Mexican Enough

Mexican Enough:

New York City book events with Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Tuesday, September 30 – NEW YORK, NY — Stephanie Elizondo Griest will launch Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines at Idlewild Bookstore at 7 p.m. at 12 W.19th St. (near 5th Avenue). For more info, call 212-414-8888.
Wednesday, October 8 – NEW YORK, NY — Stephanie will read from and discuss Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines at 7 p.m. at Book Culture at 536 W. 112th Street. For details, visit
Washington Square Press, August 2008
Growing up in a half-white, half-brown town and family in South Texas, Stephanie Elizondo Griest struggled with her cultural identity. Upon turning thirty, she ventured to her mother’s native Mexico to do a little root-searching and improve her "Tarzan Lite" Spanish. She stumbled upon a burgeoning social movement that shook parts of the nation to its core. MEXICAN ENOUGH chronicles her journey, from the narco-infested border town of Nuevo Laredo to the highlands of Chiapas. She investigates the murder of a prominent gay activist, sneaks into prison to meet with resistance fighters, rallies with rebels in Oaxaca, and interviews scores of migrant workers and the families they were forced to leave behind. Travel companions include a Polish thief, a Border Patrol agent, and a Dominatrix. Part memoir, part journalistic reportage, MEXICAN ENOUGH illuminates how we cast off our identity in our youth, only to strive to find it again as adults — and the lessons to be learned along the way.
World Policy Institute Senior Fellow Stephanie Elizondo Griest has mingled with the Russian Mafiya, polished Chinese propaganda, and belly danced with Cuban rumba queens. These adventures inspired her award-winning memoir AROUND THE BLOC: MY LIFE IN MOSCOW, BEIJING, AND HAVANA (Villard/Random House, 2004) and guidebook 100 PLACES EVERY WOMAN SHOULD GO (Travelers Tales, 2007). She has explored five continents and once drove 45,000 miles across America in a Honda Hatchback named Bertha. A 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, she recently won the Richard J. Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting. Visit her website at

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