Brazen, bold, edgy, and fresh: an unexpected take on Latino life, spotlighting some of the culture’s most exciting innovative and emerging voices.
An entertaining, provocative and often exhilarating collection, Lengua Fresca celebrates some of the most original and cutting-edge work to emerge from the cultural collide that is Latino life in the United States. Featuring an eclectic mix of Latino writing—including fiction, journalism, essays, comics, and even cultural ephemera—this unique anthology showcases literature found in unexpected places. Selections include stories from Salvador Plascencia, Christina Henriquez, and Ana Menendez; graphic pieces from the Hernandez brothers (creators of the groundbreaking comix Love and Rockets) and Lalo Alcaraz (creator of La Cucaracha); and essays by Stephanie Elizondo Griest and Dagoberto Gilb on pop culture topics such as The George Lopez Show and Taco Bell. The growth of Spanglish, the lingua franca of Hispanic communities, is highlighted as well. Compiled by the editors of the classroom favorite Growing Up Latino, Lengua Fresca offers an unconventional window on a vibrant, quickly expanding culture.
About the Author
Harold Augenbraum, the executive director of the National Book Foundation, is a noted author, editor, and translator. His works include the anthologies Growing Up Latino and Lengua Fresca, which were coedited with Ilan Stavans.
"This eclectic mix of writing -- fiction, journalism, essays, comics -- showcases Latino life in America." The Chicago Sun-Times
"The pieces selected in this anthology take on the intermingling of tongues, the fluidity of borders and the moments where public and private rub up against each other. . . The writing, true to the anthology's title, tries to keep the conversation fresh, relishing very unexpected turns." The San Francisco Chronicle
"Avant-garde literature from a new generation of Latinos. . . .[Co-editors Augenbraum and Stavans] begin their book with excerpts from their lively correspondence concerning what is and who is Latino. . . .Each entry is unique." Library Journal —