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Showing posts from November, 2009

Comadres, Compadres & Friends National Book Club This National Book Club is organized by Las Comadres through a partnership with the Association of American Publishers (AAP).  The purpose is to promote reading of Latino authors. Membership is open to anyone -- women and men. Most of the books selected are also available in Spanish.  There are book clubs in 11 states. Las Comadres Para Las Americas was founded by Nora de Hoyos Comstock.  Their motto:  Connecting Latinas Everywhere! Their December book is  LAS CHRISTMAS: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories by Esmeralda Santiago y Joie Davidow. This book contains beautifully illustrated book with stories and recipes from: Julia Alvarez, Liz Balmaseda, Gioconda Belli, Denise Chávez, Sandra Cisneros, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Mandalit del Barco, Junot Díaz, Martín Espada, Francisco Goldman, Estela Herrera, Jaime Manrique, Victor Martinez, Aurora Levins Morales, Rosario Morales, Michael Nava, Gustavo Pérez Fi

Hissip Book Club Hissip is a Latino gossip site about Hispanic celebrities.  Their book selections are books by celebrities. Their book this month is LADY Q: The Rise & Fall of a Latin Queen by Reymundo Sanchez y Sonia Rodriguez.

DC-Metro Latin American Authors Book Club

Website: This group was founded in January 2008 to discuss literature by Latin American authors.  The Group meets once a month in the DC area.  Meetings are setup online via To date, they have 137 members. Their book for November is  THE KILLING FIELDS: HARVEST OF WOMEN by El Paso Times journalist Diana Washington Valdez.

ELLA Book Club

English Language Latina Authors Book Club Their mission: ELLA Book Club seeks to promote reading among U.S. Latinas by featuring fun, modern books by Latina authors who write in their native language - and the primary language of the vast majority of Latinos in the United States - English! The book club is proud to partner with MANA, a National Latina Organization. NOTE:   ELLA National U.S. Latina Book Club is owned and operated by bestselling author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. If you are interested in having your book included in our selections, please have your publisher contact Alisa at Their book of the Month is: SWORN TO SILENCE by Linda Castillo Minotaur Books It’s the first in a new suspense series from Ms. Castillo. It’s about “a gun-toting, cursing, former Amish female chief of police” after a serial killer in Painters Mill, Ohio.

LATIN BABY BOOK CLUB It’s a blog for parents who are raising bilingual children. According to their welcome letter: “Our goal is to help our children develop pride for their Latin culture through education and literature. We also strive to support Hispanic authors through interviews and our reviews of bilingual young adult and children's books. Each month we will feature one book and author that we feel is exceptional. So read to your children and help spread Bookjoy!” Their book of the month this November is: GRACIAS EL PAVO DE THANKSGIVING By Joy Cowley Mariposa, Scholastic en Espanol


Author:  Reyna Grande Publisher:  Washington Square Press Website: Folklórico, traditional Mexican dance, bring together four women in Los Angeles. Yesenia and her husband lead Alegría, a successful Folklórico dance group, but Yesenia’s arthritic knee keeps her offstage and restless in her marriage. Sisters Elena and Adriana grew up dancing in Alegría, but bitterness over their difficult childhood has soured their relationship. And Soledad, the group’s costume designer, is determined to open a dress shop in L.A., even though she is in the U.S. illegally. Tragedy strikes each of these four women, leaving Alegría’s future in doubt. Yesenia tries to reshape her body through cut-rate plastic surgery in Tijuana. Elena’s new marriage breaks up after her baby is stillborn, and instead of dancing through her grief, she lusts after an underage dancer. Adriana, missing her abusive father, chases oblivion through a series of dangerous relationships. Soledad s