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Popular Latino Literature in Spanish and English

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  • Abella, Alex. Final acts. A gripping thriller about a cult killer stalking helpless women in California and the desperate man intent on his capture. In process.
  • Abella, Alex. The Killing of the Saints. When investigator Charlie Morrell is assigned a murder case, the past he fled comes back to haunt him. The defendant in the murder case is a Cuban who claims to be possessed by a god of the Santeria cult in Los Angeles's Cuban refugee community. An exiled Cuban himself, Morrell is drawn into a web of spirits, violence, and passion. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 34253
  • Alberro, Elaine. Forever true = Sólo tuya. When Elena Garcia's escort for her quinceañera becomes ill, her father's cleaning lady's illegitimate son Antonio fills in. They fall in love, but Elena's parents (descendants of Cuban aristocracy) object to the match. Eight years later, however, perspectives change. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. English/Spanish language. RC 50976.
  • Alcala, Kathleen. Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist. A collection of fourteen tales of magic realism that focus on Mexican and Mexican-American women and the relationships that shape their lives. Strong language for adult readers. RCW 1293.
  • Alcala, Kathleen. Spirits of the ordinary: a tale of Casas Grandes. Three generations of the Caravals are affected when, against the wishes of his family, Zacarias persists in prospecting for gold in northern Mexico in the 1870s. Witnessing a tragedy transforms Zacarias in unexpected ways with unplanned consequences. RC 46187
  • Alfau, Felipe. Chromos. Life is simple until one learns English, especially if the person happens to be Spanish. The complications of being an "Americaniard" begin immediately, according to the narrator, who lives in New York City. The "Americaniards" create for themselves some bizarre situations, because of their adherence to Spanish culture. And the results are like "chromos" --sentimental pictures of old Spain. RC 32982
  • Alfau, Felipe. Locos: a comedy of gestures. Alfau introduces the characters of this novel as uncontrollably bad fiction writers. Each character develops a short story and then invades other stories with clues that link them. Thus the reader becomes a detective, searching for meaning and clues. It is no coincidence that the action in these stories develops in Spain, a land where "the action with a meaning--the gesture--has grown into a national specialty." RC 33649
  • Allende, Isabel. La casa de los espíritus. Concerns the union of gentle, clairvoyant Clara del Valle and autocratic, violent Esteban Trueba, patron of a huge hacienda whose peasants he controls with tyranny. Through three generations of vividly portrayed characters, a strong, compassionate picture of an unnamed but identifiable country emerges. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Spanish language. RC 43972
  • Allende, Isabel. City of the beasts. Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his journalist grandmother on an expedition to search for the legendary Yeti of the Amazon, known as "The Beast." Alexander and his new friend Nadia begin a magical adventure in the mysterious, impenetrable jungle. For senior high and older readers. 2002. RC 56606
  • Allende, Isabel. La ciudad de las bestias. Alexander Cold, joven de quince años, tiene una abuela que es reportero, y tiene la oportunidad de acompañarla en una expedición a las Amazonas en busca de la legendaria Bestia de las Amazonas. Alexander y su nueva amiga Nadia emprenden una mgica aventura en la misteriosa y impenetrable selva. Para alumnos de escuela secundaria y lectores mayores. RC 54960
  • Allende, Isabel. Daughter of fortune: a novel. In 1849 Eliza Sommers follows her fiancé to California, where he has gone in search of gold. Her experiences in the harsh land gripped by gold fever transform her into an exceptional woman. She is befriended by a Chinese doctor who teaches her about the human condition. RC 48869
  • Allende, Isabel. De amor y de sombra. Novel by the Chilean author evokes the daily terror under a military dictatorship and the subtle ways that resistance is offered. Reporter Irene Beltran and photographer Francisco Leal uncover a crime in the course of their daily work. While their investigation brings danger at the hands of the military regime, they are destined to share an exceptional love. Some strong language. Spanish language. RC 43996
