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From Our Land to Our Land: Imaginings and Musings of a Native Xicanx Writer

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Essays on race, culture, and identity, Native Americans, the Latinx community, and more from the prolific writer, activist, bookseller, and LA's poet laureate. A collection of powerful pieces on race, culture, identity and belonging and what these all mean and should mean (but often fail to) in the volatile climate of our nation. Rodriguez has a distinctly inspiring passion Essays on race, culture, and identity, Native Americans, the Latinx community, and more from the prolific writer, activist, bookseller, and LA's poet laureate. A collection of powerful pieces on race, culture, identity and belonging and what these all mean and should mean (but often fail to) in the volatile climate of our nation. Rodriguez has a distinctly inspiring passion and wisdom in his approach as he writes about current political and cultural unrest, about his own compelling background, and about his vision for America's future. Ultimately, the book carries the message that we must come together if we are to move forward. He reminds us in the first essay, The End of Belonging, "I'm writing as a Native person. I'm writing as a poet. I'm writing as a revolutionary working class organizer and thinker who has traversed life journeys from which incredible experiences, missteps, plights, and victories have marked the way.... I belong anywhere." The pieces in The Story of Our Day capture that same, fantastic energy and wisdom and will spark conversation and inspiration.


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Essays on race, culture, and identity, Native Americans, the Latinx community, and more from the prolific writer, activist, bookseller, and LA's poet laureate. A collection of powerful pieces on race, culture, identity and belonging and what these all mean and should mean (but often fail to) in the volatile climate of our nation. Rodriguez has a distinctly inspiring passion Essays on race, culture, and identity, Native Americans, the Latinx community, and more from the prolific writer, activist, bookseller, and LA's poet laureate. A collection of powerful pieces on race, culture, identity and belonging and what these all mean and should mean (but often fail to) in the volatile climate of our nation. Rodriguez has a distinctly inspiring passion and wisdom in his approach as he writes about current political and cultural unrest, about his own compelling background, and about his vision for America's future. Ultimately, the book carries the message that we must come together if we are to move forward. He reminds us in the first essay, The End of Belonging, "I'm writing as a Native person. I'm writing as a poet. I'm writing as a revolutionary working class organizer and thinker who has traversed life journeys from which incredible experiences, missteps, plights, and victories have marked the way.... I belong anywhere." The pieces in The Story of Our Day capture that same, fantastic energy and wisdom and will spark conversation and inspiration.

31 review for From Our Land to Our Land: Imaginings and Musings of a Native Xicanx Writer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    LA Times Book Club, Feb 2020

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah-Hope

    From Our Land to Our Land was a bit of a roller-coaster ride. This collection of essays has luminous moments that not only help us see the challenges of our world, but that also give us a sense of what might make a difference. I would recommend this collection to anyone for these pieces. On the other hand, there are too many pieces that read like self promotion, with long lists of names of people Rodríguez has met, places he's traveled conferences he's attended—and that never really transcend From Our Land to Our Land was a bit of a roller-coaster ride. This collection of essays has luminous moments that not only help us see the challenges of our world, but that also give us a sense of what might make a difference. I would recommend this collection to anyone for these pieces. On the other hand, there are too many pieces that read like self promotion, with long lists of names of people Rodríguez has met, places he's traveled conferences he's attended—and that never really transcend their own listiness. My recommendation: pick this title up but trust your own judgement as you work through each essay. Stick with the ones that speak to you. Give yourself to skim over the ones that feel as if they lack a real message.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Em

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angela Rodriguez

  6. 4 out of 5

    Blake Loomis

  7. 5 out of 5

    James

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fareeda

  11. 5 out of 5

    BMR, LCSW

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adam

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda Brunner

  14. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena

  15. 5 out of 5

    D

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Cruz

  19. 5 out of 5

    Exportswede

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aeisha

  21. 4 out of 5

    Camila Marquez

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jade Dickerson

  23. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Bloom

  24. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yesenia

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linzee McCray

  29. 4 out of 5

    Liz Cowgill

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  31. 4 out of 5

    Clara

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