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The Resource House built on ashes : a memoir, José Antonio Rodríguez

House built on ashes : a memoir, José Antonio Rodríguez

Label
House built on ashes : a memoir
Title
House built on ashes
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
José Antonio Rodríguez
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The year is 2009, and José Antonio Rodríguez, a doctoral student at Binghamton University in upstate New York, is packing his suitcase, getting ready to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with his parents in South Texas. He soon learns from his father that a drug cartel has overtaken the Mexican border village where he was born. Now, because of the violence there, he won't be able to visit his early-childhood home. Instead, his memories will have to take him back. Thus, Rodríguez begins a meditative journey into the past. Through a series of vignettes, he mines the details of a childhood and adolescence fraught with deprivation but offset by moments of tenderness and beauty. Suddenly he is four years old again, and his mother is feeding him raw sugarcane for the first time. With the sweetness still on his tongue, he runs to a field, where he falls asleep under a glowing pink sky. The conditions of rural poverty prove too much for his family to bear, and Rodríguez moves with his mother and three of his nine siblings across the border to McAllen, Texas. Now a resident of the 'other side, ' Rodríguez experiences the luxury of indoor toilets and gazes at television commercials promising more food than he has ever seen. But there is no easy passage into this brighter future. Poignant and lyrical, House Built on Ashes contemplates the promises, limitations, and contradictions of the American Dream. Even as it tells a deeply personal story, it evokes larger political, cultural, and social realities. It speaks to what America is and what it is not. It speaks to a world of hunger, prejudice, and far too many boundaries. But it speaks, as well, to the redemptive power of beauty and its life-sustaining gift of hope"--Provided by publisher
Member of
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
NhCcYBP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1974-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rodríguez, José Antonio
Dewey number
973/.046872
Index
no index present
LC call number
E184.M5
LC item number
R58718 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
ProQuest (Firm)
Series statement
Chicana & Chicano visions of the Américas series
Series volume
volume 20
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rodríguez, José Antonio
  • Rodriguez family
  • Mexican Americans
  • Gay men
  • Immigrants
  • Mexicans
  • McAllen (Tex.)
Label
House built on ashes : a memoir, José Antonio Rodríguez
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1984
  • pt. Five
  • 1985 to 1987
  • pt. Six
  • 1988 to 1991
  • pt. Seven
  • 1991 to 1993
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • pt. One
  • 1991
  • pt. Two
  • 1978 to 1979
  • pt. Three
  • 1979 to 1983
  • pt. Four
Control code
MSTDDA4795432
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource ( 189 pages.):
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780806158754
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Label
House built on ashes : a memoir, José Antonio Rodríguez
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1984
  • pt. Five
  • 1985 to 1987
  • pt. Six
  • 1988 to 1991
  • pt. Seven
  • 1991 to 1993
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • pt. One
  • 1991
  • pt. Two
  • 1978 to 1979
  • pt. Three
  • 1979 to 1983
  • pt. Four
Control code
MSTDDA4795432
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource ( 189 pages.):
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780806158754
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote

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