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The Iguana Killer: Twelve Stories Of The Heart

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First published in 1984, this award-winning book, considered a classic of Chicano fiction, is now available only from the University of New Mexico Press.

Paperback, 119 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by University of New Mexico Press (first published October 1984)
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The Iguana Killer is a series of stories about growing up in a bi-lingual, bi-cultural society. These stories are a glimpse into the Chicano culture that blends the Anglo and Mexican traditions into a melting pot of experiences. They outline the difficult of self-definition during adolescence. This is a profound collection of stories written with a sense of humor, emotion, and wonder that explores how the world works in the eyes of children on the brink of adulthood.

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In 1952, Alberto Alvaro Ríos was born on the American side of the city of Nogales, Arizona, on the Mexican border. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona in 1974 and a MFA in Creative Writing from the same institution in 1979.

He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Dangerous Shirt (Copper Canyon Press, 2009); The Theater of Night (2007); The Smallest Mus
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When we “grow up” we gain this experience and knowledge, but we lose our innocence and
sense of wonder. In other words, the price we pay for growing up is a permanent sense of
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