The Gringo

A Memoir

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Author: J. Grigsby Crawford

Publisher: Wild Elephant Press

ISBN: 9780988482272

Category: Ecotourism

Page: 240

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Within weeks of arriving as a volunteer in a remote corner of South America, Crawford got a lot more than he bargained for: a narrow escape from a kidnapping plot hatched by the people he was sent there to help. Then things only got stranger. In his quest to find adventure, Crawford undertook a savage journey of danger, drugs, sex, and alarming illness. What resulted is "The Gringo": one part literary tale of two lonely years in the Amazon jungle and one part gonzo-journalism account of life in the Peace Corps, an agency wandering aimlessly through the twenty-first century. Filled with sharp humor and eye-opening observations about the human condition, this is an unforgettable story that grabs the reader and doesn't let go.

Gringo

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Author: Matt Wirzburger

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781612961538

Category: Fiction

Page: 182

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Zach Steven no longer knows why he is in Latin America nor how long he plans to stay. That all fits into his plans to live a life without worry miles from his suburban home: to drink, to dance, and find willing bodies to call his own. He flaunts his status as a foreigner and uses his fluency in Spanish to remain on what he calls "the ultimate margin." But love has a funny way of twisting one's fate. His new found love for Lima-born Clara and their decision to start a family toss this grinning American from the periphery of Lima's streets into its very core where he strives to replicate his own concept of home and family far from his suburban roots. No longer crafting a life void of meaning and care, he now attempts to eke out a living with all the cares in the world, harnessing knowledge and skill for the most mundane of pursuits... pay rent and fill the fridge.

Gringo

My Life on the Edge as an International Fugitive

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Author: Peter Conti

Publisher: Full Court Press

ISBN: 9781938812842

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 324

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The vivid account of a charming rogue who evaded capture for thirteen years as an international fugitive from U.S. law enforcement after being set up by a childhood friend for a crime he didn't commit.

The Old Gringo

A Novel

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Author: Carlos Fuentes

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466840145

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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In The Old Gringo, Carlos Fuentes brings the Mexico of 1916 uncannily to life. This novel is wise book, full of toughness and humanity and is without question one of the finest works of modern Latin American fiction. One of Fuentes's greatest works, the novel tells the story of Ambrose Bierce, the American writer, soldier, and journalist, and of his last mysterious days in Mexico living among Pancho Villa's soldiers, particularly his encounter with General Tomas Arroyo. In the end, the incompatibility of the two countries (or, paradoxically, their intimacy) claims both men, in a novel that is, most of all, about the tragic history of two cultures in conflict.

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Author: CHESA BOUDIN

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471103528

Category: Travel

Page: 224

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Gringocharts two journeys, both of which began a decade ago. The first is the sweeping transformation of Latin American politics that started with Hugo Chávez's inauguration as president of Venezuela in 1999. In that same year, an eighteen-year-old Chesa Boudin leaves his middle-class Chicago life -- which is punctuated by prison visits to his parents, who were incarcerated when he was fourteen months old for their role in a politically motivated bank truck robbery -- and arrives in Guatemala. He finds a world where disparities of wealth are even more pronounced and where social change is not confined to classroom or dinner-table conversations, but instead takes place in the streets. While a new generation of progress-ive Latin American leaders rises to power, Boudin crisscrosses twenty-seven countries throughout the Americas. He witnesses the economic crisis in Buenos Aires; works inside Chávez's Miraflores palace in Caracas; watches protestors battling police on September 11, 2001, in Santiago; descends into ancient silver mines in Potosí; and travels steerage on a riverboat along the length of the Amazon. He rarely takes a plane when a fifteen-hour bus ride in the company of unfettered chickens is available. Including incisive analysis, brilliant reportage, and deep humanity, Boudin's account of this historic period is revelatory. It weaves together the voices of Latin Americans, some rich, most poor, and the endeavors of a young traveler to understand the world around him while coming to terms with his own complicated past. The result is a marvelous mixture of coming-of-age memoir and travelogue.

