Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology

Corner-Store Dreams and the 2008 Financial Crisis

A True Story about Risk, Entrepreneurship, Immigration, and Latino-Anglo Friendship

Authors: Wogan, Peter

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  • Gives readers a subversive, funny, and inspirational narrative, like Don Quixote
     
    Tells a moving story about middle-aged struggles to overcome isolation
     
    Provides insight into Latino culture, prescient dreams, the Financial Crisis, and the heroics of small-business owners 

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About this book

This book tells the incredible true story of Ranulfo Juárez, a Mexican immigrant. After working for years in the fields of Oregon and becoming a U.S. citizen, Ranulfo started making plans to buy a small bakery in 2005. But not knowing if the economy would hold steady, Ranulfo examined his dreams every morning in search of secret clues foretelling insight and a successful bakery—or homelessness. Ranulfo also enlisted author Peter Wogan, a white anthropology professor with a penchant for self-doubt, as his confidante and sidekick in this quest. Readers won’t know until the end whether Ranulfo became another innocent victim of the Financial Crisis of 2008, but, throughout, they will see Ranulfo and Peter confront naysayers and cheats, as well as their own differences and fears. Like Don Quixote, this book is comical, subversive, and inspirational.  

About the authors

Peter Wogan is the author of Magical Writing in Salasaca and co-author of Hollywood Blockbusters. He is Professor of Anthropology at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, USA.  

Reviews

 

“This book is literary anthropology at its very best. Peter Wogan succeeds in writing with beauty and grace about a knotty subject, offering a memorable tale of immigration, corporate greed, the American dream, and intercultural friendship. Every so often a book comes along that restores my faith in the lyrical and liberating possibilities of ethnography. This book has done that for me. I recommend it to all who care about the future of humanistic research and writing.” (Ruth Behar, Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan, USA)

“This book is a joy, proof that anthropology matters when it comes from a genuine desire to understand what makes us human. Peter Wogan has given us a memorable, learned, compassionate portrait of immigrants in America, with characters that are alive.” (Ilan Stavans, Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College, USA)

“Corner-store dreams are my dreams. Not just in terms of our struggle to make it, but also our desire to belong and to be heard. I’ve lived in Salem most of my life. I've been to these tiendas that made my parents feel at home. Now I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to read this book.” (Jaime Arredondo, Treasurer for PCUN, Oregon Latino Farmworkers Organization)

Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52264-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-84862-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Corner-Store Dreams and the 2008 Financial Crisis
Book Subtitle
A True Story about Risk, Entrepreneurship, Immigration, and Latino-Anglo Friendship
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52264-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52264-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84862-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 229
Topics