providing the foundation for Ridge’s story.

In one newspaper, Murrieta was quoted as saying he had suffered abuse at the hands of Americans and so was justified in seeking revenge by trampling their laws under foot. Murrieta’s justification became an oft-repeated refrain among bandits, one designed to excite sympathy and gain followers.  

By digging up Spanish sources and revisiting English sources, Lori Lee Wilson discovered previously unrecognized cultural and political forces that shaped the Joaquín band legend. She reveals the roots of an American fear of a Mexican guerrilla band threat in 1850 and the political and societal response to that perceived threat throughout the decade. 

Wilson also examines how the Joaquín band played in the Spanish-language newspapers of the time and their view of the vigilante response. The Joaquín Band is a fascinating examination of the role of the Joaquín band legend in California and Chicano history and how it was shaped over time.

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