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By Jo Ann Hernandez   LatinaLista — Josefina Lopez, the acclaimed playwright of the hit play-turned-into-movie “Real Women have Curves,” does it again with her debut novel published in 2009 titled “Hungry Woman in Paris.” It’s a tale of a woman discovering ‘herself.’ Everyone who reads this book will rock with laughter as twenty-nine-year-old, Canela, relates […]

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 even worse news […]

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 diversity that exists […]

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, an ex-army soldier […]

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 such dishes as […]

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 bilingual tale published […]

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, supplements the television […]

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 Board has to […]

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. Each blue marker […]

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 Book. The Food […]

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 more open ‘cosmopolitan’ […]

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