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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (January 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446539600
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,730,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Private lives become fodder for public consumption in Zepeda's sendup of the blog/traditional media divide. Austin, Tex., investigative journalist Sandy Saavedra blogs for LatinoNow when Levy Media turns the hard news Web site into a cheezy entertainment Web site, Nacho Papi. Becoming a pun-writing gossipmonger is not one of her goals, but Sandy dives into her job with total OMG results: a post about the Chupacabra leads to a recurring advice column (Ask the Chupacabra) and a booming sideline in related merchandise. Problem is, the source of the Chupacabra craze is a little bit off, didn't sign a release form, and has a personal connection to Sandy's beloved late great aunt Linda. Then Sandy's outed as the author of her anonymous and very personal blog, My Modern TragiComedy, leading to outraged responses from those she's skewered. Internet celebrity follows, as do the inevitable office politics and romantic troubles, and though they get more stage time than warranted, Zepeda (Houston, We Have a Problema) gives readers a funny and smart heroine that readers will easily pull for, even in the dull bits. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

When journalist Sandy Saavedra’s online news magazine is taken over by the cyber gossip rag known as “Nacho Papi’s Web site,” her unassuming lifestyle—living in her mother’s garage apartment and dating a poetry professor—is upended. Sandy gets a glam makeover and hits the party circuit to deliver spicy posts. Her online fame begins to rub off on her life in an unexpected, unappealing way. Her personal blog, where she anonymously spills about her boyfriend’s superiority complex and her complicated relationship with her mother, is exposed, and the people closest to her begin to doubt her true intentions. Zepeda, author of Houston, We Have a Problema (2009), incisively mines her experiences as a Latina, Texan, and blogger for her fiction. In her fresh and smart second novel, she explores how share-everything online culture affects real-life relationships. Readers will relate to Sandy’s quest to achieve professional success without sacrificing her self. --Aleksandra Walker

More About the Author

Gwendolyn Zepeda was born in Houston, Texas in 1971 and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She began her writing career on the Web in 1997, with her long-running site gwendolynzepeda.com and as one of the founding writers of entertainment site Television Without Pity. Her first book was a short-story collection called To the Last Man I Slept with and All the Jerks Just Like Him (Arte Público Press, 2004).

Zepeda's first children's book, Growing Up with Tamales (Piñata Books) is a 2009 Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title. Her first novel, Houston, We Have a Problema (Grand Central Publishing, 2009) won praise from Publisher's Weekly and Booklist for its wit and upbeat story.

A two-time Houston Arts Alliance literary fellowship winner and award-winning poet, Zepeda regularly lectures at universities throughout Texas.

Her latest books include another children's book - Sunflowers (Piñata Books, 2009) - and a new novel from Grand Central Publishing called Lone Star Legend.

Customer Reviews

Lone Star Legend is a fun multicultural read!
It was really just delightful, and I would absolutely highly recommend it to anyone!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LegalBeagle on January 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
In Lone Star Legend by Gwendolyn Zepeda the Latina heroine Dominga Saavedra a.k.a. Sandy S. is a serious young writer for a respected web site LatinoNow as well as the keeper of an anonymous personal blog My Modern TragiComedy. All of this changes when LatinoNow is transformed into Nacho Papi, a gossipy Latino web site.

The novel follows Sandy S.'s dance with the devils at Nacho Papi who offer nuggets of fame and fortune in exchange for journalistic integrity. To stay gainfully employed Sandy undergoes a personal makeover and learns to write snarky celebrity copy. Soon Sandy S. becomes a minor celebrity with all of the corresponding benefits and detriments that go with living in the public eye. She also befriends an elderly goat farmer, "the Chupacabra" (literally translated as the goat sucker) who offers Sandy S. and her readers common sense advice.

Although Lone Star Legend follows a fairly predictable plotline trajectory, the characters and blog entries are unique and refreshing! Zepeda knows how to craft witty passages and interesting characters. In addition, the book also features a bilingual reading guide with great discussion questions.

Lone Star Legend is a fun multicultural read!