Overseas American

Growing Up Gringo in the Tropics

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Author: Gene H. Bell-Villada

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617032226

Category: Americans

Page: 285

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Born in 1941 of a Hawaiian mother and a white father, Gene H. Bell-Villada, grew up an overseas American citizen. An outsider wherever he landed, he never had a ready answer to the innocuous question Where are you from? By the time Bell-Villada was a teenager, he had lived in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Cuba. Though English was his first language, his claim on U.S. citizenship was a hollow one. All he knew of his purported homeland was gleaned from imported comic books and movies. He spoke Spanish fluently, but he never fully fit into the culture of the Latin American countries where he grew up. In childhood, he attended an American Catholic school for Puerto Ricans in San Juan, longing all the while to convert from Episcopalianism so that he could better fit in. Later at a Cuban military school during the height of the Batista dictatorship, he witnessed fervent political debates among the cadets about Fidel Castro's nascent revolution and U.S. foreign policy. His times at the American School in Caracas, Venezuela, are tinged with reminiscences of oil booms and fights between U.S. and Venezuelan teen gangs. When Bell-Villada finally comes to the United States to stay, he finds himself just as rootless as before, moving from New Mexico to Arizona to California to Massachusetts in quick succession. His accounts of life on the campuses of Berkeley and Harvard during the tumultuous 1960s reveal much about the country's climate during the Cold War era. Eventually the Gringo comes home, finding the stability in his marriage and career that allows him to work through and proudly claim his identity as a global nomad. Gene H. Bell-Villada, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is chair of the Department of Romance Languages at Williams College and the author of such books as "Borges and His Fiction: A Guide to His Mind and Art," "The Pianist Who Liked Ayn Rand," and the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist "Art for Art's Sake" and "Literary Life: How Politics and Markets Helped Shape the Ideology and Culture of Aestheticism, 1790-1990."

Gringo

Second Edition

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Author: Travis Barrett

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1468506234

Category: History

Page: 662

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Gringo: Used as a disparaging term for a foreigner in Latin America, especially an American or English person. He who speaks an unintelligible language, thus he who is a foreigner, a stranger. The American Heritage Dictionary The first novel of Travis Barrett’s trilogy about immigration was Strangers, a nightmarish look at illegal immigration that became recommended reading for Mothers Against Illegal Aliens and described by a Barrelhouse reviewer as Barrett’s “masterwork,” and “The Most Important Book of the Twenty-First Century.” The reviewer went on to say, “THANK GOD someone has finally mustered the courage to write this book,” and called Barrett a “great American.” Like its predecessor Strangers, Gringo de-romanticizes immigration, legal or illegal, by depicting it as a Darwinian struggle for survival, an act of desperation. Gone is the time when immigration could be seen as a building of a glorious new nation and civilization. In the 20th and 21st centuries, it has become a process of cultural and national disintegration and dissolution. Thus, Gringo is more than just a story of illegal immigration; it is a depiction of America’s decline and fall. Written in the naturalistic tradition of Zola, Crane, Norris, and Dreiser, Gringo seeks not to lighten the burden of reality, but to give a truer representation of it. It seeks not to light a candle in the darkness, but to extinguish the flame so that the darkness can be more fully appreciated.

Gringo

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Author: Bowers

Publisher: Thomas Bouregy & Company

ISBN: 9780803486409

Category: Western stories

Page: 183

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Kill the Gringo

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Author: Jack Hood Vaughn,Jane Vaughn Contantineau

Publisher: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book

ISBN: 9781945572173

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 312

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Kill the Gringo is the wide-ranging, action-packed memoir of Jack Hood Vaughn, whose career in diplomacy, social advocacy and conservation spanned more than 25 jobs and 11 countries. A professional boxer during his college years, Jack joined the Marines in 1941, fighting in the battles of Guam and Okinawa during World War II. His rapport with people and facility with language led to a speedy rise in international development in Latin America and Africa where he drew the attention of Vice President Lyndon Johnson during his visit to Senegal in 1961. Three years later, President Johnson appointed Jack ambassador to Panama when violent anti-American riots there led to a severing of diplomatic ties. As the second director of the Peace Corps, Jack presided over the largest number of volunteers in the organization’s history and the delicate handling of anti-Vietnam fervor among its ranks. After his foreign service career, Jack led the National Urban Coalition and Planned Parenthood during the turbulent late 60’s and early 70’s. A rural development job in Iran ended dramatically with the 1978 revolution, and Jack turned his focus to the environment, advising the Nature Conservancy and founding Conservation International in 1987. Told with Jacks’ humor and humility, his stories reveal an astonishingly varied, lively and distinguished career that lasted 50 years and earned him the nickname Peasant Ambassador.

