Please join us for some wonderful company and great conversation at our August book club meeting on August 23 at 3:00 p.m. and every fourth Saturday of the month.
While this book club focuses on Latina & Latino authors, this book club is for EVERYONE. So feel free to invite a friend or two. Membership is FREE and open to all.
Also, don't forget to register for our Conversations with Las Comadres Teleconference on August 25, 2014. The teleconference will give you a chance to listen to the Book of the Month and Conversations With authors.
Fore more information on the books and the Teleconference, please visit http://lascomadres.com/countonme/latino-book-club/portfolio/2014-teleconference/.
BOOK OF THE MONTH...
THE AMADO WOMEN by Desiree Zamorano
Published by Cinco Puntos Press
Mercy Amado raised three daughters and became a teacher with little help from her drunken, philandering husband. Now she watches helplessly as those sisters drift apart as adults. Investment manager Celeste and artist Nataly barely speak; Sylvia lives in wealthy suburbia with an abusive Anglo husband. When Sylvia’s marriage crumbles, the Amado women test the strength of their family ties.
The Amado Women is the story of four very different women, linked by birth struggling to reconnect. Mercedes Amado has raised and watched her three daughters grow into women. Celeste, fiercely intelligent and proud, has fled her youth and family in Los Angeles to financial independence in San Jose. Sylvia has immersed herself in the world of her two young daughters, while Nataly, the baby, waits tables in an upscale restaurant by night and works on her textile art by day.
Four women struggle for their piece of the American Dream, but will it evaporate when confronted with family tragedy?
CUBA IN SPLINTERS: ELEVEN STORIES FROM A NEW CUBA, edited by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Published by OR Books
Rock ‘n’ roll, zombies, drugs – anomie and angst – do not generally figure in our mental images of a country that’s assumed an outsized place in the American imagination. But fresh from the tropics, in Cuba in Splinters – a sparkling package of stories we’re assured are fictional – that’s exactly what you’ll find. Eleven writers largely unknown outside Cuba depict a world that veers from a hyperreal Havana in decay, against a backdrop of oblivious drug-toting German tourists, to a fantasy land – or is it? – where vigilant Cubans bar the door to zombies masquerading as health inspectors. Sex and knife-fights, stutterers and addicts, losers and lost literary classics: welcome to a raw and genuine island universe closed to casual visitors.
The collection includes stories by four Latina writers: Jhortensia Espineta, Lien Carrazana Lau, Polina Martínez Shviétsova, and Lia Villares.
OF ANGELS, DEMONS, AND CHOPPED CHORIZOS by Michael Pacheco
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
The award-winning author has put together an enchanting group of intriguing tales. He is adept at weaving his interests in folklore and myth into these tales of miracles, visitations, crossings and grisly death. From the deserts of northern Mexico and Texas to the copper mines of Chile to West Los Angeles these sixteen stories transport you on a fun ride.
In Nayeli's Nightmare a self-conscious Hispanic teen discovers she has the ability to detect approaching death but her secret is something she cannot reveal to anyone. In Pais Angelicus, a musical savant named Mochi finds that all the rihces in the world do not come from God. In the Fix in El Pachuco we are treated to an inside look at the nasty politics of criminal law in El Paso. La Paloma closes the collection on a tearful note when a young boy's life is doomed after he is trapped in a copper mine with thirty adult men.
These cuentos plant the seed which will blossom in pleasure well beyond the time of their telling.
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