Life on the Hyphen : The Cuban-American Way, Paperback / softback Book



An expanded, updated edition of the classic study of Cuban-American culture, this engaging book, which mixes the author's own story with his reflections as a trained observer, explores how both famous and ordinary members of the "1.5 Generation" (Cubans who came to the United States as children or teens) have lived "life on the hyphen"-neither fully Cuban nor fully American, but a fertile hybrid of both.

Offering an in-depth look at Cuban-Americans who have become icons of popular and literary culture-including Desi Arnaz, Oscar Hijuelos, musician Perez Prado, and crossover pop star Gloria Estefan, as well as poets Jose Kozer and Orlando Gonzalez Esteva, performers Willy Chirino and Carlos Oliva, painter Humberto Calzada, and others-Gustavo Perez Firmat chronicles what it means to be Cuban in America. The first edition of Life on the Hyphen won the Eugene M.

Kayden National University Press Book Award and received honorable mentions for the Modern Language Association's Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize and the Latin American Studies Association's Bryce Wood Book Award.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 254 pages, 19 photos
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
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  • Category: Cultural studies
  • ISBN: 9780292735996



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