This unique anthology highlights the diversity of Latino cultural expressions and points out the distinctive features of the three major Latino populations: Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban. It is organized around six central cultural issues: family, religion, community, the arts, (im)migration and exile, and cultural identity. Each chapter focuses on a particular theme by presenting readings from a variety of genres, including short stories, poems, essays, excerpts from novels, a play, photographs, even a few songs and recipes.
"A veritable everything-but-the-kitchen-sink compendium of modern Latino prose and speech, this volume gives voice to the underappreciated work and art of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Mexican-Americans." -- Publishers Weekly
"Barrios and Borderlands: Cultures of Latinos and Latinas in the United States by Denis Lynn Daly Heyck, is, in a nutshell, just plain fun reading…Heyck has made an important contribution to the understanding from without and self-reflection from within of the Latino community. As a latino myself I felt enriched by Barrios and Borderlands. I can imagine non-Latinos coming away from this book …feeling kindred in spirit in this adventure called "America" - at least I hope they do." -- Raul Nino, Hungry Mind Review
"…The work is balanced with contributions from many groups and contains a statistical appendix about Latins in the United States…Since Latins are moving everywhere-though sometimes they are not visible, they are there-this book belongs in every library." -- Rene Perez-Lopez, ibrary Journal