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Aceves, Carlos. Diadema. ISBN: 978-0-9796457-6-1. $24.95
Carlos Aceves has created an allegorical story rooted in the deepest essence of the Latino soul. Diadema is a symbolic artifice very much like Doña Marina, La Malinche, searching for her child, her very being. Knitted in a true story, Aceves bring forward the Latino imperative of who really are we? What are our roots? This is the Hispanic crucial element of understanding self. Latinos are not alone. Spain if often called by Spaniards "the whore of Europe" for it was invaded by most every group in Europe creating a concatenation of races and cultures; today there are over five different languages spoken there. Latinos to a certain extent inherited this dilemma, and Aceves attempts to use fiction weaved in reality to address the Latino, Chicano predicament of self-preservation and self-understanding. Aceves propounds a clear lyric message begin your journey for genuineness and self-understanding and let the road lead you where it may: "Se hace camino al andar." Roberto Cabello-Argandoña, Editor.
Aguirre, Gilberto, M.D. Valley Rising: A South-Texan’s Journey from the Migratory Fields to Successful Eye Surgeon. ISBN 13: 978-1888205503 $25.95.
Valley Rising is a powerful reflection—of a sincere man dedicated to the betterment of his Mexican American people—on the very deep, personal, structural and historical root causes of segregation and its dehumanizing effects. A personal and intimate story of the life of Gilberto Aguirre growing from infant to successful physician. From living in the barrio to a respectful neighborhood, you meet his family, friends, teachers, coaches and fellow workers that make up his multiply divided world of many social, economic and racial tensions. You experience the agonies and the joys, the frustrations and dreams, the painful insults and encouraging moments, and most of all the hard work fueled by the deep commitment to overcome the inferiority complex by achieving success without losing his Mexican American soul.
Alanís, Virginia. Love Field. ISBN-13: 978-1539678809. $23.95
Latino Fiction---Social Life and customs, Chicano literature, Latinas Coming of age, Latinos Family life, Latinos Assimilation, Hispanic Social life and customs, Fiction / Hispanic & Latino, Latino Fiction---Immigration
Laura Cano is a Mexican-American teenager living in Dallas in the mid-1980s. She comes from a traditional family from Nuevo León, Mexico. When Laura was a child, she and her family moved to Dallas in search of new opportunities. Laura’s parents work in a factory, while she strives for something better for herself—a future as a lawyer in America. To reach that professional objective, Laura must navigate past the ignorance and superstitions of her family, in addition to the dangers and obstacles of an unknown and foreign world. Can she distance herself from her relations and negotiate all the challenges ahead of her to reach her goals, or will her life be thrown off course by her ties and obligations to her family?
Alvarado, Lisa. Raw Silk Suture. ISBN 978-1-888205-06-0. $11.95.
or "a quiet remaking of cells" is nothing short of revolutionary. Read this book, look at yourself and the world around you and know: anything is possible. Demetria Martínez author, Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana In some respects, this is stark work. "These are nightmare words," says one of Lisa Alvarado's speakers, and it seems so: "Soon the fists will come, soon the belt"-spurring one to yearn for alternative connections: "I want so much to braid myself to him." Or compel us toward acute observation where "each day, / I watched / your small suicides." And yet we sense, finally, that "world is word / word is my body"-that is: language, sculpted, can console "from a place that is tender, deeply so," as in the moving portrait, "La Perdida," that closes this collection. Simply put, Raw Silk Suture is "a scar / that has / become a flower." Francisco Aragón Editor, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry Founding Editor, Latino Poetry Review (LPR) Lisa Alvarado is a poet, performer, and installation artist, focusing on identity, spirit, and the body. She is the recipient of grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs, The NEA, and the Ragdale Foundation. Lisa is also developing an ambitious trilogy of performance pieces, whose themes are the culture of violence, popular culture and personal redemption.
Alvarado, Victoria. Mujeres de Conciencia/ Women of Conscience. Spanish English parallel text and photography. ISBN: 978-0-9796457-7-8. 2008 $75.00 Oversize Hardbound.
This is an art book with magnificent black and white photos of prominent Latinas who have made definite and long standing contribution to the Hispanic community and the country at large. This photographic essay constitutes an important collective biography as well, with great journalistic insight and integrity into the lives of leading Latina women in the fields of education, science, literature, business, law, the arts, journalism, politics, and other fields of endeavor. This coffee table monograph, which has been published with art-book quality as a collector's edition, provides stunning artistic, B&W photographs of each subject with a parallel biographic journalistic essay in Spanish and English. The biographies explore the life-changing events of each subject, the personal mix of elements, circumstances, and values which allowed these women to set goals and objectives toward most successful careers and contributions to society. There are 72 leading women included in this collective biography and an extraordinary photographic essay offering the most incredible array of role models to inspire, guide and motivate young Latinas. This title is an important addition to reference collections and individual libraries for they are testament to the vision and values of la mujer Latina. Editor.
Alzaga, Manuel Hernandez. Rock and Roll Por Vida: Hispanics In Rock, Metal, and My Journey. Edited by Leyla Namazie
ISBN: 978-1544896984 418 pages. $24.95
Latino Collective biography book/ Hispanic & Latino book , Chicano musicology , Latinos in music book, Hispanic rock book, Latinos--Heavy metal music book, Latino Non Fiction book , Barrio life Non Fiction book
This book is published by Floricanto Press.
Rock & Roll Por Vida is about the author growing up in a poor Mexican immigrant family in Los Angeles and falling in love with hard rock and heavy metal music at a young age. The book looks at the cultural, social and religious aspects as well as the contributions Hispanics have made to the music over the years. Hard rock and heavy metal are very passionate forms of music, and Hispanics are very passionate people. Musicians interviewed for this project include current and former members of Blue Oyster Cult, Stryper, Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Dio, Whitesnake, Slaughter, Ted Nugent, Thin Lizzy, Hurricane, Armored Saint and the Randy Castillo Family. The author also intertwines his journey through life and how hard rock and heavy metal and his spirituality have helped him achieve many goals over the years.
André, María Claudia. Latina Icons: Iconos Femeninos Latinos e hispanoamericanos.. La Mujer Latina Series ISBN: 978-0-915745-85-2. $26.95
This book brings the most prominent Latina icons, popular female figures, and offers the most important clear description of the process of iconization of famous cherished Latin American women. It attempts to define and provide meaning to these notable women within the context of popular symbols and the function these women played in the construction of their individual and collective Latina identity. La Malinche, the movie actress María Félix, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, María Ilonza, Frida Khalo, Selena, Yemayá, Carmen Miranda, and Malena, the woman object of a most notable Tango, are among the figures discussed in this highly recommended book.
Esta colección de ensayos explora los procesos de representación y de iconización de algunas de las figuras femeninas más prominentes de América Latina. En ella se intenta definir qué significado tienen estas figuras dentro del contexto popular y determinar cuál es la función que desempeñan en la construcción de una identidad colectiva e individual. La Malinche, la actriz del cine María Félix, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, María Ilonza, Frida Khalo, Selena, Yamayá, Carmen Miranda, y Malena, la mujer centro del tango mas famoso escrito, son las figuras femeninas aquí discutidas extensivamente en este extraordinario libro.
Araguz, José Ángel. Everything We Think We Hear. Leyla Namazie, Editor. ISBN 978-1518644917. $9.95.
This is a joint publication of Floricanto and Berkeley Presses.
Everything We Think We Hear is a collection of prose poems and flash fictions in the tradition of the Latin American microcuento. At turns fabulistic and true to life, these short pieces tell stories about growing up in and out of South Texas and about the role family mythology has in relating to the world. Through experiences articulated via poetic prose, this collection presents Latin@ storytelling as a way to understand the universal through the personal.
What is the meaning beyond memory’s hauntings? How does one survive the multi-faceted self fashioned from such meanings? Poet José Ángel Araguz’ unflinching collection, Everything We Think We Hear, considers these questions from all angles and gives us answers as adamantine and brilliant as the prose poems he has fashioned in his questing.
Sarah Cortéz, Councilor, Texas Institute of Letters, Author of Cold Blue Steel.
Baca, Ray Michael. Brotherhood of the Light: A novel of the Penitentes and Crypto-Jews of New Mexico. 0-915745-66-6 $24.95
A novel about the un-easy and often misunderstood relationships of Crypto-Jews and Hispanos in New Mexico and their deep common roots in Spanish history--conquest and colonization--and religious faith and shared values. Brotherhood of the Light follows the lives of three men from one family who lived in different centuries but were inexorably bound by the legacy of a cross that was brought from the Old World to the New. A relic that had come to prominence at the battle for Granada, when Spain united to expel the Moors. Descendants of Sephardic Jews who fled the Inquisition in Spain, the family joined Los Hermanos Penitentes. This secretive society of lay Catholic men in Northern New Mexico, who believe in emulating Christ’s Passion, his trial, his walk, and his suffering on the cross at the end of each Lenten season, was used for a dozen generations as a shield by the family to disguise their Crypto-Jewish identity while they struggled with the legacy bestowed upon them.
Barros, Sandro R. Competing Truths in Contemporary Latin American Literature. ISBN: 978-1-888205-32-9. $26.95
The overwhelming success of the filmic adaptations of Before Night Falls by Cuban exile Reinaldo Arenas, The Virgin of the Assassins by Colombian writer Fernando Vallejo, and City of God by Brazilian author Paulo Lins attracted audiences worldwide to rediscover and rethink the content of these works as enigmatic messages of disillusionment and abjection regarding the Latin American realities they promote. The original texts' representation of sicarios, favelados, and homosexual dissidents undermines the conceptualization of the Latin American continental identity as "Other" in relation to dominant Eurocentric and North American perspectives. Competing Truths delves into the question of to what extent the fictional and autobiographical truths purported by the aforementioned bestsellers engage in the process of fixating conventional paradigms of "Third World" identity, such as poverty, violence and exclusion, as images of consumption for world audiences. Furthermore, Competing Truths examines what constitutes truth and reality from a perspective that assesses Latin American history and culture in a contest for the very meaning of the postmodern truth. Competing Truths presents a critical reflection of three of the most compelling and successful novels emerging from the Latin American literary scene at the end of the 20th century, questioning the politics behind their historical, racial, and gendered representations. Competing Truths explores the Latin American identity within a literary fictional framework and realistic social paradigms, a dichotomy that challenges the reality of identity of the social types. Lector, The Hispanic Book Review Journal.
Bender, Steven W. Comprende? The Significance of Spanish in English-Only Times. ISBN: 978-1-888205-08-4. $24.95.
Today, the contentious issue of Latino immigration has spurred backlash efforts to anoint English as the official language in federal and state government to the exclusion of Spanish and other languages, than English. Even cities have weighed in to restrict the legitimacy of Spanish in local government affairs. Last century, European immigrant groups stood accused of failing to assimilate in the American melting pot. But while European immigration has slowed, Latino immigration has surged. This steady immigration, combined with the geographical proximity that brought Latinos into the Southwest long before Anglo immigrants, assures a different cultural dynamic for Latinos than for other groups. The centuries of continued Latino occupation and then immigration have forged a unique, shared destiny between the United States and Mexico, as well as other Latin American countries.
Benforado, Sally. Bring Me More Stories: Tales of The Sephardim. ISBN: ISBN: 0915745674 $22.95
In these short tales, author Benforado weaves together the oral history of a family of Sephardic Jews, from their close knit home in Turkey to their new lives in America. They are stories of a heritage that spans the globe, of centuries-old traditions transported to a different world, and of people who held tightly to the ways of their ancestors, who, like them, left their homes to settle in a strange new land. Following their exodus from Spain in 1492, Sephardic Jews were not allowed to remain on Spanish territories in North America, such as New Mexico and Colorado. Any Sephardim who chose not to leave, had to convert to Catholicism. Many chose to emigrate and leave Spain, their ancestral land forever. The hardships faced upon leaving Spain were horrific for the Spanish Jews. Paris vividly describes the following: Although some Jews "traveled by donkey," the Jews of Spain, for the most part, literally walked out of their country. These refugees were the "scholars, the sons and daughters of families who had served their monarchs . . . shoemakers, tanners, butchers, the old, the pregnant, [and] the young." Extraordinary weather conditions, in the heat of summer, and the harshness of the land caused many to endure severe suffering. The Sephardim who had so much pride in their achievements could not believe their banishment. Traveling conditions were quite dangerous, especially in unsafe ships. Yet, many chose exile, and as Paris explains, " Those who chose exile were, for the most part, the salt-of-the-earth of Spanish Jewry: the artisans, the tradesmen, and the women—the historical carriers of religious tradition." An extraordinary civilization was lost in Iberia, probably to never again regain its glory. Bring Me More Stories stands as a living testament to a people born of their Hispanic ancestry, Jewish tradition and immigrant experience. Gloria Golden, Author of Remnants of Crypto-Jews Among Hispanic Americans.
Bernal , Martha E. and Phylis C. Martinelli. Mexican American Identity. ISBN: ISBN: 0915745674 $25.95
This book focuses on Mexican American ethnic identity, which is an important dimension of ethnicity. "Who am I?" is a basic human inquiry. Eleven essays, whose topics range from historical analysis of Mexican American identity; society's views of Mexican Americans and how these images can influence ethnic identity of Mexican American women, young children, adolescents, and discussions of the political and policy impacts of Mexican American identity in cross-cultural and American settings. Other aspects discussed are ethnicity and ethnic identity in Mexico and Mexican America; Mexican immigrant nationalism as an origin of identity for Mexican Americans; and specifies the links between ethnic identity and public policy; ethnic dimensions of gender and the dilemmas of high achieving Chicanas.
Blea, Irene I. Suzanna. Yasmeen Namazie, editor. ISBN 978-1481021524. $15.95.
At the time when young girls quickly grew up to become old women, young Suzanna was raised by her grandparents. They received a letter from Don Felipe Montoya asking for the child’s hand in marriage. Don Felipe, who was old enough to be her father agrees to the abuelito’s condition that he delays the wedding until she becomes a woman, or until her thirteenth birthday, which ever comes first. When the time came, the wedding took place in the northern New Mexico village church on a weekday with only the abuelitos in attendance. Thus, Suzanna became isolated on Don Felipe’s deteriorating prairie-ranch with her home-made rag doll, Cleotilda as her only friend. In two years Suzanna gives birth to two sons. The remoteness of the ranch is made worse by drought, failing live stock, Don Felipe’s silence, sternness, and sexual appetite. Economic hardship forces Felipe to seek work elsewhere. During his two-year absence, Suzanna successfully tends the farm, bonds with the two boys and wishes her husband never returns. He arrives to announce they are moving. Suzanna does not want to move, ensuing a conflict permeated by gender and cultural clashes, inequality, violence and asymmetry. Suzanna toughens her emotional self, and uses her wits to resolve an untenable situation.
Dr. Irene I. Blea, the former Chairperson of the Department of Mexican American Studies at California State University-Los Angeles, is a native New Mexican born on top and the backside of a mountain. She has written of over thirty articles and seven text-books with an emphasis on Chicanos, Latinos and women. Her latest book is The Feminization of Racism: Promoting Peace in America. Her work has been referenced by researchers and used as required university classroom reading. She is an award winning scholar, a poet and a public speaker on racism and gender relations.
“Suzanna was born in northeastern New Mexico before the territory became a state. The last child of a large Hispanic family she was raised by her grandparents because her parents feared they could not afford to rear her. She was much loved in her young life, and much used and abused. As she matured, she faced prospects she could not bear. Irene Blea, a native of Northern New Mexico, and a Ph. D. in Sociology, has the writing talent to tell Suzanna’s story in a most engaging way, and she leaves the reader wanting more. Suzanne is a truly outstanding first novel.” —Don Bullis, Award-winning author-Historian
“Southwest literature has a powerful voice in Irene I. Blea. Her characters and story capture the soul of New Mexico. Blea’s riveting story goes to the heart of Hispanic family life in territorial New Mexico, where children are passed on to richer relatives, marriages are arranged at puberty, and the spirit world mixes with daily life.” —Rob Spiegel is the author of five non-fiction books and former President of the Southwest Writers.
“A well written coming of age story of a young Spanish girl tossed into marital domesticity by her grandparents. It is filled with vividly captivating details that just entices you to read on.” —Sandra C. López, Author of Esperanza: A Latina Story.
Bloomfield, Gary L. I Will Be An American . . . Someday Soon: The Questions & Answers to the Citizenship Test. ISBN: 978-1481012690 $10.00
This is a publication of Floricanto Press. Gary Bloomfield’s earliest memories are of growing up in La Rochelle, France. His father was an American soldier who only spoke English. His mother was Japanese, born in Canada and she spoke Japanese, English and French. Gary’s nanny was French who didn’t speak English, and so Gary’s first language was kiddie French. Then in the mid-1950s, France’s President Charles De Gaulle ordered all American troops out of the country, and suddenly Gary and his family felt like refugees, returning to the United States, temporarily living near his grandparents in Michigan. By then he was old enough to go to elementary school, but he couldn’t speak English, so the teachers put him in a special education class, for slow learners. It took a few years, but eventually he learned English. His dad was sent to Colorado, and while they lived there, Gary’s mom was studying to take the American citizenship test. Gary would ask her questions and together they learned about American history, and how democracy works. Gary learned all of the state capitals and most of the Presidents. With his father in the Army, Gary would live in Michigan again, then Missouri and Germany, where he met his future wife, Anita, who was born in Germany, and she too would also one day become an American citizen. Two years after he graduated from high school, Gary joined the Army and was stationed in Korea, where he taught English to orphan school children, and Korean soldiers. He would return to Korea three years later, and again teach English to Korean college students, and Army soldiers. As often as possible he continued to meet with the orphan children he’d met during his first tour in Korea. Many of those children who he fondly remembers, eventually came to America and became U.S. citizens. When he returned to the United States, Gary volunteered as a tutor with Laubach Literacy, specializing in foreigners who wanted to improve on the English they learned in school, in their homelands. As they became more proficient with English, several of them wanted to become American citizens, so Gary continued tutoring them. He also simplified the citizenship questions and began writing this book, I Will be an American . . . Someday Soon. That title comes from a promise one of his students made. In fact, a year later, she did become an American.
Bustamante Bermúdez, Gerardo . Sobre tus ojos dormidos . . . Artículos críticos sobre la obra de Elías Nandino. On your sleeping eyes . . . Critical articles on the work of Elías Nandino. ISBN: 978-1888205-33-6 . $28.95.
Este libro descubre varias facetas no estudiadas sobre la obra del poeta Elías Nandino, considerado por algunos como el “último de los Contemporáneos”. Se trata del primer libro colectivo que relee la obra del poeta mexicano. Sobre tus ojos dormidos . . . Artículos críticos sobre la obra de Elías Nandino es una referencia obligada para los estudiosos de la obra del poeta, pues se trata de rigurosos estudios que nos permitirán estudiar la obra del vate coculense a la luz de otras voces literarias de su época: Xavier Villaurrutia, Salvador Novo, Jorge Cuestas, Gilberto Owen, Bernardo Ortiz de Montellano, entre otros exponentes de la lírica mexicana del siglo XX.
Este libro remoza la lectura del poeta, médico, promotor cultural e intelectual jalisciense destacado que había sido olvidado por la crítica literaria. Gerardo Bustamante Bermúdez. Crítico y especialista en la obra de Elías Nandino; estudioso de la narrativa mexicana contemporánea. Es autor de varios artículos y estudios sobre escritores: Rosario Castellanos, Elena Garro, Cristina Rivera Garza, Amparo Dávila, Helena Paz Garro, Carlos Fuentes, Reinaldo Arenas, Enrique Serna, entre otros. Es compilador del libro De dolores y placeres. Entrevistas con Elías Nandino entre 1954-1993, UACM-Secretaría de Cultura del Gobierno del Distrito Federal, 2009.
Sus líneas de investigación son los textos autobiográficos de escritores mexicanos del siglo XX, así como los estudios sobre masculinidades aplicados a la literatura. Su tesis doctoral versa sobre el proyecto autobiográfico de Elías Nandino. Actualmente prepara un libro sobre la obra ensayística de este autor.
Elías Nandino nació en Cocula, Jalisco en 1900 y murió en 1993 en la ciudad de Guadalajara. Fue poeta y médico, de ahí que su poesía tenga siempre un dilema sobre los asuntos de la vida y la muerte. Fue autor de más de veinte libros de poesía en los que trabajó temas como la muerte, la vida, el homoerotismo, la duda sobre Dios y la fe. El poeta de la vida, el amor, la muerte y el sexo gozoso es estudiado a profundidad a través de los textos que aquí se recopilan.
Nandino fue una pieza clave en el mundo intelectual mexicano del siglo pasado; apoyó a los jóvenes escritores de ese momento a través de su revista Estaciones y de otras publicaciones periódicas de México. This book uncovers various aspects previously unstudied about the work of the poet Elías Nandino, considered by some to be the “last of the Contemporáneos.”
It is the first book to re-read the work of the Mexican poet. On your sleeping eyes . . . Critical articles on the work of Elías Nandino is a necessary reference for students of the poet’s work. It includes rigorous research that allows us to study the work of the poet from Cocula in light of other literary voices from his time: Xavier Villaurrutia, Salvador Novo, Jorge Cuesta, Gilberto Owen, Bernardo Ortiz de Montellano and other exponents of Mexican lyricism of the Twentieth Century. This book takes a whole new look at reading the poet, physician, cultural promoter and intellectual from Jalisco who had previously been forgotten by literary critics.
Cabello-Argandoña, Roberto. Cinco De Mayo: A comprehensive Illustrated History. ISBN 978-1483923970. $20.95.
"The somber reality of foreign naval invasion of Mexico by three major world powers, Spain, Britain and France constituted the prelude to the Battle of Cinco de Mayo. Spain was the first country to have the troops ready for the invasion of Mexico. General Serrano, Commanding General of Cuba, then still a Spanish possession, prepared three army divisions, who were shipped in 13 frigates and supported by 13 transport ships, all under the command of Marine Commanding General Joaquín Gutiérrez de Ruvalcaba. The Spanish troops occupied the castle of San Juan de Ultia and the Port of Veracruz on December 17, 1861. Great Britain sent a naval infantry detachment of 700 soldiers and occupied the ports of Veracruz and Tampico on January 6, 1862. On January 8, a French infantry regiment arrived comprised of nine companies, including cavalry, artillery, experienced African Zouaves, and African Escorts (Cazadores). This setting was the beginning of the conflict which led to the Battle of Puebla on Cinco de Mayo, 1862. The author provides a most detailed account of the forces and activities of the French and Mexican sides, during the last three days before, the day of and the day after the battle itself. Examines also the inspiring history of a triumphant Chicano general, Ignacio Zaragoza, (1829-1862), born in a period of international conflicts and forced to flee from his home as a youth because of the American settler's revolt in Texas in 1836. It includes nine patriotic poems (Spanish-English parallel text) written in California between 1864 and 1865 commemorating CINCO DE MAYO and published for the first time in monographic form. Unquestionably, this is the definitive history book on The Battle of Puebla on the Cinco de Mayo, 1862. "This is an amazingly interesting work of historical narrative on Cinco de Mayo dating from 1861, California 1864-1865, and its geopolitical ramifications; ably introduced with a compilation of illustrations from the period." Dr. Namazie
Cabranes-Grant, Leo. Chat Room & other Latino Plays. ISBN: 978-0-9796457-5-4. $22.95.
"It gives me great pleasure to introduce Floricanto's New Series: Latino GLBT works. In this edition, we have "The Chat Room and Other Latino Plays" which explores the complexities of Latino gay life through characters and events that challenge our expectations in both funny and disturbing ways. Several closeted men meet in a public space to flirt with each other, but end up discussing the joys and pains of fatherhood. A bisexual man surprises his gay partner with an unusual birthday gift: a Puerto Rican. A Latino-Rican decides to pursue a chat room date with a mysterious man that slowly takes over his apartment and even brings a woman in. All three plays are an invitation to revise our values and to experiment with new identities. " Carlos T Mock, MD
Cabrera Funes, Vicente. Dónde más si no en el Paraíso. ISBN: 978-1-888205-11-4. $23.95.
Vicente Cabrera Funes´s latest work of fiction, Dónde más si no en el Paraíso, consists of two novellas, Dalia and Suana en el Paraíso. A major theme of the two is the clash of cultures, expertly portrayed by the author who himself was born in Latin America and has resided in the United States (el Paraíso) for many years. Cabrera's novellas will challenge his readers to discover the underlying irony and tragedy his characters encounter as they struggle to survive in a racially divided, violent and unjust "paradise." George R. McMurray Professor Emeritus Colorado State University
Camacho Segura, Julián. Chalino: A Chronicle Play of Fulgor and Death=Una Crónica Teatral de Fulgor y Muerte. ISBN 978-1481022002. $22.95.
