Take This Man

Take This Man

A Memoir

Book - 2014
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Named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
One of NBC News's 10 Best Latino Books of 2014

From PEN/Hemingway award winner Brando Skyhorse comes this stunning, heartfelt memoir in the vein of The Glass Castle or The Tender Bar , the true story of a boy's turbulent childhood growing up with five stepfathers and the mother who was determined to give her son everything but the truth.

When he was three years old, Brando Kelly Ulloa was abandoned by his Mexican father. His mother, Maria, dreaming of a more exciting life, saw no reason for her son to live his life as a Mexican just because he started out as one. The life of "Brando Skyhorse," the American Indian son of an incarcerated political activist, was about to begin.

Through a series of letters to Paul Skyhorse Johnson, a stranger in prison for armed robbery, Maria reinvents herself and her young son as American Indians in the colorful Mexican-American neighborhood of Echo Park, California. There Brando and his mother live with his acerbic grandmother and a rotating cast of surrogate fathers. It will be over thirty years before Brando begins to untangle the truth of his own past, when a surprise discovery online leads him to his biological father at last.

From an acclaimed, prize-winning novelist celebrated for his "indelible storytelling" ( O, The Oprah Magazine ), this extraordinary literary memoir captures a son's single-minded search for a father wherever he can find one, and is destined to become a classic.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2014.
ISBN: 9781439170878
Characteristics: 258 pages ;,24 cm.


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Aug 19, 2014

Loved this book. Made me laugh, but at the same time I felt so bad for Brando. Excellent read. Sometimes had to remind myself that I was reading non-fiction!

Aug 05, 2014

Put this book on your shelf next to Jeannette Walls, Jeanette Winterson and mary Karr (The glass castle, why be happy when you could be normal and the liars club )
It's truly amazing that a cocktail of mental illness, religion,and poverty wrapped up in bad parenting could produce such talent in each case.
I wanted to reach right through the pages and rescue the young Brando from the tyrants who 'raised' him.
Yes, he has scars, but he has talent...wow ,such a talent.

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