The Boy Kings of Texas

The Boy Kings of Texas

Charming, painful, and enlightening, this book examines the traumas and pleasures of growing up in South Texas and the often terrible consequences when different cultures collide on the banks of a dying river.

Author: Domingo Martinez

Publisher: Lyons Press

ISBN: 0762779195

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 456

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST 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.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Boy Kings of Texas

Boy Kings of Texas

LyricaL and gritty, this authentic coming-of-age story about a border-town famiLy in brownsviLLe, texas, insightfuLLy iLLuminates a ... Kirkus Reviews “Seattle writer Domingo Martinez's memoir, The Boy Kings of Texas, is a hilarious and ...

Author: Domingo Martinez

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780762786824

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 456

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DIVNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST 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./div
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

My Heart Is a Drunken Compass

My Heart Is a Drunken Compass

With his trademark tragic-comical voice and arresting storytelling, Domingo Martinez once again delivers a deeply personal memoir full of wry asides and poignant, thoughtful reflections in his new book My Heart Is a Drunken Compass.

Author: Domingo Martinez

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781493015979

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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With his trademark tragic-comical voice and arresting storytelling, Domingo Martinez once again delivers a deeply personal memoir full of wry asides and poignant, thoughtful reflections in his new book My Heart Is a Drunken Compass. His first book shockingly ended with his fiancé Stephanie plummeting off the side of an overpass in Seattle, after having a seizure while driving. He now chronicles this painful episode in his life, with flashbacks to their tenuous romantic relationship, and how her accident and subsequent coma ultimately causes him to unravel emotionally. This pivotal moment, which began with an alarming call in the middle of the night, parallels another gut-wrenching experience from the past when his youngest brother’s life hangs in the balance. Martinez once again brilliantly examines the complicated connections between family, friends, and loved ones. Feeling estranged from his family in Texas over the years, isolated and alone in Seattle, he turns to writing as a therapeutic tool. The underlying themes of addiction and recovery and their powerful impact on family dynamics also emerge within the narrative, as he struggles with his inner demons. These two traumatic life events actually bring Martinez closer to the family that he has in many ways spend years trying to deny, strengthening their bonds and healing old wounds. When Martinez falls apart completely, he finds his family, his redemption, and a new beginning with the love of his life, who encourages him to write his way out of the pain in order to save his own life.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Re mapping the Latina o Literary Landscape

 Re mapping the Latina o Literary Landscape

“Returning to the Scene of a Memoir” notes that the rights to The Boy Kings of Texas have been optioned by Ventanarosa, Salma Hayek's production company (Tillman 1). 2. The report by Texas Monthly refers to 24-7 Wall Street's “America's ...

Author: Cristina Herrera

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349949014

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

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This book broadens the scope of Latina/o criticism to include both widely-read and understudied nineteenth through twenty-first century fictional works that engage in critical discussions of gender, race, sexuality, and identity. The essays in this collection do not simply seek inclusion for the texts they critically discuss, but suggest that we more thoughtfully consider the utility of mapping, whether we are mapping land, borders, time, migration, or connections and disconnections across time and space. Using new and rigorous methodological approaches to reading Latina/o literature, contributors reveal a varied and textured landscape, challenging us to reconsider the process and influence of literary production across borders.
Categories: Social Science

Fatherhood in the Borderlands

Fatherhood in the Borderlands

CBC Massey Lectures, House of Anansi, 2003. Kenney, Laurie. “HBO Options The Boy Kings of Texas.” Lyons Press, 9 Jan. 2014, lyonspress.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/hbooptions-the-boy-kings-of-texas-hayek-weintraub-to-produce/. Kirby, Jen.

