The Boy Kings of Texas

by Domingo Martinez

The Boy Kings of Texas

Paperback, 443 pages, Globe Pequot Pr, List Price: $16.95 | purchase

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Presents a memoir of growing up in 1980s Brownsville, Texas, describing intense relationships in a family surrounded by violence and poverty and caught between the conflicting values of two cultures.

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Domingo Martinez's painfully honest memoir of growing up in a Texas border town describes family drug smuggling and his grandmother's short-lived pet piglet. In a commentary for All Things Considered, Martinez writes: "I didn't know how to write memoir. But I found that when I told people about growing up in Brownsville, Texas — it sounded to them like stories from another world.

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