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March Book Club Selections -- 2 books!

The Comadres, Compadres & Friends Book Club are reading two books for March! Mark your calendar for March 18 at the Borders Bookstore on Columbus Circle at 6:30pm. The books are THE LATINA GUIDE TO HEALTH: CONSEJOS AND CARING ANSWERS by Dr. Jane Delgado, with the foreword by Antonia Novello, former US Surgeon General. This is an extensive guide filled with lots of useful medical information and better yet, lots of contact information. And, PARENTS WHO CHEAT by Ana Nogales. The rest of the title describes the book perfectly.  The book is about "How Children and Adults Are Affected When Their Parents Are Unfaithful."  This is a very emotional topic. 

THE INVISIBLE MOUNTAIN: Book club discussion questions

The Comadres, Compadres & Friends Book Club Meeting was today, and we had quite a lively discussion about Carolina De Robertis' THE INVISIBLE MOUNTAIN.  Everyone loved the book.  It's poetic rhythm; it's imagery; the characters; well, everything. Of course, every one of us had different views of the book.  For instance, I thought the whole book was the letter Salome wrote to Victoria to tell her of her paternity and her family history.  What do you think?  Here are the questions the New York City Book Club discussed.  Feel free to use these questions to launch your own discussion, and note that there are no right or wrong answers. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: What does the title of the book mean?  what invisible mountain? where?  And do all the characters "see" the same mountain? The story begins with a miracle.  What other miracles can you find in the book? Is there a hidden meaning in the names of the women:  Pajarita, Eva, Salome, Victoria, Zola?  Does

BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO, performance February 24, NYC

If you've read DANCING WITH BUTTERFLIES by Reyna Grande, you know that the story revolves around four women who dance/work for a Ballet Folklorico company.  Reyna does such a good job in protraying the dances and the costumes that a reader can almost see them. Well, we don't have to guess at the dances any longer.  The Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amelia Hernandez is coming to New York for the night of Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 8:00PM at Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). Tickets are $50, and can be ordered via TicketMaster. Here's the link: I am trying to organize a group for dinner (Mexican, of course!) and the Ballet Folklorico on February 24.  If you are interested, please email me at . Hope to see you there.   Viva Ballet Folklorico!


The Latin Baby Book Club's February selection is  ARROZ CON LECHE: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America by Lulu Delacre. Delacre’s book is one of the first of its kind to have found its way into publication. It was published in 1989 by Scholastic, the largest publisher and distributor of Spanish-language books in the U. S.  Not many Latinos grow up without learning the popular children’s song, Arroz con Leche. But when Delacre went in search of a book that taught about it and other Latino folksongs for her own children, she was disappointed. Seeing the need, she began selectin the most popular songs from Latin for a book. She partnered with Elena Paz, who wrote the English lyrics, and Ana-María Rosado, who created the musical arrangements.  The end result is a valuable collection of traditional nursery rhymes and finger plays told throughout the Latin America. She credits the countries of Puerto Rico, Mexico and Argentina for the songs’ origins.


Not two weeks ago, a heart broken Alisa Valdes announced that the Ella Book Club was closing so she could concentrate on her career.  But, thankfully, Alisa has had a change of heart and the ELLA BOOK CLUB IS BACK! Their new February selection is WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER by the Craft Chica herself, Kathy Cano-Murillo.   For more about the Ella Book Club, visit .

El Barrio Book Club -- next meeting March 9

ATTENTION:   El Barrio's Book Club meeting for February has been cancelled.  Their next meeting will be on Tuesday March 9, 2010. MARCH'S BOOK CLUB MEETING March 9, 2010 at El Museo del Barrio / El Cafe 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street) 6:30pm - 8:30pm Book of the Month:    WE WERE HERE by Matt de la Pena Book Summary:  The story of one boy and his journey to find himself.  When it happened, Miguel was sent to Juvi. The judge gave him a year in a group home - said he had to write a journal so some counselor could try to figure out how he thinks. The judge had no idea that he actually did Miguel a favor. Ever since it happened, his mom can't even look him in the face. Any home besides his would be a better place to live. But Miguel didn't bet on meeting Dondell or Mong or any of what happened after they broke out. He only thought about Mexico and and getting to the border where he could start over. Forget his mom. Forget his brother. Forget himself. Life


JOIN US!    The Comadres, Compadres and Friends Book Club invite you to their February book club meeting on February 18 at the Borders Bookstore at Columbus Circle at 6:30PM. Book of the Month:  THE INVISIBLE MOUNTAIN by Carolina De Robertis Book summary:  On the first day of the year 1900, a small town deep in the Uruguayan countryside gathers to witness a miracle — the mysterious reappearance of Pajarita, a lost infant who will grow up to begin a lineage of fiercely independent women in the capital, Montevideo. Her daughter, Eva, a fragile yet ferociously stubborn beauty intent on becoming a poet, overcomes an early, shattering betrayal to embark on a most unconventional path. And Eva’s daughter, Salomé, awakens to both her sensuality and political convictions amidst the violent turmoil of the late 1960s. From Perón’s glittering Buenos Aires to the rustic hills of Rio de Janeiro, from the haven of a Montevideo butchershop to U.S. embassy halls, The Invisible Mountain celebrates a