Don't Be Afraid, Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks From The Heart

The Story of Elvia Alvarado

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Author: Medea Benjamin

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006097205X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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"Elvia Alvarado tells the story of her life and the life of the people of Honduras. Read it and understand the struggle against tyranny of the poor. Read it and act."--Alice Walker

Gringo

The Making of a Rebel

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Author: Emil Willimetz

Publisher: Peter Randall Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 508

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Gringo offers both general readers and scholars a journey behind the lines of the Great Depression, combat in Normandy and northern Germany, and early civil rights and labor organizing in the South. Gringo opens with a quick gloss on how Emil Willimetz came to see himself as a gringo. "As a boy in the Bronx I was born in an immigrant family, my parents speaking broken English, undoubtedly 'Greenhorns.' Uncircumcised in a Jewish neighborhood, I was a 'Goy.' Living in the South I was a 'Damnyankee.' Today, in the North, in Maine, I am an 'Away Person'." Willimetz's sense of time, place, and character is acute, even when he is reconstructing family history from before his birth; as when he writes of the "nine brothers Willimetz" in Vienna, and of his parents' passage through Ellis Island in 1913. This autobiography, which ends at midlife, contains historically valuable portraits of Black Mountain College in the late 1930s, the Highlander Folk School under educator Myles Horton in the 1940s and '50s, and CIO organizing projects, including the attempt to bring the plains-based Farmers' Union to Tennesee in the late '40s. Willimetz was deeply involved with all these projects, and their leading actors help shape the life he tells.

Gringo Nightmare

A Young American Framed for Murder in Nicaragua

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Author: Eric Volz

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429925358

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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In the spirit of Midnight Express and Not Without My Daughter comes the harrowing true story of an American held in a Nicaraguan prison for a murder he didn't commit. Eric Volz was in his late twenties in 2005 when he moved from California to Nicaragua. He and a friend cofounded a bilingual magazine, El Puente, and it proved more successful than they ever expected. Then Volz met Doris Jiménez, an incomparable beauty from a small Nicaraguan beach town, and they began a passionate and meaningful relationship. Though the relationship ended amicably less than a year later and Volz moved his business to the capital city of Managua, a close bond between the two endured. Nothing prepared him for the phone call he received on November 21, 2006, when he learned that Doris had been found dead---murdered---in her seaside clothing boutique. He rushed from Managua to be with her friends and family, and before he knew it, he found himself accused of her murder, arrested, and imprisoned. Decried in the press and vilified by his onetime friends, Volz suffered horrific conditions, illness, deadly inmates, an angry lynch mob, sadistic guards, and the merciless treatment of government officials. It was only through his dogged persistence, the tireless support of his friends and family, and the assistance of a former intelligence operative that Eric was released, in December 2007, after more than a year in prison. A story that made national and international headlines, this is the first and only book to tell Eric's absorbing, moving account in his own words. Visit the companion Exhibit Hall at the Gringo Nightmare website for additional photos, audio clips, video, case files, and more.

The Gringo Champion

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Author: Aura Xilonen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1609453670

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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WINNER OF THE MAURICIO ACHAR PRIZE FOR FICTION Liborio has to leave Mexico, a land that has taught him little more than a keen instinct for survival. He crosses the Rio Bravo, like so many others, to reach "the promised land." And in a barrio like any other, in some gringo city, this illegal immigrant tells his story. As Liborio narrates his memories we discover a childhood scarred by malnutrition and abandonment, an adolescence lived with a sense of having nothing to lose. In his new home, he finds a job at a bookstore. He falls in love with a woman so intensely that his fantasies of her verge on obsession. And, finally, he finds himself on a path that just might save him: he becomes a boxer. Liborio's story is constructed in a dazzling language that reflects the particular culture of border towns and expresses both resistance and fascination. This is a migrants' story of deracination, loneliness, fear, and finally, love told in a sparkling, innovative prose. It's Million Dollar Baby meets The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and a story of migration and hope that is as topical as it is timeless. From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Gringo Manual on How to Handle Mexicans

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Author: José Angel Gutiérrez

Publisher: Arte Publico Press

ISBN: 9781611921588

Category: Civil rights movements

Page: 139

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José Angel Gutiérrez is the firebrand civil rights leader of the 1960s and 70s who succeeded in making a minority-based political party a reality in Texas and various other states. In 1970, Gutiérrez led la Raza Unida Party to stunning victories in Crystal City, Texas, and surrounding communities, with Mexican Americans winning all contested seats on the city council and school board, seats held for decades by Anglos. One of the four great leaders of the Chicano Movement, Gutiérrez, along with César Chávez, Reies López Tijerina, and Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales, made national calls for militancy and unity, penned nationalist manifestoes, and forced political and educational reform at national and regional levels. Despite Gutiérrezs total commitment to la causa, he found time to write in order to share his political wisdom. Originally self-published during the head of the Chicano Movement, A Gringo Manual on How to Handle Mexicans, now expanded and revised, is a humorous and irreverent manual meant to educate grassroots leaders in practical strategies for community organization, leadership, and negotiation. With tongue in cheek, Gutiérrez attacks the authorities and sacred cows that caused Chicanos anxiety for decades. The manual is a classic in Chicano politics and as a political self-help recipe book. It remains as relevant today as when it was originally published in the early 1970s.