Author: Domino Renee Perez

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9781477326367

Category: Social Science

Page: 450

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As a young girl growing up in Houston, Texas, in the 1980s, Domino Perez spent her free time either devouring books or watching films—and thinking, always thinking, about the media she consumed. The meaningful connections between these media and how we learn form the basis of Perez’s “slow” research approach to race, class, and gender in the borderlands. Part cultural history, part literary criticism, part memoir, Fatherhood in the Borderlands takes an incisive look at the value of creative inquiry while it examines the nuanced portrayal of Mexican American fathers in literature and film. Perez reveals a shifting tension in the literal and figurative borderlands of popular narratives and shows how form, genre, and subject work to determine the roles Mexican American fathers are allowed to occupy. She also calls our attention to the cultural landscape that has allowed such a racialized representation of Mexican American fathers to continue, unopposed, for so many years. Fatherhood in the Borderlands brings readers right to the intersection of the white cultural mainstream in the United States and Mexican American cultural productions, carefully considering the legibility and illegibility of Brown fathers in contemporary media.
Categories: Social Science

Common Core CPR

Common Core CPR

The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir by Domingo Martinez This memoir about a smart boy who grows up in the border town of Brownsville, Texas, helps readers come to understand the difficulties that Hispanic teens face while simply trying to ...

Author: ReLeah Cossett Lent

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9781452291321

Category: Education

Page: 344

View: 373

How to revive your most resistant learners Common Core CPR is needed. Urgently. Because if we continue to insist that all students meet expectations that are well beyond their abilities, these kids will only decline faster. We must cast aside what we know harms students and apply the teaching methods we know work. Embracing what is best about the standards, Lent and Gilmore explicitly connect ideal outcomes to practical classroom strategies, including how to Consider choice and relevance in every assignment Plan and spot opportunities for success Scaffold students’ comprehension of fiction and nonfiction Model close reading Teach students to use evidence
Categories: Education

The Forked Juniper

The Forked Juniper

Houston, TX: Arte Público Press, 1998. . Estampas del Valley Otras Obras. ... Limón, José E. Dancing with the Devil: Society and Cultural Poetics in MexicanAmerican South Texas. ... The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir.

Author: Roberto Cantú

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806156200

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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Widely acclaimed as the founder of Chicano literature, Rudolfo Anaya is one of America’s most compelling and prolific authors. A recipient of a National Humanities Medal and best known for his debut novel, Bless Me, Ultima, his writings span multiple genres, from novels and essays to plays, poems, and children’s stories. Despite his prominence, critical studies of Anaya’s writings have appeared almost solely in journals, and the last book-length collection of essays on his work is now more than twenty-five years old. The Forked Juniper remedies this gap by offering new critical evaluations of Anaya’s ever-evolving artistry. Edited by distinguished Chicano studies scholar Roberto Cantú, The Forked Juniper presents thirteen essays written by U.S., Mexican, and German critics and academics. The essayists employ a range of critical methods in their analyses of such major works as Bless Me, Ultima (1972), Jalamanta: A Message from the Desert (1996), and the Sonny Baca narrative quartet (1995–2005). Through the lens of cultural studies, the essayists also discuss intriguing themes in Anaya’s writings, such as witchcraft in colonial New Mexico, the reconceptualization of Aztlán, and the aesthetics of the New World Baroque. The volume concludes with an interview with renowned filmmaker David Ellis, who produced the 2014 film Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic of Words. The symbol of the forked juniper tree—venerated as an emblem of healing and peace in some spiritual traditions and a compelling image in Bless Me, Ultima—is open to multiple interpretations. It echoes the manifold meanings the contributors to this volume reveal in Anaya’s boundlessly imaginative literature. The Forked Juniper illuminates both the artistry of Anaya’s writings and the culture, history, and diverse religious traditions of his beloved Nuevo Mexico. It is an essential reference for any reader seeking greater understanding of Anaya’s world-embracing work.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Finding Ourselves Lost

Finding Ourselves Lost

The boy kings of Texas: A memoir. Guilford, CT: Lyons. McClure, B. J. (2010). Moving beyond individualism in pastoral care and counseling: Reflections on theory, theology, and practice. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books. McDargh, J. (1995).

