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The boy kings of Texas : a memoir / Domingo Martinez.

Authors: Martinez, Domingo.
Call number: B Martinez, Domingo MAR
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, 2012.
Publication date: 2012.
Subject: Journalists -- United States -- Biography.
Mexican Americans -- Texas, South -- Biography.
Martinez, Domingo -- Childhood and youth.
Title: The boy kings of Texas : a memoir / Domingo Martinez.
Physical description: xii, 443 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Summary note: "Domingo Martinez lays bare his interior and exterior worlds as he struggles to make sense of the violent and the ugly, along with the beautiful and the loving. Partly a reflection on the culture of machismo and partly an exploration of the author's boyhood spent in his sister's hand-me-down clothes, this book delves into the enduring and complex bond between Martinez and his deeply flawed, but fiercely protective older brother. It features a cast of memorable characters, including his gun-hoarding, former farmhand Gramma and "The Mimi's," two of his older sisters who for a short, glorious time, manage to transform themselves from poor Latina adolescents into upper-class white girls. Martinez delves into the complicated relationships between extended family and the inner conflicts that result when the desire to Americanize clashes with the inherent need to defend one's manhood in an aggressive, archaic patriarchal farming culture. He provides a real glimpse into a society where children are traded like commerce, physical altercations routinely solve problems, drugs are rampant, sex is often crude, and people depend on the family witch doctor for advice. Charming, painful, and enlightening, it examines the traumas and pleasures of growing up in South Texas, and the often terrible consequences when two very different cultures collide on the banks of a dying river"-- Provided by publisher.
"A lyrical and authentic book that recounts the story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980's, as each member of the family desperately tries to assimilate and escape life on the border to become "real" Americans, even at the expense of their shared family history. This is really un-mined territory in the memoir genre that gives in-depth insight into a previously unexplored corner of America"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780762779192 (pbk.)
0762779195 (pbk.)
LCCN: 2012018732
Url for this record: http://sherloc.imcpl.org/?itemid=|library/marc/dynix|1410277
Bib No.: 1410277

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