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All They Will Call You
By Tim Z. Hernandez
240 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / 2017
Cloth (978-0-8165-3484-5)
Paper (978-0-8165-3737-2)
  - Camino del Sol

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  - Literature and Essays
  - Latina and Latino Studies
  - Biography

All They Will Call You is the harrowing account of "the worst airplane disaster in California's history," which claimed the lives of thirty-two passengers, including twenty-eight Mexican
A stunning piece of investigative journalism and a lyrical meditation on memory, meaning, and the immigrant experience.

—San Francisco Chronicle

With compassionate storytelling, Hernandez humanizes the individuals who died in the crash, eulogizing them with anecdotes and stories that would have been theirs if they had not lost their lives so far from home.

—Los Angeles Review of Books

This book is an opportunity to cut through the immigration rhetoric we drown in every day. It's an opportunity to speak about the people behind the abstraction.

—Tucson Weekly

The book is more than just a biography of names. It's a history of the Mexican American experience. It's about how a former worker-immigrant program worked. It's about the lives of those who came to America.

—Tulsa World

Tim Z. Hernandez is the real thing. This epic, tragic story is finally being told, and it is in the best possible hands.

—Luis Alberto Urrea

An important and moving book, exploring the theme of identity and loss and disenfranchisement—topics that have never been more urgent than they are now. Hernandez has illuminated the present with this original and riveting examination of the past.

—Susan Orlean

There's something miraculous about the storytelling feat Tim Z. Hernandez has pulled off in All They Will Call You. With great compassion and patience, he has immersed himself in a long-forgotten episode of California history, and uncovered a multilayered epic of love, injustice, and family fortitude, stretching across generations and borders. This is an intelligent, empathic, and deeply moving work.

—Héctor Tobar

In his lyrics to 'Plane Wreck at Los Gatos,' my father, Woody Guthrie, asked a simple question, 'Who are these friends?' and finally someone has answered that question. It was unknown if their stories would ever come to light, or if they would simply remain ghosts without names, as if they had no lives at all—as if they didn't count. Through Hernandez's amazing work, I now know who these people were, their lives, their loves, and their journeys. All They Will Call You is a heart-wrenching read for anyone who cares, and the names—now etched in stone in a far-off graveyard—have become friends who will travel with me as long as I am walking.

—Arlo Guthrie

citizens—farm workers who were being deported by the U.S. government. Outraged that media reports omitted only the names of the Mexican passengers, American folk icon Woody Guthrie penned a poem that went on to become one of the most important protest songs of the twentieth century, "Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee)." It was an attempt to restore the dignity of the anonymous lives whose unidentified remains were buried in an unmarked mass grave in California's Central Valley. For nearly seven decades, the song's message would be carried on by the greatest artists of our time, including Pete Seeger, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez, yet the question posed in Guthrie's lyrics, "Who are these friends all scattered like dry leaves?" would remain unanswered—until now.

Combining years of painstaking investigative research and masterful storytelling, award-winning author Tim Z. Hernandez weaves a captivating narrative from testimony, historical records, and eyewitness accounts, reconstructing the incident and the lives behind the legendary song. This singularly original account pushes narrative boundaries, while challenging perceptions of what it means to be an immigrant in America, but more importantly, it renders intimate portraits of the individual souls who, despite social status, race, or nationality, shared a common fate one frigid morning in January 1948.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of All They Will Call You.

Watch C-SPAN's interview with Tim Z. Hernandez.

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