Brown : The Last Discovery of America

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142000795
  • 9780142000793
  • 657,812

Table of contents

Brown - Richard Rodriguez Preface
One: The Triad of Alexis de Tocqueville
Two: In the Brown Study
Three: The Prince and I
Four: Poor Richard
Five: Hispanic
Six: The Third Man
Seven: Dreams of a Temperate People
Eight: Gone West
Nine: Peter's Avocado
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Review quote

"The recurrent strands of his thought--family, education, race, sex, California, America, Mexico--gain a new resonance each time and stand, in the end, for the complexity of a whole greater than the sum of its parts." --The New York Times Book Review"Brown is an elegant, nuanced plea for the individual as the primary force in American life.... But as admirable as it is in its vision, Brown is more intriguing for it honesty about the author's desires and frustrations." --San Francisco Chronicle
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About Richard Rodriguez

"The best American essayist."
--Village Voice

Richard Rodriguez 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 appears regularly as an essayist on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.
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