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#THROWBACKTHURSDAY! THE WAR OF THE END OF THE WORLD BY MARIO VARGAS LLOSA

All lovers of justice are invited to attend a public demonstration of solidarity with the idealists of Canudos and with all rebels the world over,  to be held in the Praça da Liberdade  on the fourth of October at 6 p.m.

Called a “modern tragedy on the grand scale,” a “thunderous novel,” a “masterpiece.” THE WAR OF THE END OF THE WORLD is all that and more.
Canudos is the Wild West and Neverland all rolled into one. There are no laws, no taxes, no marriage, no worries. Sounds like paradise, but there is always a snake in the grass, and this one is the fictional Brazilian government determined to claim the backlands, crush the outcasts and impose their rule. Freedom fighters or bandits?The battle is inevitable, but readers must ask, who truly wins the war?
SUMMARY:Deep within the remote backlands of nineteenth-century Brazil lies Canudos, home to all the damned of the earth: prostitutes, bandits, beggars, and every kind of outcast. It is a place where history and civilization have been wipe…

MEMOIR: KNITTING THE FOG BY CLAUDIA D. HERNANDEZ

This debut is so much more than an immigrant’s story. It is an ode to the resilience of the human spirit. A hymn to the power of poems and stories as agents of personal liberation and social change. In any language. Any culture. Anywhere in the world. ¡Brava, Claudia! ¡Otra, otra! Encore!—Lucha Corpi




Breathtaking. Honest. Bilingual. Bicultural.
A journey across numerous borders in search of the Promise Land. Claudia uses all types of forms of writing to tell her story—poetry, prose, English, Spanish.This is her life, her memories. Some good, a lot bad.She doesn’t fit in the new land, and after a few years, she doesn’t fit back home in Guatemala either. She is of both lands, but none.Does that make her more... or less?  Unfortunately, that is the eternal struggle of bicultural children.

SUMMARY:A young Guatemalan immigrant’s adolescence is shaped by her journey to the US as she grapples with Chapina tradition and American culture. Claudia D. Hernández weaves together narrative essay and…

MEMORIAL DAY BOOKS THAT HONOR OUR LATINO SOLDIERS

The Latina Book Club remembers and honors All the fallen Soldiers and Heroes – men and women – who have sacrificed so much for our country’s freedom.  We can never Thank Them enough!
Here are some books that honor our Latino Soldiers.Enjoy.



SOLDIER FOR EQUALITY: JOSE DE LA LUZ SAENZ AND THE GREAT WAR By Duncan Tonatiuh A 2020 Pura Belprè Author Honor Book Abrams Books for Young Readers
Josè de la Luz Sáenz believed in fighting for what was right. He fought in WWI and was an invaluable member of the Intelligence Office in Europe. But even in the army, he faced prejudice. When he returned home, he joined other Mexican American Veterans to create the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC), one of largest and oldest Latinx civil rights organizations.

GOOD NIGHT CAPTAIN MAMA / BUENAS NOCHES CAPITAN MAMA By Graciela Tiscareňo-Sato Gracefully Global Group
A sweet, reassuring bedtime conversation between a military Mom and her child about her uniform and why she serves, and what she does in the unus…

ISABEL ALLENDE ON THE CRAFT OF WRITING

The Latina Book Club thanks Boroughs Publishing for pointing out this quote from the legendary writer.


Isabel Allende on the Craft of Writing


“Show up. Show up in front of the computer or the typewriter. And if I show up long enough – it happens.”
“When I started writing, I always had the feeling that the book was like a gift–that it would just fall in my lap like an apple or something. So I almost had the feeling that it wasn’t going to happen again. That I had written The House of the Spirits, and that was it. Or I had written the second or third book, and that was it. But what I have learned in time, in thirty-two years of writing, is that it’s a lot of work, and if I just show up, and I work and work, there is a moment, a magical moment, at some point, when it gives. And then you don’t need the effort anymore. It’s like dancing. When you’re dancing and counting the steps, you’re not dancing. When your body just goes—then you’re dancing, and then there’s a rhythm, there’s a velocity, …

THROWBACK THURSDAY! LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA BY GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ

Think of love as a state of grace: not the means to anything but the alpha and omega, an end in itself.—Florentino


This novel by Gabriel García Márquez seems very apropos for this time. We are under a pandemic, and the protagonists in this historic novel are under their own pandemic. Of course, it takes 50+ years before the boy gets the girl, but love is forever.
Some readers have problems with Florentino.He seems an obsessive Don Juan – bedding everything with breasts—and yet still insists that he is a “virgin,” that he only has one love. Is it because Fermina is the one who got away, or because she is the other half of his soul? Readers have been battling over this question for over 50 years, and will probably continue to do so for another 50.Read it again and let us know where you stand.Happy Reading.—mcf

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA (EL AMOR EN LOS TIEMPOS DE COLERA) was first published in 1985. It is considered a non-traditional love story as "lovers find love in their 'gol…

CHILDREN'S BOOKS FOR MAY LATINO BOOKS MONTH

The Latina Book Club is reclaiming May Is Latino Books Month. Let’s continue the Celebration with these children's books.
And, for a list of May's fiction books, click here.
Happy Reading ---mcf


A NEW KIND OF WILD by Zara Gonzáles Hoang  (Dial Books) Ren grew up surrounded by the magic and wonder of the forest. When he moves to the city, he is lost until he meets Ava. This city girl teaches Ren that the city is also full of wonder, and there is always something to do or see or hear. FEDERICO AND THE WOLF by Rebecca J. Gomez  (Clarion Books) This time it’s little Red Hoodie Federico on his way to Abuelo’s house. He meets a Wolf who wants to detain him, but Federico just happens to be carrying a spicy surprise.
GHOST SQUAD by Claribel A. Ortega  (Scholastic Press) Think Coco meets Ghostbusters. Lucely and her BFF Syd cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits. Luckily, they join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother and friends to save the town.
SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE by…

THE LATINA BOOK CLUB SHOP NOW OPEN!