With “Chalino,” Julian Camacho writes about a raw, unflinching Mexican icon with an unapologetic honesty only he can provide. He excels at bringing this story to larger than life tale because he possesses one of the most experienced voices among his contemporaries.” Oscar Barajas, Author, “True Tales from the Wireless Clothesline.” Rosalino “Chalino” Sánchez was a Mexican immigrant from the Mexican state of Sinaloa who came to the US in search of opportunity. In his pursuit of perseverance his gift and talent for writing corridos for the common working class man initiated a world wind phenomena that appealed to Mexican-American youth in Los Angeles, California. Chalino’s corridos provided a cultural medium in which Chicanos identified with their own roots. Chalino’s contribution to the musical genre of corridos bridged Mexican immigrant music of the Mexican corrido with Mexican-American youth; Chalino’s corridos and music have forever changed the social fabric of Chicanos in the music scene in Los Angeles. His music helped many Chicanos have a cultural reaffirmation of who they are, allowing Mexican youth in Los Angeles to immerse more deeply into their own Mexican Norteño culture. Chalino’s unique singing style turned him into a legend that many have tried to imitate, but there will never be another man like him. Chalino defied the odds and became successful starting his own legacy as the king of corridos. Through his art form Chalino left behind his fame and a corrido legacy that was materialized and created in el rancho de Los Angeles, California.” Marcos A. Ramos, University of California, Berkeley. “In the vacuum of Mexican American leadership because of accommodation or negotiation, Chalino emerged as that cultural icon very much needed at a time that Mexicans suffered the single largest decline of income since the great depression of any group in the US from 1989-92. When hope was lost, and I lived through the LA Riots in front of my house in Lennox Chalino was that inspiration so much needed at that time. Prayer, employment, and government assistance had all failed to make my heart happy, and even though Chalinos’ music did not fill my hunger, it satisfied my heart at a time it needed nourishment.” Ricardo Camacho, A Chalino Fan!
Camacho-Segura, Julián. Huevos y la Mujer Latina: The De-masculinization of the Macho. ISBN: 978-0-9796457-4-7 $19.95.
Huevos is a politically incorrect articulation of the plight of Latino men in this era of so called gender equity and diversity. The author contends that while White women have made progress, Latinos, particularly Mexican men, have been entirely ignored; they have become the epitome of the poor working class. Ambitious and upward mobile Latinas often look down upon Latinos, and particularly Mexican males' lackluster economic success, preferring other males. Latino males have been left out of any gender or racial discussion, yet suffer the negative highs and negative low of social conditions: Latino men have the highest work related injuries and death rates, high incarceration rates, the highest poverty even though they have the highest labor participation rates and high school dropout rates. On the lows, Latino men have the shortest life span, lowest college attendance and low high-school graduation rates and lowest income derived from full-time work. The Latino male have become the Sisyphus's of America condemned to low wages by globalization, to ignorance by mediocre, highly-politicized-unionized low-performing teachers and schools, and destined to be marginalized of any equity-political-solution. The progress of White women has maintained White power by driving the diversity dialog, praxis, and remedy away from Latino males--the working, and uneducated poor. As Latino men have been relegated to a caste style social gender structure--the hard working indigent--Latinas have been blinded into believing that feminism and Chicanisma are positive, weakening Latino traditional social fabric and support system, while simultaneously ignoring the societal divide distressing Latinos, and especially Mexican males. Blacks counted with and had the strong support of their women to fight for equality in the 1960s. Latino men, instead have no partners in this struggle. Latinas want their "freedom" away from the men, home and culture.
"Huevos! Ya era hora! In an era of such political correctness, the timing couldn't be better. Once again Julián Camacho tackles the issues that are relevant in this truly academic discipline of Latino Studies." John J. Morales Jr. Chair and Professor of Chicano Studies, L.A. Mission College
"Julián Camacho's work is thought provoking and it is bound to create deep conversations and debate. Thank you for addressing the real challenges Mexican man face everyday in US society." Marcos Ramos, College of Letters and Science. University of California, Berkeley
"An exciting and enthralling design to educate the body and stimulate the mind. Destined to be one of the most discussed books in 2007!" Oscar Barajas, Author of soon to be realized book "Tales From The Wireless Clothesline."
Campanioni, Chris. Once in a Lifetime. ISBN 13: 978-1-888205-54-1. $11.95 Fifty poems and one day provide the footage for Fifty poems and one day provide the footage for Chris Campanioni’s Once in a Lifetime (a film in four acts). But even time gradually dissolves in this coming-of-age drama interlaced with pop music, the age of Internet and status updates, cinema and celebrity, memories of Cuba and Poland, and the passage to the United States. Runtime: 24 hours.
“Incredible stuff here, truly. If readers looked no further than the wordplay and love of language and rhythm, they’d be delighted. But there is so much going on below the surface, which I guess is also one of the author’s many points. Visceral and moving.” — Across the Margin. “I love Campanioni’s poetry . . . reminiscent of the leading Chicano poet Luis Omar Salinas. Cheekiness and delicateness all in one.” — Rosebud Magazine. “In his follow-up to the award-winning In Conversation, Campanioni doesn’t just re-invent form, he tries to re-create language via a collision of cultures and pop referents. He doesn’t rely on his formal tricks and the result is a poignancy and intimacy we haven’t seen before. Once in a Lifetime is equal parts cut-up and confessional.” — Giancarlo Lombardi, Professor of Italian and Comparative. Literature, College of Staten Island & Graduate Center/CUNY.
Campanioni, Chris. Once in a Lifetime. ISBN 13: 978-1-888205-54-1. $11.95
Fifty poems and one day provide the footage for Fifty poems and one day provide the footage for Chris Campanioni’s Once in a Lifetime (a film in four acts). But even time gradually dissolves in this coming-of-age drama interlaced with pop music, the age of Internet and status updates, cinema and celebrity, memories of Cuba and Poland, and the passage to the United States. Runtime: 24 hours.
“Incredible stuff here, truly. If readers looked no further than the wordplay and love of language and rhythm, they’d be delighted. But there is so much going on below the surface, which I guess is also one of the author’s many points. Visceral and moving.” — Across the Margin.
“I love Campanioni’s poetry . . . reminiscent of the leading Chicano poet Luis Omar Salinas. Cheekiness and delicateness all in one.” — Rosebud Magazine.
“In his follow-up to the award-winning In Conversation, Campanioni doesn’t just re-invent form, he tries to re-create language via a collision of cultures and pop referents. He doesn’t rely on his formal tricks and the result is a poignancy and intimacy we haven’t seen before. Once in a Lifetime is equal parts cut-up and confessional.” — Giancarlo Lombardi, Professor of Italian and Comparative. Literature, College of Staten Island & Graduate Center/CUNY.
Cancino, Jorge. La revelación del Tercer Secreto de Fátima. ISBN: 978-1-888205-39-8. $22.95.
Este libro-reportaje sobre la vida de Miguel Ángel Poblete o Karole Romanov, y las apariciones de la Virgen María en Chile, es único. Revela parte de uno de los grandes misterios registrado durante la dictatura de Augusto Pinochet –el milagro del sol, fenómeno sobrenatural idéntico al registrado en Portugal el 13 de octubre de 1917- y que hizo temblar a El Vaticano durante el reinado del Papa Juan Pablo II con ‘La revelación del Tercer Secreto de Fátima’. La jerarquía de la Iglesia Católica chilena nunca aceptó como verdadera la aparición, la tildó de escandalosa y atribuyó la autoría a su principal enemigo, el Diablo.
En cambio la Santa Sede, empleando mesura y diplomacia, respondió con un silencio activo. El entonces Joseph Ratzinger, cardenal Prefecto de la Sagrada Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, autorizó la celebración de misas en el lugar de las visitas, permiso que no retiró en abril de 2005 cuando fue electo Papa y adoptó el nombre de Benedicto XVI. Mientras era espiada por el temido servicio secreto de Pinochet, la CIA, el M15, el Mosad y el KGB enviaron a sus mejores agentes para reunir evidencias. Fue entonces cuando obispos y teólogos acusaron a Pinochet de fabricar la aparición con la ayuda de extranjeros para distraer la atención del pueblo de las atrocidades de su régimen. El gobierno respondió diciendo que obispos comunistas habían creado un invento místico para convocar al pueblo y comenzar una revuelta. Las acusaciones se mantienen.
Canul, Rafael D., Ph.D. Mexican Illegal Aliens: A Mexican American Perspective. ISBN: 0-915745-62-3. $22.95.
Professor Canul, in this substantial, well-documented and impressive socio-political and economic analysis, focuses on the difficult and challenging motives and experiences of Mexicans illegals who have settled in the U.S. since 1920’s. He illustrates how, despite racial conflicts, the controversial influx of Mexicans have adapted and contributed to American society. His rich layers of personalized data yield portraits ranging from those who cross the borders through the desert or not infrequently hidden in cars. He describes a rail-road like protection often extended to the border-crossers by the established Mexican American community, who witnesses with pain, empathy, and disgust their mistreatment and exploitation. He provides a unique Mexican American perspective on this controversial issue of illegal immigration. Furthermore, he concludes with a forceful argument that, despite rising nativism ignited by illegal migrants, they are indispensable for many sectors of the U.S. economy.
Cárdenas, Adolfo Butch. Por la Calle North Claremont: Beto Stories. Edited by Yasmeen Namazie and Genevieve Miller. ISBN 978-1481182911. $22.95.
In a world of literacy education where Hispanic literature is still a rarity, Por la Calle North Claremont: Beto Stories are a gem in that it will provide students with the confidence to see the importance of their own childhood experiences. Students can read this book knowing that Hispanic literature does not have to portray children in worlds of poverty with barrios full of unloving parents, racial turmoil, rampant crime, dog-eat-dog politics, and other hopeless situations. The author provides children with the hope of living a life with the same good natured character Beto encourages, and he also gives voice to those of us who grew up in happy homes, with loving parents and good friends. Of course, the book is true to reality in that Beto does experience the usual turmoil many children face such as not always getting everything he wants, stressful school relations, family disputes and corporal punishment. Yet, Beto ends up okay with the help of those who at times drive him crazy, yet love him always—his friends and family. The book’s ending will also leave students wondering what happens next to Beto as he grows into a fine young man, always honest, loyal, responsible, and fun-loving.
Caseros Sánchez, José. Ventas al por mayor: Una cuestión de confianza. ISBN-13: 978-1539859239. $23.95
Spanish Fiction---Social Life and customs, Spanish literature, Hispanics Family life, Hispanic Social life and customs, Fiction / Hispanic & Latino, Hispanic Fiction---Business and economics
This book is published by Floricanto Press.
La vida de Luis Alonso parece idílica, a ojos de muchos. Directivo de una importante compañía, ha logrado casi todo cuanto se ha propuesto en su existencia; un cargo bien remunerado, varios inmuebles, coches, prestigio profesional . . . Incluso está casado con una mujer preciosa, y tiene dos hijos. Aparentemente, sus expectativas se han cumplido, después de tantos años de duro esfuerzo, trabajando como vendedor y gerente. Sin embargo, algo se le opone. Ambicioso por naturaleza, siempre ha codiciado el puesto que su jefe y amigo, Álvaro Reva, ha ocupado desde que lo conoció con sinceridad. La presidencia del consejo de administración de la empresa. Un cargo de difícil acceso, que, sin embargo, se le abre, aparentemente, el día que su colega le hace una oferta, difícil de explicar.
Inmersos como están ambos, en las negociaciones que se suceden entre su equipo, y el de una compañía oriental, a la cual han realizado una oferta de adquisición de activos, Reva propone a su consejero preferido que viaje al oriente, con el objetivo de convencer a la administración del país en el cual se sitúa la sede de su nuevo socio, de la bondad, y viabilidad del proyecto, que ambos parecen estar, a punto de concluir.
Castillo, Adelaida R. Del, Editor. Between Borders: Essays On Mexicana/Chicana History. ISBN 0915745186. 560 pgs. Includes biblio $38.95.
The most comprehensive and complete original history of U.S. Latinas of Mexican descent written by an outstanding team of Mexican and U.S. scholars and based on copious documentary sources from both countries. Between Borders has been hailed by the scholarly review media as "the most important piece of original research on Mexicana/ Chicana ever published." This collection of essays is a smashing success in terms of organization, presentation, significance of content, and theoretical approach. The essays reflect the maturation of the field in the 1980's.
Castillo, Rafael. Aurora. ISBN 978-1888205-30-5. $19.95.
These eleven tightly-packed short stories, often allegorical yet visceral, range from the phantasmagorical "Aurora", whose misdeed has condemned her to a cyclical river of Eternal Return, to the agnostic Tomas and faithful Pedro in the theological "Penitent of Guadalupe Street", where truth is an enigma wrapped in a metaphor. In another story, a bellicose dwarf is murdered and the story is told from shifting points of view. In "Dwarfs and Penitents," an angry jilted husband searches the cobblestone streets of Prague in search of vengeance, while in "The Sands of Dhahran," a middle-age soldier battles his demons during Operation Desert Storm. In these luminous stories, Castillo give us penitents, dwarfs, lost youth, WWII vets, pachucos, doppelgangers, and memorable others populating the American literary landscape.
Chaves, Emma.Tales from Alturas: The Puerto Rican Mystique. ISBN: 978-1888205558. $22.95.
The feisty mountain people of Alturas, in the Cordillera Central of Puerto Rico, scratch and claw to survive in their beloved but devastated patch of God-given earth. During the early 20th century one calamity after another has caused hunger and misery to hover over this beautiful Island and its amazingly resilient people. The colorful characters depicted in these compelling and unforgettable tales seek happiness by spreading rumors, creating tales, accessing the spirit world, even seeing the sudden apparition of a loved one. Somehow, they must pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and continue to trudge forward with dreams and hope. “Without dreams,” Lola tells her daughter, “it’s impossible to live.” The author has created a unique world in which universal themes, such as romance, love and loss, love for one’s family and for one’s homeland are pursued, as well as themes more specific to some groups than to others, such as machismo and discrimination.
Emma Chaves’s Tales from Alturas masterfully tackles issues that often plagues certain families, such as adultery, abortion, marital rape—which often is legal in the Hispanic world—and the sexual conundrums of marital life. She examines also machismo and attempted homicide by enraged people, who lose control of themselves. On the other hand, the soul of a novel is in its characters, in “Angélica de los Santos,” she is a likable woman who bears children yearly, not uncommon in the Hispanic world. We feel compassion for a woman, in “Brunilda,” saddled with the responsibility of caring of a retarded aunt. In “Lola the Widow Goes to Court,” Chaves relates the story of a gutsy woman meeting the challenge of two brothers in court. Emma Chaves narrative and realistic descriptions of the various imaginary Puerto Rican villages and unique characters resembles the writing of Benito Pérez Galdós, particularly in Fortunata y Jacinta, and similar to the approaches of Dickens and the French Realist novelists such as Balzac, as well. George Hoffman, Book Reviewer, Lector
Chew, Selfa. Silent Herons. Toshiya Kamei, translator. Yasmeen Namazie, editor. ISBN 978-1888205442. $24.95.
On December 7, 1941, a Japanese suicide squadron attacked Pearl Harbor, marking the beginning of the Pacific War against Japan in all fronts. After this event, the U.S. and its military engaged in an unforgiving and furious campaign against Japan, which reached Mexico and hundreds of Mexican citizens. This offensive took place gradually and systematically in the Mexican Republic. Japanese immigrants—and their (Mexican) descendants in Mexico—suffered, as in the United States, the consequences of World War II in various ignominious ways: some families were sent to concentration camps in Mexico City and Guadalajara, while others were destroyed by the selective detention of hundreds of men in the Perote Prison, the forced sale of their property, and deportation. This book gives a partial account of the history and reprehensible treatment of the Japanese-Mexican community during World War II in Mexico. The task of narrating this story is so complex that it is necessary to incorporate interviews, legal documents, police reports, memoirs, poems, and short stories. All names have been changed, and while some situations are fictional, others are told in the first person by those affected to give the reader a human dimension.
The documents that served as the basis for this book can be found at the General Archives of the Nation of Mexico and the National Archives of the United States. However, oral histories are the cornerstone of this text. This story is also the work of Fidelia Takaki de Noriega, Eva Watanabe Matsuo, Rodolfo Nakamura Ortiz, the Tanaka Otsuko family, Raúl Hiromoto Yoshino, María Fujigaki Lechuga, and Susana Kobashi Sánchez, as well as the officials of various government departments who wrote the reports, memos, and certificates that appear in this volume.
“A moving story inserted with primary documents that challenge the official discourse through a chorus of voices that interweave in the life and death of the Japanese-Mexican community, especially its women. Images, poetry, and words disseminate a unique story.” –Lourdes Vázquez, author of Not Myself Without You
"In Silent Herons, Selfa Chew offers us a beautiful, polyphonic testimony, and strikes a balance, thanks to her art, among her own invention, documents, and oral histories. Based on true events, but it doesn't allow itself to be overwhelmed by them, nor does it seek to be a mere reconstruction of the past. The materials have been placed in their places: they are seamlessly intertwined." –Daniel Orizaga, author of Minuta: ensayos sobre literatura
"Selfa Chew searches holiday resorts that were jails for the remains of reality. Silent Herons is a complex work for its literary originality expressed in artistic form and language, and for the weight of events of more than fifty years ago that have rarely been examined." –Minerva Laveaga, executive director of BorderSenses
"Selfa Chew discovers and disseminates the history of the Japanese-Mexican community that has been erased from national historiography in order to fill the empty spaces of our history and reveal the partiality of hegemonic discourses and artifices." –Guadalupe Pérez-Anzaldo, University of Missouri .
Concepción, Leslie. A Most Memorable Quinceañera. Una Quinceañera Muy Memorable. ISBN: 978-1494253776 $14.95
This is a publication of Floricanto Press. “Saying goodbye to childhood is never easy.” The magical day, when a girl can play out her own fairytale fantasy and be a princess for a day, is her Quinceañera, and for Mimi that day has finally arrived. But instead of the excitement and jubilation she is expected to feel, all she can summon is uneasy dread and anxiety about what this day means. Her parents have been planning this event her whole life and Mimi is filled with the weight of their expectations, to act like a proper lady and know what to do. She doesn't know what to do and can’t comprehend how an archaic ceremony can change the way people see her, and how she could be a woman just because the calendar marks her a day older. Mimi doesn’t want people to treat her differently and no amount of rehearsing can mask the insecurities she feels. To make matters worse her cousin, Lala, picks the day of Mimi's Quinceañera to reveal she is pregnant, and it's only been a year after her very own Quinceañera. Mimi is distraught and believes that is what happens when parents, family, and society, rush a girl into womanhood. This is all the more reason for Mimi not to accept the tradition of publically becoming a woman. This is a coming of age story about two cousins, who are the best of friends. While her cousin, Lala is thrilled to enter womanhood, Mimi is not so enthusiastic and doesn’t feel she is ready for all the social responsibilities that come along with being a woman. The girls will learn to stick together and that the bond between family is stronger than any rite of passage. A very elaborate descriptive and story about the conflicts and tribulations in a young girls’ life as she enters womanhood. Everyone needs a Tia Emmi in their life. By Judy Paneto-Roman
Great book about the the Quinceañera culture. As a mom of a soon to be teenager, I will pass down this book to my daughter so that she can learn about the culture and the importance of family. Jessica Cortez
A most memorable story I was quickly captivated by this story, as I can certainly relate to all the drama and prepping that goes into planning "Sweet 15" Quinceañera it's something we all look forward to when coming of age, Leslie's story is definitely something I would hand my daughter prior to her Quinceañera. Veronica Paneto
Mimi’s character transported me back to a time in my life where I was caught between innocence and the impending “Real” world. Her struggle is personal and heartwarmingly portrayed and I was easily wrapped up in the story. Deborah Rosa, MA
A Most Memorable Quinceañera, is a wonderfully human and culturally sensitive story about a Latina girl's passage from childhood to womanhood. Mrs. Concepcion captures all the fears and apprehensions of this passage from a young person's point of view and allows her characters to make mistakes and misjudgments along the way. The author's interweaving of the Quinceañera ceremony makes for a fascinating exploration of growing up. In the end, the greatest discovery is that no one has to fear the future if there is love and support around you. Gayle S. Hoffman, MSW, ACSW.
Contreras, Raoul Lowery. The Illegal Alien: A Dagger into the Heart of America?? ISBN: 0-915745-61-5. $22.95.
Illegal Alien is the most reasoned analysis to date of illegal immigration, the most controversial issue facing America, and its growing impact on the American economy and way of life. Mr. Contreras makes a historical comparison of immigration and a well-documented scrutiny of the vocal opinions of well-known anti-immigrant spoke-persons as well as those who seek unrestricted openness of our borders.
"With impeccable logic, Raoul Lowery Contreras demolishes the drivel emanating from anti-immigration fanatics - the "knuckle-dragging element within the Republican Party," as he puts it. Yet he is clear-eyed enough to also take on the "professional plantationeers" of the radical Chicano movement and their liberal sponsors on America's campuses and at activist "minority" groups.
Contreras, Raoul Lowery. The Mexican Border: Immigration, War and a Trillion Dollars in Trade. Edited by Leyla Namazie and Roberto Cabello-Argandoña. ISBN-13: 978-1537418513. 342 pages. $23.95
U.S.-Mexico Trade and immigration; Mexican immigration, U.S.-Mexico Border Trade
This book is published by Floricanto Press.
Next door neighbor Mexico, Mexicans, trillions of dollars in commerce all became issues in the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign… Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump attacked Mexico, Mexicans, and trade with Mexico. Trump declared Mexico is stealing American companies, stealing American jobs. The Mexican government he says is “forcing” criminals across the border to become America’s problem. Mexicans immigrants are criminals and rapists he says, though “some” Mexicans are “good people.” He promised to build a “great wall” on the Mexican border to keep people and drugs out…he would have Mexico “pay” for the wall. Essentially, Donald J. Trump declared “war” on Mexico, its government, its 122 million people, the forty million Americans of Mexican origin and iconic American companies like Ford, etc.
Former Mexican citizens, Americans by 1848 treaty were critical to the United States victory in the American Civil War in the West. South of the border Mexicans helped Abraham Lincoln by defeating an invading French Army intent on supplying the Confederacy with arms. The Mexican victory on the 5th of May, Cinco de Mayo, was critical to the United States victory over the Confederacy.
Contreras, Raoul Lowery. Murder in the Mountains. War Crime in Khojaly and the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict. ISBN-13: 9781888205640. $23.95
An internationally-known, Latino reporter investigates the Khojaly Massacres.
Dalton, James R. Loneliness of the Soul. Edited by Leyla Namazie and Kurt S. Maier. ISBN-13: 978-1888205688
Latin America--Fiction--Social Life and customs
Bankruptcy, poverty, exploitation. child cruelty, ingratitude. Sounds familiar? This novel has it all.
Stella Bernal grows up on a farm in Colombia, South America. She survives by her wits and petty crime. No work is too hard for her. Injustice makes her bitter but she never loses hope. She is determined to overcome all obstacles so she can buy the palatial home of the president for her parents. From early in life she is determined to get ahead.
Stella cleans houses in Miami and works four jobs in Manhattan. She is exploited and abandoned by men and her own family. But she always picks herself up until her promise comes true.
Datsko de Sánchez, Tina. Translated with commentary by José Sánchez-H., Prologue by Edward James Olmos. The Delirium of Simon Bolivar. El delirio de Simón Bolívar. ISBN 978-1888205343. $25.95.
This is a joint Spanish/English bilingual publication of Floricanto Press and Berkeley Press. INTERNATIONAL PRAISE FOR THE DELIRIUM OF SIMON BOLIVAR “Beautifully exploring the theme that ‘only those who see the invisible can do the impossible,’ this exciting, lucid, and often heartbreaking collection of poems tracks the life and consciousness of the great Liberator Simon Bolivar. There are poems that tell us how he was loved, what freedom means in today’s Latin America, how he felt as he contemplated death and exile, and much, much more. Looking at this towering figure from countless separate angles and through countless lenses, we begin to understand the man who sought ‘to challenge/ like Don Quixote/ what all believe they see.’ A must read.” —José Rivera Academy Award® nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay (The Motorcycle Diaries)
“An important topic, never before so deeply explored in poetry.” —Jorge Ruiz Bolivian pioneer filmmaker and winner of the Smithsonian’s James Smithson Bicentennial Medal (Come Back, Sebastiana)
“Tina Datsko de Sánchez’s book, The Delirium of Simón Bolívar, seems to me an important work. Her desire to make known in the USA an historical figure so extraordinary, courageous and lucid is an admirable goal. It reveals the degree of Tina’s spirituality, which moves her to bring back a lost but necessary memory and share with her compatriots the presence of a human being of absolute greatness as was Simón Bolívar. Her verses struck me as very beautiful, with a notable capacity of synthesis, and holders of the undeniable emotion of doing something for all.” —Jorge Sanjines Cannes Film Festival Winner of the Great Young Directors Award (That’s the Way It Is)
“The Delirium of Simón Bolívar brings to life, through inspired poetry, a life that should be known by all.” —Ligiah Villalobos Writer/Producer and winner of the Estela Award (Under the Same Moon)
“Every verse is music, philosophy, pure magic. Different compositions, at times, refer to the history of a true hero, the nostalgia for a “mythic time” where everything seems to have paused forever. The author also refers at times to things that can seem simple, but with the punctuality of the cruel reality of a fierce suffering, as if making it normal and part of daily life. All of that carries the reader to another dimension; her poetry in this sense might be called almost “magic.” Poems that travel across time and space, among the infinite dimensions of the universe. The metaphors that are included in the volume are also of an artistic depth without equal. The author is an architect of poetry that is sincere, authentic, and spontaneous. One might say it is poetry inspired by the instinct of the heart.” —Valentina Casagrande ARCI – FILMSTUDIO ’90 de Varese.
