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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:
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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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  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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 Narrator

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.