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All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands
After a decade of chasing stories around the globe, intrepid travel writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest followed the magnetic pull home--only to discover that her native South Texas had been radically transformed in her absence. Ravaged by drug wars and barricaded by an eighteen-foot steel wall, her ancestral land had become the nation's foremost crossing ground for undocumen ...more
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published July 10th 2017 by University of North Carolina Press
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Interesting Audiobook. author explores issues, stories and the culture of her native South Texas borderland after spending years away working as a foreign corespondent. then she goes North to the other border and contrasts similar and differences with the northern border of the US and it's indigenous people. Stories of miracles, faith, struggles, poverty, pollution, crime share the space of both borders.
Jan 17, 2018 Robert rated it really liked it
If you've read even a little bit about the US-Mexico border, you will likely be familiar with the saying "We didn't cross the border. The border crossed us." Stephanie Elizondo Griest's All the Agents and Saints begins by examining the ways that this fact has shaped identity among Tejanos (Texans who are culturally descended from the original Spanish-speaking settlers of Texas and northern Mexico). Elizondo Griest, herself Tejana, mixes memoir with reportage, covering many of the issues you woul ...more
Captivating blend of journalism and memoir. Partly stories I knew (at least to some extent) but had never seen told quite this way, partly stories I felt rattled to learn were happening in my country without my ever having heard them before. This book is about big and frustrating topics, and Elizondo Griest treats them with so much empathy and the right balance of hope and cynicism.
Gripping and engaging. Griest's lyrical narrative prose is a cry for change, tracing the true Texas from its glory to gory tales. From artists to bondsmen to saints and curanderos, to border agents and border crossers, Griest paints a vivid image of some of Texas's most notorious and nefarious characters, bringing a desperately needed human touch to several of our country's greatest quandaries- including immigration, drugs, and environmentalism. A carefully woven patchwork of people confronting ...more