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EXCERPT: ALL THE AGENTS AND SAINTS BY STEPHANIE ELIZONDO GRIEST

The Latina Book Club is pleased to welcome back Stephanie Elizondo Griest. She has been around “the bloc” a few times and always returns with a great story.  However, her new book ALL THE AGENTS AND SAINTS hits closer to home.  Below is an excerpt from the book, followed by an interview with Stephanie.  And, Mark Your Calendars! Stephanie will be in New York for a book signing on Tuesday, October 3, at 7pm at Bluestockings in the Lower East Side. We’ll see you there.--mcf


I straddle two cultures,  I also inhabit the space between faith and doubt.              – Stephanie Elizondo Griest





ALL THE AGENTS AND SAINTS Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands by Stephanie Elizondo Griest University of North Carolina Press

Note: This excerpt, snipped from the final chapter, takes places at the Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne, which straddles the New York/Canada borderline. The author arrives at her friend Keetah’s house for a final visit, the night before a special Longhouse ceremony in honor of the first str…

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CARLOS HARRISON

The Latina Book Club welcomes author Carlos Harrison, whose new book TRAINED TO KILL has been compared to the Jason Bourne movies.  He is a Pulitzer winning journalist, author of 15 books and even a cookbook with Gloria and Emilio Estefan. We just had to meet him.---mcf



Q:  Your first book, The Ghosts of Hero Street, was all about heroes. Your new one, Trained to Kill: The Inside Story of CIA plots against Castro, Kennedy & Che, is about a killer. Is this new book a true story as well?
CARLOS HARRISON:  Yes. This is the unlikely true story of an asthmatic Cuban accountant recruited and trained by the CIA to kill Fidel Castro and, later, directed to form one of the most notorious -- and active -- anti-Castro paramilitary organizations, Alpha 66. Antonio Veciana, a rising and respected young banker at the time of Fidel's revolution, masterminded three separate assassination attempts. Two came at the direction of his CIA handler; the last, if successful, could have killed his daugh…

BOOK OF THE MONTH: I GOT THIS: TO GOLD AND BEYOND BY LAURIE HERNANDEZ

 Happy Summer! This month, The Latina Book Club, has selected a sassy and cheeky memoir  that will inspire readers of all ages to dream golden dreams.  Happy Reading!


“You win whenever you commit to something, because you can’t experience growth without even trying.”
“And when you do succeed, don’t be afraid to hit reset and dare to dream again!” --Laurie Hernandez



“I got this.”  It was a whisper heard around the world, one Laurie Hernandez whispered to herself as she started her routine in Rio, where she and the other members of the Final Five went on to win Olympic Gold.
At 16, Laurie has achieved what most people dream of doing over the course of their entire lifetime – she’s won Olympic Gold; danced and won Dancing With the Stars; traveled the world; attended the Video Music Awards; and met BeyoncĂ©!  Now, we can add author to her list of accolades.
BOOK SUMMARY:   At age five, this tiny Puerto Rican from New Jersey fell in love with the sport and by age six Laurie Hernandez was in gymnas…