Mexican Enough by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
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Growing up in a half-white, half-brown town and family in South Texas, Stephanie Elizondo Griest struggled with her cultural identity. Upon turning thirty, she ventured to her mother's native Mexico to do some root-searching and stumbled upon a social movement that shook the nation to its core.
Mexican Enough chronicles her adventures rumbling with luchadores (professional wrestlers), marching with rebel teachers in Oaxaca, investigating the murder of a prominent gay activist, and sneaking into a prison to meet with indigenous resistance fighters. She also visits families of the undocumented workers she befriended back home. Travel mates include a Polish thief, a Border Patrol agent, and a sultry dominatrix. Part memoir, part journalistic reportage, Mexican Enough illuminates how we cast off our identity in our youth, only to strive to find it again as adults—and the lessons to be learned along the way.
“This is a travel journal for the new millennium, a biracial woman searching for herself among the complexities of the borderlands.”
—Sandra Cisneros, bestselling author of The House on Mango Street and Caramelo
Paperback. Washington Square Books, 2008. 320 pages