Come join us for our July Book Club meeting on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Westfall Library and every third Wednesday of the month. Our Book of the Month is Chasing the Sun by Natalia Sylvester.
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, July 28 at 7:00 pm Central time at http://lascomadres.com/latinolit/0514-teleconference/. Register early for the teleconference and have a chance to win a FREE copy of the Book of the Month. So do not forget to register for the teleconference soon.
Book of the Month - Chasing the Sun by Natalia Sylvester
Andres suspects his wife has left him—again. Then he learns that the unthinkable has happened: she’s been kidnapped. Too much time and too many secrets have come between Andres and Marabela, but now that she’s gone, he’ll do anything to get her back. Or will he?
As Marabela slips farther away, Andres must decide whether they still have something worth fighting for, and exactly what he’ll give up to bring her home. And unfortunately, the decision isn’t entirely up to him, or up to the private mediator who moves into the family home to negotiate with the terrorists holding Marabela. Andres struggles to maintain the illusion of control while simultaneously scrambling to collect his wife’s ransom, tending to the needs of his two young children, and reconnecting with an old friend who may hold the key to his past and his wife’s future.
Set in Lima, Peru, in a time of civil and political unrest, this evocative page-turner is a perfect marriage of domestic drama and suspense.
About Natalia Sylvester
Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester came to the U.S. at age four and grew up in South Florida, where she received a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Miami. A former magazine editor, she now works as a freelance writer in Austin, Texas. Her articles have appeared in Latina Magazine, Writer’s Digest, The Writer, and NBCLatino.com. CHASING THE SUN, partially inspired by family events, is her first novel.
Conversations With Book -- Thorns for a Grateful Lady by Elisa R. Balli
For Elisa it was always a life of survival and endurance. Amazingly, she made the best of every challenge. She traveled in the back of a truck from Texas to Michigan with her family to work as a migrant worker from the age of nine to twenty. Elisa responded to little more than primitive instincts for survival when her own mother could not love her.
A life of abuse, challenges, battles, betrayal, and lots of hard work led her to her hunger for continual success. Her misfortune became her motivator, and not her excuse. She never forgot the many
days of hunger or the day her one meal was a cold corn tortilla spread with a little tomato sauce. Her many successes are attributed to her confidence; persistence, work ethics, and her beliefs. She was greatly encouraged by her overflowing hope and dreams.
Nothing in Life came easy for her. Life was tough, but she was tougher. Her difficulties, pain, and struggles were not accidental mistakes, instead she believes, they were hand-tailored blessings designed for her benefit and were never meant to be her curse. Elisa lives her unique and amazing story through faith and being herself, a magnificent life indeed!
Conversations With Book -- Every Hidden Fear by Linda Rodriguez
A Skeet Bannion Mystery.
Skeet Bannion’s Cherokee grandmother has come to live with her and her teenage ward Brian, and Skeet is still trying to adjust to the change while also keeping the peace on the local college campus. Then Ash Mowbray, a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, comes back to Brewster as a wealthy developer, pushing plans to build a shopping mall on the outskirts of town that will destroy the town square businesses. The town council is split on his proposal, and emotions are running high.
Mowbray makes things worse by announcing that he is the real father of the high school athlete Noah Steen, having left Noah’s mother, Chelsea, pregnant as a teenager when he fled town after high school. Chelsea and her husband Elliott are horrified that Mowbray has publicized that Elliott is not Noah’s father and afraid that he will steal their beloved son from them. Noah is shocked to learn the truth of his parentage and furious with Mowbray. It’s not long before Mowbray turns up murdered with Noah as the prime suspect. Brian and Noah’s girlfriend Angie turn to Skeet to find the murderer and save their friend.
Every Hidden Fear is a thrilling and emotionally-resonant mystery, told by a masterful writer in full command of her craft.
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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.
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Edith Milagros Reyes
Las Comadres National Latino Book Club & Teleconference Series