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Billy the Kid and Other Plays
(Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Americas series) [Paperback]
University of Oklahoma Press (December 10, 2011)
Language: English ISBN-10: 0806142251 ISBN-13: 978-0806142258
Rudolfo Anaya (Author), Cecilia J. Aragon (Afterword), Robert Con Davis-Undiano (Afterword)

While award-winning author Rudolfo Anaya is known primarily as a novelist, his genius is also evident in dramatic works performed regularly in his native New Mexico and throughout the world. Billy the Kid and Other Plays collects seven of these works and offers them together for the first time.

Like his novels, many of Anaya’s plays are built from the folklore of the Southwest. This volume opens with The Season of La Llorona, in which Anaya fuses the Mexican legend of the dreaded “crying woman” with that of La Malinche, mistress and adviser to Hernán Cortés. Southwestern lore also shapes the title play, which provides a Mexican American perspective on the Kid—or Bilito, as he is known in

New Mexico—along with keen insight into the slipperiness of history. The Farolitos of Christmas and Matachines uncover both the sweet and the sinister in stories behind seasonal New Mexican rituals.



Oscar Castillo Papers and Photograph Collection
[Paperback]
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press (December 2, 2011)
Language: English ISBN-10: 0895511401 ISBN-13: 978-0895511409
Colin Gunckel (Editor)

Since the late 1960s, photographer Oscar Castillo has documented the Chicano community in Los Angeles and South Texas, from major political events to cultural practices to the work of muralists and painters. His photographs explore major themes (social movement, cultural heritage, urban environment, and everyday barrio life) and approaches (photojournalism, portraiture, art photography).

The Oscar Castillo Photograph Collection includes over 3,000 images by the photographer that are available through an online digital archive at UCLA.


Colin Gunckel brings together essays by scholars and artists who consider the social, political, historical, and aesthetic dimensions of Castillo's work. An illustrated section features selections from the digital archive. The book includes illustrations from the digital archive, a detailed finding aid for the Oscar Castillo Papers, a small collection of correspondence and other documents housed at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and a collection-level description of the digital archive. A selected bibliography completes the volume.

This book is made possible in part with support from The Getty Foundation.


Trans-Americanity: Subaltern Modernities, Global Coloniality, and the Cultures of Greater Mexico (New Americanists)
[Paperback]
Duke University Press Books (December 21, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0822350831 ISBN-13: 978-0822350835
José David Saldívar (Author) 

A founder of U.S.-Mexico border studies, José David Saldívar is a leading figure in efforts to expand the scope of American studies. In Trans-Americanity, he advances that critical project by arguing for a transnational, antinational, and "outernational" paradigm for American studies. Saldívar urges Americanists to adopt a world-system scale of analysis.

"Americanity as a Concept," an essay by the Peruvian sociologist Aníbal Quijano and Immanuel Wallerstein, the architect of world-systems analysis, serves as a theoretical touchstone for Trans-Americanity. In conversation not only with Quijano and Wallerstein, but also with the theorists Gloria Anzaldúa, John Beverley, Ranajit Guha, Walter D. Mignolo, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Saldívar explores questions of the subaltern and the coloniality of power, emphasizing their location within postcolonial studies.

Analyzing the work of José Martí, Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, Arundhati Roy, and many other writers, he addresses concerns such as the "unspeakable" in subalternized African American, U.S. Latino and Latina, Cuban, and South Asian literature; the rhetorical form of postcolonial narratives; and constructions of subalternized identities. In Trans-Americanity, Saldívar demonstrates and makes the case for Americanist critique based on a globalized study of the Américas.


Gangland: The Rise of the Mexican Drug Cartels from El Paso to Vancouver
[Paperback] Paperback: 288 pagesWiley; 1 edition (December 13, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1118008057 ISBN-13: 978-1118008058
Jerry Langton (Author)

The members of Mexico's drug cartels are among the criminal underworld's most ambitious and ruthless entrepreneurs. Supplanting the once dominant Colombian cartels, the Mexican drug cartels are now the major distributor of heroin and cocaine to the U.S. and Canada. Not only have their drugs crossed north of the border, so have the cartels (in 2009, 230 active Mexican drug cartels have been reported in U.S. cities).