Author: Robert C. Dykstra

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532634819

Category: Religion

Page: 178

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This book wrestles with quandaries of pastoral ministry in what psychotherapist Mary Pipher calls “the age of overwhelm.” Drawing especially from the wisdom of Jesus’ own teaching and healing ministries as portrayed in the Gospel of Luke, it offers an intimate narrative introduction to pastoral theology for guiding bewildering tasks of pastoral care and counseling. These essays encourage seminarians and ministers to embrace their role as agents of healing by exploring their own debilitating shame and daring to speak what in childhood could not be spoken; by revealing their discoveries to a trusted confidant so as to feel less loathsome or lonely; by attending to even minute individual differences, in self and others, that fuel social isolation; and by believing in those persons who first believed in them.
Categories: Religion

Societal Constructions of Masculinity in Chicanx and Mexican Literature

Societal Constructions of Masculinity in Chicanx and Mexican Literature

... judgmental and unapologetic,” bursts onto the scene of Chicanx letters with the 2012 publication of his autobiography The Boy Kings of Texas (Venegas). In this, the first of his major publications, Martinez recounts the major scenes ...

Author: Bryan Pearce-Gonzales

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781648893087

Category: Social Science

Page: 166

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'Societal Constructions of Masculinity in Chicanx and Mexican Literature: From Machismo to Feminist Masculinity' demonstrates how masculinity has been constructed and deconstructed as a challenge or reinforcement of patriarchy in cultural works over the last 50 years. The discussion therein focuses on the cultural shift towards a feminist masculinity and how this change is represented in Chicanx and Mexican literature and Mexican telenovelas. The book begins with how violence, citizenship, and masculinity become intertwined as patriarchy fights, both literally and figuratively, to regain the ground it lost to women's agency during WWII. It explores the author's subversion of the status quo through imagining a new aesthetic based on a poetic masculinity which highlights new forms of social relations that validate new masculinities. This is followed by examining texts from the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution that demonstrate how, by pairing the successes and failures of the nation with masculinity, one can see that as time progresses the very definition of what it signifies to be a Mexican male has been adapting along with the State. The book also explains how fatherhood has been represented in Chicanx literature and considers masculine relationships more broadly. The analysis of the telenovelas in this volume indicates how homosexuality serves as the catalyst for a reconfiguring of gender narratives, ultimately leading to change and acceptance within Mexican society while providing an unequivocal look into the future of masculinity as it begins to overthrow its historical gender binaries. This book will appeal to advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals, both specialists and generalists, in fields including Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Comparative Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Latina/o Studies, Latin and American Studies, and Cultural Studies. Feminists and activists for human rights will also find this an interesting and valuable text.
Categories: Social Science

And Then They Stopped Talking to Me

And Then They Stopped Talking to Me

For Mitch , it was a big barrier to acceptance by the popular boys : “ I couldn't participate in talking about girls ... provided an ultra - extreme example of this , sharing a story drawn from his memoir , The Boy Kings of Texas .

Author: Judith Warner

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9781101905906

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 336

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Through the stories of kids and parents in the middle school trenches, a New York Times bestselling author reveals why these years are so painful, how parents unwittingly make them worse, and what we all need to do to grow up. “As the parent of a middle schooler, I felt as if Judith Warner had peered into my life—and the lives of many of my patients. This is a gift to our kids and their future selves.”—Lori Gottlieb, author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone The French have a name for the uniquely hellish years between elementary school and high school: l’âge ingrat, or “the ugly age.” Characterized by a perfect storm of developmental changes—physical, psychological, and social—the middle school years are a time of great distress for children and parents alike, marked by hurt, isolation, exclusion, competition, anxiety, and often outright cruelty. Some of this is inevitable; there are intrinsic challenges to early adolescence. But these years are harder than they need to be, and Judith Warner believes that adults are complicit. With deep insight and compassion, Warner walks us through a new understanding of the role that middle school plays in all our lives. She argues that today’s helicopter parents are overly concerned with status and achievement—in some ways a residual effect of their own middle school experiences—and that this worsens the self-consciousness, self-absorption, and social “sorting” so typical of early adolescence. Tracing a century of research on middle childhood and bringing together the voices of social scientists, psychologists, educators, and parents, Warner’s book shows how adults can be moral role models for children, making them more empathetic, caring, and resilient. She encourages us to start treating middle schoolers as the complex people they are, holding them to high standards of kindness, and helping them see one another as more than “jocks and mean girls, nerds and sluts.” Part cultural critique and part call to action, this essential book unpacks one of life’s most formative periods and shows how we can help our children not only survive it but thrive.
Categories: Family & Relationships