Songs Older Than Any Known Singer

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In a story told in part by ghosts, the author takes the reader through the Inframundo, the timeless underworld of the ancient peoples of Mexico, to find out how he came to be the scion of a now-childless family. His tale is inhabited by eclectic characters—a clairvoyant albino aunt; a great-grandfather stolen by the Kickapu Indians; an aunt who learned English from the young Lyndon Baines Johnson in exchange for cabbages and potatoes. Combining traditional memoir, ancient Mexican history and beliefs, personal sacramental journeys, and ghostly interviews, the author gallops through the personal transformation in his first published collection of poetry.

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John Phillip Santos was the first Mexican-American Rhodes scholar to study at Oxford University. He is a recipient of the Academy of American Poets' Prize at Notre Dame and the Oxford Prize for fiction. Santos' 1999 family memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation, was a finalist for the National Book Award. A former executive producer and director for Thirteen/WNET, Santos also produced of more than 40 documentaries for CBS and PBS, two of which were nominated for Emmy Awards.

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"A voice at once familiar and mythic is telling these stories, singing these songs. For fans of John Phillip Santos' prose, here is where the writer learned to speak with so much wisdom, so much grace."  —Sandra Cisneros, author, The House on Mango Street

"[An] elegantly crafted chronicle . . . . One of the most insightful investigations into Mexican-American border culture available."  —Publishers Weekly

"This is an important book, both as memoir and because it helps us grasp the history of a people who are an integral part of the national identity. Highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries."  —Library Journal on Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation

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