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Gary Soto

Author of Too Many Tamales

97+ Works 12,071 Members 465 Reviews 4 Favorited

About the Author

Gary Soto was born April 12, 1952, and raised in Fresno California. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Fresno City College, graduating in 1974 with an English degree. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including The Nation, Plouqhshares, The Iowa Review, Ontario show more Review and Poetry, which has honored him with the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award and by featuring him in Poets in Person. He is one of the youngest poets to appear in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. Soto has received the Discovery-The Nation Prize, the U.S. Award of the International Poetry Forum, The California Library Association's John and Patricia Beatty Award twice, a Recogniton of Merit from the Claremont Graduate School for Baseball in April, the Silver Medal from The Commonwealth Club of California, and the Tomás Rivera Prize, in addition to fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts twice, and the California Arts Council. For ITVS, he produced the film The Pool Party, which received the 1993 Andrew Carnegie Medal. Soto wrote the libretto for an opera titled Nerd-landia for the The Los Angeles Opera. In 1999 he received the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Author-Illustrator Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and the PEN Center West Book Award for Petty Crimes. He serves as Young People's Ambassador for the California Rural Legal Assistance and the United Farm Workers of America. Soto is the author of ten poetry collections for adults, with New and Selected Poems a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His recollections Living Up the Street received a Before Columbus Foundation 1985 American Book Award. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: SOTO GARY, Gary Soto, Gary Soto ed.

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Works by Gary Soto

Too Many Tamales (1993) 2,418 copies, 160 reviews
Baseball in April and Other Stories (1990) 1,030 copies, 15 reviews
Chato's Kitchen (1995) 827 copies, 27 reviews
Taking Sides (1991) 730 copies, 5 reviews
Buried Onions (1997) 492 copies, 10 reviews
The Afterlife (2003) 430 copies, 22 reviews
Pacific Crossing (1992) 352 copies, 1 review
The Skirt (1992) 340 copies, 5 reviews
Living Up the Street (1985) 332 copies, 4 reviews
Marisol (2005) 330 copies, 3 reviews
If the Shoe Fits (2002) 323 copies, 6 reviews
Local News: Stories (1993) 292 copies, 5 reviews
Jesse (1994) 276 copies, 2 reviews
Accidental Love (2006) 275 copies, 16 reviews
Chato and the Party Animals (2000) 260 copies, 43 reviews
Neighborhood Odes (1992) 259 copies, 3 reviews
Novio Boy: A Play (1997) 229 copies, 2 reviews
The Old Man and His Door (1996) 198 copies, 8 reviews
A Fire in My Hands: A Book of Poems (1990) 192 copies, 10 reviews
A Summer Life (1990) 162 copies
Mercy on These Teenage Chimps (2007) 144 copies, 3 reviews
Summer on Wheels (1995) 144 copies, 4 reviews
Off and Running (1996) 140 copies
Snapshots from the Wedding (1997) 135 copies, 27 reviews
The Cat's Meow (1987) 130 copies, 2 reviews
Crazy Weekend (1994) 119 copies, 1 review
Petty Crimes (1998) 117 copies, 1 review
Partly Cloudy (2009) 101 copies, 2 reviews
Help Wanted: Stories (2005) 92 copies, 3 reviews
Facts of Life: Stories (2008) 91 copies, 5 reviews
César Chávez: A Hero for Everyone (2003) 80 copies, 1 review
Canto Familiar (1867) 74 copies, 4 reviews
Chato Goes Cruisin' (2005) 65 copies, 13 reviews
Big Bushy Mustache (1998) 54 copies, 6 reviews
Nerdlandia (1999) 48 copies, 5 reviews
Junior College (1997) 47 copies
My Little Car (2006) 44 copies, 4 reviews
Hey, 13! (2011) 34 copies, 2 reviews
The Elements of San Joaquin (1977) 33 copies, 8 reviews
Who Will Know Us (1990) 31 copies
Local News with Connections (2002) 28 copies
The Pool Party (1993) 24 copies, 1 review
Worlds Apart: Fernie and Me (2005) 24 copies, 3 reviews
Why I Don't Write Children's Literature (2015) 22 copies, 9 reviews
Boys at Work (1995) 20 copies
Nickel and Dime (2000) 18 copies, 1 review
Small Faces (1986) 17 copies
A Natural Man (1999) 16 copies
One Kind of Faith (1777) 15 copies
Lucky Luis (2012) 14 copies, 2 reviews
Black Hair (1985) 12 copies
The Tale of Sunlight (1978) 10 copies
Home Course in Religion (1991) 9 copies
Puppy Love (2023) 7 copies
Where Sparrows Work Hard (1981) 7 copies
Poetry Lover (2001) 6 copies
Instant Winner (2013) 5 copies
A Simple Plan (2007) 5 copies
Human Nature (2010) 3 copies
Write Idea (1993) 3 copies
When Dad Came Back (2011) 3 copies, 1 review
Meatballs for the People (2017) 2 copies, 1 review
Chato's Day of Dead (2010) 2 copies
Tamales 1 copy
La Bamba 1 copy

Associated Works

Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Contributor — 778 copies, 10 reviews
Cool Salsa (1994) — Contributor — 302 copies, 14 reviews
America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories (1993) — Contributor — 227 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 213 copies
Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach (2003) — Contributor — 202 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 1996 (1996) — Contributor — 173 copies, 1 review
Growing Up Latino: Memoirs and Stories (1993) — Contributor — 130 copies, 1 review
Leaving Home: Stories (1997) — Contributor — 116 copies
The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement (1997) — Foreword, some editions — 101 copies, 1 review
Coming of Age in America: A Multicultural Anthology (1994) — Foreword; Contributor — 96 copies
What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur (2011) — Contributor — 71 copies
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contributor — 69 copies, 1 review
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Cover designer — 64 copies, 1 review
The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010) — Contributor — 59 copies
Voices in First Person: Reflections on Latino Identity (2008) — Contributor — 38 copies
Going Where I'm Coming from: Memoirs of American Youth (1994) — Contributor — 37 copies
California Uncovered: Stories For The 21st Century (2005) — Contributor — 31 copies
Don't Give Up the Ghost: A Book of Ghost Stories (1993) — Contributor — 29 copies, 2 reviews
Help Wanted: Short Stories About Young People Working (1997) — Contributor — 26 copies
Funny You Should Ask (1992) — Contributor — 18 copies
You're On!: Seven Plays in English and Spanish (1999) — Contributor — 17 copies
Condor Dreams and Other Fictions (1994) — Afterword, some editions — 12 copies
Too Many Tamales [2002 film] (2004) — Original book — 1 copy

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thought provoking poems
 
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dmcoco | 7 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
Very good. "I was also hurt by others who were equally as mean, and I am thinking particularly about an Okie kid who yelled that we were dirty Mexicans. Perhaps so, but why bring it up?"
 
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k6gst | 3 other reviews | May 13, 2024 |
A cute story of a young girl and her push-pedal low-rider car. Also her grandfather makes an appearance showing the value of the older generation to the younger. Teresa loves her car, but neglects to care for it properly and it becomes run down. Her grandfather helps her to fix it up. Spanish words are sprinkled through this version. The illustrations by Pam Paparone are very sweet.
½
 
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MrsLee | 3 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
This book is great for students at a beginner or intermediate reading level. It is about a cat named Chato and his friend Navio Boy, who live together. A family of mice moves in next door, and the cats invite them over for dinner, where they plan traditional Mexican foods such as rice, beans, enchiladas, frijoles, fajitas, and salsa. I would introduce this book to my classroom as a fun read-aloud for my students to learn about Mexican food culture.
 
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