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El Milagro and Other Stories (Camino del Sol: A Latina and Latino Literary)


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Ticking clocks and tolling bells, scents of roses and warm tortillas: this is the barrio of years past as captured in the words of Patricia Preciado Martin. Cuentos, recuerdos, stories, memories—all are stirred into a simmering caldo by a writer whose love for her heritage shines through every page. Reminiscent of Like Water for Chocolate, the book is a rich mix of the simplest ingredients--food, family, tradition. We see Silviana striding to her chicken coop, triggering the "feathered pandemonium" of chickens who smell death in the air. We meet Elena, standing before the mirror in her wedding dress, and Teodoro Sánchez, who sleeps under the sky and smells of “chaparral and mesquite pollen and the stream bottom and the bone dust of generations. Theres the monsignor sitting on the edge of a sofa, sipping Nescafé from a china cup, and here is Sister Francisca "with her warm, minty breath" warning us away from impure thoughts. Be on your best behavior, too, in Tía Petras Edwardian parlor--la Doña Petrita, descended from conquistadores, might just deliver a tap on your head with her silver-handled walking stick. Then, with Mamacita, spend a summer afternoon bent over your embroidery with trembling hand and sweaty upper lip, and all the while wondering what in the world it feels like to be kissed. Intermingled with the authors stories are collective memories of the barrio, tales halfway between heaven and earth that seem to connect barrio residents to each other and to their past. These cuentos are mystical and dreamy, peopled with ghosts and miracles and Aztec princesses dressed in feathers and gold. Come, sit down and have some salsa and a tortilla--fresh and homemade, it goes without saying; people who buy tortillas at the market "might as well move to Los Angeles, for they have already lost their souls." Then open the pages of this book. Help yourself to another feast of food and flowers, music and dancing, sunshine and moonlight—everything glorious and mundane, serious and humorous, earthly and spiritual, poignant and joyful, in la vida mexicoamericana.

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A new edition of the pulmonary testing text written for health care students, but also arranged as a reference for non-physicians performing the procedures. Each testing discussion begins with a history and pertinent background materials as well as physiology, instrumentation, technique, calculations, and the basic elements of interpretation and infection control. The test groups include spirometry, lung volumes, airway resistance, diffusing capacity, exercise, and bronchial provocation. A new innovation accompanying this edition is a computer assisted instruction disk containing interactive software featuring a pretest, instruction, self-assessment, and post-test. The nine appendices offer conversions, the mathematics of Boyle's Law, pediatric information, procedure manual instructions, and answers to the text questions. Includes some photographs, charts, graphs, and equations.
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About the Author

Patricia Preciado Martin, a native Arizonan, has been active in Tucsons Mexican American community for many years and was the Arizona Library Association's Author of the Year in 1997

Table of Contents

Tejidos y Bordados (Needlework and Embroidery) — El Milagro (The Miracle) — Dichos (Proverbs) — La Toreadora (The Bullfighter) — Bordados (Embroidery) — Paraâiso (Paradise) — Orgullo (Pride) — La Bendiciâon (The Blessing) — Reinas (Queens) — La Bailarina (The Dancer) — La Tortillera (The Tortilla Maker) — Plumas (Feathers) — La Virgen de la Soledad (The Virgin of Solitude) — El Creciente (The Flood).

Product Details

Martin, Patricia Preciado
University of Arizona Press
Tucson :
Social life and customs
Short Stories (single author)
Mexican americans
Mexican american women
Arizona Social life and customs Fiction.
Mexican American women -- Arizona -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
Mexican American women -- Fiction.
Fiction, Latina and Latino Studies
Literature-A to Z
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Camino del Sol: A Latina and Latino Literary (Paperback)
Series Volume:
pt. 2
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Grade Level:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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