CHESA BOUDIN, GRINGO

If a book about a privileged white kid's travels through Central and South America sounds generic, consider the author's atypical background: He was born to jailed Weather Underground members and raised by Bill Ayers.

Gringo by Chesa Boudin [Simon & Schuster, $25]

If a book about a privileged white kid's travels through Central and South America sounds generic, consider the author's atypical background: He was born to jailed Weather Underground members and raised by Bill Ayers. While the writing lacks flourish, Boudin's perspective makes up for it. Erica Cerulo

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