  • Allende, Isabel. Eva Luna. In an effort to escape oppression, Eva Luna writes tales of her life and the people she meets along the way. They include her godmother, whose brain is addled by rum; a criminal; a transsexual entertainer; and a young refugee--Rolf Carle, who is also trying to escape oppression. Spanish language. RC 43963
  • Allende, Isabel. Eva Luna. In an effort to escape oppression, Eva Luna writes tales of her life and the people she meets along the way. They include her godmother, whose brain is addled by rum; a criminal; a transsexual entertainer; and a young refugee--Rolf Carle, who is also trying to escape oppression. RC 29269
  • Allende, Isabel. Hija de la fortuna. Eliza Sommers follows her fiancé to California in 1849 where he has gone in search of gold. Her experiences in a harsh land gripped by gold fever transform her into an exceptional woman. She is befriended by a Chinese doctor who teaches her about the human condition. Spanish language. RC 48792
  • Allende, Isabel. The house of the spirits. Symbolic family saga by the niece of Chile's assassinated President Salvador Allende. Concerns the union of gentle, clairvoyant Clara del Valle and autocratic, violent Esteban Trueba, patron of a huge hacienda whose peasants he controls with tyranny. Through three generations of vividly portrayed characters, a strong, compassionate picture of an unnamed but identifiable country emerges. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. RC 21524
  • Allende, Isabel. The infinite plan: a novel. Gregory Reeves is the son of a tent minister who preaches about the Infinite Plan. When Gregory's father becomes ill, the family settles down in the Latino barrio of Los Angeles. From there Gregory searches for his own identity, gets involved in the 1960s' social upheaval, fights in Vietnam, studies to be a lawyer, decides to marry, and fails as a father, before finally gaining insight into his own character. Strong language and some violence. RC 37785
  • Allende, Isabel. Of love and shadows. Irene Beltran, the unconventional daughter of a wealthy family, and Francisco Leal, son of Spanish exiles, are reporter and photographer for a women's magazine in an unnamed Latin American dictatorship. They stumble onto a mass grave where the bodies of people tortured and murdered by the police have been dumped. Their love grows as they struggle to bring the men responsible to justice. Violence and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 26412
  • Allende, Isabel. El plan infinito. Gregory Reeves is the son of a tent minister who preaches about the Infinite Plan. When Gregory's father becomes ill, the family settles down in the Latino barrio of Los Angeles. From there Gregory searches for his own identity, gets involved in the 1960s' social upheaval, fights in Vietnam, marries, and fails as a father, before finally gaining real insight. Strong language and some violence. Spanish language. RC 43973
  • Allende, Isabel. Portrait in sepia: a novel. Eliza Sommers's grand-daughter, Aurora del Valle, continues the generational saga begun in Daughter of Fortune (RC 48869). Aurora recounts the scandal surrounding her birth in San Francisco's Chinatown, her upbringing by paternal grandmother Paulina del Valle, her return to Chile, and her marriage to Diego Domínguez. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2001. RC 53300.
  • Allende, Isabel. Retrato en sepia: novela. Aurora del Valle, la nieta de Eliza Sommer, sigue la saga familiar que se reveló en Hija de la Fortuna (RC 48792). Aurora, quien nació entre trauma y escndalo en el Chinatown de San Francisco, narra su educación y niñez con la abuela Paulina del Valle, su regreso a Chile y su matrimonio con Diego Domíngez. Contiene algunas descripciones explícitas de índole sexual. RC 52976
  • Allende, Isabel. The stories of Eva Luna. Rolfe Carle lies in bed beside Eva Luna and savors the love they have just shared. Breaking the quiet picture, he asks Eva to tell him a story she has never told anyone before. And she does--twenty-three in all. She tells him stories about peasants and rich people, beauties and tyrants, politicians and military leaders, and the battles between men and women. Some descriptions of sex. Companion to "Eva Luna." Bestseller. RC 33157
  • Alvarez, Julia. Before We were Free. In the Dominican Republic, in the early 1960s, 12-year-old Anita's family is harassed and under surveillance by the secret police. She learns that close relatives are involved in the underground movement to end the crushing dictatorship of General Trujillo, endangering the entire family. For grades 6-9. 2002. RC 56137
  • Alvarez, Julia. A cafecito story = El cuento del cafecito. A simple story of a man, a new life, and struggling to survive in the Dominican Republic in the mid-20th century. In process.
