Cover image for Americanos : Latino life in the United States = la vida Latina eh los Estados Unidos
Title:
Americanos : Latino life in the United States = la vida Latina eh los Estados Unidos
Author:
Olmos, Edward James.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
176 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780316649148

9780316649094
Format :
Book

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Central Library E184.S75 O48 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
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Summary

Summary

This spirited photo book is part of an unprecedented campaign, one that includes an HBO documentary and a Smithsonian traveling photography exhibit, that highlights the vital contributions of Latinos in all aspects of American culture. The book brings together original photos, as well as essays and poetry from notable authors as Isabel Allende and Carlos Fuentes.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This is a beautiful, vibrant coffee-table book; it may also be one of the more socially important books to appear in some time. Americanos forces us (gently) to reevaluate, reconsider, and reestablish the very important fact that Latinos have been an integral part of the history of the U.S. "The face of America should include us," Edward James Olmos asserts in his preface, and it takes but a few moments glancing at these well-rendered photographs to recognize that "face" in all its diversity. Some images will be familiar from the entertainment world; others will strike one more directly: faces we see each day, down the street, down the hall, or right next to us. In his rhythmical and joyful introduction, Carlos Fuentes admonishes us, "All together now, keep your eyes open beyond yourselves, see the margins of the world, where those who are different from us are waiting to demonstrate that they are as human as we." If that bridge into the twenty-first century that politicians enjoy talking about is going to be successfully and intelligently crossed, it would bode well to recognize how important it is for all of us to join in the journey. This is a timely and handsome book, and as contributor David Carrasco says of Latinos, "We are both an accomplished and an unfinished people," and the same could be said of this country and all its promise. --Raul Nino


Library Journal Review

Bilingual and heavily illustrated, this book is part of a project spearheaded by activist/actor Olmos that includes an HBO documentary and a traveling exhibition starting at the Smithsonian. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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