Life on the Hyphen

  • Filename: life-on-the-hyphen.
  • ISBN: 9780292742864
  • Release Date: 2012-04-18
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Gustavo Pérez Firmat
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press



An expanded, updated edition of the classic study of Cuban-American culture, this engaging book, which mixes the author’s own story with his reflections as a trained observer, explores how both famous and ordinary members of the “1.5 Generation” (Cubans who came to the United States as children or teens) have lived “life on the hyphen”—neither fully Cuban nor fully American, but a fertile hybrid of both. Offering an in-depth look at Cuban-Americans who have become icons of popular and literary culture—including Desi Arnaz, Oscar Hijuelos, musician Pérez Prado, and crossover pop star Gloria Estefan, as well as poets José Kozer and Orlando González Esteva, performers Willy Chirino and Carlos Oliva, painter Humberto Calzada, and others—Gustavo Pérez Firmat chronicles what it means to be Cuban in America. The first edition of Life on the Hyphen won the Eugene M. Kayden National University Press Book Award and received honorable mentions for the Modern Language Association’s Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize and the Latin American Studies Association’s Bryce Wood Book Award.

Life on the Hyphen

  • Filename: life-on-the-hyphen.
  • ISBN: 9780292735996
  • Release Date: 2012-05-01
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Gustavo Pérez Firmat
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press



With fascinating insights into how both ordinary and famous Cuban-Americans, including Desi Arnaz, Oscar Hijuelos, Gloria Estefan, and José Kozer, have lived 'life on the hyphen', this is an expanded, updated edition of the classic, award-winning study of Cuban-American culture.

Bilingual Being

  • Filename: bilingual-being.
  • ISBN: 9780773541191
  • Release Date: 2013-04-01
  • Number of pages: 328
  • Author: Kathleen Saint-Onge
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP



An intimate memoir of a bilingual childhood in Quebec at mid-century that shows how language can reshape a life after trauma.

Muslim American Youth

  • Filename: muslim-american-youth.
  • ISBN: 9780814740392
  • Release Date: 2008-07-12
  • Number of pages: 243
  • Author: Selcuk R. Sirin
  • Publisher: NYU Press



Uses the results of surveys, identity maps, and focus groups to explore how Muslim American teenagers and young adults cope with being both American and Muslim.

The Hispanic Condition

  • Filename: the-hispanic-condition.
  • ISBN: 0060170050
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Number of pages: 242
  • Author: Ilan Stavans
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers



Examines the five major Hispanic groups--including Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Central Americans, and South Americans--describes their cultural characteristics, and draws conclusions about their eventual role in mainstream America.

Desire Unlimited

  • Filename: desire-unlimited.
  • ISBN: 1859847781
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 217
  • Author: Paul Julian Smith
  • Publisher: Verso



In the last decade, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar has grown from critical darling of the film circuit scene to mainstream success. Frequently comic, often deadly serious, always visually glorious, his recent films range from the Academy Award-winning drama Talk to Her to the 2011 horror film The Skin I Live In. Though they are ambitious and varied in style, each is a distinctive innovation on the themes that have defined his work. Desire Unlimited is the classic film-by-film assessment of Almodóvar's oeuvre, now updated to include his most recent work. Still the only study of its kind in English, it vigorously confirms its original argument that beneath Almodóvar's genius for comedy and visual pleasure lies a filmmaker whose work deserves to be taken with the utmost seriousness. From the Hardcover edition.

The Cuban Condition

  • Filename: the-cuban-condition.
  • ISBN: 0521327474
  • Release Date: 1989-06-15
  • Number of pages: 185
  • Author: Gustavo Pérez Firmat
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Firmat explores the process of assimilation or transculturation in the case of Cuba, and proposes a new understanding of the issue of Cuban national identity through revisionary readings dating from the early decades of the twentieth century, a time of intense self-reflection in the nation's history. He argues that Cuban identity is translational rather than foundational and that cubanía emerges from a nuanced, self-conscious recasting of foreign models.

A Companion to Post 1945 America

  • Filename: a-companion-to-post-1945-america.
  • ISBN: 0631223258
  • Release Date: 2002-09-27
  • Number of pages: 608
  • Author: Jean-Christophe Agnew
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell



A Companion to Post-1945 America is an original collection of 34 essays by key scholars on the history and historiography of Post-1945 America. Covers society and culture, people and movements, politics and foreign policy Surveys and evaluates the best scholarship on every important era and topic Includes book review section on essential readings

Life Behind the Lobby

  • Filename: life-behind-the-lobby.
  • ISBN: 9780804782029
  • Release Date: 2012-04-25
  • Number of pages: 264
  • Author: Pawan Dhingra
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press



Indian Americans own about half of all the motels in the United States. Even more remarkable, most of these motel owners come from the same region in India and—although they are not all related—seventy percent of them share the surname of Patel. Most of these motel owners arrived in the United States with few resources and, broadly speaking, they are self-employed, self-sufficient immigrants who have become successful—they live the American dream. However, framing this group as embodying the American dream has profound implications. It perpetuates the idea of American exceptionalism—that this nation creates opportunities for newcomers unattainable elsewhere—and also downplays the inequalities of race, gender, culture, and globalization immigrants continue to face. Despite their dominance in the motel industry, Indian American moteliers are concentrated in lower- and mid-budget markets. Life Behind the Lobby explains Indian Americans' simultaneous accomplishments and marginalization and takes a close look at their own role in sustaining that duality.

