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.
“The recurrent strands of his thought—family, education, race, sex, California, America, Mexico—gain a new resonance each time and stand, in the end, for the complexity of a whole greater than the sum of its parts.” —The New York Times Book Review“Brown is an elegant, nuanced plea for the individual as the primary force in American life…. But as admirable as it is in its vision, Brown is more intriguing for it honesty about the author’s desires and frustrations.” —San Francisco Chronicle