In Gangland, bestselling author Jerry Langton details their frightening stranglehold on the economy and daily life of Mexico today—and what it portends for the future of Mexico and its neighbours.


Offering a firsthand look from members of law enforcement, politicians, journalists, and people involved in the drug trade in Mexico and Canada, Gangland sheds a harsh light on the multibillion dollar industry that is the drug trade, the territorial wars, and the on-the-street reality for the United States, with the importation of narco-terrorists. With the unstinting realism and keen analysis that have made him an internationally respected journalist, Langton offers the bleak prospects of what a collapsed government in Mexico might lead to—a new Mexican warlord state not unlike Somalia.

Details the emergence of the Mexican drug cartels—the transformation of middlemen who ferried drugs from Bolivia and Colombia to the U.S. and Canada into self-styled entrepreneurs

Describes how the growth of the cartels led to violent territorial wars—with Felipe Calderon declaring war on the cartels in 2006
    An unflinching examination of the world's most lucrative—and deadliest—drug cartel, Gangland lets readers explore, with brutal clarity, the newest front on America's latest war.


    Decolonizing Native Histories: Collaboration, Knowledge, and Language in the Americas
    (Narrating Native Histories) [Paperback] Paperback: 272 pages
    Publisher: Duke University Press Books (December 30, 2011)
    ISBN-10: 0822351528ISBN-13: 978-0822351528
    Florencia E. Mallon (Author)
    Decolonizing Native Histories is an interdisciplinary collection that grapples with the racial and ethnic politics of knowledge production and indigenous activism in the Americas. It analyzes the relationship of language to power and empowerment, and advocates for collaborations between community members, scholars, and activists that prioritize the rights of Native peoples to decide how their knowledge is used.

    The contributors—academics and activists, indigenous and nonindigenous, from disciplines including history, anthropology, linguistics, and political science—explore the challenges of decolonization.


    These wide-ranging case studies consider how language, the law, and the archive have historically served as instruments of colonialism and how they can be creatively transformed in constructing autonomy. The collection highlights points of commonality and solidarity across geographical, cultural, and linguistic boundaries and also reflects deep distinctions between North and South.

    Decolonizing Native Histories looks at Native histories and narratives in an internationally comparative context, with the hope that international collaboration and understanding of local histories will foster new possibilities for indigenous mobilization and an increasingly decolonized future.


    Proud Americans: Growing Up as Children of Immigrants 
    [Paperback] Paperback: 258 pagesPublisher: CreateSpace (December 3, 2011
    ISBN-10: 1466294566  ISBN-13: 978-1466294561
    Judie Fertig Panneton (Author)
    Children of immigrants are different. They are their parents' guides to American ways. PROUD AMERICANS: GROWING UP AS CHILDREN OF IMMIGRANTS includes a collection of inspirational stories about approximately 50 people’s joys and struggles while coming of age in the United States as children of immigrants.

    Included are Hollywood stars, high-profile media and business people, award-winning athletes, members of the President’s cabinet, elected officials and those whose names may not be recognizable but whose stories are certain to be memorable. You’ll meet people like Tony Xiong, whose dream is to become a police officer. Who would have guessed that's what he would want to become after growing up with two gang-member brothers who were often in trouble with the law? Then, there’s Natalia Estrada, a hair stylist who is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who were farm workers.

    Estrada’s coming-of-age wisdom shows how she dreamed of a different heritage but grew to become a proud Mexican American. Dorothy Takeuchi remembers growing up as the child of Japanese immigrants and the time her family was forced to live in internment camps in the United States. In spite of the hatred and discrimination she witnessed, Takeuchi harbors no resentment and is proud to be an American. Hani and Maher Ahmad know what it’s like to have people call you names because of the color of your skin or the sound of your last name. They both lead productive lives and work against discrimination. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta mentions he's the son of Italian immigrants in every speech he gives. Panetta remembers his parents' reminders that they came to America to give him and his brother better opportunities. "Make us proud," they would tell him.