The Latina Book Club has become an affiliate of Bookshop to help support local and independent bookstores.  Visit us at  https://bookshop.org/shop/latinabookclub.
Bookshop is an online bookstore that believes bookstores are essential to a healthy culture. They’re where authors can connect with readers, where we discover new writers, where children get hooked on the thrill of reading that can last a lifetime.
By design, Bookshop gives away over 75% of its profit margin to stores, publications, authors and others who make up the thriving, inspirational culture around books!
To date, Bookshop has raised $1.5 million dollars.
Bookshop hopes to help strengthen the fragile ecosystem and margins around bookselling and keep local bookstores an integral part of our culture and communities.They are a B-Corp - a corporation dedicated to the public good.  The Latina Book Club is proud affiliate.

Please check out The Latina Book Club's Favorites Books at https://bookshop.org/shop/latinabookclub.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY! NILDA BY NICHOLASA MOHR

Slowly, then rapidly, the city began to fade from view as Nilda looked out the window.First, the Park Avenue Market began to disappear and she looked back at 110th Street where she went shopping with her mother almost every day; then all the buildings, tenements, streetlights and traffic faded from view. Panic seized her and she swallowed, fighting a strong urge to cry as she longed to go back home that very second.---Nilda


Named an “Outstanding Book of the Year” by The New York Times and one of the “Best Books of the Year” by the American Library Association in 1973 when it was first published, Nicholasa Mohr’s classic novel, NILDA, about life as an immigrant in New York City offers a poignant look at one young girl’s experiences. Issues of race, religion and machismo are movingly depicted in this groundbreaking coming-of-age novel that was one of the first by a Latina author to be hailed by the mainstream media.
Summary:It’s the summer of 1941, and all ten-year-old Nilda wants to do i…

UNTAMED SHORE BY SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA

Everything changes here and 
everything stays the same. --Viridiana

Desire. Glamour. Dreams. Deceit.

One hot summer. One bored teenager. Three enigmatic tourists.
Viridiana is bored and tired of watching the local fishermen bring in their catch. Anything is better than staring at dead sharks so when three tourists show up in town, Viridiana welcomes being their guide.She is enthralled at their glamorous lives, clothes, manners. But then one of them dies and Viridiana is soon caught up in shark infested waters of her own. We loved this book. It’s suspenseful, compelling and a fast read. 
We couldn’t stop until we knew the ending.


SUMMARY:Baja California, 1979. Viridiana spends her days watching the dead sharks piled beside the seashore, as the fishermen pull their nets. There is nothing else to do, nothing else to watch, under the harsh sun. She’s bored. Terribly bored. Yet her head is filled with dreams of Hollywood films, of romance, of a future beyond the drab town where her only opti…

THROWBACK THURSDAY! LOVING PEDRO INFANTE BY DENISE CHAVEZ

“There’s nothing a Mejicano or Mejicana loves more than the burning, stinging pain of thwarted, frustrated, hopeless, soulful, take-it-to-the-grave love. Nothing gets us going more than what I call rabia/love of the te-juro-you’re-going-to-pay-for-all-the-suffering-you-caused-me variety.”  --Tere



Teresina “Tere” Vila is looking for love in all the wrong places.She’s divorced, 30-something Chicana working “in the hinterlands of life” in New Mexico, a small dusty town near El Paso, Texas. The love of her life is Lucio, a smooth-talking ne'er-do-well who will never leave his wife and ties Tere's heart in knots with a string of empty promises. Her diversions are few but intense, and center around her best friend, Irma, and her membership in the Pedro Infante Fan Club.
For those of you who don’t recognize the name, Pedro Infante was the Mexican Elvis Presley. His movies from the 1940s and 1950s were viewed with obsessive devotion by millions of fans the Spanish world over.

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MAY IS LATINO BOOKS MONTH

In 2004, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) sponsored the Latino Books Month in May.  The movement has died down with only a handful of faithful libraries still celebrating.  Perhaps, this movement fell off the calendar with the popularity of the Hispanic Heritage Month -- a bigger, nationwide celebration in September and October.

A little history: Hispanic Heritage Week was established in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson.  In 1989, President George H. W. Bush (the father) proclaimed the first National Hispanic Heritage Month via Presidential Proclamation 6021. All Presidents since have continued the proclamation. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15.  

But why wait until the Fall to celebrate Latino Books.  

The Latina Book Club, along with that handful of libraries, are reclaiming May Is Latino Books Month.

Let’s start the Celebration with a list of May book releases.  All wonderful choices.

Happy Reading ---mcf



NEW BOOK RELEASES

AFTERLIFE b…