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The Resource The boy kings of Texas : a memoir, Domingo Martinez

The boy kings of Texas : a memoir, Domingo Martinez

Label
The boy kings of Texas : a memoir
Title
The boy kings of Texas
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Domingo Martinez
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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"--
  • "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"--
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DLC
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Martinez, Domingo
Dewey number
  • 070.92
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN4874.M4827
LC item number
A3 2012
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Martinez, Domingo
  • Journalists
  • Mexican Americans
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Label
The boy kings of Texas : a memoir, Domingo Martinez
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1392397
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xii, 443 pages
Isbn
9780762779192
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2012018732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1392397
  • (OCoLC)756578696
Label
The boy kings of Texas : a memoir, Domingo Martinez
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1392397
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xii, 443 pages
Isbn
9780762779192
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2012018732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1392397
  • (OCoLC)756578696

Library Locations

    • Boxford Town LibraryBorrow it
      7A Spofford Road, Boxford, MA, 01921, US
      42.6926190 -71.0151645
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