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

The boy kings of Texas : a memoir, Domingo Martinez

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The boy kings of Texas : a memoir
Title
The boy kings of Texas
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Domingo Martinez
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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." -- Publisher
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Title
The boy kings of Texas
Creator
Summary
Presents a memoir of growing up in 1980s Brownsville, Texas, describing intense relationships in a family surrounded by violence and poverty and caught between the conflicting values of two cultures
Subject
Genre
Pace
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10132781
Cataloging source
DLC
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/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/titleStatement
Domingo Martinez
The boy kings of Texas : a memoir, Domingo Martinez

Library Locations

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      73 Locust St, Dover, NH, 03820, USA
      43.19289 -70.876331
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