Winner of the American Book Award.
Under the Feet of Jesus
Pushed to the margins of society, she learns to fight back and is able to help the young farmworker she loves when his ambitions and very life are threatened in a harvest of death. Infused with the beauty of the california landscape and shifting splendors of the passing seasons juxtaposed with the bleakness of poverty, this vividly imagined novel is worthy of the people it celebrates and whose story it tells so magnificently.
But within estrella, seeds of growth and change are stirring. And in the arms of alejo, they burst into a full, fierce flower as she tastes the joy and pain of first love. The simple lyrical beauty of viramontes’ prose, her haunting use of image and metaphor, and the urgency of her themes all announce Under the Feet of Jesus as a landmark work of American fiction.
Winner of the john dos passos prize for LiteratureSelected as the Univesity of Oregon's 2019 Common Reading book. What she knows of life comes from her mother, who has survived abandonment by her husband in a land that treats her as if she were invisible, even though she and her children pick the crops of the farms that feed its people.
A moving and powerful novel about the lives of the men, women, and children who endure a second-class existence and labor under dangerous conditions as migrant workers in California’s fields. Viramontes depicts this world with sensuous physicality.
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name - A Biomythography Crossing Press Feminist Series
. Zami is a fast-moving chronicle. Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her.
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The Book of Ruin
These poems consider the history of the Americas and their uncertain future, particularly regarding the danger of climate change, and suggest a line from colonialism toward a shattering “Apocalipsixtlán. Great product! .
Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.
Achieving success as an award-winning poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no more—until his young son joined a gang. Touchstone Books. The award-winning and bestselling classic memoir about a young Chicano gang member surviving the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles, now featuring a new introduction by the author.
Winner of the carl sandburg literary award, hailed as a new york Times notable book, and read by hundreds of thousands, Always Running is the searing true story of one man’s life in a Chicano gang—and his heroic struggle to free himself from its grip. By age twelve, luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East Los Angeles gang warfare.
Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, beatings, he witnessed countless shootings, and arrests and then watched with increasing fear as gang life claimed friends and family members. Before long, rodriguez saw a way out of the barrio through education and the power of words and successfully broke free from years of violence and desperation.
Great product! Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his own story in Always Running, a vivid memoir that explores the motivations of gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that inevitably claim its participants. At times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, insight, filled with hope, Always Running is ultimately an uplifting true story, and a hard-earned lesson for the next generation.
The Black Girl Next Door: A Memoir Touchstone Books Paperback
Great product! Used book in Good Condition. The next morning, black, careful to "assert himself as an informed and concerned parent and not simply a big, Jennifer's father accompanied her to school, dangerous man in a first-grade classroom. This was the first of many skirmishes in Jennifer's childhood-long struggle to define herself as "the black girl next door" while living out her parents' dreams.
A powerful, beautifully written memoir about coming of age as a black girl in an exclusive white suburb in "integrated, " post-Civil Rights California in the 1970s and 1980s. A deeply personal view of a significant period of American social history, The Black Girl Next Door deftly balances childhood experiences with adult observations, creating an illuminating and poignant look at a unique time in our country's history.
At six years of age, after winning a foot race against a white classmate, Jennifer Baszile was humiliated to hear her classmate explain that black people "have something in their feet to make them run faster than white people. When she asked her teacher about it, it was confirmed as true. Success for her was being the smartest and achieving the most, with the consequence that much of her girlhood did not seem like her own but more like the "family project.
But integration took a toll on everyone in the family when strain in her parents' marriage emerged in her teenage years, and the struggle to be the perfect black family became an unbearable burden. Touchstone Books.
Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems
A musical, magical, resilient volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States. In these poems, the joys and struggles of the everyday are played against the grinding politics of being human. Resilient songs are born, even as they grieve the loss of their country. Called a "magician and a master" san Francisco Chronicle, Joy Harjo is at the top of her form in Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings.
Finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize Great product! Lost ancestors are recalled. Used book in Good Condition. Stomp dance songs, blues, and jazz ballads echo throughout. W w norton Company. Touchstone Books. Beginning in a hotel room in the dark of a distant city, we travel through history and follow the memory of the Trail of Tears from the bend in the Tallapoosa River to a place near the Arkansas River.
Crazy Brave: A Memoir
Born in oklahoma, the end place of the trail of Tears, a deep spiritual life, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, and connection with the natural world. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a haunting, visionary memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice.
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The Names Sun Tracks
Of all of the works of N. W w norton Company. W w norton Company. Touchstone Books. A memoir of his boyhood in Oklahoma and the Southwest, it is also described by Momaday as "an act of the imagination. When i turn my mind to my early life, it is the imaginative part of it that comes first and irresistibly into reach, and of that part I take hold.
Complete with family photos, The Names is a book that will captivate readers who wish to experience the Native American way of life. Scott momaday, The Names may be the most personal. Great product! Used book in Good Condition.
Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black
He tells of the hostility and prejudice he encountered all too often, from both blacks and whites, and the surprising moments of encouragement and acceptance he found from each. In this extraordinary and powerful memoir, williams recounts his remarkable journey along the color line and illuminates the contrasts between the black and white worlds: one of privilege, repression, opportunity and comfort, the other of deprivation, and struggle.
It is a wonderfully inspiring testament of purpose, perseverance, and human triumph. W w norton Company. Overnight, Greg Williams became black. But when the family business failed and his parents’ marriage fell apart, Williams discovered that his dark-skinned father, who had been passing as Italian-American, was half black.
Used book in Good Condition. Touchstone Books. Life on the Color Line is a uniquely important book. The family split up, indiana, and their father moved to Muncie, and Greg, his younger brother, where the young boys learned the truth about their heritage. W w norton Company. Winner of the los angeles times Book Prize “A triumph of storytelling as well as a triumph of spirit.
Alex kotlowitz, award-winning author of there Are No Children Here As a child in 1950s segregated Virginia, Gregory Howard Williams grew up believing he was white.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. Encapsulating dominican-american history, the brief wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love. Touchstone Books.
Used book in Good Condition. Nominated as one of america’s best-loved novels by pbs’s the great American ReadOscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Great product!
Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. W w norton Company. But oscar may never get what he wants. Great product! First novel prize a time magazine #1 fiction book of the year one of the best books of 2007 according to: the new york times, the boston globe, the christian Science Monitor, New York Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Booklist, The Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore City Paper, Salon, The Washington Post, People, Entertainment Weekly, New York Public Library, Library Journal, Time Out New York, Publishers Weekly, and many more.