Dean, Jenny. Latina Filmmakers and Writers: The Notion of Chicanisma through Films and Novellas. ISBN: 978-0-9796457-1-6. $24.95.
During the Chicano Movement in the 1960s and 1970s, Chicanas helped Chicanos achieve equal rights, while at the same time suffered oppression as women wihin their own race. In the 1970s, the Chicana Feminist Movement was founded to address the specific needs of Chicanas as women of color in the United States. Chicana artists began to write and produce works in which Chicanas were given a proper name, voice, and image. Soon, Chicanisma, a sense of sisterhood and feminist discourse, emerged to confront the triple oppression of race, class, and gender.
Latina Filmmakers and Writers: The Notion of Chicanisma Through Films and Novellas examines the works of seven celebrated Latinas who collectively represent a 20-year history of Chicanisma: Chicana (a film by Sylvia Morales), Puppet: A Chicano Novella (a book by Margarita Cota-Cárdenas), La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead (a film by Lourdes Portillo and Susana Muñoz), Paletitas de Guayaba (a book by Erlinda Gonzáles-Berry), El Espejo/The Mirror (a film by Frances Salomé España) and Loving Pedro Infante (a book by Denise Chávez). These works demystify masculine power and offer realistic portrayals of Chicanas and give them a rightful name, image, and voice in American culture.
Del Oro, Donna. Operation Familia. ISBN: 978-0-915745-96-8. $24.95.
Dina Salazar likes to think she has it together. Dodging the bullet of early marriage and motherhood that every other female in her family has succumbed to, she’s her own woman. Or is she? Is she free ...or just lost? Adventurous, athletic Dina has a satisfying career and her freedom from emotional entanglements. She has it all. All except the love of her life, Rick Ramos—THE HATED ONE--who ended up marrying another woman nearly six years before. All except the closeness of her blue-collar family, who live in a Latino barrio of Salinas, ninety miles south of Silicon Valley.
All except the feeling of belonging to her cultural heritage. She speaks Spanish but who is she really? Is she a mixed mutt with an American mind and a Latino heart? “A delightful, endearing story! You can’t help but root for Dina in her journey of self-discovery.” --Brenda Novak, Nationally Best-selling Author.
“Dina is a character that many Latinos can identify with—a woman trying to weave her own place between cultures. Around Dina, Donna Del Oro has done her own weaving: a heady plot …of crime, romance, family conflict and intrigue.” Carlos Alcalá, Sacramento Bee Columnist.
How does a modern, educated Latina, disconnected from her traditional Mexican-American family, discover her true identity and "orgullo" (cultural pride)? Dina Salazar likes to think she has it together. Dodging the bullet of early marriage and motherhood that every other female in her family has succumbed to, she's her own woman. Or is she? Is she free . . . or just lost?
Dovalpage, Teresa. Habanera: A Portrait of a Cuban Family. ISBN 978-1-888205-37-4. $24.95.
Habanera is a wonderfully lively and entertaining journey, alternately humorous and wistful. By the end, you will feel as if you have traveled to one of the most exotic islands on earth, during its most surrealistic historical moment. Dovalpage is a master of quirky, loveable characters, and emotionally resonant narrative. Habanera bursts with the energetic curiosity and hopefulness of youth. Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree.
La Habanera is an irresistible, even wickedly addictive ride into dysfunction within dysfunction. Rick in wit and irony provided by Longina, a savvy young narrator coming of age in an eccentric family living in post-revolutionary Cuba, this novel delivers what Dovalpage does best: laugh-out-loud humor and deeply felt, deeply moving drama-all of it sharply spiced with bad and bawdy sandunga! Lorraine López, author of The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters, winner of the Miguel Mármol Prize for Fiction and a finalist for the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award.
Dovalpage, Teresa. Por culpa de Candela. ISBN: 978-1-888205-15-2. $24.95.
Esta colección de relatos tiene un hilo conductor y un común denominador que es Cuba. La isla ausente o presente; la isla de la que algunos quieren escapar; la isla a la que otros sueñan con regresar. En los catorce cuentos de Teresa Dovalpage hay desengaños amorosos —tarros pegados en vernáculo. Hay amistades traicionadas, abuelas desvirgadoras de mozos no muy tímidos y viejecitas al parecer ingenuas que se quitan, muertas de risas, sus máscaras de ovejas al final. Y no puede olvidarse una vena mexicana que se filtra en los textos, nutriendo con tequila y corridos a la corriente isleña. El fantasma legendario y rechoncho de José Lezama Lima asoma el tabaco en un cuento mientras que en otro, una chica golpeada aprende a defenderse a cucharazos limpios. Pero en todos campea por sus respetos el caimán caribeño de la obsesión. El humor y la fluidez, la ironía y el desenfado, pero sobre todo la inteligencia, son algunas de las armas que esgrime Teresa Dovalpage en sus cruzadas por la narrativa. La escritora se ha convertido en un Balzac de la sociedad cubana dentro y fuera de la Isla. Ella sin dudas será consultada a la hora de escribir la verdadera historia de la Cuba de hoy. Ena Columbié, Editora de Ediciones EntreRíos, Los Ángeles California.
NADIE RECREA EL HABLA HABANERA DE FORMA TAN SABROSA COMO GUILLERMO CABRERA INFANTE. NADIE. SOLO TERESA DOVALPAGE. Dr. Roberto Ampuero, PhD Department of Spanish and Portuguese The University of Iowa.
Durán, Gloria. The House in the Clouds. Edited by José Hernández and Yasmeen Namazie. ISBN 978-1888205435. $24.95.
THE HOUSE IN THE CLOUDS (Mixtlicalli in Nahuatl) is a cocktail of adventure, romance, mystery, humor, ghost story and family saga . . . The heroine and narrator is Simone Sandoval, thirty-two, witty, brave and a successful Florida businesswoman , but unlucky in love. Her problem, she thinks, is the shape of her nose.
Simone travels to Mexico to have it repaired at a famous sanitarium and carries with her, as a model, the portrait of her beautiful great-grandmother, Simone Dupont, rumored to have been a sorceress. But her official reason for the trip is to locate the old family hacienda, Mixtlicalli, partially destroyed during the Mexican Revolution. At the sanitarium Simone meets an ancient daughter of her ancestor and learns that Simone Dupont was not abducted by General Zapata as the family has maintained, but went off with him willingly. The manager of the sanitarium, Federico, with whom she falls in love, turns out to be the woman’s other great grandchild.
Another discovery is that Mixtlicalli, now reconstructed, serves as a New Age retreat specializing in rejuvenation. It is run by her own great-grandfather, Luis Sandoval, now 109 years old and kept young by his Indian lover, a witch doctor. Luis, who attempts to rape his great-granddaughter, insists that she is his dead wife to escape from the memory that he has murdered her. But Simone Dupont survives as the ghost of Mixtlicalli.
“There is so much here to love. Gloria is a talented writer. . . I adore her droll sensibility as well as her skilled combination of fairy tale, chick-lit and magical realism ( did I leave anything out”?) Sulay Hernández, Touchstone publishers (Simon and Schuster).
“I was genuinely engaged with (her) clear writing style, (her) rambunctious heroine and the intriguing historical mystery.” Sherwin Nuland, surgeon, author of How we Die, The Wisdom of the Body, The Art of Aging, Lost in America, etc.
Gloria Durán’s three earlier novels have received wide acclaim. Malinche, Slave Princess of Cortez, won first prize in 1996 from the National League of American Pen Women. Maria de Estrada, Gypsy Conquistadora, published in both English and Spanish won another first prize given by the Latino Book Summit in 2000 -- which honored her with a Latino Literary Hall of Fame award. Her “Catalina, mi padre,” published by Planeta in Mexico has received enthusiastsic reviews and will be republished shortly in English by Floricanto Press. She has won numerous prizes for short stories and has published two books of literary criticism and over twenty articles in literary journals. Durán has also received many other awards and honors. In l987 she was made an honorary Puerto Rican in order to deliver a paper at the plenary session of the International Pen Congress in San Juan. Her work has been published in Spain, Holland, and Great Britain as well as in Mexico and the U.S.
Elizondo, Ricardo. Seventy Times Seven. Geoff Hargreaves, Translator. ISBN: 978-1482319231. $22.95.
“Why hurry to give a welcome to grief?” asks Carolina. In the 1880’s a Mexican family splits in two; Carolina remains in rural Mexico, while her two brothers head north to what will become urban Texas. Still connected but ever more separate, the three siblings pass through triumph and tragedy, laughter and tears, births and deaths, love and hate, as their genetic and cultural heritages adapt to or resist the challenges of changing and unchanging environments. This is a vivid family saga, told with stirring simplicity, where the past wrestles with the future and character is often destiny “I am glad to see that this classic of modern Mexican fiction is at last available in English.” Aglae Dickinson Dr.
Eppinga, Jane . La Malinche. ISBN 978-1481064804. $24.95.
Throughout history, countries have been conquered; civilizations destroyed; cultures eliminated; people killed by the masses. All for God and gold. Jane Eppinga’s interest and vast experience in writing about history culminates in a fascinating, multilayered story in La Malinche. Eppinga takes the conquest of Mexico to a deeper level as we follow the people whose lives were changed forever, or lost to the sweep of history. We travel with the Spaniards from the narrow streets of the Old Jewish Quarter in Seville on their search for unconquered land. We march with the Conquistadors from the Guadalquivir River to the massive pyramids and stone ruins of Mexico. We love and hate, pity and admire the characters who die, endure or conquer. We live in the violent and complex Aztec culture through their food, medicines and fearful family life. We see how the Spaniards fulfilled the visions and prophecies of the native people in their push for more gold than they could carry. We follow Malinche, pampered Maya princess, from her betrothal to the powerful Moctezuma to the bed of the conqueror, Cortés.
Cuernavaca, a town outside Mexico City, holds Cortés’s grand summer palace. And a few miles away, is the lovely country estate he built for Malinche. I was told she was “Cortés’s beautiful Indian lover.” As I wandered through the gardens and shops, I wondered about this little-known woman. In La Malinche, Jane Eppinga has given us her story – and much more. Malinche was a woman caught in an epic battle for God and gold. But she, like most of us, only wanted love. Mary Tate Engels, Author, teacher, storyteller.
Jane Eppinga’s writing credentials include more than 200 articles for both popular and professional publications covering a broad spectrum of children’s fiction, travel, personal profiles, biology, construction, food, and public relation pieces. Her books include a biography of Henry Ossian Flipper, West Point’s First Black Graduate, Arizona Twilight Tales, and books in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series focusing on Arizona towns including Tucson, Nogales, Apache Junction and Tombstone. She writes regularly for Biology Digest. In 2009, Globe Pequot published her book. They Made Their Mark: An Illustrated History of the Society of Woman Geographers. That same year she made a presentation on the Society of Woman Geographers at the 10th International Congress of Women in Madrid, Spain.
Espín, Oliva. Latina Healers: Lives of Power and Tradition. ISBN: 0-915745-49-6. $22.95.
La Mujer Latina Series "Latina Healers casts new light on the centrality of gender and migration status on the lives of Latina women. Encompassing the idiosyncrasies of individual decisions and the social context of the healers' lives, this book presents an original analysis of the relationship between gender, power, religious beliefs and social status of curanderas. It brings the scholarship on life narratives together with understandings of the impact of migration and traditional beliefs on the lives of these women. Heralding women not as passive victims of social forces, but as active and creative agents of their lives, the book's findings are valuable for mental health practitioners, feminist scholars, and all interested in the lives of Latinas." Lillian Comas-Díaz, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief Cultural Diversity and Mental Health.
Estañol, Bruno. Bruno Estañol: The Collected Fiction. Translation from the Spanish and preface by Eduardo Jiménez. ISBN 978-0-915745-84-5. $25.95.
.The narratives collected in this volume are mainly set in the State of Tabasco, during the turbulent time period running from the Mexican Revolution to the late 1950’s. In one sense we’re dealing with a dreamy, genteel, picturesque — though somewhat atavistic — world, in which the paddlewheel steamboat remains the preferred means of long-distance transportation, in which the townswomen wear ruffled organdy or tulle dresses while daintily promenading, parasols in hand, around the town square; where couples, young and old, dance on Sunday afternoons to the elegant melodies of pasodobles, danzones, tangos or boleros; and where the finest merchandise, ranging from the mundane to the exotic, arrives daily to the various commercial ports along the Tabascan coast, having been shipped there from the metropolises of New Orleans and Havana.
Estañol, Bruno. Translated by Dr. Eduardo Jiménez Mayo. Euler's Conjecture=La Conjetura de Euler. ISBN: 978-1480093898 $24.95
This is a publication of Floricanto Press. In the spring of 2009, New York University's journal of creative writing, Washington Square Review, published a selection from Euler's Conjecture to much critical acclaim, featuring it at the issue's launching party. This novel constitutes an apocryphal diary of the French Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot, tracing his reflections from the time of his imprisonment at Vincennes to his legendary confrontation with the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler at the court of Catherine the Great. Devotees of historical fiction will not find satisfaction in these pages. Instead, a furiously strange mind, prone to fits of merciless humor and anachronistic embellishments, has constructed a delightful maze for his readers around the problem of humanity's simultaneous fear of and attraction toward the problem of the infinite. Human beings may be blind when it comes to life's ultimate questions, yet Bruno Estañol hints that the greatest legacy of the Enlightenment resides in how its most ingenious figures managed to accustom their eyes to the dark. Bruno Estañol has received two national prizes for literature in Mexico, having authored numerous strange and tragicomic novels and short story collections, among them Fata Morgana and Passiflora Incarnata. A congenital writer of fiction, he also holds degrees in medicine and neuroscience from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Johns Hopkins Medical School, which explains his parallel dedication to scientific research.
Estrada, Michel. Latina Instinct. Translated by Robert Nasatir. ISBN: 978-0-915745-71-5. $24.95.
In Michel Estrada's Latina Instinct, Carmen leaves her modest life in rural Pinar del Río to attend the University of Havana. When she gets there, she confronts the harsh reality of contemporary Cuban life. Latina Instinct is an exceptional document of daily life in today's Havana, faithfully recording the challenging existence of university students struggling to make the grade. Before she can learn from her trials, Carmen must mature amidst the dangerous and complex streets of Havana. Michele Estrada's novel offers the first honest and riveting glance to present-day Cuban urban life. She attends the University to study computer science but the politics of academic life and the demands of school are quickly upstaged by the excitement and danger of Havana. She rooms with a group of experienced students who teach her how to get along: studious Paula, playful Dunia, naïve Monica, and Lili, the free-spirit. And the men in Carmen’s life are equally important: Arturo, the womanizing fifth-year student, and Sebastián, the debonair Spanish businessman. When Carmen first meets them, she is gullible, but each teaches her a valuable lesson by example, and they are not always good examples. She learns about survival, both at school and in the city, but the most important lessons are those that she can only learn on her own. Over the course of a year, Carmen encounters good and bad relationships, short-lived and lasting friendships. Her innocence leads her into difficult situations, but her wits, and a little luck, get her out of them. Along the way, Carmen changes from an innocent country girl thrown into the big city to an experienced and savvy young woman equipped to face the challenges of present-day Cuba.
Figueroa, José-Enrique. Reflections of a Hispanic Teacher:
Resistance to class and racial oppression in the classroom. ISBN: 978-1-888205-56-5. $24.95
This book offers a much-needed progressive-critical perspective of American education based on the experiences of a Hispanic teacher dealing with real issues in the classroom. Reflecting on twenty-one years of teaching in the trenches of the South Bronx and in the City of Yonkers, his background and upbringing as a Puerto Rican immigrant, and his family's struggle to ensure he was well educated, he now sees a failed education system laying blame in all the wrong places.
Intertwining real world teaching experience with pedagogic theories, vivid childhood stories of his grandfather, real life trials and tribulations of students in the classroom, and the values and dreams Hispanic writers pour into their poetry and prose, the author shows the complexity of the social order, its influence on education, and the reasons for perceived educational failures.
Exploring pedagogic theories, we see that prevailing reform theories, such as inclusion, fail to recognize education in the context of the social order. Children need to be taught individually; their intellectual, emotional, and behavioral needs cannot fit into a one-size-fits-all model. But how can we satisfy individual needs in a non-negative context? Systems, such as MicroSociety, that contextualize schools in an economics-based environment recognize a false social order, trap children in a system that in reality is littered with racism and classism, promote consumerism and same-ism, and stymie creative expression.
Fontes, Patrick. María's Purgatorio. Edited by Leyla Namazie. ISBN-13: 978-1523315154. $23.95
Sex. Drugs. Violence. Speaking in tongues. Set in the sweltering summer months in Fresno, California, María seeks purpose, identity and some semblance of family among the gritty underground niches of society. Not content with who she is, or where she came from, María delves into various groups yearning for fulfillment in a dystopian landscape, one very real for anyone acquainted with the underbelly of cities like Fresno. Not satisfied with drugs and sex, María undergoes a spiritual conversion after meeting evangelists from a Pentecostal church. At last she is at home, with The Family, her new spiritual family, which offers more than her biological familia—so María thinks. In the end, her newfound life is not what it seems, and María at last finds happiness and contentment in a place she previously scorned. Throughout the book María is tormented between memories of her Abuela and her journey to find peace.
“A Danteesque novel set in modern day Fresno, that is smart as fuck without being pretentious. The Fresno of Patrick Fontes’s María’s Purgatorio is not for the faint of heart: On the surface, the city is a multi-layered purgatory and inferno of lost souls who writhe in heat and despair with their eyes sewn shut, unable to acknowledge or have empathy for their suffering, or the suffering of others. Some find solace in cruelty, others in drugs, or in the opiate of religion, or completely retreating from the world. María must climb out of Fresno’s hell-worlds in order to discover self-reliance and community within her family and heritage. A smart and pungent first novel, the reader sweats and cringes with the narrative of Fresno’s abyss; however, finds within it things and people who are beautiful and worth remembering.” Nicole Henares, poet, educator.
Friedman, Robert. The Shadow of the Fathers. ISBN: 978-0-915745-99-9. $22.95.
In Shadow of the Fathers, Robert Friedman turns a disturbing, possibly tragic historical event in Puerto Rico into a captivating work of fiction. Personal obsessions and public events collide as the novel's characters grapple with lies, false identities, puzzling connections, U.S. wars and colonialism. A rich, suspenseful tale, the novel moves from the colorful life of San Juan to the snow-covered streets of New York, from the pastel heat of Miami to the fog-shrouded canals of Amsterdam. Pablo Camino is the son of a doctor sent to Puerto Rico over four decades earlier to research a cure for pernicious anemia. While there, Dr. Cornelius Rhoads claimed in a letter to his close friend, "Ferdie" that he had purposely killed eight of his Puerto Rican patients and planned to exterminate several more of "that degenerate race." The letter was discovered and Rhoads was forced to leave the island. He later insisted it was all a joke. Pablo, a highly regarded Puerto Rican artist, is haunted by his dead father's past. Did the doctor really kill those patients?
Friedman, Robert. The Surrounding Sea. ISBN: 978-1495934742 $22.95
This is a publication of Floricanto Press. The year is 2000 in Puerto Rico. Stevie Pérez and his girlfriend, Laura Rosario, have joined a student protest against the U.S. Navy’s bombing exercises that have caused illness, environmental damages and death on the offshore island of Vieques. The Riot Squad is called onto the campus to quell the protest and in the ensuing violence, Laura is hit by a stray bullet and killed. A grieving Stevie vows to keep Laura’s memory alive by creating a scholarship in her name. He is frustrated in attempts to get help in the community and decides to become a drug mule to obtain the scholarship money. After a few lucrative trips, he is set up in a drug theft. His 20-year-old life in danger, Stevie is forced to flee as the drug gang pursues him from the Bronx to San Juan to the mountain towns of Puerto Rico. Along the way, Stevie learns hard truths about life, love and loss. Robert Friedman’s powerful new novel grabs us on the very first page, and takes us on an exciting journey. The author lived for decades in Puerto Rico, where he worked as a journalist, and he demonstrates an intimate knowledge of the island and a deeply felt concern for its people. This is a gripping account of lost love, the temptations of the drug trade, the island’s complex relationship with the United States, the dual world of Puerto Ricans in the diaspora, and the struggle to survive in a difficult world. A truly memorable, touching story. —Kal Wagenheim, author, playwright and editor of The Puerto Ricans: A Documentary History Robert Friedman weaves the different strains of Puerto Rican life during the last forty years into a compelling story of love, crime and colonial politics. Against the backdrop of the monumental effort to get the U.S. Navy out of Vieques island at the turn of this century, he explores, with context and meaning, the island’s changing social mores, its horrific drug problem and the political ideals that survive from the past and still inflame today’s youth. —Carmen Dolores Hernández, literary critic, author of Puerto Rican Voices in English ROBERT FRIEDMAN was a reporter, columnist, city editor and Washington correspondent for the San Juan Star of Puerto Rico, as well as a special correspondent for the New York Daily News. He is the author of three previously published novels about Puerto Rico, Under a Dark Sun, Shadow of the Fathers and Caribbean Dreams.
Friedman, Robert. Under A Dark Sun ISBN 978-1-888205-26-8. $17.95.
Crime, corruption and colonialism converge both satirically and tragically in Under a Dark Sun, set on the Caribbean island of Colón. Located on author Robert Friedman's literary map in the Lesser Antilles, the Hispanic island is not far from Puerto Rico. After Sara Vázquez returns to Colón, the island of her birth, hoping to find a place she can truly call home, she witnesses a murder. Sara is soon caught in the underside of life on the island. She turns to Nick Ortiz, who covers the police beat for the English-language newspaper. Nick, who has come to Colón to escape an earlier life of poverty, drugs, alcohol and a failed marriage, is drawn to Sara and her plight, and together they go up against the conspiracies and deceit that increasingly menace Sara's life. Interspersed with Sara's narrative is the story of Ted Iglesias, a young, ambitious politician who wants to lead his people out of their colonial morass into a better life.
Fuego, Laura del. Maravilla. ISBN: 0915745151. $22.95.
La Mujer Latina Series. "I named you Consuelo," my mother said, "because you didn't stop screaming for hours when you were born. I figured you needed hope." To Consuelo Concepción, "Cece" Contreres, however, hope seems to be just about all she's got. So when her boyfriend is cheating on her, her friends are doing drugs, and her parents don't understand her, is it any wonder that the only person she can talk to is St. Teresa de Avila? From the housing projects of East Los Angeles, Maravilla, to the lively scene of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district in the 1960s, Laura del Fuego's novel tells the absorbing and personal tale of a young Chicana, like many in real life, making her way in turbulent times. It is a thoughtful and sometimes violent story about coming of age in the heart of the barrio, discovering one's self in the midst of chaos and trying to make sense of a troubled life.
César Chávez y la Unión: una historia victoriosa de los de abajo. By Víctor Fuentes. Leyla Namazie, editor. ISBN 978-1511639934. $24.95.
To be published by Floricanto Press, this ground-breaking book—written in Spanish—by Dr. Víctor Fuentes, Professor Emeritus of the University of California, is the most comprehensive illustrated and well-documented biography of César Chávez. It describes his life and strife as a labor and political leader of farm workers in the California fields of tears. This is a social, political and agricultural labor biography of the unique and well suited leader that helped bring about such landmark improvements of farm workers’ welfare and economic conditions. Inspired by advocates of nonviolence, such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, he sought to redress economic deficiencies and injustices in the agricultural fields of California. He was the driving force behind seminal events, such as the creation of the United Farm Workers Union, the organization of nationwide boycotts and marches against the large farming enterprises and growers. Deeply religious and committed to the cause, La Causa, Cesar Chávez lived to see the gains he had so hardly fought for. The book is greatly complemented by rare photographs of his life and the labor struggles he successfully led. Leyla Namazie, LatinoBooks.net
Este importante libro biográfico e ilustrado es publicado por Floricanto Press. Conmemorando el 50 aniversario del gran triunfo de la Huelga de la Uva, iniciada el verano de 1965, este libro compagina el estudio de la historia de la Unión de Campesinos con el de la persona de César Chávez. Se divide en dos partes con ocho capítulos.