    PROUD AMERICANS' author Judie Fertig Panneton is a child of immigrants, who are Holocaust survivors. This is her second book based on a collection of stories. Her first was THE BREAST CANCER BOOK OF STRENGTH & COURAGE. She is an award-winning journalist with experience as a print, TV, and radio reporter. Also featured, based on research, are individuals including: Hines Ward, Dr. Mehemet Oz, Jay Leno, Ann Curry, George Stephanopoulos, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rahm Emanuel, Jennifer Aniston, Christina Aguilera, Michael Savage, IvankaTrump,Apolo Ohno, Maria Menounos, Maurice Sendak, Timothy Geithner, Michael Dukakis, and Margaret Cho

    MEX/LA: Mexican Modernisms in Los Angeles 1930-1985
    [Hardcover] Hardcover: 224 pages
    Publisher: Hatje Cantz; Bilingual edition (December 31, 2011)
    ISBN-10: 3775731334ISBN-13: 978-3775731331
    Mariana Botey (Author), Harry Gamboa (Author), Ana Elena Mallet (Author), Catha Paquette (Author)
    The years from 1945 to 1985 are often identified as the moment in which Los Angeles established itself as a leading cultural center in America. However, this conception of its history entirely excludes the very controversial presence of the Mexican muralists, as well as the work of other artists who were influenced by them and responded to their ideas.

    It is likewise often thought that Los Angeles' Mexican culture arrived full formed from outside it, when in fact that culture originated within the city--it was in Los Angeles and Southern California that José Vasconcelos, Ricardo Flores Magón, Octavio Paz and other intellectuals developed the iconography of modern Mexico, while Anglos and Chicanos were developing their own. David Alfaro Siqueiros, Clemente Orozco, Alfredo Ramos Martínez and Jean Charlot made some of their earliest murals in Los Angeles, influencing the Mexican, Mexican-American and Chicano artists of the 1970s and 80s. MEX/LA: Mexican Modernism(s) in Los Angeles 1930-1985 focuses on the construction of different notions of "Mexicanidad" within modernist and contemporary art created in Los Angeles. From the Olvera Street mural by Siqueiros, to the Golden Age of Mexican cinema and the Disney silver-screen productions, to the revitalization of the street mural, up to the performance art of Guillermo Gómez-Peña, MEX/LA explores the bi-national and hybrid forms of artistic practices, popular culture and mass-media arts that have so uniquely shaped LoThe years from 1945 to 1985 are often identified as the moment in which Los Angeles established itself as a leading cultural center in America. However, this conception of its history entirely excludes the very controversial presence of the Mexican muralists, as well as the work of other artists who were influenced by them and responded to their ideas. It is likewise often thought that Los Angeles' Mexican culture arrived full formed from outside it, when in fact that culture originated within the city--it was in Los Angeles and Southern California that José Vasconcelos, Ricardo Flores Magón, Octavio Paz and other intellectuals developed the iconography of modern Mexico, while Anglos and Chicanos were developing their own.

    David Alfaro Siqueiros, Clemente Orozco, Alfredo Ramos Martínez and Jean Charlot made some of their earliest murals in Los Angeles, influencing the Mexican, Mexican-American and Chicano artists of the 1970s and 80s. MEX/LA: Mexican Modernism(s) in Los Angeles 1930-1985 focuses on the construction of different notions of "Mexicanidad" within modernist and contemporary art created in Los Angeles.

    From the Olvera Street mural by Siqueiros, to the Golden Age of Mexican cinema and the Disney silver-screen productions, to the revitalization of the street mural, up to the performance art of Guillermo Gómez-Peña, MEX/LA explores the bi-national and hybrid forms of artistic practices, popular culture and mass-media arts that have so uniquely shaped Los Angeles' cultural panorama. s Angeles' cultural panorama.

