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.
"Good but long"
The New Yorker: A Fiction Trio features short stories by three masters of the form: "Path Light" by Tom Drury: A carelessly tossed bottle nearly misses a man and his dog and begins a quest to find out who threw it; "Coping Stones" by Ann Beattie: A neighbor's secrets unsettle a small Maine town; "The View from Castle Rock" by Alice Munro: A family emigrates from Scotland to Canada in 1818 with visions of their lives in the new world.
Of all the sports played across the globe, none has more curses, superstitions, or supernatural events like baseball, America's national pastime. While some of these can easily be explained, there are just as many that cannot. Field of Fantasies delves right into that superstition with short stories written by several key authors about baseball and the supernatural.
"If you buy it, they will read it to you"
Aesop's Fables fresh and new, packed full of friends you'd forgotten you knew! They're back in our book and they all have a tale, is that tortoise really as slow as a snail? There's a musical twist that we've added in too, so they're even more exciting for you!
"Human Nature" by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Feature Presentation" by James Surowiecki; "Remember This?" by Alec Wilkinson; "My Undoing" by George Meyer; "A Boy's World" by Anthony Lane; "Puppy" by George Saunders; and "Not Kids' Stuff" by David Denby.
"Be Our Guest!" by James Surowiecki; "Transplant" by John Seabrook; "Commando" by Dave Eggers; "Old Enough" by Marisa Silver; "Immortality" by Gary Shteyngart; "Ice Cream and Ashes" by Roger Angell; "Walkabout" by Jeffrey Eugenides; "Summer of '42" by Charles D'Ambrosio; "Atlanta" by Miranda July; "Final Destination" by D. T. Max; "Well Suited" by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Industrial Strength" by Peter Schjeldahl.
"Hard Cases" by Nicholas Lemann; "Bookings" by Jeffrey Goldberg; "The Birds" by David Sedaris; "Kremlin, Inc." by Michael Specter; "Classics Galore" by John Updike; and "Crime Scenes" by David Denby.
"Joiner" by Ben McGrath; "Monkey Hill" by Paul Theroux; "Lost In Paradise" by John Lahr; and "Coke Is It" by Sasha Frere-Jones.
"Family Guy" by David Remnick; "Party Unfaithful" by Jeffrey Goldberg; "The Man in the Hut" by David Sedaris; "When I'm Sixty-Four" by John Colapinto; and "Men at Sea" by Anthony Lane.
"Hanging On" by Philip Gourevitch; "Subprime Homesick Blues" by James Surowiecki; "What's Normal?" by Jerome Groopman; "The Knowledge" by Henry Alford; "Cooked Books" by Adam Gopnik; "Blood on the Borders" by Clive James; "Dorian Purple" by Sasha Frere-Jones; "Designated Mourner" by John Lahr; and "In Disguise" by Anthony Lane.
"Troubled Waters Over Oil" by James Surowiecki; "The Origami Lab" by Susan Orlean; "The Castaways" by Mark Singer; and "Big Time" by Sasha Frere-Jones.
"Shootings" by Adam Gopnik; "Pinch-Hitters" by Nick Paumgarten; "It's the Workforce, Stupid!" by James Surowiecki; "The Impersonator" by John Lahr; "Four Short Crushes" by Paul Simms; "The Way We Age Now" by Atul Gawande; and "Magnum Farce" by Anthony Lane.
"Desolation Rows" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Shredding Party" by Robert Sullivan; "The Starting Gate" by Jeffrey Goldberg; "First Love" by Paul Rudnick; "Playoffs" by Shalom Auslander; "Prisoners" by Joan Acocella; and "Friends and Enemies" by David Denby.
"Hot Topic" by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Book 'Em Party" by Ben McGrath; "Disappearing Act" by John Lahr; "Sheepish" by Paul Rudnick; and "Two Heads" by Larissa MacFarquhar.
"Verdicts" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Satellite Sisters" by James Surowiecki; "Bag Man" by Larissa MacFarquhar; "Lucky Alan" by Jonathan Lethem; "Salvage Artists" by Paul Goldberger; and "Taking Sides" by David Denby.