Thursday, August 19, 2010

Our History in Words

Ever wonder why a lot of high schools and colleges don't teach Latino history? Well I do too, but thankfully there are books out there for you to learn on your own. Available soon, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature includes the work of 184 Latino writers from Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican-American traditions as well as writing from other Spanish-speaking countries. This anthology traces four centuries of writing, from letters to the Spanish crown by sixteenth-century conquistadors to the cutting-edge expressions of twenty-first-century cartoonistas and artists of reggaeton.

Imagine learning about your entire history in one book. I've heard of Puerto Rican books, Colombian books, Mexican history books but nothing that combines everything. Twelve years in the making, this book will shed light on "our American" through the writing styles of several writers. The book costs around $60 but it's well worth it.

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