Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life (Camino Del Sol: a Latina and Latino Literary Series)

Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life (Camino Del Sol: a Latina and Latino Literary Series) Here S A Story About A Family That Comes From Tijuana And Settles Into The Hood, Hoping For The American Dream I M Not Saying It S Our Story I M Not Saying It Isn T It Might Be Yours How Do You Tell A Story That Cannot Be Told Writes Luis Alberto Urrea In This Potent Memoir Of A Childhood Divided Born In Tijuana To A Mexican Father And An Anglo Mother From Staten Island, Urrea Moved To San Diego When He Was Three His Childhood Was A Mix Of Opposites, A Clash Of Cultures And Languages In Prose That Seethes With Energy And Crackles With Dark Humor, Urrea Tells A Story That Is Both Troubling And Wildly Entertaining Urrea Endured Violence And Fear In The Black And Mexican Barrio Of His Youth But The True Battlefield Was Inside His Home, Where His Parents Waged Daily War Over Their Son S Ethnicity You Are Not A Mexican His Mother Once Screamed At Him Why Can T You Be Called Louis Instead Of Luis He Suffers Disease And Abuse And He Learns Brutal Lessons About Machismo But There Are Gentler Moments As Well A Simple Interlude With His Father, Sitting On The Back Of A Bakery Truck Witnessing The Ultimate Gesture Of Tenderness Between The Godparents Who Taught Him The Magical Power Of Love I Am Nobody S Son I Am Everybody S Brother, Writes Urrea His Story Is Unique, But It Is Not Unlike Thousands Of Other Stories Being Played Out Across The United States, Stories Of Other Americans Who Have Waged War Both In The Political Arena And In Their Own Homes To Claim Their Own Personal And Cultural Identity It Is A Story Of What It Means To Belong To A Nation That Is Sometimes Painfully Multicultural, Where Even The Language Both Separates And Unites Us Brutally Honest And Deeply Moving, Nobody S Son Is A Testament To The Borders That Divide Us All

Luis Alberto Urrea is the award winning author of 13 books, including The Hummingbird s Daughter, The Devil s Highway and Into the Beautiful North May 2009 Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Luis has used the theme of borders, immigration and search for love and belonging throughout his work A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005 nonfiction , he s won the Kiriyama Prize 2006

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  • Paperback
  • 200 pages
  • Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life (Camino Del Sol: a Latina and Latino Literary Series)
  • Luis Alberto Urrea
  • English
  • 20 April 2019
  • 9780816522705

10 thoughts on “Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life (Camino Del Sol: a Latina and Latino Literary Series)

  1. says:

    fucking outstanding

  2. says:

    I love the language in this book it is truly lyrical Great Book Great Author.

  3. says:

    Evocative prose with clever turns of phrase that made me smile aloud He captured a period of time, a generation, a culture This memoir further strengthens my appreciation of Urrea s writing style.For example, he paints a picture replete with vintage references to my childhood of watching Sunday afternoon science fiction, swooning over Illya Kuryakin in The Man from Uncle, and popping up pre microwave popcorn The one Outer Limits that got under his skin was the one where David Illya Kuryakin McCallum got in a time machine and turned into a man from the future His head expanded into brain bubble, exactly like the Jiffy Pop foil container did In this same vein, he references a young girlfriend who weighed seven pounds, all eyelashes and eyes and who taught him feminine secrets like Dippety Do She smelled like soap, bubble gum, and Vicks Vapor Rub And later in this chapter from his childhood, he describes the innocent yet ever so daring experiment of licking AA battery ports, resulting not in a shock but kind of like a lick of Satan s salsa Taking the trivial and turning it into a memory It s the small details, like buying the individually wrapped square banana candies that tasted like his mother s nail polish smelled I remember those candies too It s these charmingly accurate, nostalgic descriptions that got me hooked.Beyond the levity, it is an endearing and real portrait of his life growing up at the border as a Mexican American His treatise on Ed Abbey is both reverential and enlightening regarding Ed s casual discrimination against Mexican immigrants He also waxes poetic about the family that took him in and, for all intents and purposes, gave him a loving home His description of love resonated By love, I don t mean drippy sentiment Nobody at West Twentieth made goo goo eyes at anyone else Love, in that house, was a bedrock fact, not discussed nor fretted over, never analyzed and barely recognized Love simply was There is a way in which a family rises in the morning that says love There is a way in which a family shares one bathroom that says love There is even a way in which a cup of coffee at three o clock on a slow an rainy day says love..True love seems to be a spiritual loaves and fishes it doesn t get used up, but keeps regenerating itself to feed all comers The only part I didn t enjoy was his description of the child prostitutes in the brothel While I assume he was simply recording the experience, the lack of compassion or concern made me uncomfortable.

