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

A Memoir Domingo Martinez. We headed north on Highway 281, one of two highways out of the Rio Grande Valley. This is an unkempt, sun-roasted, and broken-up tarmac with its northernmost terminus just outside of San Antonio.

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

Re mapping the Latina o Literary Landscape

 Re mapping the Latina o Literary Landscape

Published in 2012, Domingo Martinez's memoir, The Boy Kings of Texas, chronicles Martinez's coming of age in South Texas during the 1980s. What renders the narrative unique, however, is not necessarily the content, but the circulation ...

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

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

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

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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

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

Starved

Starved

... this fantastically well– written memoir bursting with intelligence and hope. An absolute achievement.” —DOMINGO MARTINEZ New York Times best–selling author of The Boy Kings of Texas and 2012 National Book Award in NonfictionFinalist ...

Author: Anne McTiernan

Publisher: Central Recovery Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781942094296

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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"Failure to thrive" is not a phrase in this doctor's vocabulary. At the age of four, Anne McTiernan is left by her mother at a boarding school. Overcome by sadness from the neglect she experiences there, Anne emotionally and physically starves. A doctor, appalled by her excessive weight loss, forces Anne’s mother to bring her home, but she is still not safe. Set in working-class, Irish-American Boston of the 1950s–1960s, Anne transitions from a malnourished state to obesity to obsessive dieting. Without love and support from her family, Anne decides she must take full responsibility for her own life during her last eighteen months as a minor. Today as a doctor and researcher, Anne has helped thousands of women improve their relationship with food—but this is not their story. Starved is the gripping tale of how Anne used hard work, undaunted intelligence, and persistence to turn the adversity she encountered as a child into a strength and set of skills that would later help her meet the demands of her career. ANNE McTIERNAN, MD, PhD, conducts research on the effects of diet, exercise, and weight loss on cancer and health. Currently, she is a professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine in Seattle, Washington.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Finding Ourselves Lost

Finding Ourselves Lost

... whose first book, The Boy Kings of Texas, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2012. ... book is a raw and unsparing memoir of a hardscrabble childhood of poverty, racism, and alcohol-fueled abuse on the South Texas border.

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

The Boys from Syracuse

The Boys from Syracuse

“We became the boy candy kings of Syracuse,” Provol writes in The Pack Peddler, his charming memoir about his early ... In both, the play was A Texas Steer, a farce by Charles Hoyt, a long-forgotten playwright who in his day was the box ...

Author: Foster Hirsch

Publisher: Cooper Square Press

ISBN: 9781461698753

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 374

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From 1905 to the crash of 1929, Sam Shubert (1874-1905) and his brothers Lee (1874-1953) and J. J. (1878-1963), despite poor beginnings and near-illiteracy, created a theater monopoly unrivaled in history. Their ruthless business tactics and showmanship made 42nd Street the heart of American popular theater and won them the most sought-after stars of the day, including Al Jolson, Carmen Miranda, Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice, Mae West, and Fred Astaire.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography