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The Medicine of Memory: A Mexica Clan in California 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0292752679
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A native Californian, American Book Award winner Murguia (ethnic studies, San Francisco State Univ.; Southern Front) traces his own family's history, as well as the long story of Hispanics in America, back to the 18th century. He grew up mostly in the Los Angeles area, lived in Mexico, and took part in the Chicano movement of the 1960s, finally moving to San Francisco in the 1970s. In this "creative nonfiction," he shares some wild stories of his family and his youth, giving us a zesty taste of Latino life. Not claiming to be a historian, he offers his personal take on significant events in the history of Chicano-Indio culture in California, such as the lynching of a Mexican woman during the California Gold Rush, the missions and their effect on Indian culture, and the activist 1970s in San Francisco. Murguia's spirited writing makes the past and his family come alive for the reader. Recommended for all libraries with collections in Hispanic culture, especially those in California.
Gwen Gregory, Colorado Coll. Lib., Colorado Springs
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"With new conceptions and interpretations, this book is a significant contribution in a number of fields: California history, México and the Southwest, pre-colonial California, Chicano studies. It is also an example of the finest of memoir literature.... Murguía is an elegant stylist reminiscent of Hemingway in his deceptive simplicity." (Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Professor of Ethnic Studies, California State University, Hayward)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292752679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292752672
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,518,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Murguia, the poet laureate of San Francisco, delivers powerfully written memoir. His skills as a poet are evident in the elegance of the language as he explains his family's story. I read a lot of memoirs, and this one is in my top five favorite. I'm looking forward to reading it again soon.
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Well written history of a Mexica family. Through stories of his own family, Murguia interweaves a history of Mexica people in California. A fresh take on historical writings, Murguia makes the history personal. This work is a great change of pace from a standard historical text, but a reader will gain a breadth of knowledge of the historical period through reading this work. This purchase, by the way, was my second time buying this book. I gave the first copy away to a friend, since I found it such a great read.
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A very good book by a very good professor I had in Raza Studies. I won't give his name or what school out of respect, but I could relate to his life in many ways. It was a struggle most of us Chicano/Latinos can relate to. When you read about his life you will reflect on yours. Thanks!! Benito A. Romero.
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Amazing book with so much history and information, I feel like I have recovered valuable information about my history and ancestors through this book. Im glad I stumbled upon this treasure!
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This has my Mom side in this book. Talk about where I group up at. They talk about my Great Gramdma and my Great Aunt in side this book.
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