Loving the Gringo

A Bicultural Life

Author: Maria Haendel Koonce

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781467834025

Category: Education

Page: 116

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LOVING THE GRINGO, A BICULTURAL LIFE describes a special, long and loving relationship, through real life anecdotes. The first time I laid eyes on my Gringo, he was doing the "twist," and I learned about the US "native" dance of the times. He resisted embracing my love for the opera, but did become enamored of our language, our way of life, and our food! Light, funny, and unexpected, these stories morror the lives and adventures of husbands, wives, parents, children, grandparents, friends and colleagues, as they cope with multicultural challenges. LOVING THE GRINGO affords the American reader a charming view of one couple's unique marriage, here in the States and in the Republic of Uruguay. The reader is continually captivated by the progression of their lives and their varied experiences. It is a "must read" for all ages, giving one a feeling of "I am so glad I read that!" Upon finishing the last paragraph the words of the eldest granddaughter, at five, echo in my ears: "I love their life!" Arch Manning, Retired Educator and another Gringo husband. LOVING THE GRINGO can also provide a unique resource for educators of multicultural studies. The acquisition of Spanish by my Gringo, makes a perfect case for the communicative approach. An additional resource is a short skit about a visit by some Gringa girls to Uruguay, and their experiences through the Christmas holiday celebrations. As an ESOL practitioner, I have spent hours looking for reading materials dealing with American cultural confusions. Many books I have perused have been the "multicultural" reader type with stories about Eskimos, Native Americans, Chinese, or stories about famous Americans. ESOL students want to read stories that give them insights into the American culture they have to deal with. Patricia Peabody, Retired Adult ESOL Instructor.

The Gringo Champion

Author: Aura Xilonen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1609453670

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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WINNER OF THE MAURICIO ACHAR PRIZE FOR FICTION Liborio has to leave Mexico, a land that has taught him little more than a keen instinct for survival. He crosses the Rio Bravo, like so many others, to reach "the promised land." And in a barrio like any other, in some gringo city, this illegal immigrant tells his story. As Liborio narrates his memories we discover a childhood scarred by malnutrition and abandonment, an adolescence lived with a sense of having nothing to lose. In his new home, he finds a job at a bookstore. He falls in love with a woman so intensely that his fantasies of her verge on obsession. And, finally, he finds himself on a path that just might save him: he becomes a boxer. Liborio's story is constructed in a dazzling language that reflects the particular culture of border towns and expresses both resistance and fascination. This is a migrants' story of deracination, loneliness, fear, and finally, love told in a sparkling, innovative prose. It's Million Dollar Baby meets The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and a story of migration and hope that is as topical as it is timeless. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Gringo’s Hawk

Seeking Paradise in Southern Costa Rica (Before the Highway)

Author: Jon Marañon

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1543445128

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 262

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This American author has now spent four decades being involved in Costa Rica’s terrestrial and marine habitats, documenting the challenges and triumphs of his attempts to make an environmentally conscious and sustainable living in this paradise. Jon Marañón offers a unique first-person account of nature and persons in conflict and the difficulties of meshing human existence into the recently pristine coastal rainforests of Costa Rica. His work promotes reader awareness of the natural environment, wildlife, ecosystems, and socioculture of this remote area of Costa Rica. Ecology and spirituality intertwine as he describes his journey in a mix of naturalist and lyrical prose that, along with humor and introspection, mark the style of The Gringo’s Hawk. The Gringo’s Hawk represents the culmination of Mr. Marañón’s social struggles and the roles he has played in conservation, education, social well-being, and in establishing national parks and marine reserves in his area.

The Gringo Trail

A Darkly Comic Road Trip through South America

Author: Mark Mann

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW

ISBN: 1783722045

Category: Travel

Page: 336

View: 3827


‘... there I was in the middle of Bogotá, coked up to my eyeballs, in a hallway holding two machetes, while some drunk Colombians argued about whether or not to blow up a bar with a live hand grenade...’ Asia has the hippie trail. South America has the gringo trail. Mark Mann and his girlfriend Melissa set off to explore the ancient monuments, mountains and rainforests of South America. But for their friend Mark, South America meant only one thing: drugs. Sad, funny and shocking, The Gringo Trail is an On the Road for the Lonely Planet generation – a darkly comic road-trip and a revealing journey through South America’s turbulent history. Drama and discovery. Culture and cocaine. Fact is stranger than fiction...

The Gringo Caper

Author: Frank E. Richards

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 147974655X

Category: Fiction

Page: 424

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Mystery has fallen upon this small quiet community west of the great city of Pittsburgh. A few young boys are challenged to unlock the secret message that has been thrust upon them. Is the supernatural at work here or could it be something more horrible than mankind can imagine. Mystery and adventure confront these young boys head on. Will they fall victim to the pressure of solving this mystery or will the unknown prevail.

Murder on the Gringo Trail

Author: Avram Mednick

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595275141

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 9903


"It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. It was the trip of a lifetime, but it didn't work out exactly as planned...They were going to travel again, in their fiftieth year, reprising two different trips they had taken in their twentieth and twenty-fifth years, respectively. They would go to...Bolivia and Peru, but not without experiencing New Orleans again." Thus starts our adventure, where we learn about Peter and Ax, boyhood friends who grew old together, and their adventures on the road.

The Gringo

A Memoir

Author: J. Grigsby Crawford

Publisher: Wild Elephant Press

ISBN: 9780988482272

Category: Ecotourism

Page: 225

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Within weeks of arriving as a volunteer in a remote corner of South America, Crawford got a lot more than he bargained for: a narrow escape from a kidnapping plot hatched by the people he was sent there to help. Then things only got stranger. In his quest to find adventure, Crawford undertook a savage journey of danger, drugs, sex, and alarming illness. What resulted is The Gringo one part literary tale of two lonely years in the Amazon jungle and one part gonzo-journalism account of life in the Peace Corps, an agency wandering aimlessly through the twenty-first century. Filled with sharp humor and eye-opening observations about the human condition, this is an unforgettable story that grabs the reader and doesn't let go.

Adventures of a Gringo Family Living in Latin America

Tuition Paid! Lessons Learned!

Author: Doyle Romans

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1412030145

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 220

View: 7363


I have read the whole book with tears and laughter all the way through. What a wonderfull way to remember a great part of our lives. You did a wonderful job and thank-you for all the time, effort, deication and love you put into this masterpeice. Mom would be so proud! Love, Amyee A North American family of eight, plus one dog, travel overland from West Yellowstone, Montana to Danli, Honduras, to reside there for the duration of a business venture in Forestry and Saw-milling. They did not have the benefit of knowing the Spanish language, or the customs of the host countries, but they did have plenty of guts and determination. The children attended local schools and learned to speak the Spanish language much faster than Mom and Dad. They all eventually came back to the USA except "Mom" Audrey whose wonderful life was taken by a drunken driver.

Kill the Gringo

The Life of Jack Hood Vaughn

Author: Jack Hood Vaughn,Jane Constantineau

Publisher: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book

ISBN: 9781945572173

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 389

View: 4478


"American diplomat, director of the Peace Corps, US ambassador to Colombia and Panama, and conservationist"--Cover.