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The Resource Living on the edge of America : at home on the Texas-Mexico border, Robert Lee Maril

Living on the edge of America : at home on the Texas-Mexico border, Robert Lee Maril

Label
Living on the edge of America : at home on the Texas-Mexico border
Title
Living on the edge of America
Title remainder
at home on the Texas-Mexico border
Statement of responsibility
Robert Lee Maril
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • On the southern edge of America a diverse group of people lead ordinary lives in rather extraordinary circumstances. Mexican Americans, Anglos, and Mexican nationals meet there, in the subtropical beauty of the Rio Grande Valley and amid conditions of extreme poverty and social inequality, and create a distinctive blend of cultures, languages, and attitudes toward life. The stories that emerge are stories of individual victories, daily standoffs, and brutalizing defeats
  • Forces in the crucibles of individual lives into unique experiences. The warm, personal accounts that make up this book give a vivid impression of what it is to live in one of the poorest but most intriguing regions of the United States, a region that has much to teach about America's present and future
  • And affecting, filled with palm fronds groaning in a burning wind, bulging pink gecko eyes under the porch light, Mando's karate academy, professors who study rocks and flies, and the small but important victories of junior high students whose families do not speak English. They are stories that recognize the forces at work in people's lives which are beyond their control, but also the qualities of courage, humor, resignation, and sometimes despair that translate those
  • Writer-sociologist Robert Lee Maril tells some of these stories, observed and absorbed during the thirteen years he lived and taught in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. In those years, he grew used to the limpid heat, the smell of possum sweating in the moonlight outside his bedroom window, the young men studying to become gasoline mechanics, and the young women walking across the stage as the first in their families to graduate from college. The stories he tells are vivid
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Cataloging source
DLC
Index
no index present
LC call number
HN79.T42
LC item number
R57 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Wardlaw book
Label
Living on the edge of America : at home on the Texas-Mexico border, Robert Lee Maril
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
25026064
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 180 p.
Isbn
9780890965054
Lccn
91046457
Note
Library's copies 1-2 (SW Writers): Purchased by the Hispanic Writers Endowment. With dust jacket.
Label
Living on the edge of America : at home on the Texas-Mexico border, Robert Lee Maril
Publication
Control code
25026064
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 180 p.
Isbn
9780890965054
Lccn
91046457
Note
Library's copies 1-2 (SW Writers): Purchased by the Hispanic Writers Endowment. With dust jacket.

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