Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora
Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora
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Annotation: Edited by The Bronx Is Reading founder Saraciea J. Fennell and featuring an all-star cast of Latinx contributors, Wild T... more
Catalog Number: #309829
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 253 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-250-76342-8 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-0996-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-250-76342-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-0996-0
Dewey: 810.8
LCCN: 2021024186
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
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ALA Booklist
This compilation of candid essays offers nuanced depictions of the Latinx experience. From the Bronx to El Paso, this collection brings together writers from across the vast Latinx diaspora in the U.S., a setting which itself complicates the journey of coming to terms with that identity. As editor, Fennell's commitment to showcasing myriad experiences is evident in the selection of contributors, which includes household names, such as Meg Medina and Ibi Zoboi, alongside other talented writers who elevate the intersections of their Black, Indigenous, or queer identities, as well as cultures not often represented, like Panamanian and Honduran. The pieces vary in tone and structure and range thematically, including connecting with culture as a transracial adoptee (Mark Oshiro's "Eres Un Pocho"), identifying with an Afro-Latino Spider-Man (Julian Randall's "lianforSpiderman"), and living with mental illness (Lilliam Rivera's "More than Nervios"). Each theme is worthy of its own volume, but the standout is undeniably colorism, a crucial topic within the Latinx community, herein brought to light with strength and vulnerability. The deeply personal approach of each contributor will connect with readers of all backgrounds and empower those seeking to define their own experiences.
Kirkus Reviews
Fifteen Latinx writers lend their voices and experiences to acutely personal narratives and poetry.In her introduction, editor and contributor Fennell provides a mission statement, one centered on “letting our truths run wild, and pushing against whatever it is you think is the ideal Latinx individual.” The truth, it seems, is undefinable and utterly human, with recurring themes cropping up throughout the collection: questions around mental health in Latinx communities, colorism and racism, the boundaries of language (known and unknown), and finding comfort and familiarity in food. Mark Oshiro’s “Eres Un Pocho” opens the anthology with an interrogation of what “it means to be Latino, what it means to be queer,” and the drawbacks of assimilation. In Meg Medina’s “The Mark of a Good Man,” the heartbreaking tale of a Cuban uncle’s arrival in the U.S. underscores the potency of migration and the limits of the American dream. Meanwhile, Kahlil Haywood’s “Paraíso Negro” recounts the writer’s numerous trips to Panama and a slow examination of Afro-Latinx identity, while Ibi Zoboi’s “Haitian Sensation” complicates and explores what it means to be Haitian, Black, and perhaps (not) Afro-Latina. This volume presents an impressive roster of voices from an array of cultural backgrounds claimed and unclaimed. The contradictions and interplays that emerge between essays serve to illuminate the immeasurable realities of the Latinx diaspora.A tremendously thought-provoking (re)construction of Latinx experiences. (about the authors) (Nonfiction anthology. 12-18)
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Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 7-12

Edited by The Bronx Is Reading founder Saraciea J. Fennell and featuring an all-star cast of Latinx contributors, Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed is a ground-breaking anthology that will spark dialogue and inspire hope In Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed , bestselling and award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming voices interrogate the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. These fifteen original pieces delve into everything from ghost stories and superheroes, to memories in the kitchen and travels around the world, to addiction and grief, to identity and anti-Blackness, to finding love and speaking your truth. Full of both sorrow and joy, Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed is an essential celebration of this rich and diverse community. The bestselling and award-winning contributors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Cristina Arreola, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Naima Coster, Natasha Diaz, Saraciea J. Fennell, Kahlil Haywood, Zakiya Jamal, Janel Martinez, Jasminne Mendez, Meg Medina, Mark Oshiro, Julian Randall, Lilliam Rivera, and Ibi Zoboi.


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