Hispanic Americans in the U.s.
Magical Realism for Non-Believers
A Memoir of Finding Family
Hardcover ISBN: 1517906865
A young woman from Minnesota searches out the Colombian father she’s never known in this powerful exploration of what family really means He loved Colombia too much to leave it. The explanation from her Minnesotan mother was enough to satisfy a child’s curiosity about her missing father. But at twenty-one, Anika Fajardo wanted more. She wanted to know her father better and to know what kind of country could have such a hold on him. And so, in 1995, Fajardo boarded a plane and flew to Colombia to discover a birthplace that was foreign to her and a father who was a stranger. There she learns that sometimes, no matter how many pieces you find, fitting together a family history isn’t easy. With her tentative entry into her father’s world, Fajardo steps on a path that will take her in surprising directions, toward unsuspected secrets about her family and herself. Set against the changing backdrops of Colombia and the American Midwest, her journey carries her back to the 1970s and the beginnings of her parents’ broken marriage, and forward to the present day, where the magic and reality of love and heartache—and her own experience as a parent—await her. The way is strewn with obstacles, physical and metaphysical—from the perils encountered on a mountain road in Colombia to the death of a loved one to the birth of her own child—but the toughest to negotiate are the shifting place of memory and truth while coming to understand her place in her family and in the world. Vivid and heartfelt in the telling, Fajardo’s story is powerfully compelling in its bridging of time and place and in its moving depiction of self-transformation. Family, she comes to find, is where you find it and what you make of it.
La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.
Paperback ISBN: 0743276914
A former L.A. gang member describes his experiences in that world, recounting the sense of security and power found in a gang and the grim reality of violence and poverty, in an updated edition of his award-winning memoir, which features a new introduction by the author. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
It Calls You Back
An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing
Paperback ISBN: 141658417x
The best-selling author of Always Running shares the personal story of his brushes with the law and addictions to heroin and alcohol, tracing his complicated journey toward a recovery marked by his parenting experiences, a run for political office and rise to an internationally respected gang interventionist. 150,000 first printing.
Harvest of Empire
A History of Latinos in America
Paperback ISBN: 0140255397
A noted Hispanic journalist sheds new light on the history of Latinos in America, ranging from the first sixteenth-century colonies in the New World through the 1998 presidential election, and offers close-up portraits of distinguished Americans of Hispanic descent who have played a key role in the ever-evolving face of American life. Reprint.
LA Vida Loca : Gang Days in L.A.
Paperback ISBN: 0671882317
A former L.A. gang member describes his experiences in that world, recounting the sense of security and power found in a gang and the grim reality of violence and poverty. Reprint. 60,000 first printing. Tour. NYT.
An African American and Latinx History of the United States
Hardcover ISBN: 0807013102
"Paul Ortiz delivers us the history of the United States from the viewpoint of black and brown people, from Crispus Attucks and José Maria Morelos to César Chávez and Martin Luther King Jr. The result is simultaneously invigorating, embarrassing, and essential to anyone interested in what the revolutionaries of years past can teach us about struggles for freedom, equality, and democracy today.
All They Will Call You
The Telling of the Plane Wreck at Los Gatos Canyon
Hardcover ISBN: 0816534845
All They Will Call You is the harrowing account of “the worst airplane disaster in California’s history,