Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Cinco de Mayo Redux

This Cinco de Mayo, themacinator would like to urge you to skip the Corona. Read a book. Some suggested titles from your ever-ready online librarian (aka me):

The Life and Times of Mexico; Earl Shorris. This book is kind of as heavy as a bible, weight-wise. It's also an amazing read, and really is not just your average history. I honestly had a hard time putting it down.

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza; Gloria Anzaldua. Some of us remember Anzaldua from "This Bridge Called My Back." This solo work is a beautiful poetic piece in English and Spanish that deals with historical and current issues on the border. It's nice to have a feminist-centric view on a historically male-dominated cultural historical dialogue.

Crossing Over; Ruben Martinez and Hard Line: Life and Death on the US-Mexico Border; Ken Ellingwood. Oh, right, Mexico is just across a line of steel, cement, guns, lights, etc. Read these, you won't forget that our "international" view of the world isn't quite what we like to think it is.
A New Time for Mexico; Carlos Fuentes. Written in 1997, this isn't exactly up to date, but it's Carlos Fuentes, for dude's sake. Mexico has changed a lot in the last 20 years, and Fuentes is an excellent story teller.