Ybarra's stellar work is original; there is no other work like it. She has undertaken a sustained analysis of Mexican American writing as this relates to environmental issues.
—María Herrera-Sobek, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy, UCSB
A valuable contribution to the field of Chicana/o ecocriticism.
—Cheryll Glotfelty, co-editor of The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place
Writing the Goodlife offers a timely, lucid, elegant and always compelling analysis of a broad swath of literature. . . It shows how tremendously important ecological and environmental thinking have been to Mexican American letters for more than a century. With this text Ybarra also creates a literary history that suggests a hitherto unrecognized tradition of ecological meditation in literary form. Writing the Goodlife broadens our understanding of Chicana literature and ecocriticism in significant new ways.
—Mary Pat Brady, author of Extinct Lands, Temporal Geographies: Chicana Literature and the Urgency of Space