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Autobiography of My Hungers
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Rigoberto González, author of the critically acclaimed memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, takes a second piercing look at his past through a startling new lens: hunger.
            The need for sustenance originating in childhood poverty, the adolescent emotional need for solace and comfort, the adult desire for a larger world, another lover, a different body—all are explored by González in a series of heartbreaking and poetic vignettes.
            Each vignette is a defining moment of self-awareness, every moment an important step in a lifelong journey toward clarity, knowledge, and the nourishment that comes in various forms—even "the smallest biggest joys" help piece together a complex portrait of a gay man of color who at last defines himself by what he learns, not by what he yearns for.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. allegory
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  1. I. leaving the motherland, mother leaving me
  2. pp. 5-6
  1. duty
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  1. piedrita
  2. pp. 9-22
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  1. potato
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  1. zacapu
  2. pp. 12-25
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  1. piedrita
  2. pp. 13-26
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  1. juguete
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  1. trash
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  1. lift
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  1. witch
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. piedrita
  2. pp. 22-35
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  1. fire
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  1. x-mas
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  1. crayon
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  1. note i
  2. pp. 27-40
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  1. crooked
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  1. piedrita
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  1. biology
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  1. wicked
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  1. dream
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  1. piedrita
  2. pp. 37-50
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  1. glove
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. migra
  2. pp. 40-42
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  1. II. unsettled independence
  2. pp. 43-44
  1. invisible
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  1. piedrita
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  1. tongue
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  1. insomnia
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  1. note ii
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  1. night shift
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  1. xóchitl
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  1. piedrita
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  1. voice
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  1. reprimand
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  1. martini
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  1. III. in search of paradise
  2. pp. 61-62
  1. station
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  1. piedrita
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  1. kill
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  1. outcast
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  1. eye
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  1. kite
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  1. clown
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  1. piedrita
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  1. tether
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  1. papi
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  1. godiva
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  1. piedrita
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  1. IV. body cravings
  2. pp. 83-84
  1. love
  2. pp. 85-86
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  1. empty
  2. pp. 87-88
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  1. piedrita
  2. pp. 89-102
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  1. sketch
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  1. rain
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  1. chi
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  1. piedrita
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  1. ghosts
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  1. pseudonym
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  1. piedrita
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  1. questions
  2. pp. 102-115
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  1. note iii
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  1. piedrita
  2. pp. 104-117
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  1. haughty
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  1. extraction
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  1. bleed
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  1. voracious
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  1. piedrita
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  1. forest
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  1. Series
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