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The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir


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ISBN13: 9780762779192
ISBN10: 0762779195
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Andrea Robledo, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Andrea Robledo)
Great book!
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I learned about this book after hearing the author on "This American Life." Mr. Martinez tells compelling stories of his life growing up in Brownsville, TX, to his transition to adulthood and life in Seattle, WA. He's a compelling storyteller, and the chapters serve well as stand-alone stories; some are sad, some are hilarious, and most are both. "The Boy Kings of Texas" is a great read and should give most readers something to connect with--it certainly did for me. I'm looking forward to more writing from Mr. Martinez.
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Martinez, Domingo
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Opening with the brutal tale of the murder of a beloved pet avenged, Seattle journalist Martinez's memoir of growing up in Texas in the 70s and 80s along the Mexican border is an emotional roller coaster rendered in exquisite detail. Struggling with his cultural identity and the usual kaleidoscope of adolescent emotions, Martinez felt like a perpetual outsider. Even more marginalized by his family's emotional reserve and propensity for violence (physical as well as emotional), he eventually finds solace in substances before moving to Seattle to live with his older brother in hopes of a more peaceful and productive life. But old habits die hard. Once there, Martinez finds himself sucked into an emotional whirlpool once again; the violence he thought he left in Texas follows him, as do his demons. Though written with a strong, clear voice, Martinez goes into often lengthy digressions, frequently losing his momentum and, occasionally, the thread of conversation between writer and reader. Still, this fascinating and sometimes horrifying account of growing up Hispanic in a Texas border town is an artfully rendered take on family, community, and one man's journey to adulthood. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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A lyrical and authentic book that recounts the story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980's, as each member of the family desperately tries to assimilate and escape life on the border to become "real" Americans, even at the expense of their shared family history. This is really un-mined territory in the memoir genre that gives in-depth insight into a previously unexplored corner of America.

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