La primera parte, tras evocar cómo César, de niño y adolescente, vivió en carne propia la explotación y el sufrimiento de los campesinos, y de tratar de su forja como gran líder comunitario y laboral, se ocupa de la gesta que llevó a la Unión, bajo su dirección, a lograr algo antes nunca conseguido en la historia del país por los trabajadores campesinos. En la segunda parte, se historia de cómo, y con sus altibajos, la Unión llegó a un gran ápice a mediados y finales de los años 70. Con su infatigable dinamismo y entrega, César Chávez, en su última década, se mantuvo vivo, para los otros, hasta la muerte. Y el grito liberador de la Unión y de la Causa campesina, “Sí se puede”, se ha convertido en un grito universal de cuantos luchan contra fuerzas detractoras aparentemente inexpugnables.
Fundora, Tomás. Mi vida junto a "El Cristo de Espaldas". La autobiografía póstuma de Tomás Fundora. ISBN 978-1888205466. $14.95.
Este libro es la autobiografía de Tomás Fundora, la cual constituye también su obra póstuma. Fundora fue un artista extraordinario inspirado en el Renacentismo, que triunfa en pleno Siglo XXI. Pintor, poeta, compositor y autor de canciones de fama internacional, Fundora estudió arte en Europa y su estilo único refleja la cultura mundial a través de su elegancia pictórica. Fundora nació en La Habana, Cuba, se graduó de las Escuelas TUR y del Candler College con especialidades en Arte y Literatura, también estudió Arte Moderno en la Escuela San Alejandro en Cuba y asistió a cursos especiales de Restauración del Arte en Boloña, Italia. Hizo estudios adicionales en la Escuela de Arte en Washington, la Escuela de Arte en Nueva York y de manera personal con el Maestro José Asbez Cruz.
Siendo Presidente de la Asociación de Pintores de Latino America de New York, dió cursos en pintura y escultura, además de ser curador y jefe restaurador de las obras de arte del Restaurant Mama Leone’s en New York.
En invierno del ‘54 exhibe su obra en la “Muestra de Arte Mama Leone” en el “Carnaval Italiano”, siendo premiado con “el galardón a la obra mas importante” de la exposición con su pintura “Gruta Azul”, la cual fué creada mientras estudiaba en Italia. Desde entonces se le ha homenajeado con numerosos premios, lo cual lo convierte en un pintor muy popular de los amantes del arte. Durante éste período, Fundora es conocido como “el pintor de las cavernas”. Su prestigiosa clientela creció rápidamente y a la fecha sus obras se exhiben de manera particular en las mansiones de artistas, políticos, dignatarios, embajadores e importantes personalidades de negocios.
Ariel González Calzada, nació en 1975 en Cuba: Estudió Derecho en la Universidad de la Habana. Desde hace 10 años es entrenador de delfines y lobos marinos en el Theater of the Sea, en los cayos de la Florida.
García Linares, Hemil. Cuentos del norte. Historias del sur. Edited by Roberto Cabello-Argandoña ISBN: 978-1544750460, 6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm), Black & White on Cream paper. 126 pages $14.95
Fiction / Hispanic & Latino, Chicano literature, Latino literature Immigration, Hispanic literature, Latino immigrants--Social life and customs Fiction, Immigrant life Fiction
This anthology is published by Floricanto Press. www.FloricantoPress.com
En Cuentos del norte, historias del sur nos enfrentamos al racismo, a la pobreza, y a la violencia callejera, pero en ellos también aflora la fortaleza de la mujer luchadora en la figura de la madre, la precaria vida familiar, el barrio, el amor siempre imposible cuanto más ideal. Los temas del norte giran, por supuesto, en torno a la difícil existencia del emigrado, a la falta de identidad, al terrorismo y al anonimato de las grandes ciudades. Hemil García es un escritor de su tiempo, pergeña sus historias desde el país que lo acoge, los Estados Unidos, con la autoridad de quien necesita decirlo todo, pero construyendo intriga, para deleite de los lectores de acá y de allá. —Carmen Ollé destacada poetisa, autora de Noches de Adrenalina/Nights of Adrenaline, Floricanto Press.
Hemil García brings together a masterful collection of short stories that narrates the vivid, and surreal experience of newly arrived immigrants, people transplanted to a world where they can't communicate, they can't find decent jobs, and even hope, as frequently happens, escapes their grasps. The stories are humanely touching; the narrative is inexplicably gripping and riveting as they relate immigrants attempting to redefine themselves as they confront a new promised land replete of new challenges, abject poverty, and desperation. Hemil García Linares is a newly emerging voice that forcefully touches the conscience of the readers. LatinoBooks.net
García Lorca, Federico. Romancero gitano. Edited by Leyla Namazie. ISBN-13: 978-1-888205-65-7. $9.95
Spanish Poetry books--Generation 27
El Romancero gitano, The Gypsy Ballads is a lyric work that Lorca began writing in 1923 and was published 1928. This Romancero is comprised of eighteen folk ballads about themes, such as night, death, blood, sky and the moon. The overriding theme is the Gypsy folk world. These ballads represent a synthesis of folk poetry and high lyrics, exposed in Andalucia and the Gypsy in a mythic and metaphoric style. This work reflects the sufferings of the Gypsy people, who are persecuted by authorities and their struggle against this repressive governmental overreach.
El Romancero gitano, The Gypsy Ballads, es una obra poética de Federico García Lorca, publicada en 1928. Este Romancero está compuesta por dieciocho romances con temas como la noche, la muerte, el cielo, la luna. Todos los poemas tienen algo en común, tratan de la cultura gitana. Representa una gran síntesis entre la poesía popular y la alta, transcurre entre dos temas prmordiales, Andalucía y los gitanos, tratados en forma metafórica y mítica. La obra refleja las penas de un pueblo que vive al margen de la sociedad y que se ve perseguido por los representantes de la autoridad, y por su lucha contra esa autoridad represiva.
García, Kayla S. Latino and Latina Leaders of the 21st Century: Ordinary Beginnings, Extraordinary Outcomes. ISBN: 978-1888205480 $24.95
This book is published jointly by Floricanto Press and Berkeley Press. Latino issues are everybody’s issues. The Latino and Latina leaders portrayed in this book have made valuable contributions to our social, legal, political and educational systems. This book provides comprehensive stories of courageous men and women who have defied expectations, overcome adversity, set precedents, and dedicated significant time and energy to helping others achieve their goals. Active locally, nationally, and internationally in a variety of professions, these individuals offer proof that ordinary or even humble origins can lead to extraordinary accomplishments. This collective biography expounds on well-known and otherwise Latino leaders who are at the front of their fields. It includes well-known individuals, such as Sonia Sotomayor, First Latina on the Supreme Court; Dolores Huerta, Union Organizer and Community Activist; Jorge Ramos, News Anchor and Advocate; John Haroldson and María Chávez-Haroldson, District Attorney and Leadership Facilitator; and Sandra Cisneros, Author and Activist. It includes, as well, many others, such as Julián Castro, Mayor of San Antonio; Nydia Velázquez, Representative for New York; Luis Gutiérrez, Representative for Illinois; Marco Rubio, Senator for Florida. It also comprises leaders in fields of education, community activism, and literary figures such as Cherríe Moraga, Advocate for LGBTQ, Latinos, and Indigenous People, and Elena Poniatowska, an internationally known ally to Latinos.
García, Kayla S. Líderes latinos del siglo XXI: Latinas y latinos que están transformando la sociedad. ISBN-13: 978-1888205527. $26.95
Los líderes y activistas latinos retratados en este libro están transformando nuestra sociedad. Han hecho contribuciones significativas a nuestros sistemas legal, político y educacional. Este texto incluye historias comprensivas de hombres y mujeres que han desafiado las bajas expectativas de sus maestros, han superado serias adversidades, han establecido importantes precedentes sociales y han dedicado muchísimo tiempo ayudando a otras personas a conseguir sus propias metas. Estos individuos siguen activos en una gran variedad de profesiones y organizaciones a nivel local, estatal, nacional, e internacional. Sus vidas constituyen pruebas irrefutables de que es posible superar obstáculos tales como la pobreza, la discriminación, las enfermedades graves, y las agotadoras responsabilidades familiares para arribar a metas sobresalientes.
Gibbs, Virginia; and Luz María Hernández, Editors. Shattered Dreams: The story of a historic ICE raid in the words of the detainees. ISBN: 978-1491086377 $25.95
This is a joint publication of Floricanto and Berkeley Presses. In May of 2008, the small town of Postville, Iowa, experienced an Immigration Raid in which nearly 400 Latino immigrant workers in the meat processing industry were arrested. The Postville Raid, the second largest in U.S. history, was the first and last of its kind. Instead of immediately deporting the undocumented, they were tried in groups of ten on charges of identity theft and then sent to jail for 5 ½ months. A group of 40 women were arrested but released with GPS monitors on their ankles so that they could care for young children, and were held in Postville for over a year during which they were not allowed to work to support their families. These are the life stories, told in their own words, of some of the workers who were affected by the raid. The immigrant families, with special emphasis on women and children, share the stories of their childhoods, the decision and the journey to “El Norte,” working at the meat processing plant, and the raid and its aftermath. These true stories vividly portray the fear, violence and harassment that is the lot of those who are “undocumented,” but also shows their strength of spirit in the face of poverty-stricken childhoods, dangerous border crossings, inhumane working conditions, and as they experienced the U.S. legal and penal system. "The long-silenced voices of the humble migrants victimized by the infamous federal raid at Postville, Iowa are recovered at last in this volume, where they coalesce into a gentle mallet that strikes at the gong of our national conscience, issuing a wake-up call to our humanity. Our only dignified answer should be fair and lasting immigration reform." --Erik Camayd-Freixas, author of U.S. Immigration Reform and its Global Impact: Lessons from the Postville Raid.
“An earthquake would not have been able to plunge Postville into a greater sense of loss and confusion than the federal government did that day. I remember the stories of the parents and the children who could not find each other, a community simply devastated by the raid, and the religious community stepping up to help, provide shelter, and provide information in the vacuum. Postville instantly became iconic in the community for why we need immigration reform and it is still an image that haunts and inspires me. And it is a story that must be told and remembered.” Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, U.S. House of Representatives (IL-04) The authors dedicate this book to the women and men who generously shared their testimonies of the Postville ICE raid. “It was both my privilege and challenge to serve as the Pastoral Administrator of St. Bridget’s Parish in Postville, Iowa at the time of the notorious and disgraceful immigration raid at Agriprocessors on May 12, 2008. This experience convinced me that the “Postville Story” needed to be told and retold, for the sharing of a story can have a profound impact on our lives. Stories shape our lives. Stories inspire. Stories bring to life our deepest held values and beliefs. Stories inform and stories have the potential to transform. My hope is that the stories within this sacred text will have the power, not only to transform individual hearts, but ultimately to transform our current immigration policy. “ Sister Mary McCauley, BVM.
Golden, Gloria. Remnants of Crypto-Jews among Hispanic Americans. Edited by Roberto Cabello-Argandoña and Yasmeen Namazie. ISBN: 978-1482786941. $24.95.
Gloria Golden, an articulate and brilliant photo-anthropologist by vocation, set to uncover the Sephardic roots in the Southwest, which was always suspected to exist, as result of the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews from Spain in 1492. Many Jews went to Portugal and Turkey, others decided to join the expeditions to the New World, particularly New Spain, as Mexico was then called. Sociologists had anecdotal evidence of the Sephardim among the Mexican American population in Colorado and New Mexico.
The remoteness of their hilly geography made a perfect setting for the Sephardic Jews to hide and be left alone from the shadows of the Inquisition. Living in disguise meant to behave like Christians in public and practice their Jewish customs at home, away from prying eyes. As centuries went by, that furtive life became merely partial memories and home behavioral practices that were very different from those of their Christian neighbors. Today many of the Sephardim live among the Hispanic, Mexican American and Latino, populations in the Southwest. Hidden deep in the heart of the American Southwest among the larger Hispanic population are descendants of the Sephardim, Jews from Spain and Portugal.
Five hundred years after their expulsion from Spain remnants of Judaism are still practiced within Southwestern Hispanic communities. Often unaware of their origins, conversos have revealed, through oral history, how the ancestral faith of the Crypto-Jews has been passed on from generation to generation.
Gonzales-Berry, Erlinda. Paletitas de Guayaba On A Train Called Absence. Translated with commentary by Kay (Kayla) S. García. Translated with commentary by Erlinda Gonzales-Berry. ISBN 978-1481013888. $23.95.
Paletitas de Guayaba’s story is narrated in the first person by Marina, who is traveling by train from New Mexico to Mexico City in search of her identity, her history, and answers to many questions that are tormenting her. As the train carries her through the Mexican landscape, she has flashbacks of her life in New Mexico, a failed romance, and a previous journey. The narration also flashes forward to her arrival, and to her discoveries and adventures in Mexico, where she confronts both her historical and mythical past as well as her complex, multicultural present. The themes of hybrid identity, the Chicano movement, Mexican history, U.S.-Mexican relations, and female sexuality are explored, in a highly experimental and self-reflecting narratorial style that is lyrical, profound, and sometimes profane. Paletitas...delivers the powerful lesson of how multiple identities and subject positions can be constructed from the other side of various international, inter-ethnic, and sexual borders. By combining this lesson with humor and a wonderfully executed language, [it] instructs . . . and . . . entertains, and in this way seals its connection to the best . . . Chicano oral tradition. Angie Chabram-Dernersesian, Dictionary of Literary Biography, 2009.
González Calzada, Ariel. Oro, Incienso y Mirra. ISBN: 978-1-888205-40-4. $9.50.
Cuando le dije a mi esposa que "Oro, Incienso y Mirra" era un libro tanto para niños como para aquellos chiquillos de antaño que ahora son viejos ella sonrió dejándome desconcertado. He aquí el por qué de mi confusión: José, Patricia, y Pablo son tres niños que, como tantos en el mundo, sufren las consecuencias de una sociedad desigual. Sumergidos en sus universos de contradicciones ven por primera vez un árbol de navidad. Les pareció mágico.
Siguiendo su rastro conocen a Rocío del Valle, una anciana que, medio siglo atrás, había sido una actriz famosa, sin embargo, ahora estaba abandonada. Junto a ella descubren a un Dios que, a pesar de estar prohibido, los ama. Aprenden que trabajar por amor es mejor que por dinero; y que, aunque no tengan nada, son tan importantes y únicos como aquellos que lo tienen todo ¡Un momento! Pensándolo mejor, ya entiendo para quienes escribí este libro: para los viejos que, víctimas de la sociedad, no pudieron ser niños, y para los niños que, por el mismo motivo, nunca llegaran a ser viejos.
González, Pedro Blas. Unamuno: A Lyrical Essay. ISBN: 978-0-915745-75-3. $22.95.
The most extraordinary and exemplary piece of Latino prose writing, bordering in Rational lyricism. Scholarship and art in Europe, traditionally crisscrossed each other, particularly when the brightest minds where at it. Germany has Goethe, the Hispanic world has Unamuno. Both were consummated philosophers and creative writers, who left indelible marks, both in culture and philosophical argumentation. Goethe's "Werther" is credited with initiating Romanticism in Europe. "El Sentido Trágico de La Vida" ponders the ever-present human (and Hispanic) preoccupation for life, death and beyond, immortality. However, it takes a Latino scholar to analyze, scaffold, and present in a very understandable way to us the grandiosity of Unamuno's philosophical concerns and his scrupulous argumentation. Dr. Pedro Blas González is the first Latino scholar to elaborate and deconstruct Unamuno's philosophical work and related creative writings. This is a work lyric prose, as well as of literary criticism, philosophical analysis, and pure rigorous Latino erudition advancing Hispanic thinking. Roberto Cabello-Argandoña, Editor.
Hayman, Bonnie. The Cult of Jaguar ISBN 0915745585. $25.95.
Centuries ago, in the darkest jungles of Mexico, a young Mayan boy named Xichantl witnessed his father and most of his tribe follow the hallowed jaguar into the Graylands, never to be seen again. Now, a divorced mother and her two daughters from the United States go to Mexico for a summer vacation and stumble upon an ancient box that transforms their lives and could change the world. Set in the sultry and mysterious jungles of Mexico, with a backdrop of Mayan calendar, pyramids, Maya prophecies(calendario Maya, pirámides y profecías), the story revolves around several interesting characters who are after the same thing-each for a different reason. What happened to the ancient native civilizations of Mexico and Central America, which disappeared without a trace? The Mayan and Aztec cultures left important archaeological sites in Middle America before their civilizations vanished from this earth. While various theories attempt to explain these phenomena, nothing definitive has been proven, yet. Hayman's The Cult of the Jaguar, deals with this fascinating mystery and offers an intriguing and plausible answer to the question, "What really happened to the Aztecs and the Mayans, and the Cult of the Jaguar?"
Hayman, Bonnie. Tina Modotti's Mexico: A Tale of Love & Revolution. ISBN: 0-915745-40-2. $29.95. Hardbound.
Hayman situates Tina Modotti (1896-1942) profoundly within her social period from her 1913 emigration to San Francisco to a full-fledged member of the intellectual wing of the Mexican Communist Party. She is one of the most important contemporary women of Mexico. She became the lover of Cuban revolutionary Julio Antonio Mella and when he was murdered, Modotti became the main suspect. When a failed assassination attempt was made against the Mexican president, Pascual Ortiz Rubio, she was accused and deported.
She returned to Mexico many years later and lived alone in a small cottage until her mysterious death in a taxi at age 46. Octavio Paz claimed that Tina Modotti belonged “more to the history of passions than to the history of ideologies,” Hayman propounds that Modotti lived a full life of her own choice, and that politics, ideology, and history were never paramount to her own personal life—an indescribable story of fame, style, gossip and turmoil.
Hernández, Fernando. The Cubans: Our Legacy in the United States: A collective biography. ISBN: 978-1888205411 $23.95
This is a publication of Floricanto Press. The Cubans: Our Legacy in the United States chronicles the Cuban immigration to the United States from the 1800s to the present era. The author analyzes the impact the Cuban community has had on the cultural, economic, social, sports, and political scene in American society throughout multiple generations. Cuban immigrants have been one of the most successful communities in the United States. The book examines the contribution to baseball from Martín Dihigo to Tony Pérez and from Ernesto Lecuona to Gloria Estefan in music. In business circles the reader will discover that The Coca Cola Company, the Kellogg Company and McDonalds Corporation had Cuban-born Chief Executive Officers and that Movado watch company was owned by a refugee who fled communist Cuba. The book vividly depicts more than 250 extraordinary and intriguing men and women that make for engrossing and captivating reading. This informative and insightful work is highly recommended for Cuban-Americans, all Latinos and for those who enjoy reading about successful and trailblazing new Americans. Fernando “Fernán” Hernández is married and makes his home in Miami where he is a professor. He has written two Spanish-language books, Potaje (www.alexlib.com/ potaje) and Lo que aprendí de mi perro (www.alexlib.com/miperro). His work also appears in the anthology Un Horizonte Literario: Poesías, Cuentos y Algo Más. It is puzzling how the memories of a nine year old child were kept intact to share with us more than forty years later some of his memories…virtually his feelings are so real you can touch the untouchable joy, pain, his love for his people, for his country of so long ago. Honoring his roots, the author goes on a journey traveling from years past to the present time. While reading the pages I found dedication, precise statistics, as well as stories that come alive of a great number of people that forced by destiny had to redirect their lives. These are the Cuban immigrants, some exiled by force, others born of these exiled people. Julie Pujol-Karel, Poet, Texas.
Inzunza, Ralph. The Camp. ISBN:978-1548274757. $23.95. 6" x 9"282 pages
Fiction Latino Hispanic, Chicano literature, Latino literature, Latino Fiction Book
The Camp is a novel inspired by real events, and the story emerges from many conversations with inmates, whom had received ten, fifteen, and twenty-year sentences for non-violent offenses at the Atwater Federal Prison Camp in Central California. The protagonist is a law and order, nerdy politician, former Deputy Mayor of a large California city, who goes to prison for “dishonest service of government,” and is feeling sorry for himself until the minute he steps inside the fence. El Mayor, as he was called by the inmates, narrates for us first-hand the unfair plight that many of his fellow Paisas, Chicano inmates, are suffering, and the impact of incarceration on working class families of color in America. As the only person of Mexican descent at the camp with a college degree, who had never smoked a “joint” in his life, he begins to transform in order to survive, and eventually extract his own judicial revenge.
James, Brent Alan, Jr. Carnival King: The Last Latin Monarch. ISBN: 978-0-915745-78-4. $22.95.
"In April of 1993, Brazilian voters were given a choice between continuing with a president, adopting a prime minister and parliament, or bringing back its long dormant monarchy. Carnival King is the story of what might have happened had they opted for the latter. Outlawing the G-string bikini on Rio de Janeiro’s beaches! Auctioning the country’s name to the highest bidder! A police escort for thousands of shantytown dwellers as they descend upon downtown Rio to call for freedom! These are just a few changes one can expect when a nation bending under the strain of democracy decides to give monarchy another try. As Brazil prepares to receive its new king--the fourth in its history, but the first in one hundred years--it seems lawmakers have accounted for every eventuality, except for one tiny detail: identifying the legitimate Brazilian heir to the throne, when the Supreme Court suddenly disqualifies the Portuguese descendant.
Jourdane, Maurice . Waves of Recovery: The Life of an Advocate of Latino Civil Rights. ISBN: 978-0-915745-95-1. $22.95.
This a riveting personal account of Maurice Jourdane--currently a Superior Court Judge and a member of the Jerry Brown's California Attorney General's Office--leading to his legal representation and advocacy for farm workers and César Chávez's organizing efforts. Mo's life reads like a Greek mythic tale in which the hero suffers and endures moral and physical endurance in his quest, his now legendary legal fights and successes against the powerful California growers and agricultural interests. This biography is a testament to human strength in behalf of justice for Latinos. The success of César Chávez's civil rights movement and union organizing efforts cannot be fully understood without knowledge of the life and sacrifices of Maurice Jourdane, El Cortito. His legal successes, at great personal costs, solidified Chávez's leadership and prepared the way for the consolidation of the Farm Workers' Union, and ultimately for the farm workers to prevail against the powerful political and economic interests of the California growers. Roberto Cabello-Argandoña, Editor.
Lemley Macías, Ronald W. Xavier and the Bully. Xavier y el Chico Malo. Colección Floricanto Juvenil. ISBN:13: 978-1505209136. $12.95
When the roof of their old school fell in, Xavier and his friends are transferred to a newer school at the edge of the city.
They wondered if a group of Spanish speaking kids from the farm lands of the west county would get along in the new place.
Xavier had driven by it a few times with his father and it looked like a big white castle surrounded by gardens. What were the students like? Xavier hoped that they weren’t creepy or mean like the tricky Jones boys on the Kid’s Network.
Cuando se cayó el techo de su vieja escuela, Xavier y sus amigos fueron transferidos a una escuela nueva en el borde de la ciudad.
Se preguntaban si un grupo de niños de habla hispana de las tierras agrícolas de la provincia al oeste pudiera llevarse bien en el nuevo lugar.
Xavier había pasado por alli un par de veces con su padre y parecía un gran castillo blanco rodeado de jardines. ¿Cómo serían los estudiantes? Xavier esperaba que no fueran tan difíciles como los chicos malos Jones del Kid’s Network.
Ronald Lemley Macias is a bilingual teacher who grew up in Northern California. Much of the inspiration for this book was taken from real experiences from his childhood in the Pacific Northwest.
Ronald Lemley Macias es un maestro bilingüe que se crió en el norte de California. Gran parte de la inspiración para este libro fue tomada de experiencias reales de su infancia en el noroeste del Pacífico.
León, Celeste. Luck is Just the Beginning. Leyla Namazie, Editor. ISBN 978-1511639934. $23.95.
When nineteen-year-old Ramón León wins the Puerto Rican lottery, his dream of establishing the first dental and medical clinic in his village becomes achievable. But a chain of catastrophic events intervenes. Luck is Just the Beginning is not only an enchanting story of the joys and sorrows of family, but also the saga of one man’s determination to see his dream through.
Luck is Just the Beginning is the gripping story of heartbreak, courage and self-sacrifice, of one man’s struggle to find the right path to his dream. It will take your breath away and warm your heart.
