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Luis J. Rodriguez writes about race, culture, identity, and belonging and what these all mean and should mean (but often fail to) in the volatile climate of our nation. His passion and wisdom inspire us with the message that we must come together if we are to move forward. As he writes in the vis mere preface, "Like millions of Americans, I'm demanding a new vision, a qualitatively different direction, for this country. One for the shared well-being of everyone. One with beauty, healing, poetry, imagination, and truth." The pieces in From Our Land to Our Land capture that same fantastic energy and wisdom and will spark conversation and inspiration. vis mindre
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Værker af Luis J. Rodriguez

Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. (1993) 904 eksemplarer, 21 anmeldelser
The Republic of East LA: Stories (2002) 125 eksemplarer
Music of the Mill (2005) 47 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Concrete River (1995) 43 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
América Is Her Name (1998) 38 eksemplarer
Poems across the Pavement (2014) 29 eksemplarer

Associated Works

The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (1999) — Bidragyder — 601 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Cool Salsa (1994) — Bidragyder — 302 eksemplarer, 14 anmeldelser
Goddess of the Americas (1996) — Bidragyder — 102 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Spoken Word Revolution Redux (2007) — Bidragyder — 85 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010) — Bidragyder — 59 eksemplarer
Muy Macho (1996) — Bidragyder — 48 eksemplarer
Speculative Los Angeles (2021) — Bidragyder — 41 eksemplarer, 14 anmeldelser
Going Where I'm Coming from: Memoirs of American Youth (1994) — Bidragyder — 37 eksemplarer
California Uncovered: Stories For The 21st Century (2005) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer
Race: An Anthology in the First Person (1997) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendships (2005) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
Mirrors Beneath the Earth: Short Fiction by Chicano Writers (1995) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer

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This memoir, written by Luis J. Rodriguez, tells of his childhood and adolescence growing up in Los Angeles. I had read a specific excerpt multiple times in professional development settings, which detailed Luis's first days in elementary school. He arrived in his class speaking and understanding Spanish and was quickly relegated to sitting at the back of the room playing by himself during class time with little interaction with the teacher. In fact, he was so cut off that he was unable to ask to use the restroom and thus had days that he returned home with soiled clothes. While Rodriguez has said that part of his motivation for writing this was to show his son the dangers of "la vida loca," this memoir is much more than a cautionary tale. Rodriguez documents the systemic racism and oppression he and others in his community experienced. He tells of the resistance and Chicano power movement, including the Chicano Moratorium. This book includes violence, sex (and sexual violence), and drug use. It also includes action, leadership, resilience, and resistance by youth in a community that is systemically oppressed and unsupported. This book spurs thoughtful conversations about racism, oppression, activism, leadership, and social justice.… (mere)
merrisam | 20 andre anmeldelser | Jul 16, 2023 |
A fascinating memoir of growing up in a Latino neighborhood the San Gabriel Valley in the 1960s. With few jobs for teens, schools that channeled the Latino and Filipino students into the trades and the white into college-prep classes, parents that worked a lot--the predictable result was neighborhood gangs, fights, murder, jail time. Rodriguez managed to find his way out, with the encouragement of a few teachers, a few friends, a community center director, and his family's support. He is honest with how it was a battle--his wants versus community expectations, gang expectations, peer and friend pressure, and real danger--his disappointments (in himself and others), his fear, his hope.

1960s San Gabriel Valley is a place/time I know very little about.
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Dreesie | 20 andre anmeldelser | Aug 11, 2022 |
I took special note of a single sentence in the Prologue and pretty much the entire Epilogue. Everything in between, I could have done without—they are graphic. [We could have greater discussion on the point of this, but not right now.]

The parts I mention expose inequity and lack of social justice. The rest was a brutal account of the author's life, which is, after all, what one expects in a memoir. I'm not into memoirs, typically, and it wasn't why I was interested in this book.
joyblue | 20 andre anmeldelser | Nov 19, 2020 |
From Our Land to Our Land was a bit of a roller-coaster ride. This collection of essays has luminous moments that not only help us see the challenges of our world, but that also give us a sense of what might make a difference. I would recommend this collection to anyone for these pieces.

On the other hand, there are too many pieces that read like self promotion, with long lists of names of people Rodríguez has met, places he's traveled conferences he's attended—and that never really transcend their own listiness.

My recommendation: pick this title up but trust your own judgement as you work through each essay. Stick with the ones that speak to you. Give yourself to skim over the ones that feel as if they lack a real message.
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Sarah-Hope | Nov 11, 2019 |



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