Read about enough "ethnic" writers, and you notice they are often confronted by the same problem: If they write books enjoyed by a mainstream audience, they're accused of selling out, assimilating; but if they write something that naturally appeals to people of a similar background, then their books get sectioned off on a shelf in the African-American or Latin American section. The unwritten message is, if you don't fit the label, this book's not for you; it's an example of something Tony Diaz calls Sombrero Hysteria: Those moments when "something that a particular group or culture could use or develop as a source of pride blows up in its... More >>>