Riding low on the streets of gold : [Latino literature for young adults] / edited, with an introduction, by Judith Ortiz Cofer

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Subjects: Hispanic Americans--Literary collections
American literature--Hispanic American authors
Hispanic Americans--Literary collections
American literature--Hispanic American authors--Collections
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Juvenile
Published: Houston, Tex. : Piñata Books, 2003
LC Classification: P, PZ
Physical Description: 198 p. : ports. ; 22 cm
Additional Authors: Cofer, Judith Ortiz, 1952-
Notes: LCCN: 2003061231
ISBN: 1558853804 (alk. paper)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-198)
Contents: I / José Martí -- Amanda / Roberta Fernández -- [excerpt] from ...y no se lo tragó la tierra : ...and the earth did not devour him ; The salamanders / Tomás Rivera -- The fabulous sinkhole / Jesús Salvador Treviño -- Fences ; Same song ; Tomás Rivera / Pat Mora -- Growing / Helena María Viramontes -- Haunt ; Walking home / Sarah Cortez -- Carrying Sergei / Mike Padilla -- He couldn't guess my name / Jesús Colón -- Pillars of gold and silver / Beatriz de la Garza -- Religious instructions for young casualties ; Affirmations #3, take off your mask ; Life is a journey / Sandra María Esteves -- Ricardito / Virgil Suárez -- Too white / Daniel Chacón -- Toreando el tren or bullfighting the train / Victor Villaseñor -- Primary lessons ; Volar / Judith Ortiz Cofer -- Additional works by these authors
Summary: "There seemed to be no way out of the custom. Her arguments were always the same and always turned into pleas. 'But, Ama', it's embarrassing. I'm too old for that. I'm an adult,'" Naomi says in Helena Maria Viramontes' story Growing. Ever since Naomi hit high school and puberty, she began to notice that there were too many expectations, and no one instructed her on how to fulfill them." In her tradition-bound family and under the thundering gaze of her father, Naomi struggles to stretch the limitations imposed on her by her family, even as her mind expands along with her changing body. Like Growing, the pieces in this anthology for young adults reveal the struggles of discovering a new self and the trials of leaving behind an old one. This extraordinary collection gathers a wealth of stories and poems that explore the challenges of negotiating identity and relationships with others, struggling with authority, learning to love oneself and challenging the roles society demands of teenagers and adults. Edited by well-known poet and prose-writer Judith Ortiz Cofer, the collection includes work by such leading Latino writers as Pat Mora, Jesus Salvador Trevino, Tomas Rivera, Virgil Suarez, Jose Marti, Viramontes and Ortiz Cofer herself. Included as well are new voices that represent the freshness and vigor of youth: Mike Padilla, Daniel Chacon, and Sarah Cortez. For many students across the United States, this text will serve as their first rewarding introduction to diverse writers of Latino/Latina literature. This beautiful collection gathers a wealth of stories and poems that are studded with the challenges of negotiating identity and learning to love the bodies and worlds in which young adults find themselves. Edited by well-known poet and prose writer Judith Ortiz Cofer, the collection includes work by Pat Mora, Nicholasa Mohr, Tomas Rivera, and Virgil Suarez
OCLC Number: 53953687
ISBN/ISSN: 1558853804