• A mother’s fight to uphold tradition in hopes of preserving the mother-daughter bond

      By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — Damas, Dramas and Ana Ruiz by Belinda Acosta tells the story of Ana Ruiz, an educated woman and mother of two children who discovered that her husband cheated on her and asked him to leave the house. Her daughter, Carmen, blames her mother for the breakup, and...

  • Can’t decide on a Latina-authored book? There’s an app for that!

    LatinaLista — In the mood to read a book authored by a Latina or Latino but just can't seem to find the right one...well -- There's an app for that!! Grand Central Publishing (GCP), formerly Warner Books and a subdivision of the Hachette Book Group USA, created an iTunes app called the...

  • Reno man creates own English book to help immigrants overcome discrimination

    LatinaLista — While there are troubling, and downright horrifying, stories to be found every day, we sometimes miss those stories that show the better side of human nature. Last week, Latina Lista featured stories that were positive and showed how Latinos are helping their local communities. This week, we will finish the...

  • Laredo, TX has only one Christmas wish: a bookstore for its city

    LatinaLista — It was just a couple of weeks before Christmas that the City of Laredo got the news that no man, woman or child should ever have to hear at this time of the year -- the Grinch really does exist. But rather than steal Christmas, this Grinch wants to steal...

  • One woman uses the power of blogs and social media to create Latino virtual book tours

    LatinaLista — In many ways, the publishing industry has been like the proverbial canary in the mines. Long before the economy started tanking, publishers, from newspapers to books, noticed that people were changing their reading habits and becoming more frugal with their dollars. While it wasn't good news for publishers, it was...

  • Rehab and addiction create a formidable monster for a young boy to overcome

    Zach is a senior but he's in rehab instead of high school. He doesn't remember how he got there. Remembering sucks and being alive - well, what's up with that?   LatinaLista — Last Night I sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a story about Zach, a young man addicted...

  • A daughter’s search for the truth about her mother leads her to discover her true self

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — What is a person to do when they find out all they believed for all of their life about their family, and especially their mother, is false? So lays the plot for Tell Me Something True by Leila Cobo. Gabriella Richards feels betrayed. Between her doting...

  • Latino American Folktales take readers on a journey through history and cultures

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — Latino American Folktales: Stories from The American Mosaic edited by Thomas A. Green is designed to provide educators, students, and general readers with examples of a range of traditional Latino narratives: fictional tales, legends, myths, and personal experience. Moreover, the examples in this anthology represent the cultural...

  • A twist on history creates a terrifying future for Latinos

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — It is said that unless the lessons of history are learned, a society is doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past -- and that is exactly what happens in the exciting tale America Libre by Raul Ramos y Sanchez.   The story follows Manolo Suarez,...

  • New cookbook whips up dishes in the name of peace

    LatinaLista — What do Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mia Farrow and Rigoberta Menchù Tum have in common? Well, aside from being advocates for peace, they also happen to share book credit in a special new cookbook called "Ingredients for Peace." The 141-page cookbook, which supports the work of the Nobel Women's Initiative, features...

  • Making tamales a family tradition that lives on and on

    LatinaLista — One longstanding tradition among Mexican-American families at Christmastime is making tamales. Usually a day-long event, each member of the family, from the youngest to the oldest, is assigned a special job to help make the process go faster and more fun. Growing Up with Tamales, by Gwendolyn Zepeda is a...

  • A moral dilemma over illegal immigration forces teen to make a hard choice

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista Tyler is having a bad year. His grandfather died, then his father was in an accident and almost killed. Tyler's father will eventually recover, but not in time to save the farm. When Tyler comes back from a month-long visit with relatives, he discovers that his parents...

  • A quest for religious fulfillment takes readers on a 200-year adventure

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista   Lupe de la Garza is a shopkeeper in a mountain village in Mexico. After seeing a sign from God in the smoke of a fire of the local church, she is on a quest to spread the word inspired by an altarpiece painted by the eighteenth...