  4. says:

    Noting my enthusiasm after reading the extraordinary The Hummingbird s Daughter, my father lent me this collection of autobiographical essays by Urrea Each was previously published in a magazine, but most work together as a unit Four tales of Urrea s childhood in San Diego and Tiajuana are the strongest The last essay, Leaving Shelltown, about a solo camping trip, didn t fit, while Down the Highway with Edward Abbey, which uses a road trip in Abbey s Cadillac to fondly reminisce about his hardheadedness which unfortunately included a dose of racism , somehow did Urrea can write, and his etymological investigations were pertinent to someone who uses word origin to help kids read and spell I also felt prescient remembering my review of Hummingbird s Daughter, where I emphasized the fuzziness of the line between American, Mexican American and Mexican, because here Urrea places equal stress on those amorphous distinctions.

  5. says:

    This was an amazing book I highly recommend it It made me laugh on one page and almost cry on the next My life isn t so different from yours My life is utterly alien compared to yours You and I have nothing to say to each other You and I share the same story I am Other I am you.So I ve offered here a few words about my part of the journey We re all headed the same way after all Whether we chose to walk together or separately, we re going toward night I am lucky I have the angels of words beside me So many of us are silent p 58.

  6. says:

    Everything Urrea has written is excellent.

  7. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this novel The non linear narrative and meta meta story telling kept me engaged and curious I loved the progression of the Latino narrative.

  8. says:

    Thanks to the Fishtrap writers workshop, where Urrea is a member of the advisory board and frequently shows up to read and teach, I have fallen in love with the writing of Luis Alberto Urrea Whether he s writing nonfiction, fiction or poetry, his writing crackles with humor and brittle truths that have you laughing, nodding in recognition, and weeping at the same time In this memoir, told in a series of essays, he tells about his youth in Tijuana and San Diego, growing up with an unpredictable Mexican father and an Anglo mother whose dreams have disappeared He struggles with his identity he looks white, sounds Mexican the macho culture of his male relatives, the joys and mysteries of parochial school, and memories of the old neighborhood This book, winner of the American Book Award, is truthful, tough, and sweet all at the same time.

  9. says:

    Nobody s Son will take your hand and lead you home America is home It s the only home I have Both Americas All three Americas, from the Arctic circle to Tierra del Fuego.I m not old enough to write my memoir Yet I d feel as if I d cheated if I didn t try to share some observations So many of us live in a nightmare of silence We are sons and daughters of a middle region, nobody s children, marching under a starless flag Some of us wave a black flag of anarchy, and others a red flag of revolution But most of us are waving a white flag of surrender.My life isn t so different from yours My life is utterly alien compared to yours You and I have nothing to say to each other You and I share the same story I am Other I am you 58.

  10. says:

    This book actually gets a 3.5 Why doesn t goodreads have half stars Anyway, a really good book by the author of the Devil s Highway which I read earlier this year and highly recommend The content and style are very different from the Devil s Highway as this is an enthographic book about the author s life growing up in Tijuana San Diego to multiracial parents in the 1960s It s broken into three sections and within those, vignettes about Urrea s life My favorite was about the family who he partially grew up with it s the section with the most magical realism although maybe it was all real , which I m always a sucker for.

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