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Alumnus to have book signing at New Mexico State University

The New Mexico State University Library will feature Jose N. Uranga, author of the historical novel "The Buenavida Dilemma: Whether to Become 'Gringos,'" during the library's homecoming reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Kent Hall Museum courtyard.

Jose N. Uranga, native New Mexican and NMSU graduate, will be featured Oct. 31 during the NMSU Library's homecoming reception. He will sign copies of his new novel "The Buenavida Dilemma: Whether to Become 'Gringos.'" (NMSU archive photo)

will sign copies of his new book during the event.

The author is a native New Mexican and NMSU graduate. He received his doctor of jurisprudence degree from Georgetown University and his master's degree from the University of Texas, San Antonio.

"In the late 1960s, when I graduated, New Mexico State University was alive with healthy debate and undergoing change," said Uranga, a retired environmental attorney who now lives in Florida. "Coming back to campus for this book signing, I feel good with the growth of the university and its impact on my life."

The novel, which was published by iUniverse in 2003, sheds light on subjects such as segregated schools, employment discrimination, English-only laws, environmental justice and police brutality through the life experiences of five generations of the Buenavida family. Uranga experienced the tension between assimilation and cultural preservation while growing up in southeastern New Mexico.

"The Buenavida" paperback edition can be purchased for $12.95 at the New Mexico State Bookstore, Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and Booksamillion.com.

In addition to Uranga's presentation, the reception will provide an opportunity to tour the exhibit "Border Lives Once Lived" at the University Museum.

For more information, contact Lesley Mackay, the library's development officer, at (505) 646-3642 or at lmackay@nmsu.edu.