Orange County A Personal History

ISBN-10: 1416540040
ISBN-13: 9781416540045
Edition: 2008
Authors: Gustavo Arellano
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Description: The story began in 1918, when Gustavo Arellano's great-grandfather and grandfather arrived in the United States, only to be met with flying potatoes. They ran, and hid, and then went to work in Orange County's citrus groves, where, eventually,  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 9/16/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

The story began in 1918, when Gustavo Arellano's great-grandfather and grandfather arrived in the United States, only to be met with flying potatoes. They ran, and hid, and then went to work in Orange County's citrus groves, where, eventually, thousands of fellow Mexican villagers joined them. Gustavo was born sixty years later, the son of a tomato canner who dropped out of school in the ninth grade and an illegal immigrant who snuck into this country in the trunk of a Chevy. Meanwhile, Orange County changed radically, from a bucolic paradise of orange groves to the land where good Republicans go to die, American Christianity blossoms, and way too many bad television shows are green-lit. Part personal narrative, part cultural history,Orange Countyis the outrageous and true story of the man behind the wildly popular and controversial columnAsk a Mexican!and the locale that spawned him. It is a tale of growing up in an immigrant enclave in a crime-ridden neighborhood, but also in a promised land, a place that has nourished America's soul and Gustavo's family, both in this country and back in Mexico, for a century. Nationally bestselling author, syndicated columnist, and the spiciest voice of the Mexican-American community, Gustavo Arellano delivers the hilarious and poignant follow-up toAsk a Mexican!,his critically acclaimed debut.Orange Countynot only weaves Gustavo's family story with the history of Orange County and the modern Mexican-immigrant experience but also offers sharp,calienteinsights into a wide range of political, cultural, and social issues.

This is how we do it in the OC (don't call it that)
Flying potatoes, anchor babies, and kidnapped teen brides : the Mirandas go north
"Our climate is faultless" : constructing America's perpetual Eden
His fake green card, her tomato packing
Where all the good idiot Republicans go to die
The Philadelphia story
Gimme that OC religion
Genesis and the Stetson
The beaner-bashing capital of America
My Mexican awakening
The "real" real Orange County reel, or : about those stupid television shows, why Orange County is "hip," and what's really real and what's somewhat real - for real!
Becoming "the Mexican"
Insert concluding Orange cliche here

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