    The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction
    (Very Short Introductions) Paperback
    Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (December 14, 2011
    ISBN-10: 0195379381ISBN-13: 978-0195379389
    David Carrasco (Author)
    This Very Short Introduction employs the disciplines of history, religious studies, and anthropology as it illuminates the complexities of Aztec life. Readers meet a people highly skilled in sculpture, astronomy, city planning, poetry, and philosophy, who were also profoundly committed to cosmic regeneration through the thrust of the ceremonial knife and through warfare.

    Davïd Carrasco looks beyond Spanish accounts that have colored much of the Western narrative to let Aztec voices speak about their origin stories, the cosmic significance of their capital city, their methods of child rearing, and the contributions women made to daily life and the empire. Carrasco discusses the arrival of the Spaniards, contrasts Aztec mythical traditions about the origins of their city with actual urban life in Mesoamerica, and outlines the rise of the Aztec empire.

    He also explores Aztec religion, which provided both justification for and alternatives to warfare, sacrifice, and imperialism, and he sheds light on Aztec poetry, philosophy, painting, and especially monumental sculpture and architecture. He concludes by looking at how the Aztecs have been portrayed in Western thought, art, film, and literature as well as in Latino culture and arts.


    Billy the Kid's Last Ride
    [Paperback] Publisher: Sunstone Press (December 20, 2011)
    ISBN-10: 0865348472ISBN-13: 978-0865348479
    John A. Aragon (Author)
    The orphaned, bucktoothed, New York Irish boy speaks Spanish and wears a Mexican sombrero. He claims his name is William Bonney. His amigos call him ''Kid.'' To newspapers in the New Mexico Territory and across America, he is ''Billy the Kid.''

    William was among the bravest of the McSween alliance in the Lincoln County War. He was lucky, too--lucky enough to shoot his way out when the rest of his faction was cornered and slaughtered in battle. He was later captured and condemned to hang, but he killed his guards and escaped. Now, William has one last chance. He heads into Old Mexico with his lover, the fierce Apache maiden Tzoeh.

    There he hopes to start a new life, live in peace and obscurity, and be forgotten. But powerful Anglo ranchers plot to use William's hot temper, unmatched courage, consummate loyalty to his amigos, and superb skill with a six-gun for their own ends.


    Blurred Borders: Transnational Migration between the Hispanic Caribbean and the United States 
    (UNC Press ISBN  978-0-8078-3497-8
    Published: September 2011

    In this comprehensive comparative study, Jorge Duany explores how migrants to the United States from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico maintain multiple ties to their countries of origin.

    Chronicling these diasporas from the end of World War II to the present, Duany argues that each sending country's relationship to the United States shapes the transnational experience for each migrant group, from legal status and migratory patterns to work activities and the connections migrants retain with their home countries. 

    Blending extensive ethnographic, archival, and survey research, Duany proposes that contemporary migration challenges the traditional concept of the nation-state. Increasing numbers of immigrants and their descendants lead what Duany calls "bifocal" lives, bridging two or more states, markets, languages, and cultures throughout their lives. 

    Even as nations attempt to draw their boundaries more clearly, the ceaseless movement of transnational migrants, Duany argues, requires the rethinking of conventional equations between birthplace and residence, identity and citizenship, borders and boundaries.


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    Cabin for Rent in Ruidoso New Mexico - Perfect for Family Vacations or Writer Seclusion

    Cabin for Rent near Ruidoso in the beautiful Sacramento Mountains of Southern New Mexico. Perfect for family gathering, writers retreats, writer seclusion, and ski/snow trips.

    Sleeps ten comfortably. Kitchen. Dinning room. Living room. Loft. Three outside decks. Easy access when snowed. 10min from town. 20 from Ski Apache. 20 min from Inn of the Mountain Gods Inn and Casino.

    Estimated Driving Time:
    El Paso: 2 1/2, TX
    Las Cruces, NM: 2 hrs from
    Albuquerque: 3 hrs
    Lubbock, TX 4 hr 20 min
    Odessa, TX: 4 1/2 hrs

    Weekly and monthly discounted rates; weekend; and holiday rates available. For holidays (New Years, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mem Day, MLK, Labor Day), a reservation of 6 mo in advance recommended.

    Info. and reservations (915) 591-4108