  • Spotlight: Bringing books to children living in the poorest colonia of the nation

    LatinaLista — Along the Texas-Mexico border, there lies Starr County, Texas. It is one of the poorest counties in the nation with a population of about 62,000 -- 97 percent Latino. The U.S. Census reports that only 35 percent of the people have a high school diploma and less than seven percent...

  • CNN’s “Latino in America” is a work in progress

    LatinaLista — Latino in America, the companion book to the televised special of the same name that was broadcast by the cable news network CNN over two nights, is a compilation of stories intended to represent the successes of Latinos. Written by CNN host Soledad O'Brien with Rose Marie Arce, Latino in America,...

  • A teen’s growing pains takes her on a journey of a lifetime

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista Apolonia Flores doesn't much like her name. However, her father takes pride in telling people where her name came from: "It's the girl form of Apollo. He was the god of the sun. Get it? It's my way of calling you a sunflower." Parents! What can a...

  • One father’s reconnection with his family proves to be a tortuous exercise

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — You know all those stories that end with "They lived happily ever after?" Gringolandia begins after the "ever after." Lyn Miller-Lachmann researched and wrote a heartfelt story about a man named Marcelo, who as a political prisoner in Chile endured a life of torture for many...

  • Budget cuts taking Gwinnett County library branches out of Latino communities

    LatinaLista — Gwinnett County, Georgia is home to one of the state's largest Latino communities. It's also home to some of the most stringent county budget cuts being exercised in these recessionary times. The most drastic budget cuts are being applied to the county's library system. It seems the Gwinnett County Library...

  • National Latino Cookbook to help raise money to service battered families

    LatinaLista — It's no coincidence that the kitchen or la cocina is the heart of most homes and the one room that draws families together. So it makes perfect sense that an organization that helps battered families heal would create a fundraising project that brings families together in the kitchen to cook...

  • Banned Book Week encourages the fight against literary censorship

    LatinaLista — What do the books "Bless Me, Ultima," "The Golden Compass," "The Kite Runner," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows," "Beloved" and the series "Gossip Girl" have in common? They are just a few of the hundreds of titles that have been banned by schools and school districts across the country....

  • Laredo, Texas spearheads city-wide book initiative to combat hunger and literacy

    LatinaLista — The saying "food for thought" has two literal meanings in Laredo, Texas thanks to the efforts of three dynamic women educators. These three women, Beverly Herrera, Carmen Escamilla and Annie Treviño (no relation that I know of to Latina Lista) have created a city-wide annual festival called One City, One...

  • New digital book puts a Human Face to Transnationalism

    LatinaLista — What is transnationalism? The Merriam-Webster definition says it's "extending or going beyond national boundaries." Yet, for the purposes of a new digital, virtual coffee table-type book, transnationalism, as it pertains to the United States, has a much deeper meaning. DayNightLifeDeathHope explores transnationalism as the "accommodation of immigrant cultures into a...

  • Latina authors asking for personal consejos and dichos for new book

    LatinaLista — Do you have a favorite dicho? Or did your mother give you some great advice that you always pass along? If you do and would like to share them with a wider audience, consider answering the Call for Affirmations, Consejos and Dichos. Latina authors Betty Ramirez Swinners & Josie B....

  • Macy’s and RIF partner in new campaign to promote children’s literacy

    It is a fact that Hispanic children represent slightly more than 20 percent of all children under age five in the United States and yet, only 14 percent of Latino fourth-graders and nine percent of eighth-graders can read at or above basic or advanced skill levels. Gisselle Acevedo, President and CEO of...

  • Domestic violence organization needs recipes for Latino cookbook fundraiser

    LatinaLista — It's said that one of the most popular rooms of any house is the kitchen. It's where families come together for a variety of reasons -- to eat, to cook and most of all to bond with one another. So, it makes perfect sense that one organization would like to...