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"The most original writer on Mexico and the border out there." --San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

"Over the last 15 years, he has filed the best dispatches about Mexican migration and its effects on the United States and Mexico, bar none." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

." . . journalism that doesn't replay or expand on the clich???d or stereotyped stories of the exotic border . . . Genuinely original work. . . ."

"Sam Quinones has produced a sublime collection. . . . "Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream" [is] must reading for anyone seriously interested in the issue of immigration."

"[Quinones'] gift for storytelling brings the Mexican mindset to life and provides important cultural and economic context . . . the rich picture evoked overall is fascinating."

"Where others see unremarkable immigrants, Quinones finds gold . . . he has filed the best dispatches about Mexican migration and its effects on the United States and Mexico, bar none."

"Quinones' book humanizes a political issue that has become sloganized into meaninglessness . . . [he]delves deeply and with rich and illustrative detail into the cultural ramifications of our shaky borders."

"This book illuminates individual lives in a historic movement and muses on the nature of the movement . . . scrupulously researched . . . infused with life and spirit and affection . . . Quinones is a hell of a storyteller."

." . . a keen look at the migrant economy . . . [in] nine skillful, moving stories. Quinones layers with the sociological, economic, and historical context of 60 years of immigration . . . [in these] very fine pieces of literary journalism."

"This book humanizes the immigration issue . . . by focusing on in-depth profiles of migrants on both sides of the border and telling their tales with empathy and a novelist's eye for character, narrative structure, and psychological detail."

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These stories of real people who have immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico show how they have changed their new country and how they are changed by it.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 329 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; 50472nd edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826342558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826342553
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was reluctant to read this book, thinking that it would be very distressing. However, I was amazed at the variety of people about whom the author wrote. It was overall very interesting. The writing itself was in the style of a newspaper reporter, as expected by the background of the author. I feel that I have a better understanding of the variety of motives behind the northern migration, and the difficulties behind the lack of assimilation of long term Mexican residents in the US. The last story was a real thriller.
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This collection of short pieces about the lives of Mexican migrants resembles Quinones' earlier book ("True Tales from Another Mexico" (2001)). There are ten short chapters, taking place variously in Mexico or the United States. The author's modus operandi took shape while he was a reported for the Los Angeles Times, but these pieces don't appear to have been written for that publication, necessarily.

They are all the stories of lives lived on the margin, but lives driven by ambition as well. Quinones is something of a libertarian, as the reader will see while reading this book. You won't hear much about "racism" and other preoccupations of people perceived as different or alien in the United States. You will, however, learn something substantial about the lives of Mexican and Mexican-American people , and, very likely, develop some significant empathy with these people and people comparable, if you didn't feel that way already.
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I really love Sam Quinones' books on Mexico and his stories. It is hard for me to move away from superlatives: each story is a true gem. I feel that the cover, which is a painting, takes so many stories from Mexican life, whether lived in Mexico or here in the U.S., and turns them into the Mexican versions of Norman Rockwell paintings, transformed into words. The story of Delfino, from peasant to breakdancer to builder, is worthy of its own feature film and would transform the immigrant story to that of pioneer. It's an American success story for Mexico, the kind of story that Americans would enjoy seeing and identifying with his courage.
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Great book. Well written. I simply could not put it down. You need to read both his books!
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Great book.
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