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Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation: A Memoir

Santos, John Phillip

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ISBN 10: 0670868086 / ISBN 13: 9780670868087
Published by Viking, New York, 1999
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing, full number line. Dated, inscribed, and signed by the author on the title page: "9/12/99 / Para R-- W-- / Fellow lover of the posticants [?] / John Phillip Santos." Book is square and unmarked; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $24.95). Brodart protected. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005162

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Title: Places Left Unfinished at the Time of ...

Publisher: Viking, New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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An evocative memoir of growing up in San Antonio, Texas, along the Mexican border interweaves family reminiscences with the history of Texas and Mexico to chronicle the story of one Mexican family and its rich blend of Mayan, Aztecan, Spanish, and American heritage. 20,000 first printing. Tour.

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Mexican American journalist John Phillip Santos's lyrical and loving memoir explores his family's history in magnificent prose touched with the singing cadences of his Spanish-language heritage yet vibrant with the energy of American English. It's a combination utterly suited to his native San Antonio, where las viejitas--the little old ladies of the Garcia and Santos families--ruled over their children and grandchildren with the toughness and grandeur of the Mexico they left during the revolution of 1914. "Poised between those ancient Indio origins from the south ... and our Mestizo future in the north," these new Texans made Mexico live for their descendants in the magical stories and folkloric practices of an older culture. Yet there was also a sense of secrets kept and cherished possessions left behind, of people who had traveled far and traveled light. The "wind of story" was also "a wind of forgetting," and as Santos probes his heritage, he comes to understand that "it is okay to move on and forget." Nonetheless, this is a book that restores to memory the drama not just of a single family but of an entire people whose past is more closely entwined with that of the United States than some Americans care to remember. Santos depicts them with care and dignity. --Wendy Smith

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