Far from Gringo Land

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Author: Edward Myers

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 054744320X

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 240

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Rick Dresner is spending the summer with the Romero family, who live in a barrio in the hills of Santo Domingo, Mexico. He'll help them build a house on their land, and in return, they'll provide room and board and help Rick improve his Spanish. But the construction project turns out to be a lot tougher than Rick had imagined. Language and cultural differences lead to awkwardness and misunderstanding, especially when he falls for a rich American girl from a very different part of town. In this new twist on the classic fish-out-of-water story, it's a middle-class white boy who's out of his element and must change and grow to adapt to his surroundings.

The Old Gringo

A Novel

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Author: Carlos Fuentes,Margaret Sayers Peden

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780374530525

Category: Fiction

Page: 199

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"The Old Gringo tells the story of Ambrose Bierce, the American author, soldier, and journalist, and of his last mysterious days in Mexico living among Pancho Villa's soldiers - particularly his encounter with one of Villa's generals, Tomas Arroyo, as well as with a spirited young American woman named Harriet Winslow. In the end, the incompatibility between Mexico and the United States (or paradoxically, their intimacy) claims both Bierce and Arroyo, in a novel that is, most of all, about the tragic history of these two cultures in conflict."--Publisher description.

Gringo

The American As Seen by Mexican Journalists

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Author: John Calhoun Merrill

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781258392444

Category:

Page: 62

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The Latin American Monographs Series, Number 23, March, 1963.

Gringo Nightmare

A Young American Framed for Murder in Nicaragua

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Author: Eric Volz

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429925358

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 5397

In the spirit of Midnight Express and Not Without My Daughter comes the harrowing true story of an American held in a Nicaraguan prison for a murder he didn't commit. Eric Volz was in his late twenties in 2005 when he moved from California to Nicaragua. He and a friend cofounded a bilingual magazine, El Puente, and it proved more successful than they ever expected. Then Volz met Doris Jiménez, an incomparable beauty from a small Nicaraguan beach town, and they began a passionate and meaningful relationship. Though the relationship ended amicably less than a year later and Volz moved his business to the capital city of Managua, a close bond between the two endured. Nothing prepared him for the phone call he received on November 21, 2006, when he learned that Doris had been found dead---murdered---in her seaside clothing boutique. He rushed from Managua to be with her friends and family, and before he knew it, he found himself accused of her murder, arrested, and imprisoned. Decried in the press and vilified by his onetime friends, Volz suffered horrific conditions, illness, deadly inmates, an angry lynch mob, sadistic guards, and the merciless treatment of government officials. It was only through his dogged persistence, the tireless support of his friends and family, and the assistance of a former intelligence operative that Eric was released, in December 2007, after more than a year in prison. A story that made national and international headlines, this is the first and only book to tell Eric's absorbing, moving account in his own words. Visit the companion Exhibit Hall at the Gringo Nightmare website for additional photos, audio clips, video, case files, and more.

Sendero Gringo

(Gringo Trail)

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Author: James Lannan

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469133830

Category: Fiction

Page: 298

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At the turn of the twenty-first century, several preoccupied travelers wander the gringo trail in South America. Among them, Albert, a retired U.S. postal worker, has come to the southern continent to “live in the moment.” Ten months into his journey, however, after experiencing epiphany on Salar de Uyuni, the power of love in the Rurrenabaque rain forest, and unbounded farce during the offseason at a beach town in Peru, the weary pilgrim can’t keep his eyes off his watch. Among them, Reynaldo, a Spanish teacher on sabbatical, aspires to reconstitute his life following divorce. He has already blown a chance for renewal with a cellist he met during Holy Week in Santa Cruz and driven off a poet who attempted to seduce him the night he met Albert. After breaking up a fist fight in Vilcabamba, Equador, Reynaldo hides out in his room at a hostel and wonders whether deliverance from his neurotic obsession will ever transpire. Among them, Marci, wife of an incorrigible philanderer, hopes that holiday in rough country with her husband will save their marriage. When Jerry ditches her at the start of a hike on Huayna Picchu, a Chicano boy named Simon volunteers to lead her up the peak and then plunges to his death at the top of their climb. Back in Cuzco, she learns that her spouse has betrayed her yet again. Among them, Simon, who was cheated out of a field trip to Peru in high school, has vowed, during a stay at a treatment center, to make the journey on his own. Due to his shaky grasp of geography, he begins his southern trek in Chile. In Tupiza, Bolivia, he befriends an addled Vietnam Veteran and, during an altercation between the two, shoves the ex-marine off a cliff. Sendero Gringo is a collection of travelogues that begins at the end of one road and ends at the beginning of another. No one path guides its reader but another and another wind ahead and back instead.