Adept at portraying Latino teenage culture, author Gary Soto has won many honors, including an ALA Best Book Award for his young adult novels. After an East Fresno student is murdered, his mind leaves his body. Now he must get used to being an invisible spirit, one who watches his friends and family deal with his death. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Ramirez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000826/bk_reco_000826_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This week, three takes on superheroes. Kurt Andersen talks with Robert Rodriguez, who likes his characters ´´indestructible.” Now the film director is overseeing a new English language cable network for Latino audiences. A graphic novel brings to life the Boxer Rebellion, when peasants believed the gods would give them magical powers to defeat their enemies. And will the success of The Hunger Games finally bring some female action heroes to the big screen? [Broadcast Date: March 22, 2014] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/140322/rt_stud_140322_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Mestizos Come Home! author Robert Con Davis-Undiano documents the great awakening of Mexican American and Latino culture since the 1960s that has challenged this omission in collective memory. He maps a new awareness of the United States as intrinsically connected to the broader context of the Americas. At once native and new to the American Southwest, Mexican Americans have ´´come home” in a profound sense: they have reasserted their right to claim that land and U.S. culture as their own.Mestizos Come Home! explores key areas of change that Mexican Americans have brought to the United States. These areas include the recognition of mestizo identity, especially its historical development across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the re-emergence of indigenous relationships to land, and the promotion of Mesoamerican conceptions of the human body. Woven throughout is the search for meaning and understanding of mestizo identity.A large-scale landmark account of Mexican American culture, Mestizos Come Home! shows that mestizos are essential to U.S. national culture. As an argument for social justice and a renewal of America’s democratic ideals, this book marks a historic cultural homecoming.The book is published by University of Oklahoma Press. The audiobook will be published by University Press Audiobooks. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Angelo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/150950/bk_acx0_150950_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first new edition in 10 years of this important study of Latinos in US history, Harvest of Empire spans five centuries - from the first New World colonies to the first decade of the new millennium. Latinos are now the largest minority group in the United States, and their impact on American popular culture - from food to entertainment to literature - is greater than ever. Featuring family portraits of real-life immigrant Latino pioneers, as well as accounts of the events and conditions that compelled them to leave their homelands, Harvest of Empire is required listening for anyone wishing to understand the history and legacy of this increasingly influential group. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Fass. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007236/bk_tant_007236_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is the autobiography of a Cuban refugee who immigrated to the United States in 1962 and decided to make Boston, Massachusetts, home for his family and future generations. He starts his life chronicle the day he, after much hassle with the abusive customs officers at Havana´s International Airport, who do everything they can to ruin his life, finally lands in Miami, Florida. With no knowledge of the English language but a lot of hope and ambition, this young man, who as a child suffered a mild case of troubling Tourette´s syndrome, starts by telling us his parents´ history and dedication in a small town in Cuba and his own growth as a student abused intellectually for his ideas at a Jesuit high school. While in Boston he becomes the first Latino Boston banking executive and community leader, and eventually he takes much desired position as a college professor of information systems and holds six college degrees - one in Freudian psychoanalysis. He is also a bilingual newspaper columnist and writer and publisher of 10 Kindle books - all while raising a family of two children and five grandchildren. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert V Gallant. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059704/bk_acx0_059704_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1943, Los Angeles exploded in the infamous Zoot Suit riots, provoked by the Sleepy Lagoon murder case that railroaded young Chicano gang members who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Valdez masterfully synthesizes fact and fiction, using the case to examine Chicano Zoot Suit culture of the ´40s, prejudices, the role of the media in the judicial system, and Latino family culture. Passionate and provocative, Zoot Suit pulses with the beat of ´40s Big Band Music and traditional Latin songs. Starring (in alphabetical order): Xochiquetzal Candelaria as Alice Bloomfield Raul Cardona as Joey Castro, Marine Daniel Chacon as Tommy Roberts, Cub Reporter, Sailor Estrella Esparza as Della Barrios Spencer Garrett as The Press, Prosecutor Ruben C. Gonzalez as Smiley Torres, Rafas, Swabie Gregory Itzin as George Shearer Alma Martinez as Dolores Reyna Seth Millwood as Lt. Edwards, Guard, Shore Patrol Marco Rodriguez as El Pachuco Al Ruscio as Judge F.W. Charles Daniel Valdez as Enrique Reyna Katrina Valdez as Bertha Villareal, Newsboy Kinan Valdez as Henry Reyna Lakin Valdez as Rudy Reyna, Sgt. Smith, Bailiff, Bosun´s Mate Primavera Flor Valdez as Lupe Reyna 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000089/pf_latw_000089_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Gus LeGarde agrees to play piano for the high school drama club´s production of ´´Spirit Me Away´´, a ´60s-style musical he wrote in college, he doesn´t expect to face a barrage of menacing pranks played on his fiancée, Camille, and the drama club. Who´s sabotaging the show? And what do they have against Camille? Is it sex-crazed Armand, the Latino teen infatuated with her? Something happened last year that Camille won´t talk about, and it has to do with Armand. Gus wants to know what happened, but she´s not talking. Could it be Superintendent Marshall, whose past holds horrific secrets related to one of the worst crimes of the 20th century? And why did someone break into Camille´s home to steal her beloved mini-dachshund, Boris? Gus must unravel the mystery before the backstage saboteur stakes his final, deadly claim. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert King Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005435/bk_acx0_005435_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An inspiring tribute to Hispanic Americans who have made a positive impact on the world. This stunning book showcases 20 Hispanic and Latino American men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism, and athletics. Featured are sparkling biographies of Cesar Chavez, Sonia Sotomayor, Ellen Ochoa, Roberto Clemente, and many more. Complete with timelines and famous quotes, this tome is a magnificent homage to those who have shaped our nation. In this volume: Adelina Otero-Warren, Bernardo de Galvez, Cesar Chavez, David Farragut, Dennis Chavez, Desi Arnaz, Dolores Huerta, Ellen Ochoa, Helen Rodriguez Trias, Hero Street USA, Ignacio Lozano, Jaime Escalante, Joan Baez, Judy Baca, Julia de Burgos, Luis Alvarez, Rita Moreno, Roberte Clemente, Sonia Sotomayor, and Tomas Rivera. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luis Moreno. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/009108/bk_reco_009108_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1957, Horace Stoneham took his Giants of New York baseball team and headed west, starting a gold rush with bats and balls rather than pans and mines. But San Francisco already had a team, the Seals of the Pacific Coast League, and West Coast fans did not immediately embrace the newcomers.Starting with the franchise’s earliest days and following the team up to recent World Series glory, Home Team chronicles the story of the Giants and their often topsy-turvy relationship with the city of San Francisco. Robert F. Garratt shines light on those who worked behind the scenes in the story of West Coast baseball: the politicians, businessmen, and owners who were instrumental in the club’s history.Home Team presents Stoneham, often left in the shadow of Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, as a true baseball pioneer in his willingness to sign black and Latino players and his recruitment of the first Japanese player in the Major Leagues, making the Giants one of the most integrated teams in baseball in the early 1960s. Garratt also records the turbulent times, poor results, declining attendance, two near-moves away from California, and the role of post-Stoneham owners Bob Lurie and Peter Magowan in the Giants’ eventual reemergence as a baseball powerhouse. Garratt’s superb history of this great ball club makes the Giants’ story one of the most compelling of all Major League franchises. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Rossman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/129473/bk_acx0_129473_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.