The Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez
A Memoir

87%

7 Critic Reviews

...Martinez lushly captures the mood of the era and illuminates the struggles of a family hobbled by poverty and a skinny Latino boy becoming a man amid a variety of tough circumstances.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

A lyrical and authentic book that recounts the story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980's, as each member of the family desperately tries to assimilate and escape life on the border to become "real" Americans, even at the expense of their shared family history. This is really un-mined territory in the memoir genre that gives in-depth insight into a previously unexplored corner of America.
 

About Domingo Martinez

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2012 National Book Award finalist Domingo Martinez lives in Seattle, Washington. His work has appeared in Epiphany and he has contributed to The New Republic. He has read pieces from The Boy Kings of Texas on This American Life and an essay about being chosen as a 2012 National Book Award finalist on All Things Considered. An excerpt from The Boy Kings of Texas was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize.
 
Published July 3, 2012 by Lyons Press. 456 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on May 31 2012

...Martinez lushly captures the mood of the era and illuminates the struggles of a family hobbled by poverty and a skinny Latino boy becoming a man amid a variety of tough circumstances.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jun 25 2012

Though written with a strong, clear voice, Martinez goes into often lengthy digressions, frequently losing his momentum...Still, this fascinating and sometimes horrifying account of growing up Hispanic in a Texas border town is an artfully rendered take on family, community, and one man's journey to adulthood.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Sandra Cruz on Nov 21 2012

It is a must read for anyone who grew up with feelings of inferiority and a constant need to escape their pre-determined destiny regardless of their ethnicity.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Roz Shea on Dec 14 2012

THE BOY KINGS OF TEXAS launches what promises to be a brilliant literary future for the now-middle-aged Domingo Martinez.

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The Washington Post

Good
Reviewed by Valerie Sayers on Nov 09 2012

His stories are as eye-poppingly and bruisingly painful as they are funny, and if his family’s sore at him after this book is published, it sounds as if he has a lot of practice dealing with that.

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Observer

Excellent
Reviewed by Roberto Ontiveros on Dec 27 2012

A nonfiction masterpiece, The Boy Kings of Texas is already being assigned in classrooms, and will surely become a Chicano classic—an irony not lost on an author who is absolutely uninfluenced by Chicano literature.

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The Feminist Texican Reads

Excellent
on Nov 12 2012

The writing is incredible. Martinez’s subject matter is raw, but the prose itself is mesmerizing and entertaining. He is a born storyteller, often breaking away from linear format to develop secondary ideas, then coming back in the end to tie everything together. I loved it.

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