  • Alvarez, Julia. En el nombre de Salomé. Novela histórica basada en la vida de Camila Henríquez, hija de la poeta dominicana Salomé Ureña de Henríquez (1850-1897). Madre e hija eran revolucionarios--Salomé por sus poemas patrióticos, y Camila por sus preferencias sexuales y por el hecho de que rechaza una jubilación seguro para ir a ser profesora in la Cuba castrista. Contiene algunas descripciones de índole sexual. RC 52984
  • Alvarez, Julia. En el tiempo de las mariposas. Novela de la República Dominicana bajo el régimen de Rafael Trujillo. En 1960 las cuatro hermanas Mirabal luchaban por la libertad y tres de ellas fueron asesinados. La autora, un refugio de ese conflicto, recrea las vidas de las mujeres, martirizadas por sus creencias y su coraje. RC 50285
  • Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia girls lost their accents. The four Garcia girls and their parents escape the secret police in the Dominican Republic by moving to the United States. Vignettes from different family members' perspectives illustrate the culture shock they experience when they trade their pampered lifestyle for their new status as immigrants. The daughters become very Americanized, much to their Papi's disapproval. Strong language and descriptions of sex. RC 34544
  • Alvarez, Julia. In the name of Salomé: a novel. Historical saga based on the true story of Camila Henríquez, daughter of the Dominican poet Salomé Ureña de Henríquez (1850-1897). Both mother and daughter were rebels: Salomé in her patriotic poems; Camila in her sexual preference and in forgoing a safe retirement to teach in Castro's Cuba. Some descriptions of sex. 2000. RC 52380
  • Alvarez, Julia. In the time of the butterflies. Set in the Dominican Republic under the regime of dictator Rafael Trujillo. In 1960 three of the four Mirabal sisters were murdered for their part in the struggle for freedom. The author, a refugee herself, recreates the lives of Patria, the eldest; Dede, the sole survivor; Minerva, wife of a revolutionary; and Maria Theresa, the diarist. Alvarez depicts the everyday lives of the women, martyred for their courage and beliefs. RC 40316
  • Alvarez, Julia. Yo! Yolanda's friends and the Garcia family (How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, RC 34544) want revenge! Yolanda has written about their lives and secrets in her popular novel. Now it is their turn to speak their minds about her. Strong language and descriptions of sex. RC 44910
  • Alvarez, Julia. Yo! Las amigas de Yolanda y la familia García quieren vengarse de ella. Yolanda ha escrito un libro chismoso de gran acogida revelando las vidas y los secretos de sus amigas. Ahora, ellas van a charlar acerca de ella. Languaje injurioso y descripciones de índole sexual. RC 50984
  • Anaya, Rudolfo A. Alburquerque. Albuquerque native Abran Gonzalez learns of his adoption when his biological mother requests his presence at her deathbed. She dies before revealing the identity of Abran's father, and Abran becomes consumed with finding him. Meanwhile, the controversial Albuquerque mayoral race is heating up--involving even Abran, who is exploited by one candidate and seduced by another. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. RC 41530
  • Anaya, Rudolfo A. Bendiceme, ultima. Ultima, una anciana curandera, viene a quedarse con la familia de Antonio, en un pueblecito de Nuevo México. Ultima cura y proteja con hierbas y magia, y le enseña a Antonio los secretos del legado pagano que forma parte de la cultura hispana del suroeste. Contiene lenguaje injurioso y descripciones de violencia. RC 50981
  • Anaya, Rudolfo A. Bless me, Ultima: a novel. The story centers around Antonio, a seven-year-old Chicano boy and Ultima, the herb woman, or La Curandera, who came to live with Tony's family for the last few years of her life. Antonio learns life's lessons watching and learning from Ultima, as she fights the evil of the Trementina sisters and their father Tenario with herb medicine and "Good Magic". Contains violence and strong language. RCW 65
  • Anaya, Rudolfo A. Heart of Aztlan: a novel. The Albuquerque barrio portrayed in this ... novel of postwar New Mexico is a place where urban and rural, political and religious realities coexist, collide, and combine. The magic realism for which [the author] is well known combines with an emphatic portrayal of the plight of workers dispossessed of their heritage and struggling to survive in an alien culture. RCW 1285
  • Anaya, Rudolfo A. Rio Grande fall: a Sonny Baca mystery. At the famous Balloon Fiesta de Albuquerque a body plummets from the sky. When another balloonist is shot down, P.I. Sonny Baca is hired. Soon he is following a sinister trail that leads to a world of black magic, drugs, and corruption. At risk is the fate of the city--and the woman he loves. Descriptions of violence. In process.
