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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (350 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gustavo Arellano Narrator: William Dufris, Christine Marshall, James Herrera Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781400174645
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An irreverent, hilarious, and informative look at Mexican American culture is taken by a rising star in the alternative media, as well as a new kid on the block in such mainstream venues as NPR, the Los Angeles Times, Today, and The Colbert Report. Gustavo Arellano has compiled the best questions about Mexican Americans from readers of his Ask a Mexican! column in California’s OC Weekly and uses them to explore the clichés of lowriders, busboys, and housekeepers; drunks and scoundrels; heroes and celebrities; and most important, millions upon millions of law-abiding, patriotic American citizens and their illegal-immigrant cousins who represent some $600 billion in economic power.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A welcome reprieve from common tiptoeing around the fraught subjects of race relations and immigration.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 hahna | 2/12/2014

    " the material is much better suited for newsprint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/28/2014

    " Funny, brilliant, and I'm learning a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose Morales | 1/26/2014

    " If you are Mexican and especially if you are not, read this book. Philosophy, comedy, civil rights, sex, it has it all. Very fun read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/18/2014

    " Often funny insights into Mexican-Americans (and Mexicans) written by a popular Mexican-American journalist from Orange County, California. Example: true Mexican-Americans pronounce the capital of Orange County as "Santana," even though it's spelled "Santa Ana" (and "Santa" "Ana" is what I always called it until now...) The book is more entertaining than anything, but for gabachos, quite informative, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 travelerblue | 1/17/2014

    " Humerous at times, insulting at others. A journalists Q & A about Mexicans in southern California. Very informative, and a definite 'should read' for Lou Dobbs and Bill O'Reilly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 1/16/2014

    " This book was hilarious! I thoroughly enjoyed it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 1/11/2014

    " Amusing and informative, especially the language slurs... There appears to be an underlying tone of mocking the gabachos, though. Typical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 1/10/2014

    " Funny. Raunchy. Insightful. Informative. At times abrasive. This book is a compilation of columns, which got old after awhile, but I enjoyed it for the most part, and actually learned a great bit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Priscilla | 1/4/2014

    " Had a few insights, but it still was very offensive and crude at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 1/1/2014

    " learned a whole lot about mexicans. why mexicans love morrissey and useful insults. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiff | 12/15/2013

    " This book had funny moments but I guess I discovered that vulgarity is not my thing. So I'll say it's great if that humor satisfies you but if not it may fail short of expectation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 12/1/2013

    " Author is very crude but clever. Wittily rebuts harsh criticisms and spiteful stereotypes of Mexicans while at the same time is able to laugh at himself and his culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antonia | 7/16/2013

    " This book is HILARIOUS. I was laughing from page one. He really knows how to point out when someone is being a dumbass. It is also a nice peek into mexican culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 6/29/2013

    " You can only take so much of this Mexican's banter. Some of the questions are hilarious with great answers given by the author. You can really just skim and pick and choose what you want to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luz-Maria | 9/6/2012

    " silly sarcastic fun replies to some really lame stereotypical questions.........an extension of what Mr. Arellano writes for the OC Weekly..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/26/2012

    " I sometimes I don't if I should laugh or not very stereotypical yet it can be funny. I read this off and on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/20/2012

    " Amusing and surprisingly informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/27/2012

    " I enjoyed the 1st half of this book, but then it got old. The same answers to the same questions. There was some really funny stuff in here though, and I learned a lot... taken with a grain of salt of course. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 . | 1/5/2012

    " After a little more than halfway through, I lost interest and eventually stopped reading it. Not as engaging as I thought it would be, but it's kinda funny and informing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqi | 12/23/2011

    " Satirical but also informative with often decent answers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vida | 4/8/2011

    " Hysterical. I learned that Mexicans do not call white people Gringos - they call the gabachos! Irreverant, fascinating and funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose | 2/10/2011

    " If you are Mexican and especially if you are not, read this book. Philosophy, comedy, civil rights, sex, it has it all. Very fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerry | 9/3/2010

    " I learned a lot about my people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 4/24/2010

    " por fin encontré con quién (o más bien 'con qué') reirme de lo que me río siempre. qué buen espejo! 100% chingón! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiff | 3/7/2010

    " This book had funny moments but I guess I discovered that vulgarity is not my thing. So I'll say it's great if that humor satisfies you but if not it may fail short of expectation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RH | 2/18/2010

    " Truly informative about Mexican culture as experienced in the U.S. and funny and irreverent.
    Learned that Morrissey has a huge cult following in Mexico and radishes help eliminate flatulence. Truth be told I actually have a chapter or two left in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/18/2009

    " I sometimes I don't if I should laugh or not very stereotypical yet it can be funny. I read this off and on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 6/26/2009

    " OMG this is hilarious and debunks all the stereotypes for people who have no experience with Mexican culture...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/13/2009

    " Funny, brilliant, and I'm learning a lot. "

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About the Author
Author Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano studies department at California State University, Fullerton.

About the Narrators

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.

Christine Marshall is an actress, director, and designer living in Portland, Maine. She teaches for the Maine State Ballet and produces plays with her theater company, Mad Horse. In addition to audiobooks, she records the online version of the New Yorker.

James Herrera spent many years working in the theater in New York City, but now enjoys his friends, his work, and the thriving arts community in Maine, where he now makes his home. He graduated from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and is currently studying Shakespeare in the British American Drama Academy (BADA) program at Balliol College in Oxford, England.