[UUA-L:397] More new titles from Beacon Press!
dweiner at uua.org
Tue Dec 22 14:31:50 EST 1998
Beacon Press announces more new titles, including several
from the acclaimed new "Bluestreak" series.
Greater Mexico, the United States, and the Erotics of Culture by Jose
Limon $27.00 / hardcover / 0-8070-0236-4
The idea of crossing the Rio Grande between the U.S. and Mexico has
always conjured images of racial hostility and exclusion. Today
these images include stories of immigrant drownings, drug killings,
and toxic waste. Award-winning anthropologist Jose Limon looks into
history, politics, literature, folklore, ethnography, biography, film,
song, and dance to probe the deeply entwined and ambivalent
relationship between both sides of the border over the last 150 years.
Looking into Mexico's post-NAFTA plight and the United States' heated
debate over Mexican immigration, Limon pays careful attention to how
the forces of political economy create a context for domination and
>From the writing of Katherine Anne Porter to the life of the late
Chicana pap star Selena; from the career of the distinguished Mexican
anthropologist Gamio to Henry Cisneros's 1990 Texas gubernatorial
campaign, Limon's analysis engages us in the political, popular, and
cultural dimensions of the border and offers hope for the future.
New Bluestreak titles from Beacon Press:
(Bluestreak is a paperback series of innovative literary writing by
women of all colors.)
Thousand Pieces of Gold
by Ruthanne Lum McCunn
This masterful biographical novel--which has sold more than 100,000
copies--tells the true life story of Lalu Nathoy, sold into slavery in
1871 by her poverty-stricken family and auctioned off in the American
West. McCunn tells the gripping tale of how Lalu refused to be
mistress, pawn, or chattel to any of the men who "owned" her and how
she struggled out of servitude to achieve a life of freedom and
dignity as a pioneer woman.
Cravings: A Sensual Memoir
by Jyl Lynn Felman
In this profound and darkly funny collection of essays, Jyl Lynn
Felman explores the bittersweet experience of growing up the youngest
of three girls in a Jewish American family in Dayton, Ohio. In a
family unable to speak about feelings, the Felman sisters found their
own ways to break through the silence and rigidity of their parents'
religious beliefs and to vie for their mother's attention and love.
As an adult, Felman reckons with her grief over her mother's
suffering and eventual death from Parkinson's disease and its
destruction of the family. Throughout, she writes of her own
cravings in the sensual experience of her childhood--the taste of her
mother's cooking, the feel of her touch, and how these memories have
driven her adult life.
by Gayl Jones
Taut and explosive, sensual and eerie, "Eva's Man" is a gripping
psychological portrait of a woman unable to love for fear of pain.
Imprisoned for the bizarre murder of her lover, Eva Medina Canada
weaves memory and fantasy to reveal a life tormented by sexual abuse
and emotional silence.
Gayl Jones is widely acclaimed for her brilliant and profound
messages about race, class, and gender, and for her masterful
experiments with language; here she is at her best, infusing her
power narrative with a rich musical and oral idiom.
"Eva's Man" is Gayl Jones's second novel. Her first, "Corregidora,"
won the acclaim of James Baldwin and Maya Angelou, and her most
recent novel, The Healing, was called "a major literary event"
All Beacon Press books are available through the UUA Bookstore:
email bookstore at uua.org or call 1-800-215-9076.
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