CART

(0) items

The Boy Kings of Texas A Memoir

by
ISBN13:

9780762779192

ISBN10:
0762779195
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
7/3/2012
Publisher(s):
Lyons Press
List Price: $16.95

Rent Book

(Recommended)
 
Term
Due
Price
$4.24

Buy Used Book

Usually Ships in 2-3 Business Days
$11.02

Buy New Book

In Stock Usually Ships in 24 Hours.
$14.41

eBook

We're Sorry
Not Available

More New and Used
from Private Sellers
Starting at $0.92

Questions About This Book?

Why should I rent this book?
Renting is easy, fast, and cheap! Renting from eCampus.com can save you hundreds of dollars compared to the cost of new or used books each semester. At the end of the semester, simply ship the book back to us with a free UPS shipping label! No need to worry about selling it back.
How do rental returns work?
Returning books is as easy as possible. As your rental due date approaches, we will email you several courtesy reminders. When you are ready to return, you can print a free UPS shipping label from our website at any time. Then, just return the book to your UPS driver or any staffed UPS location. You can even use the same box we shipped it in!
What version or edition is this?
This is the edition with a publication date of 7/3/2012.
What is included with this book?
  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.
  • The Used copy of this book is not guaranteed to inclue any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. You may receive a brand new copy, but typically, only the book itself.

Summary

Domingo Martinez lays bare his interior and exterior worlds as he struggles to make sense of the violent and the ugly, along with the beautiful and the loving. Partly a reflection on the culture of machismo and partly an exploration of the author's boyhood spent in his sister's hand-me-down clothes, this book delves into the enduring and complex bond between Martinez and his deeply flawed, but fiercely protective older brother. It features a cast of memorable characters, including his gun-hoarding, former farmhand Gramma and "The Mimi's," two of his older sisters who for a short, glorious time, manage to transform themselves from poor Latina adolescents into upper-class white girls. Martinez delves into the complicated relationships between extended family and the inner conflicts that result when the desire to Americanize clashes with the inherent need to defend one's manhood in an aggressive, archaic patriarchal farming culture. He provides a real glimpse into a society where children are traded like commerce, physical altercations routinely solve problems, drugs are rampant, sex is often crude, and people depend on the family witch doctor for advice. Charming, painful, and enlightening, it examines the traumas and pleasures of growing up in South Texas, and the often terrible consequences when two very different cultures collide on the banks of a dying river.

Author Biography

Domingo Martinez lives in Seattle, WA. His work has appeared in Epiphany, and he has worked as a journalist and designer in Texas and at virtually every periodical in Seattle, including The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, The Seattle Times, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, along with a number of other publications.

Table of Contents

Prologue
Border Justicep. 1
His Favorite Placep. 10
Grampap. 13
Cursesp. 21
Vulgariap. 25
¡Oklahoma!p. 40
Gramma and the Snakesp. 58
Poo and Pigletsp. 64
Christmas with Grandmap. 70
The Mimisp. 85
Dan's First Fightp. 99
The Oklahoma Jonesesp. 105
In Which Mom Is Introduced to the Barriop. 112
Faithp. 122
Footballp. 145
The Artless Dodgerp. 155
Dan's Second Fightp. 163
Delta City Repeatp. 180
Room 124p. 191
Neighborhood Heroesp. 218
Cheering up Philippep. 224
Crying Unclep. 252
Afterwardp. 282
Sleeping with Monstersp. 288
DadÆs Warningp. 302
Dan's Second to Last Fight.p. 317
The House that Rock ænÆ Roll Builtp. 336
Bioluminescencep. 340
Homep. 358
MomÆs Storyp. 357
Originsp. 373
Cheatingp. 335
Cheating IIp. 390
Keep on Truckin'p. 392
Ten Years Laterp. 394
Dan's Last Fightp. 397
Settling Accountsp. 408
Epiloguep. 429
Closedownp. 437
Acknowledgmentsp. 442
About the Authorp. 44
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.


Please wait while the item is added to your cart...