Seattle Picks: Latino

Maya's Notebook
Maya's Notebook A Novel By Allende, Isabel Book - 2013 FIC ALLENDE 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 8 on 27 copies

Annotation:In her diary, Maya Vidal records her gradual transformation from a life of crime and drug addiction in California to a more hopeful future on a remote island off the Chilean coast.

United States of Banana
United States of Banana By Braschi, Giannina Book - 2011 FIC BRASCHI 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:An amusing, witty allegory involving the rescue of Puerto Rican Segismundo from his 100 year prison in the Statue of Liberty by the author, Hamlet and Zarathustra, is a keenly observed treatise on freedom.

Hotel Juárez
Hotel Juárez Stories, Rooms and Loops By Chacón, Daniel Book - 2012 FIC CHACON 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:The stories and flash images in this collection center on the role of literature, the fine arts and imagination in establishing personal identity.

Have You Seen Marie?
Have You Seen Marie? By Cisneros, Sandra Book - 2012 FIC CISNERO 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Roz and her cat, Marie, arrive in San Antonio to comfort Sandra after her mother’s death. Marie’s immediate disappearance and the search that ensues provide a poignant fable about love and grief.

This Is How You Lose Her
This Is How You Lose Her By Díaz, Junot Book - 2012 FIC DIAZ 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 11 on 25 copies

Annotation:The author’s singular energetic verve propels the earthy, charming and maddeningly delightful characters of his stories in this collection that explores the vagaries of the human heart.

The Future Is Not Ours
The Future Is Not Ours New Latin American Fiction Book - 2012 FIC FUTURE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:The 23 writers whose works comprise this anthology were born and raised during the 1970s, a time of world-wide unrest. These stories reflect their experiences of the Cold War, of dictatorships and as immigrants.

Before the End, After the Beginning
Before the End, After the Beginning By Gilb, Dagoberto Book - 2011 FIC GILB 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this collection of ten stories, the author shares his perspective on helplessness, masculinity, immigration law, family struggles and poverty experienced by Latinos living in the American Southwest.

Beautiful María of My Soul, Or, The True Story of María García Y Cifuentes, the Lady Behind A Famous Song
Beautiful María of My Soul, Or, The True Story of María García Y Cifuentes, the Lady Behind A Famous Song A Novel By Hijuelos, Oscar Book - 2010 FIC HIJUELO 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Now 60 years old, Maria tells her own story of her journey from a childhood of countryside poverty to working in post-war Havana and inspiring the song that made the Mambo Kings famous

The Madness of Mamá Carlota
The Madness of Mamá Carlota By Limón, Graciela Book - 2012 FIC LIMON 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Three orphaned sisters take refuge with the Empress Carlotta, who loves Mexico but fails sadly in her marriage and as a ruler, eventually returning to Europe while her companions must decide whether to stay or accompany her.

The Realm of Hungry Spirits
The Realm of Hungry Spirits By López, Lorraine Book - 2011 FIC LOPEZ 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Following the kind, peaceful ways of Gandhi and the Dalai Lama, Marina Luceno eventually finds her self-made role as savior and caregiver to the perpetually needy leaves her exhausted and in need of change.

Beyond the Ties of Blood
Beyond the Ties of Blood A Novel By Mallon, Florencia E. Book - 2012 FIC MALLON 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Twenty years after Eugenia Aldunate’s harsh treatment following the 1973 Pinochet coup d’état in Chile, during which many people disappeared, she returns from exile to testify in her lover’s murder trial.

Adios, Happy Homeland!
Adios, Happy Homeland! By Menéndez, Ana Book - 2011 FIC MENENDE 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:In a series of inter-linked stories by imaginary writers, Menendez portrays the lives of Cuban-Americans who ironically long to return to Cuba, the land they recently fled.

Salvation City
Salvation City By Nunez, Sigrid Book - 2010 FIC NUNEZ 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Rescued by a pastor’s family after his parents die in a flu epidemic, Cole Vining struggles to find his place in an increasingly anarchic society where hope of a coming Rapture may not be a philosophy he can embrace.

The Book of Want
The Book of Want By Olivas, Daniel A. Book - 2011 FIC OLIVAS 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This short novel, filled with magic realism, tells the four-generation story of a Mexican-American family living in Los Angeles.

Along These Highways
Along These Highways By Perez, Rene S. Book - 2012 FIC PEREZ 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:See South Texas through the ordinary lives of characters that come alive in this collection of short stories.

House Divided
House Divided By Ramos y Sánchez, Raúl Book - 2011 FIC RAMOS Y 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Manolo Suarez is fighting to liberate Hispanics from the quarantine zones in the American Southwest while his teenage son joins an extremist group in this politically astute speculative story.

Perla
Perla By De Robertis, Carolina Book - 2012 FIC ROBERTI 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Perla’s father was partly responsible for the disappearance of thousands during Argentina’s Dirty War. She guiltily keeps his secret until a strange, uninvited guest appears at her house.

Conquistadora
Conquistadora A Novel By Santiago, Esmeralda Book - 2011 FIC SANTIAG 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:The sugar cane plantation where Ana and her new husband Ramón live out her dream of being a “conquistadora” is much harsher and more difficult than they expected in this historical novel set in 19th century Puerto Rico.

The Madonnas of Echo Park
The Madonnas of Echo Park A Novel By Skyhorse, Brando Book - 2010 FIC SKYHORS 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Different perspectives on being Mexican in America emerge in chapter-long character studies set in the East Los Angeles working class neighborhood of Echo Park.

Sudden Fiction Latino
Sudden Fiction Latino Short-short Stories From the United States and Latin America Book - 2010 FIC SUDDEN 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:This culturally rich and entertaining anthology of Latin American and American Latino “short-short” stories includes the work of well-known authors like Borges, Allende and Cisneros and emerging writers as well.

From This Wicked Patch of Dust
From This Wicked Patch of Dust By Troncoso, Sergio Book - 2011 FIC TRONCOS 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Interconnected short stories illustrate the lives of the Martinez family in Ysleta, Texas, who eac take different paths as they seek the American Dream, while their mother’s love anchors them.

Queen of America
Queen of America A Novel By Urrea, Luis Alberto Book - 2011 FIC URREA 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 16 copies

Annotation:After becoming a folk hero in her native Mexico, Teresa Urrea brings her healing powers to America in this sequel to "The Hummingbird’s Daughter."

Macho!
Macho! A Novel By Villaseñor, Victor Book - 2012 FIC VILLASE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:As seventeen-year-old Roberto follows his dreams of monetary and familial success by joining migrant workers in California, the harsh, violent life he encounters prompt him to question his old ideals of personal honor.

Better With You Here
Better With You Here By Zepeda, Gwendolyn Book - 2012 FIC ZEPEDA 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:No one’s character is unimpeachable in this story about Natasha Davila’s struggle to retain custody of her two children when her ex-husband opens his bully’s can of worms.

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A selection of writers from across Latin America.


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