Brown: The Last Discovery of America

Brown: The Last Discovery of America

In his dazzling new memoir, Richard Rodriguez reflects on the color brown and the meaning of Hispanics to the life of America today. Rodriguez argues that America has been brown since its inception-since the moment the African and the European met within the Indian eye. But more than simply a book about race, Brown is about America in the broadest sense-a look at what our country is, full of surprising observations by a writer who is a marvelous stylist as well as a trenchant observer and thinker.

Title:Brown: The Last Discovery of America
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780142000793
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  • Mattie Haag

    Brown, by Richard Rodriguez, addresses many paradoxes (wanting to belong versus wanting to be an individual, extremes vs. mediocrity, etc.), yet the main main theme that resonated with me was the idea...

  • Robert

    Before venturing down the convoluted and intricately flowing river of mind of Mr. Rodriguez, my English teacher gave the class a single word to describe the thin, shadowy memoir on our desks. She told...

  • David

    It's somewhat surprising to me that I actually own all three volumes of Richard Rodriguez's essays/memoirs/rants, because when I think about it the guy gets on my last nerve. He's Latino, born in San ...

  • Mark

    Recommended but with the caveat that it's not really a book about 'race' and it's not always an easy read. Rodriguez is a free agent, neither loyal nor beholden to ANY orthodoxy -- racial, religious, ...

  • Mike

    It is different. I may not entirely "get it", but his book seems equal parts observation, wonder, and personal revelation or how he has evolved since “Days of Obligation”. A couple of analogies se...

  • Jessica

    Richard Rodriguez is a national treasure (he would say, in a parenthetical note like this, that he is a world treasure, or perhaps treasure of the world, a treasured parchment in a brown chest). What ...

  • Jennifer

    This is for a book club that I want to join at my local library. I saw him speak on the theme of this book about four years ago. In his talk he really focused on "browning" as the romance of interraci...

  • Nicole Hardina

    In "Brown," Richard Rodriguez writes, he says, not of race, but of impurity. In so doing, he identifies himself as impure and then all of us as himself; he sings, as Whitman, for everyone, and especia...

  • Carol Trevathan

    This book goes on my short list of best books I have ever read. Richard Rodriguez writes from a place of deep perception and self-awareness, and his prose is so well crafted that at times it feels lik...

  • Luis

    the anti-blackness, internalized oppression, and horizontal hostility jumped out...