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YOU SHOULD READ "ALWAYS RUNNING"..ITS A GOOD CHICANO BOOK.

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by Luis Rodriguez!! a bio about his life... good book. he is also a poet. I got a chance to meet him and hear him talk back in the late 90's.
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I just read Forever My Lady by Jeff Rivera and I really enjoyed it. It was his first novel I believe and I'm looking forward to reading more from him. Drink Cultura will be my next book to read.
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I enjoyed Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez
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I LOVE READING BOOKS BY CHICANO AUTHORS.
I REALLY LIKE SANDRA CISNEROS AND IVE ALSO READ A BOOK CALLED RAIN OF GOLD BY HECTOR VILLASENOR, WHICH IS ONE OF THE GREATEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. RIGHT NOW IM READING A BOOK BY JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA THAT A FRIEND OF MINE TOLD ME ABOUT CALLED A PLACE TO STAND.

DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE FAVORITE CHICANO AUTHORS OR ARE THERE ANY BOOKS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND FROM CHICANO AUTHORS???

I always hear that Rain of Gold is a good book, but I never read it.
Maybe I'll check it out now.
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I LOVE READING BOOKS BY CHICANO AUTHORS.
DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE FAVORITE CHICANO AUTHORS OR ARE THERE ANY BOOKS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND FROM CHICANO AUTHORS???

The following is my Amazon.com review of a book called "Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs" by Michael Coe.

It isn't written by a Chicano, but I put it here because it spells out the greatness of our people.
Try not to get sidetracked by the review format of it.




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Mexico: a civilization that predates Israel & Western Europe
by Manuel Alderete, northern California



This book makes it clear that the major bulk of the history of Mexico (and Central America) has NOTHING at all to do with Europeans or anything "Latin American."

In fact, only 5 centuries of Mexico's archeological history has any European trace, vs. 28,000 years of indigenous Mexican occupation.
Michael Coe tells the story of Mexico through it's common denominator: the indigenous people, the "Indians. "

Prof. Coe presents recent archeology showing that Mexico had developed the elements of a true civilization between 2300 B.C. - 1800 B.C. This Olmec Civilization predates the Jewish presence in Israel and occurred before there was a single town or city in all of Western Europe.

(FYI: By the time Solomon built the First Temple in Isreal in 960 B.C., the Olmec capital at San Lorenzo was already over 400 years old.)

This book is among the two best general histories of "Mexico" (the other being "An Indigenous History of Mexico" by Alfredo Lopez Austin).



Coe's book is unique in that it presents Mexico's history through an objective long view, and not merely through the telescopic cultural lens of Europeans. Dr. Coe presents a refreshing analysis of Mexico that does not use the Spanish Invasion as the starting point (he hardly mentions the Spanish AT ALL until the very end). European divisions are not the way to understand Mexico's history, just as British imperial definitions do not do justice to the understanding of the Irish people.

The archeologist-author is objective and minimally Eurocentric in this book, and he is to be commended for that. It is no wonder he is considered one of the top-flight "Mesoamerican" experts in the field.



Dr. Coe shows that Mexico is more than just the Aztecs of whom we are most familiar. He presents a breath-taking parade of pyramid-civilizations going back 4,000 YEARS:
Olmec, Tlatilco, Cuicuilco, Izapan, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Mixtec, Tarasco, Toltec, Huaxtec, El Tajin, Pipil, Western Mexico, Zacatecas, Chalchihuites, Cacaxtla, Xochicalco, Chichen Itza, Nicarao and the multi-layered "Maya".

He even includes the Casas Grandes civilization near the Texas border.



This book takes the reader along a journey of one of the world's richest and truly original civilizations. Coe delves deeply into the incredible creation of corn domestication 9,000 years ago in Mexico. The corn plant requires human intervention, and the ingenuity of ancient Mexican farmers gave rise to one of the world's most unique and vigorous civilizations, just as wheat did for Iraq, and rice did for China.

Coe demonstrates, that unlike Europe, Mexico did not "borrow" new technologies and ideas from established foreign cultures (i.e. writing, agriculture, mathematics, religion, gunpowder, architecture, political structures, etc). This isolation makes Mexico's achievements all the more impressive.

Everything Mexico achieved, Dr. Coe asserts, it did on its own, making it one of the 3 or 4 "pristine civilizations" in the world (i.e. Iraq & China)



The idea of modern Mexico is really an artificial term, historically speaking. The modern boundaries have only existed for 150 years and as late as 1823, Central America was part of Mexican territory, and until 1848 included everything from Texas to California.

Coe's excellent book makes clear that the 28,000 year-old human history of Mexico is not confined to the Rio Grande nor to Mexico's border with Guatemala. He includes "The Turquoise Road" trade relations with the U.S. Southwest and discusses the "transmission of Mesoamerican traits" into that area, using the Hopi as an example.

Coe does a great job of presenting several satellite states of these great civilizations as well, such as the incredible influence of Mexico's mightiest civilization: Teotihuacan, whose pyramid city (larger than the city of Rome at its height) is today Mexico's #1 tourist attraction.



