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    C. L. Sonnichsen(Author)

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In cities and fields, Mexican American men are leading lives of quiet desperation. In this collection of thirteen startling stories, Rigoberto González weaves complex portraits of Latinos leading ordinary, practically invisible lives while navigating the dark waters of suppressed emotion—true-to-life characters who face emotional hurt, socioeconomic injustice, indignities in the workplace, or sexual repression. But because their culture expects men to symbolize power and control, they dare not risk succumbing to displays of weakness.González shines an empathetic light into the shadows of Mexican culture to portray characters who suffer in silence—men both straight and gay who must come to terms with their grief, loneliness, and pain. By exploring the private moments of men trapped inside unforgiving stereotypes, he critiques long-held assumptions of Latino behavior. He shows us individuals who must break out of various closets to become fully realized adults, and makes us feel the emotional pain of men in a culture that recognizes only the pain and hardship of women.Men without Bliss conveys the silent suffering of all men, not just Latinos. It will open readers’ eyes to unexpected facets of Latino culture, and perhaps of their own lives.

A well-written history of a group of Indians who helped to keep the Southwest in an uproar for several centuries. . . . Here, retold as it affected and still affects the Mescaleros, is also the story of our errant and confused Indian policy. "Library Journal""An excellent book. . . . Beautifully written by a master craftsman. "The Journal of Southern History""-A well-written history of a group of Indians who helped to keep the Southwest in an uproar for several centuries. . . . Here, retold as it affected and still affects the Mescaleros, is also the story of our errant and confused Indian policy.---Library Journal-An excellent book. . . . Beautifully written by a master craftsman.---The Journal of Southern History"A well-written history of a group of Indians who helped to keep the Southwest in an uproar for several centuries. . . . Here, retold as it affected and still affects the Mescaleros, is also the story of our errant and confused Indian policy."--Library Journal"An excellent book. . . . Beautifully written by a master craftsman."--The Journal of Southern History

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  • PDF | 348 pages
  • C. L. Sonnichsen(Author)
  • University of Oklahoma Press; New edition edition (15 Oct. 1979)
  • English
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  • By Chris on 10 March 2017

    I knew the Mescaleros had suffered under the various occupying powers that invaded their homelands, but I had no idea how bad it had been. Reading page after page about their struggles and sufferings made me marvel that the Mescaleros have survived to this day. An eye-opening read.

  • By Ross Baxter on 8 February 2010

    For those wanting to learn more about the history of the Mescalero Apaches, you can't go far wrong with this book. Little written history remains for this tribe before the turn of the 19th century, so most detail in the volume begins there, concentrates on the 1800's, and relates the history up until the late 1950's. Objective and well written, it proves an interesting read. However, being written in 1958, and updated in the early 1970's, it is now far from being a complete picture, and misses the last few decades which should be of great interest.


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