David Sundstrand, author of Shadow of the Raven, Shadows of Death
Lima, Rossy Evelin, and Gerald Padilla. Animals of My Land. Animales de mi tierra. Illustrated by Gaby Rico. ISBN 978-1530316113. $12.95. $ 12.95. 8.5" x 8.5" (21.59 x 21.59 cm) Full Color Bleed on White paper. Latino Juvenile Nonfiction Book/ Animals
This is a publication of Floricanto.
Animals of My Land is the first children's trilingual book published in Nahuatl, Spanish and English in the United States and is designed to nourish the important bond between language, nature and culture. This book has been created with the intention of reconnecting with the ancient Aztec civilization and their language, while also cultivating both English and Spanish. With this book, children will be able to interact with Quetzali’s friends in three languages and learn to treasure animals as our friends.
This illustrated Spanish, English and Nahuatl trilingual book presents the most common and unique fauna of Mexico in most colorful illustrations set within magnificent background landscapes. This book is suitable for beginning readers and to be read to and it is very highly recommended. LatinoBooks.Net
Lima, Robert. Por caminos errantes. ISBN: 978-1494354367 $14.95
II ARQUEO-ANTROPOLOGÍA. A. Maya. B. Andina. III SITIOS HABANEROS. IV CALLES LIMEÑAS. The poems evoke desire and physical presence, and the sharing of his personal experience of his relationship to the objects and places in the temporal world. It is an explication for why his own impressions are vitally important. His voice does not allow us to look away from his lyrical experience. Una colección de poemas en castellano por Robert Lima.
Loisel, Dr. Clary. Clásicos de la Literatura Hispanoamericana Colonial en su Contexto Sociohistórico. ISBN: 978-0-915745-97-5. $24.95.
A clear and concise review of the most important Latin American Colonial writers whose work departed from Peninsular literary canons. Esta monografía va dirigida a los lectores que ya tienen un conocimiento básico de la literatura hispanoamericana colonial pero que quieren un análisis más profundo de algunas obras principales del canon. Este libro sobre la literatura colonial constituye un esfuerzo por reunir el testimonio de nueve escritores de los siglos XVI y XVII que han expresado algunas experiencias y vicisitudes principales de varios pueblos de Hispanoamérica para acercarse a su identidad nacional y artística. Seleccioné a estas figuras por sus contribuciones únicas a las letras hispanas. El tema central de este libro es la transformación y la "nativización" de los modelos peninsulares por los escritores del Nuevo Mundo. Es mi esperanza que, volviendo a estudiar a estos autores y obras, podamos comenzar a comprender mejor una pequeña parte de la enorme producción literaria de los dos siglos después de la llegada de Cristóbal Colón en 1492.
Divido el libro en dos partes principales: "El Siglo XVI: Literatura de la Conquista" y "El Siglo XVII: El Barroco, Arte Hispánico". Al principio de cada parte hay una introducción sobre el marco histórico-social así como de las corrientes estéticas de cada época. Cada uno de los nueve capítulos se dedica a las biografías y al análisis de la obra de losautores seleccionados: Hernán Cortés, Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga, El Inca Garcilazo de la Vega, Bernardo de Balbuena, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Juan del Valle Caviedes, Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora y Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Dr. Clary Loisel
Loisel, Clary, Ph.D. Mexican Queer Theater. Leyla Namazie, Editor. ISBN 9781519636881. $16.95.
This is a joint publication of Floricanto and Berkeley Presses.
Kudos to Clary Loisel’s Mexican Queer Theater for advancing the English translation of the early work of gifted playwrights such as Elena Guiochíns and Mayho Moreno. Loisel’s take on “Connecting People” is so right and hilariously iconoclast! The play reveals Guiochíns’s early interest in the playful deconstruction of the text and displacement of essential notions of human will. Loisel’s translation of this work marshals a great many knowledges as it rightly sutures the delivery of Connecting People’s fractured edgy humor and its contestation of time, space, and subjective agency. In contrast to this, Loisel’s skillful translation of Mayho Moreno’s beautifully seductive but disturbing Between Sun and Shadow, of a willful young woman and her thirty-something female lover, presents the reader with what appears to be an uninterrupted distracted tension between the two women, which then culminates in a sharp register of sinister dominance by the older over the younger. Thanks to Loisel’s translation, the reader realizes the younger will emerge victorious given her expansive imagination and greater capacity for dark eroticism.
Adelaida R. Del Castillo, Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies San Diego State University
Loisel, Clary. Out of the Closet onto the Stage: An Anthology of Contemporary Mexican Gay and Lesbian Theater. ISBN 978-1481288019. $26.95.
This anthology brings together seven contemporary Mexican plays with homosexual themes. The dramatists are interested in the gay and lesbian being exactly as the term says—“being”—someone who is profoundly human. This means a human being who knows how to love and to suffer, who has hopes, who wants to have a family, who needs a job, who hates, who is passionate, who gets scared, who has ideals, and who even lives or dies for them.
These plays are easily staged and are now available to independent, university-oriented, and semi-professional theater groups in the English-speaking world as well as to all other groups or organizations who may not have much financial support but who do have worlds of talent. With this anthology, Dr. Loisel presents a compilation of works that is as thematically rich as it is varied. The result is a collection that challenges monolithic definitions of being, writing, and ‘acting gay’ in contemporary Mexico. Kathy Fox, Associate Professor, Spanish, St. Ambrose University.
Loisel, Clary, Ph.D., Translator from Spanish. The Strongest Passion. By Luis Zapata. ISBN:0-915745-76-3. $23.95.
Using only dialogue as its narrative technique, Luis Zapata recounts the story of his protagonist Santiago, a middle-aged businessman hopelessly in love with Arturo, a 19-year-old teenager, who is the son of Sarita, his best friend. Through skillful and entertaining dialogues during their courtship, which continue once the conquest is achieved, the novel reflects the deep generational chasm between the characters. Santiago is the completely dedicated representative of that mythical first generation of gringos born in Mexico--but in a gay version--who cultivates values and pursues goals in life and who believes in the middle-class version of national progress through personal and individual commitment. Arturo, on the other hand, is the typical postmodern teenager: pragmatic, addicted to working out, hedonistic, vain to the point of being narcissistic, cynical to the point of being cruel, and materialistic to the point of accepting money as the only God.
López, Sandra C. Esperanza: A Latina story. ISBN: 978-0-9796457-8-5. $24.95.
. Fourteen-year old Esperanza Ignacio could only think of a few words to sum up her life: crap, man, crap! She was born into a poor Latino family living in a small crummy apartment in the barrio side of town, where the graffiti chiseled more the souls and character of the residents than it impacted the exterior looks of the buildings or anything else. Her father was a drunkard, gambler, and wife-beater who, one cold night, got arrested after a violent intrusion. Her entire circle of relatives consisted of nothing but formers—former drug-addicts, former gangsters and gang-bangers, former alcoholics, former everything. Yep, her life was nothing but a huge load of crap. And she hadn’t even started high school yet. After surviving a scorching summer heat, Esperanza enters the unfamiliar world of high-school with a tight knot in her stomach. On the very first day, she is sucked into a blunder of catastrophic events beginning with accidentally running into the world’s BIGGEST bully. And it definitely wasn’t an understatement either. Now, she has made herself the prime target for a main course. And, to top it all off, she has to see this girl everyday in P.E.! P.E.—the one class Esperanza truly despises the most. Could life be any worse for her?
López Velarde, Ramón. Poems of Ramón López Velarde. Edited and translated by Mark Jacobs. ISBN: 978-1494243791 $22.95
“The essential and supreme poet of our extensive Americas.” —Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda “López Velarde is the most admired and most carefully studied poet in Mexico . . . [He] left us a few poems . . . so perfect that it is foolish to lament those that death prevented him from writing.”—Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz “López Velarde . . . was a wonder.” —Jorge Luis Borges Millions of Mexicans know Ramón López Velarde as the author of Suave Patria, the national poem of Mexico, and a modernist masterpiece. But few inside or outside Mexico know the high opinion of him held by his fellow greats of Latin American poetry. López Velarde's Wikipedia entry correctly states: “Despite his importance, he remains a virtual unknown outside his own country.” As an example of how unknown, all the other major Mexican poets (and even some minor ones) are in The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry, but not López Velarde. He is truly a forgotten modernist master. In 1963, Pablo Neruda published his own selection of the poems of López Velarde. The Chilean Nobel Laureate even rented rooms in a former residence of López Velarde's where Neruda "began to live in the full atmosphere of López Velarde, whose poetry began to penetrate me . . . There is no more distilled poetry than his . . . [He] gave to the poetry of the Americas a flavor and a fragrance that will last forever . . . Few poets with so few words have told us so much and so eternally of their own land . . . [His] brief pages reach, in some subtle way, the eternity of poetry." M. W. Jacobs is a retired teacher, a student for decades of Latin American poetry, and a lover of Mexico for even longer. He is also the editor of Choicest Rock Band Names as Tiny Poems (Escallonia Press), and the author of the short story collections about Sixties San Francisco, San Fran ‘60s and More San Fran ‘60s (both Escallonia Press also).
Lorca, Federico García. Romancero gitano. By . Edited by Leyla Namazie. ISBN-13: 978-1-888205-65-7. $9.95
El Romancero gitano, The Gypsy Ballads, is a lyric work that Lorca began writing in 1923 and was published 1928. This Romancero is comprised of eighteen folk ballads about themes, such as night, death, blood, sky and the moon. The overriding theme is the Gypsy folk world. These ballads represent a synthesis of folk poetry and high lyrics, exposed in Andalucia and the Gypsy in a mythic and metaphoric style. This work reflects the sufferings of the Gypsy people, who are persecuted by authorities and their struggle against this repressive governmental overreach.
El Romancero gitano, The Gypsy Ballads, es una obra poética de Federico García Lorca, publicada en 1928. Este Romancero está compuesta por dieciocho romances con temas como la noche, la muerte, el cielo, la luna. Todos los poemas tienen algo en común, tratan de la cultura gitana. Representa una gran síntesis entre la poesía popular y la alta, transcurre entre dos temas prmordiales, Andalucía y los gitanos, tratados en forma metafórica y mítica. La obra refleja las penas de un pueblo que vive al margen de la sociedad y que se ve perseguido por los representantes de la autoridad, y por su lucha contra esa autoridad represiva.
Loreto de Arvizu, Jesús Ignacio. The Tortilla Maker:
A Social and Historic Mexican American
Narrative. ISBN:13: 978-1500739874. $24.95
Ignacia Arvizu, a strong-willed Mexican teenager lost her father, a wealthy cattleman. Bandidos murdered him and stole the family fortune including all personal possessions; he left behind only an empty hacienda. Ignacia’s mother became destitute and had no choice but to find homes for her bright and attractive daughters. In 1913, Ignacia reluctantly entered--forced by her desperate mother--into an arranged marriage to an older, prosperous rancher in Sonora, Mexico. Ignacia, affectionately called Nana by her grandchildren, fought her abusive husband to protect her five children, among them Ramona, the author’s mother. Nana’s husband suddenly died of pneumonia leaving her once again destitute and now with five small children of her own. Nana--determined to find a better life--walked over a hundred miles with her children in tow for weeks, to reach the nearest city. This brave and exciting memoir recounts Nana’s, her daughter Ramona’s, and (Ramona’s son) the author Jesus’s amazing journey from third-world poverty to American prosperity.
Machado, Antonio. Obras Completas. Edited by Leyla Namazie. 978-1-888205-66-4 400 pages. $24.95
POETRY / European / Spanish & Portuguese
Generación del 98, Hispanic poetry, Poesía moderna española, Spanish poetry, literatura española.
Antonio Machado was born in Seville in 1875, the second of five brothers, in the midst of a liberal family. In 1883 the whole family moves to Madrid. Machado studied in the Institución Libre de Enseñanza, which had been founded by a friend of his father. After this, he finished his studies in two schools in Madrid, San Isidro and Cardenal Cisneros.
He travels frequently to Paris, where he meets Rubén Darío and works for a few months in the publishing company Garnier. In Madrid he takes part in the literary and theatre world, and becomes part of the troupe of María Guerrero and Fernando Díaz de Mendoza. In 1907 Machado gets the French Chair in Soria, and afterwards he travels to Paris with a scholarship to study philosophy with Bergson and Bédier. His wife dies (they had only been married for 3 years) and he asks to be moved to Baeza (Jaén) where he continued to teach Spanish from 1912 to 1919.
Caminante, no hay camino,
sino estelas en la mar.
Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino, y nada más;
caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.
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McKenna, Teresa and Flora Ida Ortiz. The Educational Experience of Hispanic American Women: The Broken Web. ISBN 0942177002. $19.95.
La Mujer Latina Series. A most revealing anthology of essays and exposé on the failure of publicly funded institutions to provide and encourage the educational attainment and achievement of Hispanic American women. It also reveals that private parochial schools do by contrast a much better job in educating Hispanic women. It provides evidence that Hispanic women outperform in terms of academic achievement and aspirations Hispanic males, Anglo males and Anglo females and Blacks in parochial schools. Hispanic women are most definitely an academic success story that needs to be communicated to the public at large. Because of this success, the focus of the discussion of the education of Hispanics needs to be switched from the students to the performance of public schools. Parochial schools operate with fewer resources but a greater commitment to minority students. Hispanic American women respond to that commitment with academic excellence.
Martínez, Manuel Luis. Day of the Dead/ Día de los Muertos. ISBN 978-1-888205-19-0 . $25.95.
This is the most riveting and complex narrative of the Mexican Revolution. "I am Berto Morales. I am the false son of a nameless and blind man. I am War. I took his land through a pretense. I am Pestilence. When his heir returned to claim his birthright, I killed him. I am Murder. His comrades returned to find me, and failing to do so, took the life of my wife and child. I was Love. I determined to meet injustice with injustice. I am Hatred. I brought war to those who ended my life. I am Executioner. I am guilty of sins that have no name. I have come to the slaughter uninvited and have determined to give my life freely." And so begins the saga of Berto Morales set during the Mexican Revolution, the landscape of Day of the Dead is littered with the victims of a brutal war, one populated by a cast of villains, saints, heroes, and ordinary people whose roles are often impossible to reconcile. It is 1913 when Berto returns to his small Oaxacan ranch to find that his beloved wife, six months with child, has been brutally murdered. Devastated, he sets out to find the murderers and exact revenge, but what he will find on this journey is that justice is elusive, much more so than vengeance.
Martínez, Manuel Luis. Los Duros. ISBN: 978-1497473553 $24.95
This is a joint publication of Floricanto and Berkeley Presses. Los Duros is a destitute colonia suffocating in the brutal heat of the Mojave Desert. Families must live without running water or electricity as they attempt to survive on the edge of the Salton Sea, a toxic lake where dead fish rot and poisons pollute the shore. The reality of living in the shanty wastelands of the affluent jewel cities of southern California threatens to destroy two young men living in desperate poverty and abandonment. On a night of unthinkable violence, Banger and Tarasco will be thrust together as they confront the tragic circumstances that threatens to claim them as two more squandered casualties to the callous indifference suffered by those forced to live in the shadows. Guillermo, an idealistic teacher, and Juan, the long-absent father of one of the boys, are desperate to help them when Banger and Tarasco become suspects in a local arson and double-murder. Los Duros examines the role of fate in the lives of a generation of forgotten children; can love achieve redemption for a tortured father and raise the hope that origin does not constitute destiny? This is a crucial and timely story of a place that seems far away, but exists in the darkest recesses of our America and its dissipated dream. “In the tradition of Richard Vásquez and Tomás Rivera, Martinez brings to life the bleak — though not hopeless — world of Los Duros, a colonia of poor Latinos and undocumented workers located outside the wealth and sprawl of Palm Springs. Following the intertwined lives of four of its residents — a high school teacher newly arrived from San Antonio who uses his classroom for activism and uplift; one of his students, a man-sized Native American boy trying to hide from the world within his silence; another student, brash and angry and with a wild streak; and that boy’s estranged father, recently released from the penitentiary and wanting to atone for all the ways in which he has failed his son — Los Duros is Border Realism at its best, John Steinbeck in twenty-first century brown skin.” --David Wright, author of Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers “Los Duros is a haunting story of racism and poverty and sacrifice and love. Manuel Luis Martinez writes with such courage and grace, and he has much to show us about the comings and goings of people forced to the edge. The characters and events of this novel are unforgettable.” --Lee Martin, author of The Bright Forever Manuel Luis Martinez is a native Texan currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and daughter. He serves as an associate professor of twentieth century American literature, American studies, Chicano/Latino studies, and creative writing at the Ohio State University. His novels include, Crossing, Drift, and Day of the Dead. Most recently, he was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. For a student study guide with news articles, interviews, documentaries, and other features including interaction with the author, please visit: www.facebook.com/LosDurosNovel. You may visit the author’s webpage: ManuelMartinez.info, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martínez, Pedro. La Gringa. ISBN: 978-0-915745-94-4. $24.95.
Joe García, a Marine Colonel and childhood friend devoted to the President, Jade Stewart, La Gringa, is also told from multiple points of view that push at the edges of literary tradition. The deciphering of the Da Vinci Code discovered Jade Stewart as the descendent of the Davidic Dynasty. Her existence threatens the legitimacy of Christian orthodoxy, and she is anathema to the Christian fundamentalists. Beautiful, brilliant and single, she is a controversial and charismatic President at a time of great change in America, including a schism between the American Catholic Church and the Vatican, the admission of English speaking Canada into the United States, and the political emergence of the Mexican-American community. Her election to the Presidency in 2008 is carried on the brown backs of Chicanos in Texas and California. By the age of fifteen Jade Stewart was uncontrollable, and her wealthy, widowed father, David Stewart, takes her from the family estate in New York to his ranch in South Texas. In Laredo Jade Stewart becomes involved with Beto Guerra, a Chicano mix of Elvis and James Dean. At the age of seventeen, Jade Stewart has a child out of wedlock by Beto Guerra who had enlisted in the Marines and not returned from the wars of the Middle East. The day after the child’s birth, David Stewart tells Jade that her baby boy had died. After her election eighteen years later, President Stewart’s enemies, the terrorist Christian Militias, steal the records of her child’s birth and presumed death. Threatening to charge that the President had had an abortion, they attempt to blackmail her. The President sends Joe García to Laredo to recover the evidence that her child had died the day after birth. Embedded with compelling characters from across the spectrum of the American narrative, La Gringa is an imaginative and disturbing vision of what the future may bring.
Medina, Luis R. Emotions, culture, and mental illness: A short history of my father. Edited by Leyla Namazie. ISBN-13:978-1888205718. 242 pages. $23.95
This is a joint publication of Floricanto and Berkeley Presses.
In his first book, Emotions, Culture And Mental Illness: A Short History Of My Father, the author takes the reader on a poignant journey of self-discovery when he decides to go to Puerto Rico in search of “Monchito,” his psychopathic father whom he had not seen in nearly three decades. He explores the subject of emotions—primarily from the perspective of the philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)—and debunks the widely held notion that psychopaths are “emotionless” beings. What exactly are emotions? How do we learn to feel anything? As he examines these issues, the author takes us on an anthropological field trip deep into the harsh realities of Puerto Rico’s island culture, both past and present; he tells us the story of how he learned to become an Americano through his immersion in books, movies, and the English language. He also discusses the ambiguous political status of Puerto Ricans referring to them as a “different kind of American,” who are “neither here nor there.”
Throughout the narrative, we come face-to-face with the book’s chief subject: Monchito, his life and his times. His story is presented with brutal candor, submerging us into the depths of human suffering and the devastating effects of poverty and mental illness. Monchito’s story—told in parallel to that of the author’s—challenges the reader to explore the inseparable relationshipbetween emotions and ideas and question our notions of American identity in a fundamentally new light.
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Méndez, Jasminne. Island of Dreams. ISBN 978-1493580880. $13.95.
“My family has been forced to live like an island with no political party, president, or official language. We are not of any “new world” Columbus discovered. We are not Dominican enough or American enough to call either place home. We live and love with one foot on the ground and one foot in the sea.” This is how Jasminne Méndez describes what it was like for her to grow up a Dominican American military brat. Always feeling like a foreigner in both lands because people want to know “where you from,” and “how do you know Spanish?” In "Island of Dreams," author Jasminne Méndez, addresses these questions and their complicated answers in a multi-genre memoir that effortlessly blends poems and short stories to offer a glimpse into the challenges, joys, hopes, fears and disappointments she and her family faced being Dominican in America. Her work explores everything from the love/hate relationship she had with her hair and her mother, to the many memorable but sometimes unpleasant family vacations and holidays she shared with her parents, siblings, primos, tíos, y tías. These captivating stories and poems are about family, food, love, culture, self-discovery, assimilation, and the American dream. They are about a young girl who respects the richness and abundance of her cultural history, but who struggles to form her own identity because her Dominican values conflict with her American self and all she wants to do is find a place to call home. Join memoir-writer Jasminne Méndez in this luscious recalling of her family’s multi-faceted sojourn of family ties and their meaning, glorious cooking and eating, belonging and not belonging, and so many other complicated forays into the storied past. Sarah Cortéz, author, Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston.
Jasminne builds bridges between many worlds. Her potent voice conjures images of the Dominican Republican, Texas, Houston, the world. I've had the pleasure of seeing her perform in person. She is amazing in 3D. Actually, she performs in 6D-adding spirit, whimsy, and the future. She code-switches so brilliantly that you don't notice that she has jumped from Spanish to English to Spanglish to universal themes and back. Her work not only stands up on the page but takes on new meaning with potency, shattering barriers, breaking borders. This book will boggle your mind and thrill you. Tony Díaz, El Librotraficante, founder of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say.
Méndez, Matt. Twitching Heart. Edited by Yasmeen Namazie and Genevieve Miller. ISBN 978-1480257023. $17.95.
This is exactly how a winning debut should read—fluid and raw, redemptive and inevitable. Underneath the humor runs a gifted storyteller’s nuanced take on the paradox of the outsider. A triumphant first swing from one of the new stars in the next generation of Chicano lit. --Manuel Muñoz, author of What You See in the Dark
Méndez’s stories emerge out of the gritty and working-class barrios of El Paso. At times gesturing towards the magical realism south of the border, his characters struggle to carve out a piece of the “American Dream,” but the difficulties they endure often leave them speechless. This is where Méndez’s strength as a writer is most visible. While his characters struggle to find the right words, he does not. His prose is restrained, his metaphors apt, and his details are damn near perfect. The desert might be unforgiving, but Méndez is able to impart a degree of grace into his stories without resorting to sentimentality. One of the sharpest young writers in the Southwest, he gives voice to a region that has remained on the periphery of American literature for far too long. His will be a career to watch closely. --D. Seth Horton, Series Editor, New Stories from the Southwest and Series Co-Editor, Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri
El Paso is at the center of the new map of the West. Matt Méndez writes from, and about, Chuco's heart. --Dagoberto Gilb, author of Before the End, After the Beginning
Born in El Paso (Chuco), TX Matt Méndez joined after the Air Force after graduating high school and after four years of active duty moved to Tucson, AZ where he works as an aircraft technician. He attended Pima Community College and the University of Arizona where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A in Media Arts. He went on to earn an MFA from the University of Arizona where he has taught fiction and other writing courses. Matt Méndez has been a speaker for Pima Community College’s Adelante Program, a program designed to help Chicanos earn college degrees, a community organizer working with teachers from TUSDs banned MAS curriculum, and a facilitator of creative writing workshops with Tucson youth. He also reviews books for the El Paso Times and currently lives in Tucson with his wife and daughter.
Mercado, Doris. The Armor of Love and Hope. Yasmeen Namazie, Editor. ISBN 978-1494245993. $24.95.
This is a joint publication of Floricanto and Berkeley Presses. Doris Mercado’s memoir is one of perseverance and reconciliation, reminiscent of Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life and Ernesto Galarza’s Barrio Boy. Her story is partly one of family but also one of self-reliance, recounting her troubled childhood in Ponce, Puerto Rico and also poverty and homelessness in Massachusetts. What I most admired in the work was the author’s frankness, her ability to portray family truths so intimately and honestly. –John Paul Jaramillo, author of The House of Order Stories.
Kirkus Review: Mercado’s memoir chronicles how a middle child from a large family experiences love, forgiveness and hope despite a lifetime of abuse, neglect and abandonment in the mountains of Puerto Rico. The memoir opens with scenes of an idyllic childhood. Mercado lived in a small town outside Ponce, Puerto Rico, where her life included colorful characters in a bustling community. There were eight children at the beginning of Mercado’s story, all battling to use a single bathroom and hairbrush. Doris’ mother, Lina, worked as a seamstress. She was stern, but she encouraged 4-year-old Doris to read the newspaper.
