Son of Two Bloods (North American Indian Prose Award)

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When Vince Mendoza began to write his life story, he turned to his memory of visiting the deathbed of his great-grandmother, a Creek Indian who embodied the history and dauntless will of her people. The memory inspired both sorrow and boundless pride. Son of Two Bloods, Mendoza's vibrant and candid account of his life, is full of such grief and rejoicing. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1947, Mendoza was the child of a Creek mother and a Mexican father. In this book he vividly portrays his Mexican and Indian relatives and his confusing, often painful, childhood interactions with the dominant white society. He left childhood behind when he was sent to Vietnam. There he found hatred, terror, and camaraderie in equal measures. On returning from Vietnam Mendoza faced professional, economic, and personal struggles but found consolation in love, family, and friendship. His moving account of his first wife's courageous, losing battle with cancer ends with renewal as Mendoza remarries and decides to explore his past, and his people, in writing. "Endure, then weep," he writes at last, "endure, and be rewarded, endure and rejoice, endure and learn."

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Vincent L. Mendoza was born to a Creek mother and a Mexican father. Son of Two Bloods traces his experiences of racism, his service in Vietnam, and his first wife’s courageous struggle against cancer. Now a free-lance writer, Mendoza lives in Oklahoma.

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"ÝA¨ remarkable autobiography . . . Mendoza's fast-paced, breezy style doesn't involve preaching or moralizing. It offers a simple, unvarnished series of tales that comprise the highlights and lowlights of his personal journey."-"Dallas Morning News."

"Mendoza has told his story vividly and cleanly, creating an illuminating tale filled with poignant loss [and] dauntless courage."-"Rapport,"

"Its breezy comfortable diction and light style will endear it to high school readers who would appreciate a contemporary Indian's efforts to balance working class life with Creek traditional values."

"The author spent most of a rather normal life as a blue-collar worker, an invisible minority American. And he wrote a book about it that is as intriguing and captivating as the biography of many a world-famed figure."-"Sunday Oklahoman,"

"[A] remarkable autobiography . . . Mendoza's fast-paced, breezy style doesn't involve preaching or moralizing. It offers a simple, unvarnished series of tales that comprise the highlights and lowlights of his personal journey."-"Dallas Morning News,"

"From the streets of Tulsa to the jungles of Vietnam, the autobiography of Vincent Mendoza is an honest, penetrating portrayal of one man's life. It is also a turbulent family story with all the ups and downs of making it in America today."-Rodolfo Anaya, author of "Zia Summer,"

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