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Translation Nation : Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States - Hector Tobar

Translation Nation

Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States

Paperback

Published: 4th April 2006
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist H‚ctor Tobar takes us on the definitive tour of the Spanish-speaking United States-a parallel nation, 35 million strong, that is changing the very notion of what it means to be an American in unprecedented and unexpected ways.

The year 2005 will mark Latino-Americans' first year as the largest minority in the United States. By the middle of the century, Spanish-speaking Americans will make up 25 percent of the population. Never before has a group been as poised to make so substantial an impact on American culture and identity. And not just in California and Texas-but also in Georgia, Alabama, New York, and Idaho. As a Guatemalan-American journalist, H‚ctor Tobar has grown up with and chronicled this parallel nation, surrounded by its people and their collective experiences, complexities, and contradictions. In Translation Nation he introduces us to its past, the present-and our future.

Tobar begins on familiar terrain, in his native Los Angeles, with his family's story, along with that of two brothers of Mexican origin with very different interpretations of Americanismo, or American identity as seen through a Latin American lens-one headed for U.S. citizenship and the other for the wrong side of the law and the south side of the border. But this is just a jumping-off point. Soon we are in Dalton, Georgia, the most Spanish-speaking town in the Deep South, and in Rupert, Idaho, where the most popular radio DJ is known as "El Chupacabras." By the end of the book, we have traveled from the geographical extremes into the heartland, exploring the familiar complexities of Cuban Miami and the brand-new ones of a busy Omaha INS station.

Sophisticated, provocative, and deeply human, Translation Nation uncovers the ways that Hispanic Americans are forging new identities, redefining the experience of the American immigrant, and reinventing the American community. It is a book that rises, brilliantly, to meet one of the most profound shifts in American identity.