Considering the lack of metallurgy in "Mexico" until after 800 AD, it is astonishing to behold the thousands of temple-pyramids, hundreds of ceremonial centers, and hundreds of towns and cities that indigenous Mexicans created across the land-- WITHOUT metal tools or draft animals. Europeans had animals like oxen and horses to do work for them, but Mexicans had only human muscle and no oxen, hence the lack of use for the wheel.


Our indigenous people call the land Anáhuac (notice accent), meaning "the land between the waters" in the still-pervasive Nahuatl language. Just as there is something historically known as "Christendom" or "Western Civilization"
(oddly enough, both are based upon non-Western achievements in Sumeria and Egypt),


As the reader of both of the recent editions of "Mexico" and "The Maya" will also learn, there was a unitary and common cultural matrix which connected and sustained all the cultures of Mexico and Central America down to Costa Rica. The divisions were far more political than cultural, just as in "Christendom" or the the modern European world.


Somewhat disappointing is that Coe does not address the contact of Mexicans with their neighbors along the Gulf Coast area, where today we see the influence of temple-pyramids all along the Mississippi River Valley, most notably at Cahokia, Indiana, not to mention several hundred more. These people are known today as "The Moundbuilders" and their earthworks bear a striking similarity to those of Mexico: flat-topped pyramid structures with a temple at the top, astronomically aligned.

The Natchez people of Mississippi to this day maintain the story of ancient Mexicans passing through their lands, and is recorded by a French explorer a few centuries ago.


Another small gripe I have with this the book is Coe's insistence on the "gods" school of thought, when it was clear from Spanish and Nahuatl records that they acknowledge a SINGLE GOD who unfolded into space and time as the Universe. I thought a little more time could have been spent connecting the dots, but then Prof. is a specialist in archeology.

Coe acknowledges the existence of their Supreme Duality named OMETEOTL. But he continues to use the Spanish interpretation of "deities" instead of the notion of Manifestions of OMETEOTL, according to the High Priest tradition of the Aztec/Texcoco state alliance.
(and for the Maya this One God who is the Many is called HUNAB-KU.)

Christians are able to accept the concept of a Three-In-One God (Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit), along with deified Saints, a multitude of demons, Mary the Mother, and Satan the Lord of Hell...and yet Christians still consider themselves to be Monotheists who don't believe in different gods.

But many insist on saying we had separate gods.
The Aztec and Maya "gods" are the innumerable names and faces of one God: Ometeotl, comprised of a Divine Embrace of Material and Spirit. This is shown in the early codex artworks and in the earliest Nahuatl colonial writings.

But then again...the "gods" angle sells a lot more books to a Western audience who is pleased to level the charge of "polytheists!"

Also keep in mind that a lot of this rich and impressive civilization has only recently been gleaned from what are it's "leftovers":
95% of the astronomical almanacs and encyclopedias were burned by the Spaniards, by their own admission and only 20 years ago did serious archeological finds occur.

What other wonders went up in those flames?! What else lies beneath the surface?

This is a fascinating history that reads like a real-life detective story. Buy the book!

I love how Dr. Coe ends the book showing that modern indigenous culture still lives on in Mexico today. He didn't assign them a "dead" status like other books.
Well done, Dr. Coe.
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With no Question... Victor Villasenor.. Hes been my favorite Author since i first read Rain of Gold in 8th grade (93') Yikes that was a long time... anywho.. Hes the best .
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I LOVE READING BOOKS BY CHICANO AUTHORS.
I REALLY LIKE SANDRA CISNEROS AND IVE ALSO READ A BOOK CALLED RAIN OF GOLD BY HECTOR VILLASENOR, WHICH IS ONE OF THE GREATEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. RIGHT NOW IM READING A BOOK BY JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA THAT A FRIEND OF MINE TOLD ME ABOUT CALLED A PLACE TO STAND.

DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE FAVORITE CHICANO AUTHORS OR ARE THERE ANY BOOKS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND FROM CHICANO AUTHORS???
Great thread.

I highly recommend books by Art Rodriguez and Gary Soto who are both Chicanos who grew up in Northern California. They're books are very easy to read and they had me literally ROTFLMFAO because alot of these books take you back to the day and just brings back long forgotten childhood memories back to the surface. I wonder, ever read books by these authors?
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Both of my daughters are published Authors . . no kidding they both had poems published
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^ really? Post their poems on this thread since they merited it
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Yes really. My oldest one was recognized at Eddie Olmos' Latino Book and Family Festival a few years back.

I'll have to remember to get them and post them . . they were in a children's poetry book.
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Francisco Jimenez FTW. Jose Antonio Villareal FTW. I don't think they identify with Chicano though. Simply, Americans of Mexican descent.

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Both of my daughters are published Authors . . no kidding they both had poems published

I would like to check out the poetry if you care to share.
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YOU SHOULD READ "ALWAYS RUNNING"..ITS A GOOD CHICANO BOOK.
Did you know that the author of that book, Luis J. Rodriguez lives in the San Fernando Valley and he runs a book store called Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural in Sunland Tujunga? You should take your book there to get it autographed and maybe buy some books by Chicano authors he's slanging at his bookstore
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