Tag Archives: Latin America

The Lost City of Z, by David Grann (audio)

Before I begin this review, I have to admit something a little embarrassing. For a very long time, I thought this book was a zombie novel. I mean, “The Lost City of Z” just sounds like a zombie novel, right? … Continue reading

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Protected: Readathon: The Pearl, by John Steinbeck (audio)

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Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan

Thirteen-year-old Esperanza has led a comfortable and sheltered life on her father’s ranch in Mexico. Her family has money and land. Esperanza has everything she could want, from servants to wait on her to her parents’ love. After tragedy strikes, … Continue reading

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Native, by Mona Kuhn

I spent a lot of January studying and reading about Brazil, and supplemented all this by reading Native, a book of photography by Mona Kuhn. Kuhn is from Brazil and returned to it after being away for twenty years. The … Continue reading

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Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel

[joint review and recipe by my husband and me] Recipe: Gignac Tiramisu Ingredients: 24 Milano cookies, 5 egg yolks, 1/3 C sugar, 1/2 C heavy cream, 2 tsp REAL vanilla (no extract!), 14 oz cream cheese, 3/4 C espresso Jason: So… … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Consuelo, by Judith Ortiz Cofer

Set in the 1950s in rapidly-modernizing Puerto Rico, this is a coming of age story similar to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Consuelo Signe is growing up in a four-person home, with parents who cannot get along and a younger … Continue reading

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare

This story is about Kit, a teenage girl who travels from Barbados to Connecticut after her last remaining relative on the island dies. Once in Connecticut, she’s met with suspicion from the entire community she comes to live in. They … Continue reading

Posted in 2008, Children's, Prose | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys

I must say, this book was a very welcome change from Don Quixote. So welcome, that it only took two days to read. Of course, I admit it’s shorter – under 200 pages – but it’s also extremely captivating. The … Continue reading

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