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"Throughout Jean Guerrero's childhood, her father, Marco Antonio, was an erratic and elusive presence. A self-taught genius at fixing, creating, and conjuring things--and capable of transforming himself into a shaman, dreamcaster, or animal whisperer in his enchanted daughter's eyes--he gradually began to lose himself in his peculiar obsessions, careening wildly between reality and hallucination. In time, he fled his family and responsibilities--to Asia, Europe, and eventually back to Mexico. He succumbed to drug- and alcohol-fueled manias, while suffering the effects of what he said were CIA mind-control experiments. As soon as she was old enough, Jean set out after him. Now a journalist, she used the tools of her trade to find answers to the questions he left behind. In this lyrical, haunting memoir, Jean Guerrero tries to locate the border between truth and fantasy as she searches for explanations for her father's behavior. Refusing to accept an alleged schizophrenia diagnosis at face value, she takes Marco Antonio's dark paranoia seriously and investigates all his wildest claims. She crisscrosses the Mexican-American border to unearth the stories of cousins and grandparents and discovers a chain of fabulists and mystics in her lineage, going back to her great-great-grandmother, a clairvoyant curandera who was paid to summon spirits from the afterlife. As she delves deeper and deeper into her family's shadowy past, Jean begins mirroring her father's self-destructive behavior. She risks death on her adventures, imperiling everything in her journey to redeem her father from the underworld of his delusions. Crux is both a riveting adventure story and a profoundly original exploration of the human psyche, the mysteries of our most intimate relationships--and ourselves."--Dust jacket.
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Hood River County Library 921 GUERRERO 2018 (Text) 33892100553107 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 08/16/2018 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780399592393
  • ISBN: 0399592393
  • Physical Description: xx, 324 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : One World, [2018]

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Formatted Contents Note:
The road to Xibalba -- House of darkness -- House of razors -- House of cold -- House of jaguars -- House of fire -- House of bats.
Part I: The road to Xibalba. The summons ; La Misión ; VHS vortex ; Días de los muertos ; Curative books ; Fat flies ; Brain implant -- Part II: House of darkness. Fertility ; Maternity -- Part III: House of razors. Wicca ; Self-fulfilling prophecy ; Fairy-tale neurons -- Part IV: House of cold. Curse ; CIA torture ; Flight -- Part V: House of jaguars. El monstruo ; Blood Eden ; Drowned -- Part VI: House of fire. The root -- Part VII: House of bats. Larvae ; The devil's tick ; Chamán -- Caxcan: an epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
"Throughout Jean Guerrero's childhood, her father, Marco Antonio, was an erratic and elusive presence. A self-taught genius at fixing, creating, and conjuring things--and capable of transforming himself into a shaman, dreamcaster, or animal whisperer in his enchanted daughter's eyes--he gradually began to lose himself in his peculiar obsessions, careening wildly between reality and hallucination. In time, he fled his family and responsibilities--to Asia, Europe, and eventually back to Mexico. He succumbed to drug- and alcohol-fueled manias, while suffering the effects of what he said were CIA mind-control experiments. As soon as she was old enough, Jean set out after him. Now a journalist, she used the tools of her trade to find answers to the questions he left behind. In this lyrical, haunting memoir, Jean Guerrero tries to locate the border between truth and fantasy as she searches for explanations for her father's behavior. Refusing to accept an alleged schizophrenia diagnosis at face value, she takes Marco Antonio's dark paranoia seriously and investigates all his wildest claims. She crisscrosses the Mexican-American border to unearth the stories of cousins and grandparents and discovers a chain of fabulists and mystics in her lineage, going back to her great-great-grandmother, a clairvoyant curandera who was paid to summon spirits from the afterlife. As she delves deeper and deeper into her family's shadowy past, Jean begins mirroring her father's self-destructive behavior. She risks death on her adventures, imperiling everything in her journey to redeem her father from the underworld of his delusions. Crux is both a riveting adventure story and a profoundly original exploration of the human psyche, the mysteries of our most intimate relationships--and ourselves."--Dust jacket.
Awards Note:
2016 PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize.
Subject: Guerrero, Jean.
Guerrero, Jean. > Family.
Adult children of drug addicts > Biography.
Adult children of immigrants > Biography.
Adult children of alcoholics > Biography.
Schizophrenics > Biography.
Adult children of alcoholics.
Adult children of drug addicts.
Adult children of immigrants.
Schizophrenics.
Fathers and daughters > Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / Hispanic & Latino.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Hispanic American Studies.
Genre: Biography.
Autobiographies.
Nonfiction.
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