Autobiography of My Hungers by Rigoberto Gonzalez
(Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog)

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The literary sensibility speaks more broadly to the human condition, as the author relates the particularities of his own experience through shards of memory.
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Rigoberto González, author of the critically acclaimed memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, takes a second piercing look at his past through a startling new lens: hunger.
            The need for sustenance originating in childhood poverty, the adolescent emotional need for solace and comfort, the adult desire for a larger world, another lover, a different body—all are explored by González in a series of heartbreaking and poetic vignettes.
            Each vignette is a defining moment of self-awareness, every moment an important step in a lifelong journey toward clarity, knowledge, and the nourishment that comes in various forms—even "the smallest biggest joys" help piece together a complex portrait of a gay man of color who at last defines himself by what he learns, not by what he yearns for.



Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, Publishing Triangle



“Told in a series of revealing vignettes and poems, González’s Autobiography of my Hungers turns moments of need and want into revelations of truth and self-awareness, creating the portrait of an artist that is complex if not entirely complete.”—El Paso Times



“Through his provocative vignettes, González communicates a lifetime of struggle for affirmation and self-acceptance.”—Make/Shift 
 

About Rigoberto Gonzalez

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Rigoberto González is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose and the editor of Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing. His memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa won the American Book Award, and he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, serves on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and is an associate professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.
 
Published May 6, 2013 by University of Wisconsin Press. 128 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, History. Non-fiction
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The literary sensibility speaks more broadly to the human condition, as the author relates the particularities of his own experience through shards of memory.

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