The Prince of Los Cocuyos

The Prince of Los Cocuyos

A Miami Childhood

Book - 2014
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A poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.

Richard Blanco's childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents' nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the country he saw on reruns of The Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver--an "exotic" life he yearned for as much as he yearned to see "la patria."

Navigating these worlds eventually led Blanco to question his cultural identity through words; in turn, his vision as a writer--as an artist--prompted the courage to accept himself as a gay man. In this moving, contemplative memoir, the 2013 inaugural poet traces his poignant, often hilarious, and quintessentially American coming-of-age and the people who influenced him.

A prismatic and lyrical narrative rich with the colors, sounds, smells, and textures of Miami, Richard Blanco's personal narrative is a resonant account of how he discovered his authentic self and ultimately, a deeper understanding of what it means to be American. His is a singular yet universal story that beautifully illuminates the experience of "becoming;" how we are shaped by experiences, memories, and our complex stories: the humor, love, yearning, and tenderness that define a life.

Publisher: New York :, Ecco,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062313768
Branch Call Number: BIO BLANCO R. Blanco 10/2014
Characteristics: xiv, 249 pages ;,24 cm


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Feb 16, 2019

I liked the story linking Prufrock with imaginary numbers.

Mar 16, 2018

Blanco's memoir is an emotional account of his youth that is punctuated with comical antidotes that are universal for all readers despite their personal, cultural context. Overall, a very enjoyable read.

dbarrera Aug 03, 2015

Great read. The fact that Blanco's also a poet comes across in his writing. There are also some fun anecdotes that make reading this even more enjoyable.


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