Hunger of Memory
Hunger of Memory
Bantam Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553272932, 208pp.
Publication Date: January 1, 1983
Here is the poignant journey of a minority student who pays the cost of his social assimilation and academic success with a painful alienation from his past, his parents, his culture and so describes the high price of making it in middle-class America.
Provocative in its positions on affirmative action and bilingual education, Hunger of Memory is a powerful political statement, a profound study of the importance of language ... and the moving, intimate portrait of a boy struggling to become a man.
Richard received a 1997 George Foster Peabody Award for his NewsHour Essays on American life. The Peabody Award is designed to recognize "outstanding achievement in broadcast and cable," and is one of television's highest honors.
Rodriguez's awards for Hunger of Memory include the The Christopher Prize for Autobiography; The Gold Metal for Non-Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California, and the Anisfeld-Wolf Prize for Civil Rights. He was awarded the Frankel Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the International Journalism Award from the World Affairs Council of California.
Rodriguez's autobiographical triology about American public life includes "Days of Obligation" An Argument with My Father (1992) and "Brown" The Last Discovery of America (2002). Rodriguez lives in San Francisco.
“Arresting ... Splendidly written intellectual autobiography.”—Boston Globe
“Superb autobiographical essay ... Mr. Rodriguez offers himself as an example of the long labor of change: its costs, about which he is movingly frank, its loneliness, but also its triumph.”—New York Times Book Review