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Growing up as the intellectually spirited daughter of a Mexican Indian immigrant family during the 1970s, Castillo defied convention as a writer and a feminist. A generation later, her mother's crooning mariachi lyrics resonate once again. Castillo—now an established Chicana novelist, playwright, and scholar—witnesses her own son's spiraling adulthood and eventual incarceration. Standing in the stifling courtroom, Castillo describes a scene that could be any mother's worst nightmare. But in a country of glaring and stacked statistics, it is a nightmare especially reserved for mothers like her: the inner-city mothers, the single mothers, the mothers of brown sons.
Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me looks at what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling, and police brutality. Through startling humor and love, Castillo weaves intergenerational stories traveling from Mexico City to Chicago. And in doing so, she narrates some of America's most heated political debates and urgent social injustices through the oft-neglected lens of motherhood and family.

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        Ana Castillo is one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Chicana literature. She is the author of So Far From God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, as well as The Guardians, Peel My Love like an Onion, and many other books of fiction, poetry, and essays. Her newest novel, Give It to Me won a 2014 LAMBDA Literary Award; her seminal collection, Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma was re-released as a 20th anniversary edition in November 2014; and the award-winning Watercolor Women, Opaque Men will be re-released in a new edition in the fall of 2016 by Northwestern University Press.
        Castillo currently holds a faculty post at the Bread Loaf program with Middlebury College (VT). Previous teaching posts have included the first Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Endowed Chair at DePaul University, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Visiting Scholar post at MIT, the Poet-in-Residence at Westminster College (UT), and the Lund-Gil Endowed Chair at Dominican University (IL) . Other awards include a Carl Sandburg Award, a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Sor Juana Achievement Award by the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago, and the Lifetime Achieve Award by Latina 50 Plus.

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Growing up as the intellectually spirited daughter of a Mexican Indian immigrant family during the 1970s, Castillo defied convention as a writer and a feminist. A generation later, her mother's crooning mariachi lyrics resonate once again. Castillo—now an established Chicana novelist, playwright, and scholar—witnesses her own son's spiraling adulthood and eventual incarceration. Standing in the stifling courtroom, Castillo describes a scene that could be any mother's worst nightmare. But in a country of glaring and stacked statistics, it is a nightmare especially reserved for mothers like her: the inner-city mothers, the single mothers, the mothers of brown sons.
Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me looks at what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling, and police brutality. Through startling humor and love, Castillo weaves intergenerational stories traveling from Mexico City to Chicago. And in doing so, she narrates some of America's most heated political debates and urgent social injustices through the oft-neglected lens of motherhood and family.

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        "[Castillo] writes of her struggles with childhood poverty and the many obstacles that her family had to face on a daily basis. . . . It is a high-wire act to bring together a combination of personality characteristics and specific cultural touchstones and make it resonate with a wider readership, but the author handles it well. . . . A compassionate look at those crossing points in our shared lives."

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      • content: "This exquisite memoir is full of compassion and maternal love."
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      • source: Veronica I. Arreola, founder of Viva La Feminista
      • content: “Reading Black Dove is like sitting down to an intimate chat with Castillo about growing up with one foot in your parents' world and the other in your own. Thank you for this gift."
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      • source: Ileana Jiménez, founder of Feminist Teacher
      • content: Órale! Castillo teaches us how to become the Latina sister outsider we all dream of being."
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      • content: “Ana Castillo is an American treasure. Fearless, compassionate, and flat-out brilliant--she is the writer we need as we navigate the challenges of our ever-changing world."
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        March 15, 2016
        A memoir of a writer--single, bisexual, mother, feminist--and her thoughts on social injustices, culture, and families. In the introduction, poet and novelist Castillo (Give It to Me, 2014, etc.) acknowledges that her specific combination of self-descriptors could cause many readers to "come away from this book feeling that my stories have nothing to do with your lives." Certainly, many readers approach memoirs with the idea of that being a positive aspect--to immerse oneself in the experiences and travails of somebody different, to escape oneself--and the author ably explores the intersections between shared experiences and personal, unique experiences. The details of her forebears' histories serve as keys to unlocking her present. She writes of her struggles with childhood poverty and the many obstacles that her family had to face on a daily basis. The author focuses on her aunt Flora, who, despite hardship--or perhaps because of it--found positivity in all things, displaying a vibrant, extroverted personality. Castillo's mother, on the other hand, was quiet and reserved. "My mother," writes the author, "from whom no doubt I acquired the somber manner that has so often been misinterpreted as aloofness, was so different from her only sister." Castillo describes a childhood and young adulthood spent moving among Mexico, Chicago, and elsewhere, pursuing education, love, and a growing sense that writing could provide a way to make sense of her life and the difficulties faced by a nation with many cultures living side by side. It is a high-wire act to bring together a combination of personality characteristics and specific cultural touchstones and make it resonate with a wider readership, but the author handles it well. There are points when the writing veers from emotional into overly sentimental. However, Castillo succeeds more often than she fails, and her book provides a compassionate look at those crossing points in our shared lives.

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        Castillo (Give It to Me, 2014), a feminist, author, speaker, and poet, has a voice that commands attention in this collection of essays that speak powerfully about her experience as a Latina single mother raising a brown son in the late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century America. Although her intimate reality is unique, it becomes universal in the telling because every mother will recognize the desire to create the best possible environment for her sons. But there comes a point when every boy must venture into a world beyond a mother's control. Even in the best of circumstances, this is frightening. For a young brown man, the U.S. is rife with the traps and hostilities of a culture marinating in paranoia, distrust, resentment, and racism. Where the color of one's skin is all it takes to override individual achievement, advanced education, and talent, the world is an especially hostile place. Castillo's episodic account of her family's history provides testimony to the personal and social consequences of the centuries-long pattern of instability between white and brown Americans.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me looks at what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling, and police brutality. Through startling humor and love, Castillo weaves intergenerational stories traveling from Mexico City to Chicago. And in...

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Introduction: Until Soon, My Loves
1. Swimming with Sharks (c. PEN World Voices Festival, 2007)
2. Are Sons Born Hunters or Made? (c. Mothers Who Think, 2005)
3. Bowing Out (c. Salon.com, 1999)
4. Her Last Meals (c. More magazine, 2009)
5. Remembering Last Cartoneras (c. Feminist Studies, 2008)
6. Mijo's Canon in D Major
7. Peel Me a Girl
8. My Mother's Mexico (c. Latinas, 1995)
9. Searching the Other Side
10. When I Died in Oaxaca (Literature and Arts of the Americas, 2003)
11. For the Next Generation of Dreamers (National Latina/o Psychological Association conference keynote, 2014)
12. And the Woman Fled into the Desert
13. On Mothers, Lovers, and Other Rivals