Doris’ father was well-liked and played affectionately with the children in their chaotic but happy household. Within two years, two more boys were born into the Mercado family; both needed extensive medical attention. The strain took its toll, and finally, the family moved in with Doris’ beloved grandmother in the mountain town of Jayuya. After the move, Doris’ life deteriorated. Her mother beat her repeatedly with a broomstick, and Doris spent many days nursing badly bruised limbs. Life continued to fall apart for the Mercado clan, particularly when Doris’ paternal grandmother invited Lina and the youngest children to New York for a fresh start.
Doris and five of her siblings were left in the care of their father, although it was 14-year-old Doris who assumed chief responsibility. Within days of her mother’s departure, Doris’ father also walked out without explanation, leaving Doris and the others to fend for themselves. This living arrangement continued for another three years. Doris warned the children to keep their situation secret, so they wouldn’t alert the authorities. This profoundly sad story of neglect is told in simple, direct language. Doris’ capacity for forgiveness is astonishing, as is her single-minded focus on the love she feels for the brothers and sister left in her care. She eventually moved to the U.S., and her reunification with her parents was filled with more pain and abuse. Mercado’s reaching adulthood in one piece is remarkable; arriving with her soul intact is miraculous. A straightforward, moving story about resilience.
Mesa Ledesma, Ramón. Migrant Earth. ISBN:13: 978-1888205534 . $22.95
Migrant Earth very eloquently documents the travels and travails of a family of Mexican migrant workers as they wander the Western United States in the nineteen forties and fifties. These are poignant tales that paint the life and death struggle of a family living on the periphery of a dominant white culture that simultaneously loathed and needed them. They owned but the clothes on their backs and lived in rat infested, dilapidated agricultural labor camps throughout the Pacific Northwest. They worked from sunup to sundown in pesticide laced fields under scorching, unrelenting summer suns. While wandering the countryside working the fields--white society was too genteel to harvest--they dreamed of better times and the safety of a piece of land they could call home. Ultimately they were able to save enough to purchase a small thirty acre farm in Eastern Washington. But just when the hard life seemed over, his padres divorced and mamá with nine children in tow was sent back on the migrant labor circuit.
Mock, Carlos T., M.D. Borrowing Time: A Latino Sexual Odyssey. ISBN 0-915745-54-2. $24.95.
“Whatever your orientation, no matter your ethnicity, you’ll never be the same after a journey through this odyssey. A vivid and visceral portrayal of a sexual and political coming-of-age in today’s America—and beyond.” Laura S. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor, DePaul University; Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times.
“Gay literature is rich in so many areas, yet we still have a need for strong stories from the world of Latino culture—about family, about youth, about coming out, about creating adult relationships, about AIDS. Now, Carlos Mock give us a strong Puerto Rican story that deals with all these isues.” —Patricia Nell Warren, author of The Front Runner and The Wild Man.
Mock, Carlos T. Cuba Libre. Mentirita! ISBN 978-1-888205-16-9. $25.95.
The Cuba Libre ("Free Cuba") is a cocktail made of Cola, lime, and rum. Both the cocktail and its name remain politically loaded due to the history and current status of Cuba-United States relations. The situation is further complicated by Bacardi's political involvement in Cuba. Cuba Libre is sometimes called "Mentirita" ("little lie") by Cuban exiles opposed to the current Communist government run by Fidel Castro, as a comment that Cuba is currently not free. Cuba Libre "Mentirita" is a history book. It is a different kind of history book in that it focuses on the Afro-Cuban population of the country. It traces its roots and attempts to explore their concept of "freedom". Whereas, for some, Cuba is not free, for others it is--if they define their freedom as not being dominated by the white race. This is a Cuban history book filled with firsthandaccounts and anecdotes--and takes the reader through Cuba's history from José Martí to the present regime.
Mock, Carlos T. Infinitas. ISBN: 978-1-888205-38-1. $19.95.
As a Puerto Rican living in the US, I no longer fit into my homeland. Every time I travel there, I'm considered un Americano. I'm always addressed in the English language. What's worse, my Puerto Rican friends who live on the Island don't seem to care about me anymore. I guess we've gone our separate ways-I've become too public with my homosexuality, while they endure best by living within the closet. On this side of the pond, in the United States, there are Puerto Ricans who have never been to Puerto Rico. They don't speak Spanish, they don't know our history or culture-yet, they declare themselves Puerto Rican. To them, I am less Puerto Rican than they because, in their eyes I didn't experience the same discrimination from the white culture while growing up as they did. So, where do I fit- what am I?
Mock, Carlos T., M.D. Mosaic Virus. ISBN: 9780915745798. $23.95.
By It is 1983. In Rome, Cardinal Siri, the most powerful Cardinal in the Vatican, summons a young Jesuit priest and assigns him a grave and urgent task. The Vatican has been keeping secret an epidemic of deaths among priests in the northeastern United States. Father Javier Barraza must determine how and why they are dying-and whether a suspected international conspiracy against the Holy Roman Church is coming to fruition. Barraza is an Argentinean who has risen swiftly through the ranks to the post of Devil's Advocate--an investigator of candidates for sainthood. In his new assignment, his path immediately intersects with Lillian Davis-Lodge, a special agent with the FBI, and a compelling figure from Barraza's past. The reappearance of Lillian is more than mere coincidence; she is far from the "special agent" she claims to be. She occupies the highest echelons of power in the United States, with full access to information and influence. Secrets and spies inhabit the subterranean world of the Church just as they do the government of the United States, and a disturbing trail of evidence strongly indicates to Barraza that his Church may be complicit in what he has been assigned to investigate.
Mock, Carlos T.. Papi Chulo. ISBN: 978-0-9796457-0-9. $24.95.
"If self-identity is a crucial issue in this literature, then national identity is what Carlos Mock addresses; and Papi Chulo, actually is the story of a country as seen through the eyes and lives of three strong women of several generations. For Carlos Mock, the theme is felt so strongly that it must be openly expressed. "To Puerto Ricans, I've become an American. But to Americans of Puerto Rican descent, I'm insufficiently Puerto Rican because I've not undergone the years of prejudice they have." So the question becomes, who are any of these characters, these authors, these people? And we've not yet begun to explore other themes of this writing: machismo versus homosexuality, male versus female, and how or even why that should alter to catch up to the rest of the world. Or the role of the various religions--Catholicism versus Santeria, for example--that permeates in the novel. So much to read. So much to think of. Meanwhile welcome to this new line of Floricanto gay Hispanic books. I hope you enjoy the work, as much as I've enjoyed it." Felice Picano
Montoya, David. One of a Kind. By Edited by Donald Elder. ISBN:978-1973725961. $14.95. 6" x 9" 130 pages
Biography Latino Hispanic book, Chicano literature book, Latino literature book, Latino memoir Book
This book is published by Floricanto Press. www.FloricantoPress.com
While the United States has taken great strides towards equality since the end of the Second World War, some citizens have found that journey more tortuous than others. David Montoya, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, certainly falls into that category. After a relatively uneventful childhood spent in northern New Mexico, his life changed dramatically at the age of eleven when his family relocated to the eastern part of the state. For the first time in his life, he faced overt and often violent hostility because of his ethnicity. Refusing to accept the discriminatory attitudes prevalent at the time simply, David decided instead to live life on his terms. Facing numerous obstacles along the way—including a period of incarceration in the New Mexico State Penitentiary—David managed to become a skilled craftsman and respected member of the community of Portales, New Mexico. Supported by his family and sustained by his faith, David Montoya stands as an example of how an American citizen can help to overcome prejudice and help move the nation closer to a true equality for all. Dr. Donald Elder
Moore, Burton. Edited by Roberto Cabello-Argandoña and Yasmeen Namazie. The Great Latino Revolt, Oscar Zeta Acosta, and the Birth of the Latino Insurrection. ISBN 978-1482773781. $14.95.
This is a joint publication of Floricanto Press and Berkeley Press. Buffalo, as he was known in the barrios of Los Angeles among street people, at the height of the riots in in the late 1960’s and 7O’s, was the epitome of the Movimiento. He was smart, rebellious, unpredictable, occasionally high on drugs, but terrifyingly honest to himself and the world. This is the story of the rage and fury that swept LA during the gestation of the Movimiento Chicano and of the remarkable life of Oscar Zeta Acosta, a radical civil-rights lawyer who defended Chicano activists, won new rights for Latinos, and challenged the LA estab1ishment. Burton Moore, a journalist and writer who worked with Attorney Acosta, witnessed many of the events that swept Los Angeles into a new age. He recounts the famous school walk-outs, the confrontations with the Catholic Church, the arson at the Biltmore Hotel, the rebellion in the streets, the Chicano protest at UCLA, and the Moratorium Riot, which ended with the untimely death of Ruben Salazar. These events are pictured against a background of life in East Los Angeles a generation ago. It is written as a tribute to that generation and to the young men and women who were inspired by the Movimiento. The author covers the legal skirmishes orchestrated by Oscar Acosta following the riots of the late 1960’s—to free vatos y carnales from incarceration and police brutality—and provides an intimate biography replete with little known facts of his life from his youth to his untimely and mysterious death. Acosta emerges as a towering leader capable of inspiring and rallying the community in the streets, mesmerizing the TV audiences, and defending effectively the rioters in court. A restless man who was in conflict with himself, and able in the end to endure his own nightmares. Burton Moore was a renowned journalist, and social critic on the tradition of Oscar Lewis and Michael Harrington. Upon nearing the completion of this hook, he, and his family, were unexpectedly informed of his impending death of cancer. Burton Moore bravely carried on this important testimony of social injustice in the barrios of L.A. He had set to accomplish it, most elegantly. A seemingly simple, but elusive and daunting task of explaining the events and historical roots at play on a series of riots in the Mexican American community in the decades of 1970s and 1980s through the tale of the life of one of the most tenacious leaders of those volatile times, Oscar Zeta Acosta. Burton Moore has legated to his family, friends, and the Latino community in general, and the Mexican American community, in particular, which he so much loved, a clear and invaluable insight that social justice is a conditio sine qua non for social peace. Undoubtedly, he embarked on warning America that disparities of wealth, education, and opportunities, and racism will inevitably lead to periodic social disruptions. Burton Moore shall not be a vox clamantis in desertus, a lonely voice in the desert, but an unequivocal J’accuse, a historical indictment to an unjust society. He regarded nothing which concerned man as alien to his interests: homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto. We shall keep his voice alive for years to come, and as new generations of Americans emerge, they shall learn of his message of social peace and justice. Burton Moore you shall be missed Resquiscat In Pacem, amicus noster. Roberto Cabello-Argandoña.
La Mujer Latina Series
This is an award-winning anthology of short stories by the author of the novel The Deaths of Don Bernardo (Floricanto Press, 1989). Mario Bencastro, from The Washington Review says that "Bárbara Mujica narrates with singular mastery and luxury of detail, creating characters that are both remarkable and familiar... [She] has succeeded in transcending the narrative itself in order to convey emotions and exalt human values."
Far from My Mother's Home is Bárbara Mujicas collection of stories written during the decade prior to the publication of The Deaths of Don Bernado. Therefore, they offer the reader a glimpse of the development of certain aesthetic and conceptual elements that bore fruit in the novel. For example, in these stories we see a growing concern for the ways that different ethnic groups interact. Like the novel, many of these stories are constructed upon a multicultural perspectivism in which persons from different ethnic and social groupsHispanics, Americans; whites, Indians; landowners, peasantsreact to a single circumstance in diverse ways because of their particular cultural outlooks. Furthermore, in both her novel and her stories, Bárbara Mujica uses humor to emphasize the absurdity of the dilemmas that result from our intransigence in ethnic (and other) matters.
“‘Gotlib, Bombero,’ a stunningly successful story by Barbara Mujica, recounts the efforts of Emesto Gotlib, a Chilean-born Jew, to be accepted by his Latin American peers . . . It is a tribute to Mujica’s talent as a storyteller and a writer that the reader fully shares in Gotlib’s anguish.”
Abigail Davis, “The Bloomsbury Review”
“Bárbara Mujica narrates with a singular mastery and luxury of detail, creating characters that are both remarkable and familiar... [She] has succeeded in transcending the narrative itself in order to convey profound emotions and to exalt human values.”
Mario Bencastro, “The Washington Review”
“Bárbara Mujica has a natural narrative talent. She narrates from the gut, from the inside, with a curious eye and great dramatic power, stories of worlds that collide and disconnect.”
Jorge Edwards, Author of “Persona Non Grata”
Muñoz, María del Pilar. Dreams. Sueños. ISBN 978-1-888205-24-4. $22.95.
Interpretation of dreams has been practiced by mankind for thousands of years. The hermeneutics of dreams varies from culture to culture. Latino culture has always been fascinated with the mystery of dreams and has its own approach to their significance. We can learn a lot from our dreams about ourselves, our past, present and future, our fears and hopes, our community, our health, mental state, feelings and much more. Dreams is a book that will help you understand your dreams, look at the interpretations and meanings of dream symbols, learn special methods of self-dream psychoanalysis, reveal the subtle inferences and meaning of common dreams, such as falling teeth, flying, falling, chase, and more. You will also find here interpretation of special dream themes like scenes, sounds, feelings and colors, numbers, animals, food, houses, ocean, forest and etc . . . look for items and symbols that are prevalent in your dreams.
Neissa, Peter A. Dictatorship: The Imposition of U.S. Culture on Latin America Through Translation. ISBN: 978-1-888205-10-7. $24.95.
This book focuses on how a dictator or a culturally dominant power can use language to impose cultural values. As an instrument of power, language is used by a dictator to educate, induce, or manipulate a nation's citizens into acting in accordance with the ruling power's cultural values and beliefs. Jorge Zalamea's El Gran Burundún-Burundá ha muerto, Gabriel García Márquez's El otoño del patriarca, and Mario Vargas Llosa's La fiesta del Chivo draw attention to how the use of the vernacular can resist cultural imposition by employing specific words in order to represent its own culture and nature of reality. The original significance of these words is then altered in the translated text creating a new meaning determined by the dictator's or translator's ideology and usage. The new words that have substituted the original ones reveal how the construction of language defines relationships of power and resistance between a dictator and his nation, or between one culture and another, such as the relations of the United States over Latin America. The analysis of this relationship will provide an understanding of how language functions as an instrument for the imposition of power to gain or maintain cultural or political supremacy.
Neissa, Peter A. The Druglord. ISBN 091574526. $22.95.
It is the true life story of Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha, the drug lord of the Bogota branch of the Colombian Drug Cartel, this historical novel offers a factual and knowledgeable Colombian perspective that well connected Colombians have known for years: the real Drug Cartel, a group consisting of over two-hundred drug traffickers, met for the first time in 1976, not to discuss drugs, but to devise a solution to the kidnapping and murders inflicted upon them by the Marxist guerrillas. This led to cooperation on other matters --like cocaine. The Drug Lord, born an outcast in 1952, during Colombia's bloody civil war, rose from poverty to multi-billionaire status in the violent world of cocaine traffic. It is the gripping story of the Drug Lord's history when at age six, he witnesses the massacre of his family by the Colombian Army. It shows his involvement with the adolescent city gang, El Centro, which controlled Colombia's lucrative emerald black market, to the Cartel's development from a national to international status.
Nieto, Maria. Pig Behind The Bear. Edited by Ms. Yasmeen Namazie and Jose Hernández; Illustrated by Celeste McCarty. ISBN 978-1480093676. $19.95.
It is 1971, one year after the killing of famed LA Times reporter, Rubén Salazar. A junior reporter, Alejandra Marisol, who works for the LA Times is asked to write a commemorative piece on Salazar in recognition of the one-year anniversary of his death. While doing work for the piece, Alejandra finds that she is embroiled in a murder mystery that appears to have ties to Ruben Salazar's death. Alejandra uncovers a world of evil and corruption with the help of an unlikely collection of people who become heroes and who challenge us to think differently about ourselves and the world we live in; Rocky the philosophizing WWI veteran, Sumire, the clairvoyant ex-Japanese internment camp prisoner, Tia (Aunt) Carmen, the wise-cracker who can wield a powerful left leg jab with a retractable prosthesis, Tony and Chucho, the neighborhood homeboys, and Gato the wonder cat.
Alejandra also gets help from a dancing Jesus who feels misunderstood, and from his mom, Mary, who bestows Alejandra with a tube of lipstick that helps Alejandra unleash her inner strength. The reader will travel through streets and townships where rich Angelino culture comes to life, and where tragedy and despair are transformed into hope.
This is a joint publication of Floricanto and Berkeley Presses.
Maria Nieto’s newest novel treats the reader to a fast paced drama told with grit and undercoated with humor. The story, set in 1971, is centered on the canny, spirited and charming Los Angeles Times reporter, Alejandra Marisol. Alejandra displays relentless tenacity as she delves into the bowels of corrupt city politics, shady real-estate transactions, and an overbearing Archdiocese to fish out the truth surrounding unspeakable crimes using the art of deduction and forensic science. While the story clearly demonstrates that the present is inextricably tied to the past, it does not let us forget that ordinary people have the ability to override the power of history to shape destiny.
Ollé, Carmen. Noches de Adrenalina\Nights of Adrenaline. Translated by Anne Archer. La Mujer Latina. English/Spanish bilingual parallel text. ISBN: 0-915745-46-1. $14.95.
"CAUTION: Nights of Adrenaline is a text of intense, incisive, and extreme violence--but also, paradoxically, and at certain moments, of an almost innocent tenderness. The obsessive exploration of the feminine condition, exploration of body and mind and of their unstable and intermingled overlappings, as well as of a woman's conflictive social placement in a world made neither by nor for her, yields a tension that is highly explosive in a poetry that relinquishes nothing: not the banal, not the quotidian, not the obscene.
Carmen Ollé is one of the most important Latin American poets of the twentieth century." Antonio Cornejo Polar, University of California at Berkeley and Universidad de San Marcos, Lima.
Otero, Daniel. Galician Memories. ISBN ISBN-13: 978-1530915644. $18.95. 6" x 9" Latino Nonfiction Book/ Biographies
This book is published by Floricanto Press.
Simon Baixa was born in the town of O Grove, Galicia, Spain and was literally born with a mark on his back, a target of society’s injustices. a victim of circumstances when his parents are taken away by the Franco regime and were made to disappear for their political beliefs; this three-year-old orphan is, then adopted by his Uncle Antonio, a member of the local Amo do fuma (a version of Galicia’s Mafia).
Simon grows up to become a smuggler within this family of bootleggers whom try to survive against poverty. As Antonio’s liquor routes begin to prosper, the local Amo do fuma Chief, Esteban Concepcao begins to take notice. Esteban wants these routes for himself and when Antonio rejects his proposal, this mob boss will send his enforcer, Guillo. When one attempt of a shakedown against Simon fails, the Baixa family will become a target of Esteban’s ruthless ambitions. Jonathan, Antonio’s son takes a beating from Guillo that nearly cost him his life. Here’s where Simon does the unimaginable, a ‘hit’ on the mob boss and his enforcer.
Simon has to run and leave Galicia for good! Without any other alternatives, he escapes to France and foolishly joins the French Foreign Legion under a falsified alias. Is Simon’s service to France redemption or will it sink him further into hell’s depravity? Violence will be a part of Simon’s life, from the back roads of Galicia to the battlefields of the Balkans.
Daniel Otero, intends to bring light on the dark side of Galician life. On an existing problem that has dampened this beautiful most northwestern region and mysterious place of Spain. Few authors have focused internationally in the past on the issues of Galicia and its secret society, the Amo do fuma (Galicia’s version of the Mafia). With proud traditions and Celtic ancestry, Galicia has today evolved into greatness against poverty and overwhelming odds. It further focuses on survival a mist crisis and how a boy has to be taken brutally and yanked from his childhood to become a man! The author skillfully meshes history, Galicia’s social problems, a gangsters’ way of life and militarism. Without any apologies, Daniel wants to give Galicia its overdue honors. By saying, “It’s our time!”
Gorgaroth. By Miguel Ángel Páez Muñoz. ISBN: 978-1514291160 . $20.95.
The Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, la veneradísima Real Academia de la Lengua, the institution that protects Castillian from barbarians and linguistic rebels, must be up in arms!! Miguel Ángel Páez Muñoz is not only a creative writer of the first order, but also he is someone who makes the story and the characters the center of his literary creations, not the Spanish language, the Castillian, per se, rather it becomes just a fluid, compliant, and convenient vehicle to transport his ideas. This author takes the Spanish syntax, morphology, and linguistic conventions and throw them out the window, however his words are clear, his stories are funny and enthralling. Leyla Namazie, LatinoBooks.net.
“Qué bello el bilingüismo, la lengua inglesa, esas runas modernas que esconden tantos secretos, recovecos, acertijos, muñequitas rusas unas dentro de otras, misterios de sociólogo patrio.” - JORGE LUIS BORGES
“Sí, es verdad, me inspiré en Gorgaroth para el personaje del coronel Aureliano Buendía. Tienen la misma mística del olor del mar caribe. Sé que es difícil de entender, pero el espacio-tiempo tiene esas curvas.”– GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ hasta arriba de Prozac
“Prefiero a Jack Skeleton, es más goth. Pero una versión de Hollywood dirigida por Tim Burton no estaría nada mal.” - LUCÍA SOLAZ FRASQUET
“¿Gorgaroth? ¿En qué libro de la saga saqué este personaje? Porque seguro que es mío. Ya ni me acuerdo de cuántos metí en Una Canción de Hielo y Fuego. ¿Me está plagiando el tal Páez éste?” - GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
“Una memorable lectura repleta de amenas líneas e imágenes para recordar, como la del divertido sacrificio de la chica en la iglesia en Cabo de Gata.” - GOATS HEAD LITERARY REVIEW
“Este libro no debería ser leído en público, por el ridículo que pueda el lector pasar al emitir sonoras risotadas. Recuerden tan solo a María la Rusa conduciendo el tanque por Albox.” - PERRANG NEWS
“Ya en serio, este es un libro muy malvado, más que cualquier otro en la Historia del Mundo. Sin exagerar. Me decapito de pensar en él.” - BLACK SATURDAY TIMES
“No solo divertidísimo, sino también informativo y lleno de rigurosa perspectiva sobre el underground doom y death noruego, esos temas tan atractivos que el insondable gran público demanda constantemente, pues… ¿quién sabía lo de la novia del componente de Mayhem? Yo no.” - INDEPENDENT ON MONDAY
Perez, Annie Mary. Almond Tequila. By Edited by Leyla Namazie. ISBN: 978-1544188041 $19.95
Fiction / Hispanic & Latino, Chicano literature, Latino literature, Hispanic literature, Latinos--Social life and customs Fiction, Barrio life Fiction
Puerto San Carlos is Jake’s idea of paradise. A place where he could fish all day, play his guitar, and drink tequila all day long. He has been visiting this dusty little fishing village with its colorful inhabitants and curious superstitions and customs for the past eight summers. When Socorro Reyes vows to put a brujería on her former friend for cheating her, Jake persuades her to let karma handle it. When Ricardo Avila fails to carry out his dead mother’s wishes, the man receives an unexpected visitor. When Xochitl Madrigal asks Jake to captain El Barco de Libros, little does he know that they will be sailing into the eye of a storm. Between all this and trying to save the endangered sea turtles, it turns out to be an eventful summer, leading Jake to make a life changing decision.
Captivating and descriptive, Almond Tequila evokes the richness of Baja California where stunning scenery, aquatic wildlife, tasty cuisine, and warm melodies soothe the soul. The reader is immersed in folkloric culture, gentle surf, island breezes, and the amazing flavor of chocolate clams.—José Chavez, Author, Estrellitas y Nopales~ Little Stars and Cactus
Pérez, Annie Mary. Clay Hills and Mud Pies. ISBN 978-1481184809. $14.95.
Skeletons abound in this revealing but poignant biography recounting a Mexican American family’s one hundred year history in the United States. Three Memoirs in one, this San Diego Book Awards Finalist is rich with Mexican folklore and Americana. In Book One, which opens with a ghost story, the author describes her father’s life growing up motherless in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It includes early memories of sleeping in abandoned houses, working for his aunt, who was a bootlegger, riding the rails as a youth, serving in World War II, and finally, marrying her mother in February of 1946. In Book Two she describes her mother’s life growing up on a dairy farm in Mesilla, New Mexico during the Depression. It includes early memories of picking cotton as a child and the first of a series of prophetic dreams. It also includes stories of her grandmother’s encounter with the Twelve Apostles and her grandfather’s finding buried treasure. In Book Three, she describes her own life growing up in a Los Angeles barrio, early memories of domestic violence, her parents’ divorce, caring for her parents in their declining years, and ultimately, dealing with the loss. The book concludes with her father’s philosophies on youth and life. “Young people especially will benefit from this pleasant read. They will feel inspired to set their own goals.” Ambassador Julián Nava.