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 25, 2010), 352 pages
Advance Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on January 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by Connie Anderson

Texas author Gwendolyn Zepeda's first book was "To the Last Man I Slept With and All the Jerks Like Him"-so you know she is an in-your-face kind of writer. All this fits very well with the storyline of "Lone Star Legend" that takes place in Texas where the heroine, Sandy S (legal name Dominga Saavedra) writes for a Latino Web site that really goes after Latinos in the public eye-actors, writers, etc.

Sandy has two blogs, a personal one called My Modern TragiComedy, and the one she writes for the popular Latino Now! Somewhat an idealist, and a lot naïve, she spews out some very hurtful stuff about her recently ex boyfriend-and her divorced parents, especially her mom. However, she says enough identifiable information that people start to know it is her, and then recognize her. The comments about her blog entries run from funny, to supportive to mean. When readers connect the two blogs, the back and forth begins.

How thick skinned is she? Can she dish it out to the Latinos in the public eye, but not be able to take it herself? When she is the focus of a blog post from a rival site, she has to decide whether she is going into hiding--or face this head-on.

The Latino Now! bloggers make extra money based on the number of hits to their postings, and Sandy needs to keep coming up with ideas. When she and her mother went to clean out the home of a recently deceased aunt, they meet the neighbor, Tio Jaime. He has been keeping on eye on Aunt Linda's home while she has been ill, and everything is already all packed up.

Sandy is intrigued by Tio and his wisdom, and soon he allows her to record him talking. When the video is posted, it becomes a hit, and people ask him questions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Johnston VINE VOICE on February 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
As a blogger, Lone Star Legend appealed to me from the get go. What blogger wouldn't want to read about a fictional blogger who made it to the "big time" of working as a reporter on an internet gossip site? This storyline alone would have been enough, in my opinion , to make the book an enjoyable read. Lone Star Legend, however, surpassed my expectations and I found it hard to put the book down.

Heroine Sandy Saavedra, otherwise known as "Sandy S." to her internet audience is witty, ambitious and, deep down, cursed with a conscience that conflicts with her job at Nacho Papi. She is also a secret blogger, writing about her personal life, using her screen name as a pseudonym. While Sandy yearns for success as a writer, hoping that her internet job will lead her to greener pastures, she doesn't expect the overnight celebrity that comes with it - - exposing her and her academic boyfriend to the spotlight.

Sandy has a strained relationship with her mother and a disjointed one with her father. Such flaws make Sandy more human, as does her relationship with Tio Jaime - - her late great aunt's neighbor and the kind old man who brings clarity to Sandy's life.

As likable and down to earth as Sandy was, Tio Jaime was my favorite character in the book. His warm grandfatherly figure was as comforting as a bowl of chiciken noodle soup and his no nonsense advice made me wish I could drive out to Texas to spend a pleasant afternoon with him and his dog over a glass of lemonade.

Ms. Zepeda's writing style was light, breezy and humorous. I particularly enjoyed how every other chapter began with an entry to Sandy's personal blog, along with the sometimes comical reader responses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Coissiere "The Tough Critic" VINE VOICE on April 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have been placed in situations where I had to choose between my family and my job. My morals would not allow me to put a job first. I have walked away from a couple of positions for that reason. However, when you are young and just starting out like Sandy Saavedra, the main character in Lone Star Legend by Gwendolyn Zepeda, you may see things a little differently.

Sandy's dream job is to be a successful writer. After a major company purchases the Web site she works for, her world is turned upside down and she finds herself doing things she would not normally do. Sandy is writing trash and gossip about actors, singers, and any other person who enters into her world. She is jet setting all over the United States attempting to have fun.

When a mythical creature is supposedly spotted close to where Sandy's aunt used to live, she finds herself interviewing a family friend. By interviewing him, Sandy's page views skyrocket; sending her into celebrity status. But is this the attention she was seeking when she started her journey as a writer? How much more is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay on top?

Ms. Zepeda created a realistic story of what really goes on behind the scenes of gossip magazines and celebrity news. However, the story could have moved along a little faster if some of the repetitive scenes were left out. I recommend Lone Star Legend to readers who like stories about Latinos and/or life as a reporter/writer.

I received this book from the publisher for review purposes.

Jennifer Coissiere
APOOO BookClub
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