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Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge written by Ilan Stavans

 

Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge written by Ilan Stavans

Overview:

Brazen, bold, edgy, and fresh: an unexpected take on Latino life, spotlighting some of the culture’s most exciting innovative and emerging voices.

An entertaining, provocative and often exhilarating collection, Lengua Fresca celebrates some of the most original and cutting-edge work to emerge from the cultural collide that is Latino life in the United States. Featuring an eclectic mix of Latino writing—including fiction, journalism, essays, comics, and even cultural ephemera—this unique anthology showcases literature found in unexpected places. Selections include stories from Salvador Plascencia, Christina Henriquez, and Ana Menendez; graphic pieces from the Hernandez brothers (creators of the groundbreaking comix Love and Rockets) and Lalo Alcaraz (creator of La Cucaracha); and essays by Stephanie Elizondo Griest and Dagoberto Gilb on pop culture topics such as The George Lopez Show and Taco Bell. The growth of Spanglish, the lingua franca of Hispanic communities, is highlighted as well. Compiled by the editors of the classroom favorite Growing Up Latino, Lengua Fresca offers an unconventional window on a vibrant, quickly expanding culture.

Synopsis:

Brazen, bold, edgy, and fresh: an unexpected take on Latino life, spotlighting some of the culture’s most exciting innovative and emerging voices.

An entertaining, provocative and often exhilarating collection, Lengua Fresca celebrates some of the most original and cutting-edge work to emerge from the cultural collide that is Latino life in the United States. Featuring an eclectic mix of Latino writing—including fiction, journalism, essays, comics, and even cultural ephemera—this unique anthology showcases literature found in unexpected places. Selections include stories from Salvador Plascencia, Christina Henriquez, and Ana Menendez; graphic pieces from the Hernandez brothers (creators of the groundbreaking comix Love and Rockets) and Lalo Alcaraz (creator of La Cucaracha); and essays by Stephanie Elizondo Griest and Dagoberto Gilb on pop culture topics such as The George Lopez Show and Taco Bell. The growth of Spanglish, the lingua franca of Hispanic communities, is highlighted as well. Compiled by the editors of the classroom favorite Growing Up Latino, Lengua Fresca offers an unconventional window on a vibrant, quickly expanding culture.

Library Journal

Editors Augenbraum (executive director, National Book Fdn.) and Stavans (Latin American & Latino culture, Amherst Coll.) have joined efforts again (their first coedited book was Growing Up Latino) to produce this anthology of avant-garde literature from a new generation of Latinos writing in either English, Spanish, or Spanglish, the "lengua fresca"(fresh language) to which the title refers. They begin their book with excerpts from their lively correspondence concerning what is and who is Latino, how they have expanded the scope of traditional genres, and other cultural insights. Selections include short stories, essays, poetry, cartoons-even ephemera describing culture. Each entry is unique, e.g., a tongue-in-cheek menu from a Puerto Rican restaurant, hip-hop lyrics, a treatise on Mexican food, and an outrageously funny comic strip called La Cucaracha. The more traditional selections include stories from hope-to-hear-more-of authors Oscar Casares, Nelly Rosario, and Miguel Jaime-Becerra. Brief biographies of the contributors follow the selections. Recommended for all public libraries. [Augenbraum is a former LJ reviewer.-Ed.]-Nedra Crowe-Evers, Sonoma Cty. Lib., Santa Rosa, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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