Revolutionary Cuba

  • Filename: revolutionary-cuba.
  • ISBN: 0813062012
  • Release Date: 2016-03-08
  • Number of pages: 408
  • Author: Luis Martinez-Fernandez
  • Publisher:



"A remarkable achievement. The most comprehensive, synthetic, and systematic appraisal of the Cuban Revolution to date."--Jorge Duany, author of Blurred Borders "Passionate and balanced, Luis Martínez-Fernández guides the reader expertly through the seemingly endless twists, turns, and detours of the Cuban Revolution."--Gustavo Pérez Firmat, author of Life on the Hyphen This is the first book in more than three decades to offer a complete and chronological history of revolutionary Cuba, including the years of rebellion that led to the revolution. Beginning with Batista's coup in 1952, which catalyzed the rebels, and bringing the reader to the present-day transformations initiated by Raúl Castro, Luis Martínez-Fernández provides a balanced interpretive synthesis of the major topics of contemporary Cuban history. Expertly weaving the myriad historic, social, and political forces that shaped the island nation during this period, Martínez-Fernández examines the circumstances that allowed the revolution to consolidate in the early 1960s, the Soviet influence throughout the latter part of the Cold War, and the struggle to survive the catastrophic Special Period of the 1990s after the collapse of the U.S.S.R. He tackles the island's chronic dependence on sugar production that, starting with the plantations centuries ago, continues to shape Cuba's culture and society today. He analyzes the revolutionary pendulum that continues to swing between idealism and pragmatism, focusing on its effects on the everyday lives of the Cuban people, and--bucking established trends in Cuban scholarship--Martínez-Fernández systematically integrates the Cuban diaspora into the larger discourse of the revolution. Concise, well written, and accessible, this book is an indispensable survey of the history and themes of the socialist revolution that forever changed Cuba and the world.

Love InshAllah

  • Filename: love-inshallah.
  • ISBN: 9781593764739
  • Release Date: 2012-02-01
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Nura Maznavi
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press



In this groundbreaking collection, American Muslim women writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their real-life tales of flirting, dating, longing, and sex. Their stories show just how varied the search for love can be—from singles' events and college flirtations to arranged marriages, all with a uniquely Muslim twist. These heartfelt tales are filled with passion and hope, loss and longing. One follows the quintessential single woman in the big city as she takes a chance on a Muslim speed-dating event. Another tells of a shy student from a liberal college town who falls in love online and must reveal her secret to her conservative family. A third recounts a Southern girl who surprises herself by agreeing to an arranged marriage, unexpectedly finding the love of her life. These compelling stories of love and romance create an irresistible balance of heart-warming and tantalizing, always revealing and deeply relatable.

The Chicago Manual of Style

  • Filename: the-chicago-manual-of-style.
  • ISBN: 0226104036
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: University of Chicago. Press
  • Publisher:



Provides information on manuscript preparation, punctuation, spelling, quotations, captions, tables, abbreviations, references, bibliographies, notes, and indexes, with sections on journals and electronic media.

Dreaming in Cuban

  • Filename: dreaming-in-cuban.
  • ISBN: 9780307798008
  • Release Date: 2011-06-08
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Cristina García
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books



“Impressive . . . [Cristina García’s] story is about three generations of Cuban women and their separate responses to the revolution. Her special feat is to tell it in a style as warm and gentle as the ‘sustaining aromas of vanilla and almond,’ as rhythmic as the music of Beny Moré.”—Time Cristina García’s acclaimed book is the haunting, bittersweet story of a family experiencing a country’s revolution and the revelations that follow. The lives of Celia del Pino and her husband, daughters, and grandchildren mirror the magical realism of Cuba itself, a landscape of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption. Dreaming in Cuban is “a work that possesses both the intimacy of a Chekov story and the hallucinatory magic of a novel by Gabriel García Márquez” (The New York Times). Praise for Dreaming in Cuban “Remarkable . . . an intricate weaving of dramatic events with the supernatural and the cosmic . . . evocative and lush.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Captures the pain, the distance, the frustrations and the dreams of these family dramas with a vivid, poetic prose.”—The Washington Post “Brilliant . . . With tremendous skill, passion and humor, García just may have written the definitive story of Cuban exiles and some of those they left behind.”—The Denver Post From the Trade Paperback edition.

ReMembering Cuba

  • Filename: remembering-cuba.
  • ISBN: 0292731477
  • Release Date: 2001-06-15
  • Number of pages: 325
  • Author: Andrea O’Reilly Herrera
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press



One hundred testimonies on the Cuban diaspora are gathered together from narratives, interviews, creative writing, letters, journal entries, photographs, and paintings to capture the strong emotions surrounding this ongoing ordeal. Simultaneous.

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