From the Sept/Oct, 2011 issue of Touchstone
A Better Homeland by Bernardo Aparicio García

A Better Homeland

Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy
by Carlos Eire
Free Press, 2010
(320 pages, $26.00, hardcover)

reviewed by Bernardo Aparicio García

Carlos Eire thinks you should learn to die, and die often. Or maybe I mean Carlos Nieto. Or Chuck Neat-o. Or Carlos M. N. Eire, Ph.D. Or just plain Charlie. If one is to judge by the many names he has lived under, all the identities taken up and cast away, it is really no wonder he thinks so, whatever his name. In his most recent memoir, Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy, Eire shares the story of . . .


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