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Nobody's son: notes from an American life

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Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2002.
9780816522705, 0816522707
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188 pages ; 22 cm.
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.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Urrea, L. A. (2002). Nobody's son: notes from an American life. Tucson, University of Arizona Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Urrea, Luis Alberto. 2002. Nobody's Son: Notes From an American Life. Tucson, University of Arizona Press.

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Urrea, Luis Alberto, Nobody's Son: Notes From an American Life. Tucson, University of Arizona Press, 2002.

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Urrea, Luis Alberto. Nobody's Son: Notes From an American Life. Tucson, University of Arizona Press, 2002.

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