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A journey around our America : a memoir on cycling, immigration, and the Latinoization of the U.S. /

by Mendoza, Louis Gerard.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: William & Bettye Nowlin series in art, history, and culture of the Western Hemisphere: Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, c2012Edition: 1st ed.Description: x, 218 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780292743878 (paper : alk. paper) :; 0292743874 (paper : alk. paper); 9780292742086 (cloth : alk. paper); 0292742088 (cloth : alk. paper).Title notes: $25.00 prolam 12-2013 (db)Subject(s): Hispanic Americans -- Social life and customs | Immigrants -- United States -- Social life and customs | United States -- Civilization -- Hispanic influences | Social change -- United States | Mendoza, Louis Gerard, 1960- -- Travel -- United States | Cycling -- United States | United States -- Description and travel | United States -- Social life and customs -- 1971- | United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects | Latin America -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects
Preparation -- The start of a journey : ready, set, go! -- Redeparture : from the heartland to the New South -- Redefining the borderlands : uncharted waters in familiar territory -- Epilogue.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>Immigration and the growing Latino population of the United States have become such contentious issues that it can be hard to have a civil conversation about how Latinoization is changing the face of America. So in the summer of 2007, Louis Mendoza set out to do just that. Starting from Santa Cruz, California, he bicycled 8,500 miles around the entire perimeter of the country, talking to people in large cities and small towns about their experiences either as immigrants or as residents who have welcomed--or not--Latino immigrants into their communities. He presented their enlightening, sometimes surprising, firsthand accounts in Conversations Across Our America: Talking About Immigration and the Latinoization of the United States.</p> <p>Now, in A Journey Around Our America, Mendoza offers his own account of the visceral, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions of traveling the country in search of a deeper, broader understanding of what it means to be Latino in the United States in the twenty-first century. With a blend of first- and second-person narratives, blog entries, poetry, and excerpts from conversations he had along the way, Mendoza presents his own aspirations for and critique of social relations, political ruminations, personal experiences, and emotional vulnerability alongside the stories of people from all walks of life, including students, activists, manual laborers, and intellectuals. His conversations and his experiences as a Latino on the road reveal the multilayered complexity of Latino life today as no academic study or newspaper report ever could.</p>

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Preparation -- The start of a journey : ready, set, go! -- Redeparture : from the heartland to the New South -- Redefining the borderlands : uncharted waters in familiar territory -- Epilogue.

Includes bibliographical references.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part 1 Preparation
  • Part 2 The Start of a Journey: Ready, Set, Go!
  • Part 3 Redeparture: From the Heartland to the New South
  • Part 4 Redefining the Borderlands: Uncharted Waters in Familiar Territory
  • Epilogue
  • Notes

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Library Journal Review

Riding his bike more than 8000 miles, literally around the United States-that's how Mendoza (coeditor, Crossing into America: The New Literature of Immigration) spent his sabbatical from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he chairs the Department of Chicano Studies. His purpose: to document his discussions with Latin@s (his term for people of Latin American descent) about their experiences in 21st-century America. Mendoza divides the book into four parts: Preparation, The Start of a Journey, Redeparture, and Redefining the Borderlands. Throughout, he introduces the reader to Latin@s from both small towns and big cities, discussing their livelihoods, families, and the chances they have taken. He includes references to newspaper articles addressing the ongoing national and local immigration debates as well as snippets from the blog he maintained during his journey. Mendoza engages the reader and humanizes the politically charged immigration debate, revealing that the experiences of Latin@s in the United States are as diverse as the places they came from and have traveled to. -VERDICT This engaging book will be enjoyed by those studying the U.S. Latin@ experience as well as by readers of travel memoir and adventures.-Susan E. Montgomery, Rollins Coll. Lib., Winter Park, FL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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