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Come join us for our June Book Club meeting on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Westfall Library. This month is Academic and Business Month. Also, we are happy to inform you that we will have a special treat. Our comadre, Ileana Araguti, will be attending our book club for a meet and greet and book signing. Ileana wrote Shattered Paradise: Memoirs of a Nicaraguan War Child. This book is a beautiful story about Ileana's childhood during one of Nicaragua's most difficult times.
“In her lyrical memoir Ileana Araguti honors her native land in all of its beauty and conflicts with the kind of loving honesty every homeland deserves. Shattered Paradise is one of the most moving memoirs I’ve read.”--Bruce McAllister, author of The Village Sang to the Sea: A Memoir of Magic
“From the tropical memories in Ileana Araguti’s “Shattered Paradise:Memoirs of a Nicaraguan War Child” flows tropical memories mixed with feelings of failures and promises. Her story is captivating, even riveting, within the best testimonio tradition: quite an accomplishment for her first book.”--Francisco A. Lomeli, Professor UCSB
You may also register for our Teleconference to hear the interviews of our Book of the Month and Conversations With book authors. The next teleconference is on Monday, June 16 at 7 pm Central time at http://lascomadres.com/latinolit/join-teleconference. Register early for the teleconference and have a chance to win a FREE copy of one of the Books of the Month. So do not forget to register for the teleconference soon.
The Latina Advantage, Gender, Race and Political Success by Christina Bejarano
Published by University of Texas Press
During the past decade, racial/ethnic minority women have made significant strides in U.S. politics, comprising large portions of their respective minority delegations both in Congress and in state legislatures. This trend has been particularly evident in the growing political presence of Latinas, yet scholars have offered no clear explanations for this electoral phenomenon—until now.
In The Latina Advantage, Christina E. Bejarano draws on national public opinion datasets and a close examination of state legislative candidates in Texas and California to demonstrate the new power of the political intersection between race and gender. Underscoring the fact that racial/ethnic minority women form a greater share of minority representatives than do white women among white elected officials, Bejarano provides empirical evidence to substantiate previous theoretical predictions of the strategic advantage in the intersectionality of gender and ethnicity in Latinas.
Her evidence indicates that two factors provide the basis for the advantage: increasingly qualified candidates and the softening of perceived racial threat, leading minority female candidates to encounter fewer disadvantages than their male counterparts. Overturning the findings of classic literature that reinforce stereotypes and describe minority female political candidates as being at a compounded electoral disadvantage, Bejarano brings a crucial new perspective to dialogues about the rapidly shifting face of America’s electorate.
The Power of Latino Leadership: Culture, Inclusion, and Contribution by Juana Bordas
Published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Embracing diversity, valuing people, taking action. Over 50 million Latinos live in the United States, and it’s estimated that by 2050 one in three of the US population will be Hispanic. What does it take to lead such a varied and vibrant people who hail from twenty-two different countries and are a blend of different races? And what can leaders of all cultures and ethnicities learn from how Latinos lead?
Juana Bordas takes us on a journey to the very heart and soul of Latino leadership. She offers ten principles that richly illustrate the inclusive, people-oriented, socially responsible, and life-affirming way Latinos have led their communities. Bordas includes the voices and experiences of other distinguished Latino leaders and vivid dichos (traditional sayings) that illustrate positive aspects of the Latino culture. This unprecedented book illustrates powerful and distinctive lessons that will inform leaders of every background.
From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front by Elizabeth Escobedo
Published by The University of North Carolina Press
During World War II, unprecedented employment avenues opened up for women and minorities in U.S. defense industries at the same time that massive population shifts and the war challenged Americans to rethink notions of race. At this extraordinary historical moment, Mexican American women found new means to exercise control over their lives in the home, workplace, and nation.
In From Coveralls to Zoot Suits, Elizabeth R. Escobedo explores how, as war workers and volunteers, dance hostesses and zoot suiters, respectable young ladies and rebellious daughters, these young women used wartime conditions to serve the United States in its time of need and to pursue their own desires. But even after the war, as Escobedo shows, Mexican American women had to continue challenging workplace inequities and confronting family and communal resistance to their broadening public presence.
Highlighting seldom heard voices of the “Greatest Generation,” Escobedo examines these contradictions within Mexican families and their communities, exploring the impact of youth culture, outside employment, and family relations on the lives of women whose home-front experiences and everyday life choices would fundamentally alter the history of a generation.
The ABCs and Ñ of America’s Cultural Evolution by Jim Estrada
Published by Tate Publishing
“This is the book I would recommend to family, friends and business associates who are interested in learning about the contributions Hispanics have made to the growth and development of our nation. The ABCs and Ñ packages facts, history, and future trends in an informative and entertaining journalistic style.”— Linda G. Alvarado, Co-owner, Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies; President & CEO, Alvarado Construction Company, Inc. Denver, CO
“A ‘must understand’ description of U.S. Latinos. In the near future there will be two kinds of professionals in our country; those who read and understood The ABCs and Ñ and those who will wish they had. It should be a textbook in our schools and a college class for all managers whose companies and organizations interact with Latinos.”— Jorge Haynes, Senior Director of External Relations, Office of the Chancellor California State University System Long Beach, CA
Membership to our book club is free and open to every book lover interested in reading English-language works written by Latina and Latino authors. Please share this invitation with everyone. All are welcome.
When & Where
Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club
We created the LAS COMADRES & FRIENDS NATIONAL LATINO BOOK CLUB & TELECONFERENCE SERIES in an effort to entice comadres, compadres and friends to read more Latino authors to learn about our roots, and different perspectives on our cultures and heritage. The book club and teleconferences are open to all, not just Latinos. We are creating a space for everyone to explore the Latino writer’s mind and soul as portrayed through the written word.
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has joined us in a partnership to promote reading of Latino authors by creating the first national level book club: Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club. Membership is FREE and we invite all to join us to discuss these books by Latino authors.
For Book Club dates, times, locations: http://www.lascomadres.org/lco/lco-eng/events/bookclub.html
Or to subscribe to book club: http://www.lascomadres.org/lco/lco-eng/subscribe/join_bookclub.html
Edith Milagros Reyes
Las Comadres National Latino Book Club & Teleconference Series