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Ask a Mexican | [Gustavo Arellano]

Ask a Mexican

Gustavo Arellano has compiled the best questions about Mexican Americans from readers of his ¡Ask a Mexican!column in California's OC Weekly and uses them to explore the clichés of lowriders, busboys, and housekeepers; drunks and scoundrels; heroes and celebrities; and most important, millions upon millions of law-abiding, patriotic American citizens and their illegal-immigrant cousins who represent some $600 billion in economic power.
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Publisher's Summary

An irreverent, hilarious, and informative look at Mexican American culture is taken by a rising star in the alternative media, as well as a new kid on the block in such mainstream venues as NPR, the Los Angeles Times, Today, and The Colbert Report.

Gustavo Arellano has compiled the best questions about Mexican Americans from readers of his ¡Ask a Mexican! column in California's OC Weekly and uses them to explore the clichés of lowriders, busboys, and housekeepers; drunks and scoundrels; heroes and celebrities; and, most important, millions upon millions of law-abiding, patriotic American citizens and their illegal-immigrant cousins who represent some $600 billion in economic power.

©2007 Gustavo Arellano; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

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"A welcome reprieve from common tiptoeing around the fraught subjects of race relations and immigration." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "Good but long"

    It is extremely funny, but some of the stuff is repeated a couple of times. I had planned to listen to it on a 10hour drive and was happy to have another audiobook downloaded to the ipod.

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    Gilbert San Antonio, TX, United States 04-24-10
    Gilbert San Antonio, TX, United States 04-24-10 Member Since 2006

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    "Initially hilarious, clearly disasterous"

    Initially incredibly funny. I was quite pleased with the obvious background and even research that had been done. The first section contains many educational tidbits. Very regretably soon there after, the book deteriorates into very inappropriate language and repeated base narrative involving body parts. The language for the most part contained explitives in every other sentence. Sadly, this is not a book to share with the family or that can be recommended. It's sad because this book could have been very funny and very valuable in the educational potential the name bears. If audible had a return policy, this one would go back.

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