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Translation Nation: Defining a New American
Translation Nation: Defining a New American
Translation Nation: Defining a New American

Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States

Product ID : 4789946

Galleon Product ID 4789946
UPC / ISBN 1594481768
Shipping Weight 0.75 lbs
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Binding: Paperback
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Manufacturer Brand: Riverhead Trade
Shipping Dimension 8.19 x 5.51 x 0.98 inches
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Author Hector Tobar
Brand Brand: Riverhead Trade
Edition 1
Number Of Pages 368
Package Quantity 1
Publication Date 2006-04-04
Release Date 2006-04-04
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About Translation Nation: Defining A New American

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the smash hit Deep Down Dark, a definitive tour of the Spanish-speaking United States—a parallel nation, 35 million strong, that is changing the very notion of what it means to be an American in unprecedented and unexpected ways. Tobar begins on familiar terrain, in his native Los Angeles, with his family's story, along with that of two brothers of Mexican origin with very different interpretations of Americanismo, or American identity as seen through a Latin American lens—one headed for U.S. citizenship and the other for the wrong side of the law and the south side of the border. But this is just a jumping-off point. Soon we are in Dalton, Georgia, the most Spanish-speaking town in the Deep South, and in Rupert, Idaho, where the most popular radio DJ is known as "El Chupacabras." By the end of the book, we have traveled from the geographical extremes into the heartland, exploring the familiar complexities of Cuban Miami and the brand-new ones of a busy Omaha INS station. Sophisticated, provocative, and deeply human, Translation Nation uncovers the ways that Hispanic Americans are forging new identities, redefining the experience of the American immigrant, and reinventing the American community. It is a book that rises, brilliantly, to meet one of the most profound shifts in American identity.