Pérez, Irene. Encounter Between Cuentos and Versos . ISBN: 978-1494379919 $14.95
This is a publication of Floricanto Press. "Encounter between cuentos and versos" is a gem to treasure as stories told in poetic forms for readers of all ages—from young adults to the more experienced and seasoned booklover. These poems show us a childhood lived in Puerto Rico, and they uncover a heart awakening to meet the complexity of a new life in the U.S. mainland. The many contrasts found here serve as portals into a private self facing fear and courage—“If you dare startle what’s inside the wall…”—and into the public self looking outwards with compassion—“But one day/Beyond the noise of all histories . . .” The Spanish dispersed throughout this collection adds a necessary pulse to the poet’s love and care for the beat and rhythm of language. But at its core, this work stands strong with meaning, encountering beauty, through lyricism, in the past and in the attention to the now.
In these sensual, intensely given, sometimes fantastical poems and prose pieces, we are given scenes of conception, birth and childhood, of a family uprooted from Puerto Rico to Brooklyn, landing in Jersey City and beyond. In Perez’s world, everything is made to count, the body passage into white dresses, “life fires and hurricanes”, “long hallways marked by doors”, the astrological influence of the planets in our whirling heavens. Her’s is an original, colorful and complex voice, and her poems do honor to our memories. —Colette Inez, author of The Luba Poems.
Cultures collide in this riveting work, but Irene Perez navigates us to safety with her glittering verse. While the world she paints is agridulce, she never forgets to sweeten all that is sour. Get ready to be transported. —Stephanie Elizondo Griest, author of Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines.
In and out, up and down, here and there, then and now, body and spirit, hard and soft, black, white, and colors in between, wind and silence, water and sand, asleep and awake...take turns, join and separate in these poems and prose work to create a tapestry of feelings shared through lyricism and passion for language. —Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Count of Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships /Cuenta Conmigo: Historias Conmovedoras de Hermandad y Amistades Incondicionales.
Irene Pérez Irene’s short stories and poems have appeared in Kalyani Magazine, South Florida Arts Journal, Northern Liberties Light, New Mirage Journal, Acentos Review, Ardent, Mangrove, Gulfstreaming Magazine, Long Shot, The Américas Review, The Bilingual Review. She has written non-fiction pieces for Somos Padres: A Newsletter for Parents and Educators, LatinGirl Magazine and Críticas. She is currently working on her first novel.
Pérez Gay, José María. The Unfortunate Passion of Hermann Broch. Dr. Eduardo Jiménez, Translator. ISBN: 978-0-9796457-3-0. $22.95.
Having earned its author, José María Pérez Gay, the Austrian Cross of Honor for Arts and Sciences (first class), this acclaimed, concise biography focuses on novelist Hermann Broch's preoccupation with his Austrian-Jewish heritage and examines his obsession with human morality, social and moral decadence and mass psychology, specifically, in relation to the tragic historical events of the first half of the twentieth century. In contrast to Franz Kafka's worldwide fame, the effect that Broch (and his colleague Robert Musil) had on the literary world outside Central Europe has remained, until quite recently, rather unappreciated.
At the root of his profound literary achievement is his analytical clairvoyance concerning the crisis of values that would culminate in the ignominious catastrophes of the Second World War.
Pérez Gay, Rafael. Heaven is Hard to Swallow =Paraísos duros de roer. Translated in to English by Dr. Eduardo Jiménez Mayo. ISBN: 978-1-888205-29-9. $22.95.
A forlorn psychoanalyst; a cultural historian exploring the possibility of life after death; a middle-aged couple that schedules a rendezvous with a younger version of itself; a man who compensates for his phobia of death and dying with intense sadomasochistic practices; a writer who futilely explores the sexual habits and customs of Mexico City: These five short stories comprise the body of Heaven is Hard to Swallow (Paraísos duros de roer), the latest masterpiece of the phenomenal Mexican publisher, journalist and fiction writer, Rafael Pérez Gay.
Pierce, Dale. Matadores: Latino Bullfighters en el Ruedo de Toros. ISBN: 978-1-888205-07-7. $23.95.
Matadores is a unique, solid, and authoritative collective biography covering the career of various Latino and a few American toreros, who performed in the old Plaza Monumental de Toros of Ciudad Juárez over the plaza’s five decades of operation. This detailed reference book includes over 200 biographies of matadores, novilleros, rejoneadores, picadores, banderilleros and even a handful of writers who were regulars in the plaza. There is an ample selection of both famous and not-so-famous names. Among the biographies covering high points of their careers are Calesero, Luis Procuna, Carlos Arruza, Armillita, the Capetillos, Fernando Dos Santos, Finito, Inclusero, García Higuras, Francisco Ruiz Miguel, Cordobés, Mario Sevilla, Caleserito, Marian Ramos, Manolo Martínez, Eloy Cavazos, Curro Rivera, Curro Leal, Geno, David Renk, Jesús Solórzano, Fabián Ruiz, Jaime Bravo, Guillermo Montes Sortibrán, Jose Antonio Gaona, Bernardo Valencia, John Fulton, Patricia McCormick, Rogelio Leduc, Fabián Barba, Gastón Santos, and many others. Mr. Pierce also pays tribute to what may well have been one of the greatest days in the Monumental bullring during the 1979 season, when a rejoneador and three mediocre toreros gave the showing of their respective lifetimes to the dreaded toros de Casablancas, the bull ranch owned by impresario Hurtado. Large, difficult to handle by inexperienced matadors and with unshaven horns, no figures would face examples of this herd. Thus, the lesser-knowns with something to gain would take chances with them. Gastón Santos, John Fulton, Bernardo Valencia and Rogelio Leduc did so, cutting a total of seven ears before the afternoon was over. Matadores is not only an authoritative reference source of toreros Latinos, but it also pays homage to the arte taurina, las faenas, to both bullfighter and bulls, to the extraordinary men who have kept and still keep alive an ancestral Hispanic cultural tradition.
Polkinhorn, Harry; Alfredo Velasco & Malcom Lambert, compilers. El Libro De Caló: The Dictionary of Chicano Slang. ISBN: 0915745194. $22.95.
The most authoritative dictionary and guide to understanding the dialect popularly spoken by Chicanos in the Southwest. It includes user's guide, concordance from the English to Caló. It includes index & concordance. Highly recommended. LA RED Columnist.
Poniatowska, Elena. La vendedora de nubes. Clouds for Sale. ISBN: 978-1499244564 $14.95
A little girl had a dream that became a reality: a beautiful cloud that followed her everywhere. One morning she decided she had to sell her pet cloud, because her family was very poor. She led the cloud to the farmers’ market and started calling out “Cloud for Sale!” A lot of customers came by, but they all wanted to use the cloud for their own purposes. Choosing a new owner for the cloud was not an easy task. Who do you think took off with the cloud?
The author: In 2014 Elena Poniatowska Amor was honored with the Cervantes Award, the most prestigious international prize for literature written in Spanish, which is sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize for literature in Spanish. Elena was born in Paris, France, May 19, 1932, and moved to Mexico when she was 10 years old. She has written several children’s stories and more than 50 books for adults, many of them translated into English, including Massacre in Mexico, Dear Diego, Tinísima, and Nothing, nobody, the voices of the Earthquake. She has won the Alfaguara Literary Prize, the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, and the Seix Barral Prize. In 2002, Elena was awarded the National Prize of Arts and Sciences, the highest given to an intellectual in Mexico. In the U.S., she has received the Mary Moors Cabot Award for Journalism in 2004 and the International Women Media Foundation Award in 2006. She is an Officer of the French Legion d’Honneur, and she has received honorary doctorates from more than five universities.
The illustrator: Rafael Barajas Durán (El Fisgón) was born in Mexico in 1956. He received a university degree as an architect, but at the age of 20 he turned his attention to drawing cartoons. He has drawn political cartoons for the Mexico City newspaper La Jornada since 1984. He established the magazine El Chamuco in 2006, and continues to serve as its co-director and contributor. He has received several prestigious awards, including the National Journalism Award in 1999. He has illustrated more than 20 children’s books, including another one by Elena Poniatowska, Sansimonsi. He is both the author and illustrator of several children’s books, including ¿Me planchas mi elefante, por favor?, and Mi mascota es una bacteria. One of his books has been translated into English: How to Succeed at Globalization: A Primer for the Roadside Vendor.
The translator: Kay (Kayla) S. García is Professor of Spanish in the School of Language, Culture and Society at Oregon State University. She is the author of Broken Bars: New Perspectives from Mexican Women Writers (University of New Mexico Press, 1994) and Latino and Latina Leaders of the Twenty-first Century (Floricanto Press, 2013). Her published work includes several translations of short stories and poems, as well as five book-length literary translations: Mourning for Papá: A Story of a Syrian-Jewish Family in Mexico (Los dolientes by Jacobo Sefamí); Paletitas de guayaba/On a Train Called Absence, co-translated with the author, Erlinda Gonzales-Berry; When I was a Horse and Other Stories (collection of stories by Brianda Domecq); The Astonishing Story of the Saint of Cabora (La insólita historia de la Santa de Cabora by Brianda Domecq); and Eleven Days (Once días . . . y algo más, by Brianda Domecq).
Ramirez, Alberto. Everything That Could Not Happen Will Happen Now. ISBN-13: 978-1537753591. $23.95
This book is published by Floricanto Press: www.FloricantoPress.com
A riveting and poignant novel, “Everything That Could Not Happen Will Happen Now,” delves boldly into the issue of the racial divide in America, the stark reality of racism, and the Sisyphean struggle against its tragic repercussions.
Latino Fiction---Social Life and customs
Fiction / Hispanic & Latino
Juan Juárez Bitol is on the verge of graduating from a prestigious California university and realizingthe American Dream. Yet in the closing weeks of his last semester—having survived the rigors of academic life and a series of racially charged incidents—he attends a lecture on Beowulf. In the explanation of Wyrd, the Anglo-Saxon belief in personal destiny, Juan receives a prophecy revealing that he, like Grendel—the monster of the epic poem and member of the “loathsome race”—is doomed. Wavering between fatalism and free will, Juan ultimately dons the mantle of monster-messiah and sets out to perform the miracle of saving himself.
“A stunning debut novel shimmering with magical realism and lyrical beauty . . . a searing and heartbreaking portrait of alienation in America.” - Emily C. Creigh, Co-Author “Journey to the Heart of the Condor: Love, Loss, and Survival in a South American Dictatorship.”
“. . . Ramirez has created one of the most memorable Latino characters in a very long time with his Juan Juárez Bitol, a young man trying to stay afloat amongst the privileged denizens of elite academia . . . this is a very smart book with a heart and a message for our confused, xenophobic times.”
-Manuel Luis Martinez, Author of “Los Duros.”
American Book Award Winner, 2015
Recinos, Harold. Crossing Bridges. ISBN-13: 978-1888205633 $23.95
Latino barrio Poetry--Social Life and customs
This is a joint publication of of Berkeley and Floricanto Presses
"This beautiful and powerful collection of poems and testimonios captures the heart and soul of the Latino experience in the New America. A remarkable montage of images, feelings, and expressions that lift the spirit and plumb the depth and promises of the American experience.” —Gaston Espinosa, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies, Claremont McKenna College. Author of Latino Pentecostals in America: Faith & Politics in Action (Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014), and Religion, Race, & Barack Obama's New Democratic Pluralism (New York: Routledge, 2013).
"This is poetry of the soul. It turns disquiet into revelation."—Ilan Stavans, Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College. Author of Quixote: The Novel and the World (N.Y.: W. W. Norton & Co., 2015) and Borges, the Jew. (State University of New York Press, 2016).
Recinos, Harold J. Long Way Home. ISBN-13: 978-1888205626. $19.95
Latino barrio Poetry--Social Life and customs
This is a joint publication of Floricanto and Berkeley Presses.
The poems in Long Way Home memorialize, historicize, publicize, and chastise with beautifully woven words that seek to incite change by bridging the great gulf between parent and child, neighbor and neighbor, holy word and vulgar indifference, Spanish and English, between the promise of America and its bleak reality. These are gritty tales of real people who we are too often invisibilized. Though the poet implores us to see and hear and touch the downtrodden, he does not invoke pity, but admiration for their endurance, empathy so that we might see how our destinies are intertwined, and anger for the way the vulnerable are exploited.” Louis Mendoza, PhD, Prof. of Literary and Cultural Studies, Arizona State University; Author of Conversations Across Our America: Talking About Immigration and the Latinoization of the U.S. (University of Texas, 2012).
“More academics should follow Harold Recinos’ lead in bringing highbrow aesthetics to the giddy reality of those in need. To read poetry rooted in the margins is to discover the existing beauty in the midst of despair and disenfranchisement. Recinos paints for us what those with privilege seldom get to see.” Miguel de la Torre, Prof. of Social Ethics, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado. Author of The Politics of Jesus: a Hispanic Political Theology (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) .
“Harold Recinos’ work has always involved interrogation of the conditions of life. This same concern for the structural and inner workings of human life also informs these poems. Whether or not you agree with the theology under girding this collection, you will appreciate the passion and commitment to well-being it seeks to communicate.” Anthony B. Pinn, Prof. of Humanities; and Religious Studies, Director of Graduate Studies; Author of Humanism: Essays on Race, Religion and Popular Culture (Bloomsbury 2015).
Rendón, Armando. Noldo and his Magical Scooter at the Battle of The Alamo=Noldo y su patinete mágico en la Batalla de El Álamo. ISBN 978-1490428659. $14.95.
Noldo is a Mexican-American boy, who, after building his own scooter from scraps, is magically transported from 1950’s San Antonio, Texas, into the middle of of the Battle of the Alamo, where he befriends a lad who lived more than a hundred years earlier. He lives through hard times, making do with very little. The story forges a link for Chicanos to their historical roots in the Southwest, revealing a past that has been otherwise excluded from school textbooks and the mass media. Noldo es un chico mexicoamericano, quien, después de construir su propio patinete de materiales de desecho, es mágicamente transportado del San Antonio de los años 50’s a la Batalla de el Álamo, en donde se hace amigo de un muchacho que había vivido más que cien años antes.
Él vive aquellos tiempos tan difíciles, siendo muy creativo con lo poco que tiene. La historia tiende un puente que va desde los chicanos de hoy día hasta sus raíces históricas en el Suroeste, revelándonos una historia que ha sido excluida de los libros de texto y de los medios de comunicación. Armando Rendón grew up in the Westside barrio of San Antonio, Texas, and much of our hero’s story and background sounds a lot like the life and times of the author. Armando moved to California in 1950 and lives near Berkeley with his wife, Helen. He authored Chicano Manifesto, the first book about Chicanos by a Chicano, in 1971. He is also the founder and editor of the online literary magazine, Somos en escrito, which he launched in November 2009.
Armando Rendón creció en el barrio del oeste de San Antonio, Tejas, y gran parte de la historia de su héroe y de su ambiente semejan bastante la vida y la época de su autor. Armando se mudó a California en 1950, vive en Berkeley, California, con su esposa, Helen. Armando es autor del Chicano Manifesto, el primer libro sobre los chicanos escrito por un chicano, en 1971. Es fundador y editor de la revista cibernética, Somos en escrito, creada en noviembre de 2009.
Reyna, José R. La Picardía Chicana: Latino Folk Humor. Folklore Latino Jocoso. Edited by Andrea Alessandra Cabello, M. D., with the Assistance of Gloria Canales. ISBN: 0-915745-42-9. $23.95.
Mexican American, Chicano folk literature has been of interest to folklorists and been collected incidentally, mostly as part of compilations of the longer and more prestigious standard folktale. José Reyna began his collection of jokes 1969, and some of the jokes compiled then, appeared in Stanley L. Robe’s Antología del Saber Popular . Picardía Chicana, the result of thirty years of work, contains five hundred twenty-six jokes which are reproduced here verbatim from tape recordings collected in the field. Some jokes were collected by the author as field research projects at Texas A & M University-Kingsville [1972-77] and at the University of New Mexico [1977-1984]. Others are synopses of jokes that Dr. Reyna learned over the years and took the liberty of translating to English for presentation here. Other terms used for this subject are Latino folklore. Latino jokes. Latino folk humor. Folklore Latino. Folclor latino. Mexican American Folk humor.
This book represents the best of Mexican American joke tradition. The title Picardía Chicana was selected in keeping with a well-known sixteenth-century Hispanic tradition of El Lazarillo de Tormes published originally in 1554, which spawned a new literary genre—la novela picaresca. Both the pícaro and the novela picaresca would surface in the New World—in Mexico—in the early nineteenth century (José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi, El Periquillo Sarniento).
Rodríguez, Amardo. Diversity: Mestizos, Latinos and the Promise of Possibilities. ISBN: 978-0-915745-92-0. $18.95.
This book is about the hope that resides in brown, the color of creation. It defines brown ideologically rather than racially. That is, brown is about peoples who are increasingly defying the borders of ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, and race that limit imagination and possibility through various anxieties, insecurities, and paranoia that make us afraid of the world's ambiguity, mystery, and complexity and, in so doing, make us afraid of our differences. It is about peoples who are of borderlands-conceptual, communicational, relational, communal, theoretical, and cultural spaces, such as Spanglish and Ozomatli, which are devoted to possibility. Thus in a world where too many believe in a coming clash of civilizations and that Latino immigration poses the most serious threat to the prosperity of the U.S., this book introduces and expounds on various theoretical notions that make for new visions of the world and ultimately new ways of being the world.
Rosas Lopátegui, Patricia. Feminine Transgression=Transgresión Femenina. ISBN 978-1-888205-27-5. $27.95.
This is a seminal literary critical study of the most prominent Mexican women writers, including Antonieta Rivas Mercado, Nellie Campobello, Guadalupe Dueñas, Josefina Vicens, Elena Garro, Guadalupe Amor, Rosario Castellanos, María Luisa Mendoza, Amparo Dávila, Inés Arredondo, Luisa Josefina Hernández, Elena Poniatowska, Beatriz Espejo, Helena Paz Garro and Silvia Molina; they are symbols of literary achievement, irreverence, and struggle in Mexico, transcending borders with their works and literary influence. Desde Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz las mujeres creadoras en México han sorteado toda clase de malabarismos para poder producir su obra. En esta antología se estudian quince escritoras mexicanas nacidas entre 1900-1946; autoras que, a contracorriente, han enfrentado y desafiado al statu quo creando una literatura femenina de primer orden. Antonieta Rivas Mercado, Nellie Campobello, Guadalupe Dueñas, Josefina Vicens, Elena Garro, Guadalupe Amor, Rosario Castellanos, María Luisa Mendoza, Amparo Dávila, Inés Arredondo, Luisa Josefina Hernández, Elena Poniatowska, Beatriz Espejo, Helena Paz Garro y Silvia Molina son iconos de la creatividad, irreverencia y lucha en México, trascendiendo fronteras gracias a sus aportaciones literarias.
Ruiz, Daniel Jose. Coconut Versus. By . Edited by Leyla Namazie. ISBN: 978-1540806307 364 pages. $24.95
Fiction / Hispanic & Latino, Chicano literature, Latino literature, Hispanic literature, Latinos--Social life and customs Fiction, Barrio life Fiction
Everyone calls Miguel Reyes a coconut, brown on the outside and white on the inside. Among his family in central California, he’s the too soft city-boy. His family try to teach him what it means to be a Reyes and to understand manhood and its value within a rural life. Miguel doesn’t always want to be a man by their often-conflicting definitions. In Arizona, he’s a brown boy in an upper-class, white neighborhood. He has no real friends as no one there seems to understand how someone could be brown without being poor. He spends most of his time alone or playing video games with his little brother Angel, yet Angel is already starting to excel past Miguel in all areas in which children are judged. Miguel falls in love for the first time, and he falls in love with a sport that provides an outlet for his growing anger, but then his growing anger is part of the problem.
In Los Angeles, he’s a fake Mexican that speaks too good. He finds love, and he finds his place in high school as the guardian of the outcasts, but his desire to be a defender and alpha male simply causes more problems. In Irvine, CA, he’s a punk rock kid in a suburban paradise. His mother has also taken a position at the same college, and Miguel attempts to reconcile his working-class mythos with his parents’ expectations. In the Inland Empire, CA, he is best friends with a local legend, Scott, and Miguel meets the love of his young life, Sunshine. Scott also loves her, and Miguel must navigate his feelings but also the realities of the ownership inherent to the world’s accepted definition of love. Miguel builds a life there, one that is defined by himself rather than others.
Daniel Ruiz, in taut and urgent prose, that often takes your breath away, (like a punch to your gut), reveals the often turbulent life of Miguel Reyes as he navigates his way from confused child to manhood. With a cast of characters ranging from fierce to loving to humorous, Ruiz has given us an essential bildungsroman befitting America in the 21st Century. —Bruce Bauman, author of the novels And the Word Was and Broken Sleep
Coconut Versus is a coming of age story that brims with energy and originality as it travels across modern, millennial California. Daniel Ruiz uses his ample gifts as a writer and observer of his generation’s longings to spin tales of love, rage and self-knowledge that are intelligently and passionately told. —Héctor Tobar, author of The Barbarian Nurseries and the New York Times bestselling Deep Down Dark.
Sánchez, R.F. Latina Mistress. ISBN: 978-0-915745-91-3. $24.95.
This story is about young and pretty illegal alien women in El Paso, Texas, who unknowingly fall or conveniently acquiesce to the sexual demands of their male employers, who most happen to be Anglo Americans. Much what has been written about El Paso and the southwest is about its history, its settlers, its movers and its heroes. Latina Mistress, however, is about ordinary people, illegal aliens, their loves, hates, beliefs, and more importantly their circumstances. The events which take place in the novel intersect the Hispanic and Anglo worlds, with their own good and evil characters. This novel follows the long tradition of historical fiction in the sense that all the anecdotes told here are actually true, although the names have been changed to protect the guilty. The author gathered these very human stories through years of observation as well as personal experience and much research.
The author and his wife, Helen, actually knew personally Berta, one of the tragic heroines of this novel. He also interviewed scores of males and females of both cultures attesting to the accuracy of the story. What is a young and beautiful illegal alien to do to survive two alien worlds, the Hispanic and Anglo worlds, with their own good and evil characters? The answer is shivering in its clarity: whatever is required.
This novel depicts the dramatic lives of two beautiful sisters, both illegal aliens, and how some people take advantage of their weakness and their sex. In this sense this novel is a classic tale of what has always occurred with the disadvantaged all along; the powerful taking advantage of the weaker and more disadvantaged members of society.
Sánchez, Sandra Shwayder. The Secret of a Long Journey. Edited by Yasmeen Namazie and Roberto Cabello-Argandoña. ISBN 978-1480285033. $24.95.
The Secret of a Long Journey is the story of a cherished and dangerous secret, passed along from generation to generation through many lands and many perils: from Spain to Flanders across the ocean to Vera Cruz and up through the desert to what is now New Mexico. In magical realist style, this chronicle takes the Sephardic characters through the terrors of the Inquisition, shipwrecks and hurricanes, sandstorms and wars, lost loves and illness, all culminating when Lois Gold, a passionate court advocate for the disenfranchised, discovers the legacy of her lost grandfather.
“In The Secret of a Long Journey, Sánchez moves effortlessly through time and place with a mesmerizing plot. Generations come and go and each one propels the next. Her fascinating characters are solidly grounded in vivid natural or urban environments. Whether it is 16th century Flanders or 20th century Denver, you never lose the thread of the story, thanks to the author’s mastery of craft and her powerful imagination. The characters will lodge in your mind long after you’ve read the book . . .” Gloria DeVidas Kircheimer, author: Goodbye Evil Eye, and Amalie in Orbit.
“Sandra Shwayder Sánchez explores in intimate detail the experiences and emotions of her characters as she takes the reader on a vividly imagined journey from the old world to the new, through history to modern times. In poetic prose that summons all of our senses, Sánchez creates and maintains unique voices that speak through the generations and the blending of cultures and faiths.” Linda LeBlanc, author Beyond the Summit.
The Secret of a Long Journey is a lyrical, textured, beautifully told tale of lives lived and lost and secrets kept and shared. This mesmerizing page-turner takes readers on a journey from 16th century Flanders and North America’s “New Spain” to 20th century America. Steeped in history and rooted in an insightful novelist’s understanding of the complex, fragile, and sometimes nefarious emotions that embody the human psyche, Sánchez weaves the story of one family’s unwavering, intergenerational commitment to cherish and transmit its cultural and spiritual heritage. Set against the backdrop of Inquisitional Europe and the early history of the Spanish rule of the American southwest, The Secret of a Long Journey chronicles the lives of painters and healers, explorers and adventurers, lawyers and cowboys . . . Along the way, it sheds light on the intricate ways Sephardic Jews, Spanish, Native American, Mexican and Anglo cultures often collided, sometimes comingled, and ultimately coexisted, finding a way to transmute ancient traditions into contemporary secular justice and compassion. Mary Saracino, author of The Singing of Swans (Pearlsong Press 2006), Voices of the Soft-bellied Warrior (Spinsters Ink Books 2001), Finding Grace (Spinsters Ink 1999) and No Matter What (Spinsters Ink 1993).
