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Brown: The Last Discovery of America

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Awards

Nominated for the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In his dazzling new memoir, Richard Rodriguez reflects on the color brown and the meaning of Hispanics to the life of America today. Rodriguez argues that America has been brown since its inception — since the moment the African and the European met within the Indian eye. But more than simply a book about race, Brown is about America in the broadest sense — a look at what our country is, full of surprising observations by a writer who is a marvelous stylist as well as a trenchant observer and thinker.

Review:

"Richard Rodriguez's beautiful new book, Brown, is a meditation on America's family secrets." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"[A] provocative and challenging meditation on identity, racial and otherwise, in American culture....This book is written for anyone looking for a way out of limiting self-conceptions." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A poetic, often contrarian meditation on race in modern America....Elegant, controversial, and altogether memorable." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Rodriguez is one of our most interesting and courageous thinkers on the subject of race....[B]e prepared, as you approach Brown, for a challenging and at times frustrating undertaking." Johathan Yardley, The Washington Post

Review:

"Brown is an eloquent, nuanced plea for the individual as the primary force in American life..." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"The recurrent strands of [Rodriguez's] thought...gain new resonance each time and stand, in the end, for the complexity of a whole greater than the sum of its parts." Anthony Walton, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

In his two previous works, Hunger of Memory and Days of Obligation, Rodriguez wrote about the intersection of his private life with public issues of class and ethnicity. With Brown, his consideration of race, Rodriguez completes his "trilogy on American public life."

Synopsis:

An award–winning writer delivers a major reckoning with religion, place, and sexuality in the aftermath of 9/11

Hailed in The Washington Post as “one of the most eloquent and probing public intellectuals in America,” Richard Rodriguez now considers religious violence worldwide, growing public atheism in the West, and his own mortality.

Rodriguezs stylish new memoir—the first book in a decade from the Pulitzer Prize finalist—moves from Jerusalem to Silicon Valley, from Moses to Liberace, from Lance Armstrong to Mother Teresa. Rodriguez is a homosexual who writes with love of the religions of the desert that exclude him. He is a passionate, unorthodox Christian who is always mindful of his relationship to Judaism and Islam because of a shared belief in the God who revealed himself within an ecology of emptiness. And at the center of this book is a consideration of women—their importance to Rodriguezs spiritual formation and their centrality to the future of the desert religions.

Only a mind as elastic and refined as Rodriguezs could bind these threads together into this wonderfully complex tapestry.

Synopsis:

In his dazzling new memoir, Richard Rodriguez reflects on the color brown and the meaning of Hispanics to the life of America today. Rodriguez argues that America has been brown since its inception-since the moment the African and the European met within the Indian eye. But more than simply a book about race, Brown is about America in the broadest sense—a look at what our country is, full of surprising observations by a writer who is a marvelous stylist as well as a trenchant observer and thinker.

About the Author

Richard Rodriguez is the author of Hunger of Memory and Days of Obligation. He works as an editor at the Pacific News Service in San Francisco and is a contributing editor for Harper's magazine and the Sunday "Opinion" section of the Los Angeles Times. He also appears regularly as an essayist on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Table of Contents

Contents
Preface, xi
One
The Triad of Alexis de Tocqueville, 1
Two
In the Brown Study, 33
Three
The Prince and I, 47
Four
Poor Richard, 81
Five
Hispanic, 103
Six
The Third Man, 125
Seven
Dreams of a Temperate People, 145
Eight
Gone West, 169
Nine
Peter's Avocado, 193
Acknowledgments, 231

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142000793
Author:
Rodriguez, Richard
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Mexican americans
Subject:
Erotica
Subject:
Hispanic americans
Subject:
Racially mixed people
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Religious
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
839.
Publication Date:
March 25, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 256 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142000793 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Richard Rodriguez's beautiful new book, Brown, is a meditation on America's family secrets."
"Review" by , "[A] provocative and challenging meditation on identity, racial and otherwise, in American culture....This book is written for anyone looking for a way out of limiting self-conceptions."
"Review" by , "A poetic, often contrarian meditation on race in modern America....Elegant, controversial, and altogether memorable."
"Review" by , "Rodriguez is one of our most interesting and courageous thinkers on the subject of race....[B]e prepared, as you approach Brown, for a challenging and at times frustrating undertaking."
"Review" by , "Brown is an eloquent, nuanced plea for the individual as the primary force in American life..."
"Review" by , "The recurrent strands of [Rodriguez's] thought...gain new resonance each time and stand, in the end, for the complexity of a whole greater than the sum of its parts."
"Synopsis" by , In his two previous works, Hunger of Memory and Days of Obligation, Rodriguez wrote about the intersection of his private life with public issues of class and ethnicity. With Brown, his consideration of race, Rodriguez completes his "trilogy on American public life."
"Synopsis" by ,
An award–winning writer delivers a major reckoning with religion, place, and sexuality in the aftermath of 9/11

Hailed in The Washington Post as “one of the most eloquent and probing public intellectuals in America,” Richard Rodriguez now considers religious violence worldwide, growing public atheism in the West, and his own mortality.

Rodriguezs stylish new memoir—the first book in a decade from the Pulitzer Prize finalist—moves from Jerusalem to Silicon Valley, from Moses to Liberace, from Lance Armstrong to Mother Teresa. Rodriguez is a homosexual who writes with love of the religions of the desert that exclude him. He is a passionate, unorthodox Christian who is always mindful of his relationship to Judaism and Islam because of a shared belief in the God who revealed himself within an ecology of emptiness. And at the center of this book is a consideration of women—their importance to Rodriguezs spiritual formation and their centrality to the future of the desert religions.

Only a mind as elastic and refined as Rodriguezs could bind these threads together into this wonderfully complex tapestry.

"Synopsis" by ,

In his dazzling new memoir, Richard Rodriguez reflects on the color brown and the meaning of Hispanics to the life of America today. Rodriguez argues that America has been brown since its inception-since the moment the African and the European met within the Indian eye. But more than simply a book about race, Brown is about America in the broadest sense—a look at what our country is, full of surprising observations by a writer who is a marvelous stylist as well as a trenchant observer and thinker.

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