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The Resource Nobody's son : notes from an American life, Luis Alberto Urrea

Nobody's son : notes from an American life, Luis Alberto Urrea

Label
Nobody's son : notes from an American life
Title
Nobody's son
Title remainder
notes from an American life
Statement of responsibility
Luis Alberto Urrea
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an Anglo mother, Urrea moved to San Diego at age three. In this memoir of his childhood, Urrea describes his experiences growing up in the barrio and his search for cultural identity. In prose that seethes with energy and crackles with dark humor, Urrea tells a story that is both troubling and wildly entertaining. Urrea endured violence and fear in the black and Mexican barrio of his youth. But the true battlefield was inside his home, where his parents waged daily war over their son's ethnicity. "You are not a Mexican!" his mother once screamed at him. "Why can't you be called Louis instead of Luis?" He suffers disease and abuse and he learns brutal lessons about machismo. But there are gentler moments as well: a simple interlude with his father, sitting on the back of a bakery truck; witnessing the ultimate gesture of tenderness between the godparents who taught him the magical power of love. "I am nobody's son. I am everybody's brother," writes Urrea. His story is unique, but it is not unlike thousands of other stories being played out across the United States, stories of other Americans who have waged war--both in the political arena and in their own homes--to claim their own personal and cultural identity. It is a story of what it means to belong to a nation that is sometimes painfully multicultural, where even the language both separates and unites us. Brutally honest and deeply moving, Nobody's Son is a testament to the borders that divide us all
Member of
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Urrea, Luis Alberto
Dewey number
  • 818/.5409
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3571.R74
LC item number
Z47 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Camino del sol
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Urrea, Luis Alberto
  • Authors, American
  • Mexican American authors
  • Mexican Americans
  • Southwestern States
  • Mexico
Label
Nobody's son : notes from an American life, Luis Alberto Urrea
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223046951555
  • 31223054142519
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Nobody's son -- Tijuana wonderland -- The day I launched the Virgin Mary into orbit -- Down the highway with Edward Abbey -- Whores -- Sanctuary -- Leaving Shelltown
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
188 p.
Isbn
9780816518654
Isbn Type
(acid-free)
Lccn
98008924
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
38304377
Label
Nobody's son : notes from an American life, Luis Alberto Urrea
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223046951555
  • 31223054142519
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Nobody's son -- Tijuana wonderland -- The day I launched the Virgin Mary into orbit -- Down the highway with Edward Abbey -- Whores -- Sanctuary -- Leaving Shelltown
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
188 p.
Isbn
9780816518654
Isbn Type
(acid-free)
Lccn
98008924
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
38304377

Library Locations

    • Mission LibraryBorrow it
      300 Bartlett St, San Francisco, CA, 94110, US
      37.751989 -122.419843
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      100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102, US
      37.779376 -122.415795
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