Sandra Shwayder Sánchez is a native of Denver, Colorado and a retired attorney who now resides in the small mountain town of Nederland with her husband of nearly twenty years, John Edward Sánchez.
Sánchez, Jr. Trinidad. Jalapeño Blues. ISBN: 978-0-915745-72-2. $14.95.
"Trinidad Sánchez, Jr. was at his lyric craft for several decades before his death. He was a prominent poeta Tejano, who provided us in his lyric writings a rich Latino landscape embedded in an indifferent Anglo world covered by the knit of the ethnic fabric and soul of the Mexican, Chicano. He posited a background of side street allegories--literally representations of other things and symbolically expressing a deeper, often spiritual, moral, or political meaning--asphalt lives of inner-city dwellers, often disguised by the cadence of their conjoined languages, food, soul, tears, and laughs of their experience. His language is direct, his hurt is real as tamales con jalapeños, and his hope offers a collision of syntax, poetic physicality, images, and messages, both poignant and real. Trinidad Sánchez’s are necessary poems for a people who seek and demand justice, for children in free lunch with parents with obfuscating futures, for a society who uses and disposes of culture like fads and fashion. When children hear his poems their faces light up and their emotions pour with his words like wrapped in a warm home-made soft taco de carne. When adults listen to his poems their chests and foreheads rise tall like sails pushed by the ocean winds full of Chicano pride. His poems will be read and reread for generations to come. Roberto Cabello-Argandoña, Editor.
Sefamí, Jacobo. Mourning for Papá: A Story of a Syrian-Jewish Family in Mexico. ISBN: 978-1-888205-31-2. $23.95.
Using the death of the father as a point of departure, the novel is divided into ten chapters, a structure that is particularly effective because the chapters correspond to the ten days that begin on the Jewish New Year and end on the Day of Pardon... Thus the mythic time of a millenarian religion such as Judaism is strategically juxtaposed to the recapturing of a family's memory that is both contemporary and unmistakably Mexican . . . The dialogues are tinged with Jewish humor -Jorge Schwartz
Each character lives simultaneously within three cultures -Jewish, Syrian, and Mexican-in a hybrid narration that produces fascinating mixtures -Lucía Guerra The representation of a state of mind throughout the novel is magnificent, particularly since he dares to portray a personal story as it pertains to both a collective consciousness and to the alienation that is caused by death... The blend of comedy and tragedy is maintained throughout the novel, in the best Jewish tradition, as established by Fernando de Rojas. I certainly enjoy the interweaving of languages and linguistic varieties. It is a pleasure to see such linguistic complexity sustained throughout the entire novel, without ever faltering. -José Kozer
Serra, Betty. A Century of Pachangas. ISBN: 978-1491259207 $19.95
This is a publication of Floricanto Press. A Century of Pachangas (parties) is a deluxe package of celebrations, featuring ribbon-cutting family drama. The helium balloons in this pachanga are a series of inflated scandals due to infidelity, lunatic rage and psychological imbalances. Like all families, there is loss and tragedy, but resilience triumphs over their fixations and shortcomings. This family memoir focuses on the author’s maternal side of the family, starting with Rosa Balladares, born in 1884 in Managua, Nicaragua. Orphaned at the age of two, Rosa grew up quickly and left her uncle’s unhappy home within a decade. Relatively a young teen, she achieved total independence and later transformed herself into a woman that ruled her household with absoluteness, dispensing proclamations as if a medieval dungeon awaited anyone who failed to follow her majestic orders. Unlike most women of her era, she was skilled in the art of fist-fighting, shooting pistols and swordplay. And although she couldn’t read or write, she was brilliant in that she ran a house, a business and scoundrels out of town. The first half of the memoir (beginning in 1884) introduces the core of the Balladares Family, which consists of Rosa, the wandering husband she threatened to shoot and five daughters who survived into adulthood. The women turned out inflexible, controlling and overbearing, just like their mother. They had the audacity to want to set the world straight in the midst of their own family chaos and meltdowns. The few men who came to know or love them were forcibly exiled, and the grandchildren were indisputably named Balladares. It wasn’t until the next generation, particularly those born in the U.S.A. when the Balladares surname lost its elasticity to band everyone and the newborns were named after their fathers. The second half of the memoir (beginning in 1952) highlights the immigration of a few Balladares women into the States and their wacky adventures. The author, a Balladares descendent, reminisces over her childhood memories, the merging of two colorful cultures and the meddling of Latin American relatives dropping in and out, causing insurmountable disturbances. Each of the Balladares women reappears, sporadically throughout the memoir. They’re all much older, but not necessarily wiser. Oftentimes, it’s their children or grandchildren who complete the lesson for them. Still, it’s mind-blowing how their fiery spirit enabled them to reach another country, cross into a new century and stamp the Balladares imprint of tenacity onto subsequent generations.
Spooner, T.M. Notes From Exile. ISBN: 978-0-915745-89-0 302. $19.95.
Rich in language and imagery, Notes from Exile is a skillfully crafted novel. A blend of humor and drama thread this tale, concluding in what can best be described as a haunting modern tragedy. Struggles both large and small remind us of human frailties and how in the final analysis, we go it alone. For its wit and passion, this novel should not be missed! Mexico has long been a land of enchantment and mystery, a place where more than one foreigner has sought refuge, fleeing real or imagined demons. In a quaint village along the shores of Lake Chapala, two recent college graduates join two men living in self-imposed exile.
One, a journalist and jaded philosopher is escaping an inherited family destiny; the other, a British combat veteran is fleeing what many viewed an unnecessary war. Notes from Exile is a venerable creation, containing humor, love, and sorrow - each in their own time and measure, all ingredients for a story of escape and hope. Through the novel we learn, often harshly, how each one of us is responsible for defining our destiny. The dilemma is that while some will succeed, others will tragically fail.
Spooner, T.M. The Salvation of La Purísima. ISBN: 978-0-915745-88-3. $22.95.
The Salvation of La Purisima is a profound and heartrending look at a disenfranchised and poverty-ridden society that, driven by the necessity of its own survival, culturally pressures its members to make a perilous migration and earn money whether they want to go or not. Highly recommended. - Midwest Book Review
Perhaps the biggest achievement of the story are real characters that you quickly learn to like and care about. Consequently, there's a more human face put on the current phenomenon of "illegal immigration." These people are not simply numbers and statistics but, rather, living, breathing human beings. I look forward to seeing more from Señor Spooner. - Alan Cogan (Mexico Connect)
Spooner has a keen eye and ear for Mexico, without glamorizing or admonishing the country or its people. His many years of Mexico travel to the less touristy destinations produce a work of unvarnished authenticity. - David Simmonds (MexicoFile)
T.M. Spooner's first novel, The Salvation of La Purísima, explores the forces driving Mexican migrants north and the resulting impact on the communities and families left behind. The journey north is no longer just an economic necessity, but has evolved into a rite of passage for so many of Mexico's rural youth.
Tarco-Carrera, Henry. Cuentos migrantes. Edited by ISBN: 978-1544287782, 6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm), Black & White on Cream paper. 252 pages $22.95
Fiction / Hispanic & Latino, Hispanic literature, Latino literature Immigration, Hispanic literature, Latino immigrants--Social life and customs Fiction, Immigrant life Fiction
“¿Qué se siente ser extranjero y deambular en una tierra ajena aprendiendo de nuevo a todo, a respirar, a hablar, a sentir y a soñar? Los narradores ecuatorianos se aventuran a explorar en estos cuentos una manera de exteriorizar por medio de sus palabras lo que se siente al vivir en los espacios de otros.” Manuel Medina, The University of Louisville.
“Es, en suma, un mosaico de historias unidas por tiempos rotos, por huidas que muchas veces llevan al vacío, uno lleno de vicisitudes, de dolor, de soledades y de ausencias marcado por un destino inexorable en una civilización incivil que devora a sus hijos.” Jorge Machín Lucas, The University of Winnipeg.
“Cuentos magníficos, llenos de misterio, peligro, amor y posibilidades eternas. Estos escritores ecuatorianos están llevando al cuento a un territorio nuevo de este siglo.” Ernesto Quiñonez, catedrático de Cornell University y escritor de Bodega Dreams y Chango’s Fire.
Cuentos migrantes is an unimpressive title for such magnificent collection of short stories by seasoned writers. The stories do not have a simple remit as it might appear; these are no forthright stories. Instead, they each take one aspect of the migrant experience and provide a whole new discernment of lives in a new country. After all, the heart holds a lot of representational weight. The characters identified by their status or gender (the woman, the husband), a clear set of conflicting rules to obey from both the old and new country, the places and times, people and events spotlight the tender underbelly of the human condition in all its glory and despair on these varied stages of fiction that emerge from the dark reality of migrant life. Without a doubt, Henry Tarco Carrera has rendered onto us an impressive and exceptional collection of tales. LatinoBook.Net
Téllez-Pon, Sergio. Translated by Don Cellini. Desire I Remember, but love no. ISBN 978-1484082409. $11.95.
What happens when a young poet in Mexico City writes about his coming out experiences? In No recuerdo el amor sino el deseo / Desire I remember but love, no the author shares these first steps: new romances, one-night-stands, unreturned phone calls, erotic adventures and disillusionments. What we discover is that these experiences are not unique to one individual, but belong to all of us. This is a book that crosses many boundaries, both geographical and emotional. Poetry of language and imagination, especially its intimate and earthy episodes, and an open heart (but in slant verse), this book welcomes – as if several shades were refracted and condensed into a quick, minimalist mosaic – a multitude of tones, voices, and passionate interests that acknowledge each other. In this way it manages happily to offer both poetry for poetry’s sake as well as poetry for the sake of the poet: thoroughly youthful, concrete, and in living color. – José Joaquín Blanco Sergio Téllez-Pon is one of Mexico’s leading poets of queer identity, but his work until now has been almost unknown in the United States. With Don Cellini’s lucid translation of No recuerdo el amor sino el deseo, Téllez-Pon’s sultry and lyrical poetry comes alive for an English-speaking readership. This book of first loves and first heartbreaks speaks with a lonesome voice of fire and ash, each poem is a feverish spear, a cup brimming with sensuality, with sorrow and the everyday joys that keep “hope beating strong.” I find that each poem discloses something—about myself, about the world, about life—that I didn’t know I needed to learn. I hope that other readers will join me in reveling in these soulful and celebratory and heart-breaking verses. —Lauro Vázquez, Letras Latinas Don Cellini is a poet, translator and photographer. A book of poems Candidates for Sainthood and Other Sinners / Aprendices de santo y otros pecadores, in collaboration with Fer de la Cruz, is forthcoming from Mayapple Press. He is a recipient of fellowships from the King Juan Carlos Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Cellini is professor emeritus at Adrian College in Michigan.
Valle-Inclán, Ramón del. Words of Power: Adages, Axioms and Aphorisms. Translated with commentary by Robert Lima. ISBN 978-1484876022. $20.95.
Words of Power collects the ingenious adages, axioms and aphorisms culled from Ramón del Valle-Inclán’s plays, novels, poems, stories, interviews, letters and aesthetic treatises. Valle-Inclán lived a full and social life in which he interacted and influenced many writers, painters and composers of his period through his verbal and written wisdom. His insights into life and Art are gathered in Words of Power, together with illustrations of the man and his works. These have been collected and translated by the internationally-known writer, Robert Lima.
“ . . . the writings of Valle-Inclán ought to be engraved in enduring letters, in large clear letters on impressive folios, letters that would permit the appreciation of the exactness and delicacy of phrasing, the marvelous way of narrating beautiful things without recourse to artifice or base devices.” Juan Ramón Jiménez, Spanish Nobel Prize Winner.
“ . . . the copious anecdotes of his (Valle-Inclán’s) life will be used … to cast light on the depths of his personality.” Antonio Machado, Poet of Spain’s “Generation of 1898.”
“Through his beautiful and poetic stage directions, Valle-Inclán has given us a lesson in theatre technique . . . we can place the most fundamental staging techniques at the disposal of his magnificent words, the eloquent words which Valle-Inclán casts before us from the stage with a vigor and sonority which few dramatists anywhere have achieved.” José Tamayo, Theatre Director, Spain.
“Some people are capable of thinking of two things at once, but only Galicians are capable of thinking about three.” Salvador de Madariaga Spanish Philosopher and Critic.
Robert Lima is Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Comparative Literatures at The Pennsylvania State University, as well as Fellow Emeritus of the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies; Academician, Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española; Corresponding Member of the Real Academia Española. He has been honored as an initiate of Enxebre Orden da Vieira, and was dubbed Knight Commander (Encomienda de Número) in the Orden de Isabel la Católica by His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
Valle-Sentíes, Raquel. The Ones Santa Anna Sold. ISBN: 978-1497473300 $15.95
“This is a joint publication of Floricanto and Berkeley Presses. These poems are powerful, immediate, and raw. And they speak of universal pain and disappointment. But also they are about a world that is unique and not so well-known this city of Laredo. As a writer, I am admiring of your perception and your style. You are a wonderful poet. ---Lori Carlson Hijuelos New York editor of Cool Salsa, Red Hot Salsa and Voices in Third Person. Raquel Sentíes has a direct and honest poetic voice. Her poetry is lyrical without being romantic: it is sensual, ironic, questioning. It speaks to us bi-lingually: in language and in culture. She speaks of growing up and living in a world that is treacherous yet somehow in the end satisfying. There are many moments of truth in these poems which are not always easy to read but yet are always revealing. They are filled with violence, sadness, betrayal, unfulfilled longings, dreams, and of course death. The ghosts who haunt Senties’ house and her mind remind us that we too have something to contribute to these hauntings. ---Prof. Tey Diana Rebolledo, Modern Languages, Univ. of New Mexico and well known literary critic; author of Infinite Divisions and Women Singing in the Snow. Valle-Sentíes is our coyote through these vibrant, often private poems, our guide over the border separating the living and the dead, the bought and the sold, history and her stories. She crosses readers through a landscape of violence, where the dead refuse to stay put, where chisme is truth, and where both falling and the fallen are blessed with an unsettling grace. Her book is eclectic and powerful, charged with the lives of all those who call the border home. ----Randy Koch, author of This Splintered Horse and Composing Ourselves Sentíes’ first hand experiences in Laredo and its people’s customs are palpable throughout her sometimes funny, sometimes sad but bold verses. It’s written in layman’s terms, which many of us Hispanics can relate to the Caló. -----Vilma Maldonado, book reviewer for the McAllen Monitor. Sentíes is an accomplished poet who allows readers to feel as if they’re sneaking a peek into her diary. This book is a must read for people who have an interest in life on the border. -----Lorena Tapia, book reviewer The Ones Santa Anna Sold is an enchanting immersion into the world of borderlands Laredo, where Raquel Valle-Sentíes captures the taste, the emotion, and the irony of a world between worlds, between nations, between cultures, and often, pineapple and chile, the scent of jasmine and desert nopal, the beauty and harshness of Laredo’s streets and skies, and a sense of the magic and the bittersweet reality of our contemporary world, where the good, the bad, and the ugly co-exist along both sides of a murky borderland river. A magical experience! -----Dr. Carmen Tafolla, Poet Laureate of San Antonio, Texas; author of Sonnets to Human Beings and The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans. Her poetry has been published in the U.S., Mexico, and India in numerous anthologies like Floricanto Sí, Penguin Putnam Inc.; Red Hot Salsa, Henry Holt & Co.; Voices in First Person, Atheneum Books; Ventana Abierta, & Cruzando Puentes, University of California; Puentes, Texas A&M University; Yapichantra, Bijoygarh, Kolkata, India; Cantar de Espejos, UNAM, México D.F. and Fuentes textbooks for Spanish students as well as literary magazines such as The Americas Review, Arte Público Press; Saguaro, Tucson, Arizona; and Weber Studies, Ogden, Utah. Her first collection of poetry “Soy Como Soy y Que,” published in 1996 and 1997, won the international Premio de Literatura José Fuentes Mares in Letras Chicanas awarded by the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, México.
Vásquez, Marco A. Steven Isn't Normal. ISBN: 13: 978-1888205510 $22.95.
Steven isn’t normal. But, then again, nobody is. Still, ask anyone, and they’d tell you that Steven is retarded—because he is. Steven is a retard by definition and by practice. Mostly, he is a retard by circumstance. It’s an epithet given to Steven by his community: his neighbors, his peers, his family. It is a title that has been embedded in his psyche—a designation that has dictated his absurd existence. This absurdity is exemplified by his determination to fulfill his quest: the killing of his mother. Steven is convinced that his mother is plotting the elimination of the one thing that Steven holds dear: his bottle collection—the hundreds of bottles, from which he has meticulously removed the labels—which he has perfectly sorted and aligned against a secluded wall near the railroad tracks. On his journey, Steven’s chaotic family history is revealed, as Steven encounters an array of grotesque characters that, in their efforts to reinforce the label that burdens Steven, they exhibit their own retardation that has been, until then, successfully camouflaged and ignored by their own complacency.
Vega Romero, Oscar. Soul Twins: A Latino Journey From The Edge To Self-redemption. ISBN: 978-0-915745-93-7. $22.95.
Vega Romero contends “My view as a Mexican is that my people are hard workers who possess a strong desire to succeed in life. I was only one of the many Mexicans willing to face the prospect of death and of leaving a mother bereft, by crossing the United States border illegally, in the attempt to make their dreams reality. I left my country without knowledge of the many dangers involved, but with the help of God, I arrived in the United States of America, without authorization of the U.S. government. I asked myself what I wanted for my future and I realized I desired many things. However, their realization within the context of my current lifestyle seemed impossible for I had no concept of the meaning of life. I was living life like a blind man without the ability to see or to enjoy each moment of my existence. I made mistakes that caused me to be locked up behind bars. I've had to spend part of my life in the chaos of an institution, far away from my home country and my loved ones. I thought I was a failure. I didn't know who I could become. I finally realized that no matter what situation I was in I was still blessed in so many ways. One of the greatest blessings was the ability to make choices. This understanding helped me to open my eyes little by little. The quality of my existence began to change, not only for me but for others around me. I discovered the joy of sharing my new-found positive thinking with the intent of making others smile. This book is designed to help men and women improve their lives through positive ideas and the true experiences from which they came. The heartfelt honesty and passion that I have put into this book convinces me that it has the power to touch any heart, no matter the race or color of skin. Mexicans and Latin Americans will continue to be my inspiration to write and paint.
Villalba, Louis . Cuban Seeds. ISBN: 978-1541185524 208 pages. $24.95
Hispanic Biography, Latino Biography, Cuban American Biography, Cuban American literature, Latino literature, Hispanic literature, Latinos--Social life and customs, Cuban American Social life and customs
Chelo fled Cuba in search of freedom in 1961. Born in a small village near Havana in 1921, she married Adolfo Llano in 1944. The couple resided in Artemisa, the cradle of the Cuban Revolution of 1959. They came in contact with some of its most prominent leaders and endured the cruel communist tyranny, which ended their prosperity and cut short their bliss. The Llanos left the island empty-handed. Chelo’s steel-forged nerves and resourcefulness steered her family to success in their new world. It would have been easier to be a fake revolutionary like Fidel Castro—who used deception and wielded a gun to suppress the free will of his people—than be a real fighter and do what she did day after day. Her life stood out as a monument to Cuban tenacity. History books did not record the events because she had lacked political ambitions and had not tortured or killed anyone. Yet, her anonymity would have been an irreparable loss.
When does a memoir become, not only an individual’s tale, but a testimony of historical events? When the narration weaves dramatic personal stories within a country’s history, and when each historical event as it evolved impacted on people lives and destinies. Louis Villalba’s “Cuban Seeds” tells an astonishing tale centered on Chelo, a politically quiet and a towering figure, and the Llanos family, whose struggles against a Communist dictatorship and yearnings for freedom led them to America in 1961. This book is highly recommended. LatinoBooks.Net
Xavier, Emanuel. Editor. Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry. ISBN: 978-0979645-79-2. $19.95.
Emanuel Xavier is author of two collections of poetry, Pier Queen and Americano, and a fiction novel, Christ Like. He also edited Bullets & Butterflies: queer spoken word poetry and selected finalists for Best Gay Erotica 2008. His work has appeared in many publications including The James White Review, Genre, Long Shot, Virgins, Guerrillas & Locas, and Queer & Catholic. He is the recipient of the Marsha A. Gomez Cultural Heritage Award and a New York City Council citation for his many contributions to gay and Latino culture. “Whether straight, bisexual, closeted or openly gay, Latino voices have made a deep mark in the poetry scene. Despite distinction in style, dialect, and customs within the Latino mosaic, our voices have been unified by a determination to be heard. Much like poetry in general, whether academic or self-taught, the need to express ourselves cannot be restricted within borders. Whatever language transferred between pen and paper, it is imperative to share our experiences with the world at large.”
Zamarripa, Samuel. The Spectacle of Let: The Oliet & Obit. By ISBN:978-1546370796. $24.95. 354 pages Black & White on Cream paper
Fiction Latino Hispanic, Chicano literature, Latino literature, Latino Fiction Book
Open Samuel Zamarripa’s debut novel, The Spectacle of Let – the Oliet and Obit, and embark on a literary journey through the imaginative work of his protagonist, Otto Cristóbal Almeida, and his mysterious manuscript, The Voice of the Looking Mountains, a book within a book.
Almeida has a fantastic story to tell about Creation and the first spoken word of God. It is a tale spun from the boundless stories of his numinous paramour, Niva Miramontes, who speaks with uncommon conviction. “In the beginning,” she insists, “God said ‘Let,’ and the rest is just a spectacle.”
From a mysterious monastery in Veracruz, Mexico, to an overnight cruise on the majestic Hudson River, Miramontes reveals her heavenly gift of parable. Weaving together the generational saga of the Portuondo family—their salacious past and their journey to redemption—Niva’s tales captivate Otto.
Overwhelmed by Niva’s spellbinding words, Otto falls into the clutches of an Oliet—a dream’s dream, a place where fiction invades life, yielding truth of a different kind. His book languishes and finally lands on the desk of his brooding editor, L. Rand Bonarias, who plunges into the unfinished manuscript and discovers that while Otto’s love story may be a literary gimmick, his unbelievable account of the story of Creation and Niva Miramontes is more than artful prose.
A gospel of fantastic spirituality and abiding love, The Spectacle of Let – the Oliet and Obit, reimagines the marvel of Creation and the unbound possibilities of a single word.
Zapata, Luis. The Strongest Passion. Clary Loisel, Ph.D., Translator from Spanish. ISBN:0-915745-76-3. $23.95. Using only dialogue as its narrative technique, Luis Zapata recounts the story of his protagonist Santiago, a middle-aged businessman hopelessly in love with Arturo, a 19-year-old teenager, who is the son of Sarita, his best friend. Through skillful and entertaining dialogues during their courtship, which continue once the conquest is achieved, the novel reflects the deep generational chasm between the characters. Santiago is the completely dedicated representative of that mythical first generation of gringos born in Mexico--but in a gay version--who cultivates values and pursues goals in life and who believes in the middle-class version of national progress through personal and individual commitment. Arturo, on the other hand, is the typical postmodern teenager: pragmatic, addicted to working out, hedonistic, vain to the point of being narcissistic, cynical to the point of being cruel, and materialistic to the point of accepting money as the only God.
The personalities of each character are in stark contrast. Arturo is gossipy, smooth-tongued, biting in his commentaries, and as Santiago says to him: “too intelligent and very mature for his age.” Santiago is jealous and obsessive, as insecure as an adolescent, and already deeply worried about the imminent arrival of old age and the loss of being physically attractive to others.
Zapata, Luis. The Strongest Passion. Clary Loisel, Ph.D., Translator from Spanish. ISBN:0-915745-76-3. $23.95.
Using only dialogue as its narrative technique, Luis Zapata recounts the story of his protagonist Santiago, a middle-aged businessman hopelessly in love with Arturo, a 19-year-old teenager, who is the son of Sarita, his best friend. Through skillful and entertaining dialogues during their courtship, which continue once the conquest is achieved, the novel reflects the deep generational chasm between the characters. Santiago is the completely dedicated representative of that mythical first generation of gringos born in Mexico--but in a gay version--who cultivates values and pursues goals in life and who believes in the middle-class version of national progress through personal and individual commitment. Arturo, on the other hand, is the typical postmodern teenager: pragmatic, addicted to working out, hedonistic, vain to the point of being narcissistic, cynical to the point of being cruel, and materialistic to the point of accepting money as the only God. The personalities of each character are in stark contrast. Arturo is gossipy, smooth-tongued, biting in his commentaries, and as Santiago says to him: “too intelligent and very mature for his age.” Santiago is jealous and obsessive, as insecure as an adolescent, and already deeply worried about the imminent arrival of old age and the loss of being physically attractive to others.