�Makes� the tremendous diversity, dynamism and geographical breadth of our blossoming Hispanic population come alive. (Ruy Telxeira, "The Washington Post Book World") Tobar maps out a complex national identity for America's fastest-growing minority... A welcome contribution to the cultural history of globablization. ("Newsweek") [Makes] the tremendous diversity, dynamism and geographical breadth of our blossoming Hispanic population come alive. (Ruy Telxeira, "The Washington Post Book World") Tobar maps out a complex national identity for America's fastest-growing minority... A welcome contribution to the cultural history of globablization. ("Newsweek") "Translation Nation...makes the tremendous diversity, dynamism and geographical breadth of our blossoming Hispanic population come alive. That's a valuable contribution to understanding where our country is going in this new century, and I am grateful to Tobar for providing it." --Washington Post Book World "Tobar captures... the current state of Latinos in the United States...with equal measures of insight and elan, giving the book an infectious optimism, an undeniable sense that the nature and scope of latinidad are not only expanding but becoming more inclusive as well...Compelling." --The Los Angeles Times "There is a secret America that has a message for America, and Hector Tobar is its angel. Translation Nation will come as a revelation to many Americans. De Tocqueville, roll over. Here comes Tobar." --Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler's List "Translation Nation will be looked upon as both a cornerstone and a corrective--the kind of book that didn't just document American life, but showed us the way of the future, too." --Dallas Morning News "One of the book's true gems is Tobar's gifted, breezy writing style. His eye for detail intertwined with the storytelling skills of a novelist elevate his story beyond the usual immigrant tale...those interested in how the United States' largest minority group is influencing America's food, culture and politics will be well-served by Tobar's literate efforts." --Cleveland Plain Dealer "Blending his memories of growing up Guatemalan American ...with more than a decade spent visiting Latino communities in the United States, this Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times journalist delivers an insightful meditation on the realities of modern-day Latino life." --Latina Magazine "Tobar explores the vast and diverse "Latin Republic of the United States" in crisp, energetic prose...Consciously harking back to Tocqueville and other observers of the American experience, Tobar claims a place for Latinos in the evolving story of what is, after all, a very young nation of immigrants." --Arizona Republic "Translation Nation makes the tremendous diversity, dynamism and geographical breadth of our blossoming Hispanic population come alive. That's a valuable contribution to understanding where our country is going in this new century, and I am grateful to Tobar for providing it." Washington Post Book World "Tobar captures... the current state of Latinos in the United States with equal measures of insight and elan, giving the book an infectious optimism, an undeniable sense that the nature and scope of latinidad are not only expanding but becoming more inclusive as well...Compelling." The Los Angeles Times "There is a secret America that has a message for America, and Hector Tobar is its angel. Translation Nation will come as a revelation to many Americans. De Tocqueville, roll over. Here comes Tobar." Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler's List "Translation Nation will be looked upon as both a cornerstone and a corrective the kind of book that didn't just document American life, but showed us the way of the future, too." Dallas Morning News "One of the book's true gems is Tobar's gifted, breezy writing style. His eye for detail intertwined with the storytelling skills of a novelist elevate his story beyond the usual immigrant tale...those interested in how the United States' largest minority group is influencing America's food, culture and politics will be well-served by Tobar's literate efforts." Cleveland Plain Dealer "Blending his memories of growing up Guatemalan American ...with more than a decade spent visiting Latino communities in the United States, this Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times journalist delivers an insightful meditation on the realities of modern-day Latino life." Latina Magazine "Tobar explores the vast and diverse "Latin Republic of the United States" in crisp, energetic prose...Consciously harking back to Tocqueville and other observers of the American experience, Tobar claims a place for Latinos in the evolving story of what is, after all, a very young nation of immigrants." Arizona Republic" ""Translation Nation" makes the tremendous diversity, dynamism and geographical breadth of our blossoming Hispanic population come alive. That's a valuable contribution to understanding where our country is going in this new century, and I am grateful to Tobar for providing it." "Washington Post Book World" "Tobar captures... the current state of Latinos in the United States with equal measures of insight and elan, giving the book an infectious optimism, an undeniable sense that the nature and scope of "latinidad" are not only expanding but becoming more inclusive as well...Compelling." "The Los Angeles Times" "There is a secret America that has a message for America, and Hector Tobar is its angel. "Translation Nation" will come as a revelation to many Americans. De Tocqueville, roll over. Here comes Tobar." Thomas Keneally, author of "Schindler's List" "Translation Nation will be looked upon as both a cornerstone and a corrective the kind of book that didn't just document American life, but showed us the way of the future, too." "Dallas Morning News" "One of the book's true gems is Tobar's gifted, breezy writing style. His eye for detail intertwined with the storytelling skills of a novelist elevate his story beyond the usual immigrant tale...those interested in how the United States' largest minority group is influencing America's food, culture and politics will be well-served by Tobar's literate efforts." "Cleveland Plain Dealer" "Blending his memories of growing up Guatemalan American ...with more than a decade spent visiting Latino communities in the United States, this Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times journalist delivers an insightful meditation on the realities of modern-day Latino life." "Latina Magazine" "Tobar explores the vast and diverse "Latin Republic of the United States" in crisp, energetic prose...Consciously harking back to Tocqueville and other observers of the American experience, Tobar claims a place for Latinos in the evolving story of what is, after all, a very young nation of immigrants." "Arizona Republic"" ""Translation Nation."..makes the tremendous diversity, dynamism and geographical breadth of our blossoming Hispanic population come alive. That's a valuable contribution to understanding where our country is going in this new century, and I am grateful to Tobar for providing it." --"Washington Post Book World" "Tobar captures... the current state of Latinos in the United States...with equal measures of insight and elan, giving the book an infectious optimism, an undeniable sense that the nature and scope of "latinidad" are not only expanding but becoming more inclusive as well...Compelling." --"The Los Angeles Times" "There is a secret America that has a message for America, and Hector Tobar is its angel. "Translation Nation" will come as a revelation to many Americans. De Tocqueville, roll over. Here comes Tobar." --Thomas Keneally, author of "Schindler's List" "Translation Nation will be looked upon as both a cornerstone and a corrective--the kind of book that didn't just document American life, but showed us the way of the future, too." --"Dallas Morning News" "One of the book's true gems is Tobar's gifted, breezy writing style. His eye for detail intertwined with the storytelling skills of a novelist elevate his story beyond the usual immigrant tale...those interested in how the United States' largest minority group is influencing America's food, culture and politics will be well-served by Tobar's literate efforts." --"Cleveland Plain Dealer" "Blending his memories of growing up Guatemalan American ...with more than a decade spent visiting Latino communities in the United States, this Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times journalist delivers an insightful meditation on the realities of modern-day Latino life." --"Latina Magazine" "Tobar explores the vast and diverse "Latin Republic of the United States" in crisp, energetic prose...Consciously harking back to Tocqueville and other observers of the American experience, Tobar claims a place for Latinos in the evolving story of what is, after all, a very young nation of immigrants." --"Arizona Republic" "Translation Nation...makes the tremendous diversity, dynamism and geographical breadth of our blossoming Hispanic population come alive. That's a valuable contribution to understanding where our country is going in this new century, and I am grateful to Tobar for providing it." --Washington Post Book World "Tobar captures... the current state of Latinos in the United States...with equal measures of insight and elan, giving the book an infectious optimism, an undeniable sense that the nature and scope of latinidad are not only expanding but becoming more inclusive as well...Compelling." --The Los Angeles Times "There is a secret America that has a message for America, and Hector Tobar is its angel. Translation Nation will come as a revelation to many Americans. De Tocqueville, roll over. Here comes Tobar." --Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler's List "Translation Nation will be looked upon as both a cornerstone and a corrective--the kind of book that didn't just document American life, but showed us the way of the future, too." --Dallas Morning News "One of the book's true gems is Tobar's gifted, breezy writing style. His eye for detail intertwined with the storytelling skills of a novelist elevate his story beyond the usual immigrant tale...those interested in how the United States' largest minority group is influencing America's food, culture and politics will be well-served by Tobar's literate efforts." --Cleveland Plain Dealer "Blending his memories of growing up Guatemalan American ...with more than a decade spent visiting Latino communities in the United States, this Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times journalist delivers an insightful meditation on the realities of modern-day Latino life." --Latina Magazine "Tobar explores the vast and diverse "Latin Republic of the United States" in crisp, energetic prose...Consciously harking back to Tocqueville and other observers of th

ISBN: 9781594481765
ISBN-10: 1594481768
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 349
Published: 4th April 2006
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Type: Annotated