  • Anaya, Rudolfo A. Tortuga: a novel. Set in a hospital for crippled children, this novel ... explores one of the most difficult and troubling aspects of life - the meaning of pain and suffering. The adolescent hero, Tortuga or Turtle, takes his name from the oddly shaped mountain near the hospital and from the ... cast that encloses his body. In spite of his incapacity, disfugurement, and neglect, Tortuga discovers the courage to transcend tragedy. RCW 1286
  • Anaya, Rudolfo A. Zia Summer: a Sonny Baca mystery. The murder of his beautiful cousin haunts Sonny Baca, small-time private investigator. More than a sense of obligation to his Chicano family, his love for Gloria drives him to investigate what looks like a cult sacrifice of her life. The fears and undercurrents around the murder threaten to explode the usually peaceful Albuquerque, with its coexisting Hispanic, Anglo, and Native American cultures. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. RC 42682
  • Bell, Christine. The Perez family. After twenty years Juan Raul Perez is finally released from a Cuban prison. But when he arrives in Miami in the summer of 1980, he has no idea how to find his wife and daughter. He teams up with Dottie, who creates an extended "family" to convince the authorities of their legitimacy. Together the Cuban exiles pursue their dreams, which sometimes turn out very different from what they expect. Some strong language. RC 33505
  • Borges, Jorge Luis. The Aleph and other stories, 1933-1969. Short stories, commentaries, and an autobiographical essay by the Argentine author who has received many literary awards. BR 07830 / RC 18856
  • Borges, Jorge Luis. The book of imaginary beings. Unicorns, dragons, and monsters are some of the imagined creatures in this collection. BR 01249
  • Borges, Jorge Luis. The Book of Sand. Fable, philosophy, and autobiography in thirteen short stories from the distinguished blind Argentinian poet. BR 04015
  • Borges, Jorge Luis. Ficciones. English translation of seventeen brief, carefully wrought fantasies in which the Argentine Nobel Prize winner creates a terrifying and bizarre world. RC 14683
  • Borges, Jorge Luis. El informe de Brodie. Eleven stories of irony by the famous Argentine writer. In one story, two brothers look for a way to avoid jealousy between themselves when a woman comes to live with them. Spanish language. RC 19465
  • Borges, Jorge Luis. El libro de arena. A collection of thirteen short stories and an epilogue by the famous Argentine writer. Spanish language. RC 17967
  • Borges, Jorge Luis. Narraciones. Fantasy and fiction form the reality of these nine short stories by an Argentinian author. The central figures of the stories--Tom Castro, Emma Zunz, Pierre Menard, and others--are ordinary men and women cast in extraordinary roles. Spanish language. RC 12342
  • Bradford, Richard. So far from heaven. David Reed meets Cruz Tafoya, a doctor from New Mexico, who rescues him from an auto wreck. David is drawn into the Tafoya family's efforts to regain a large tract of farm land for Chicano use from the Anglo establishment. Some strong language. RC 11086
  • Brawley, Ernest. Selena. An earthy novel about landowners and Chicano farm workers in California. Traces the destinies of Selena, a haunting young woman driven by a mystical belief in her uniqueness, and two desperate men who have been lifelong rivals. Both men are obsessed by their impossible love for Selena. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 16514
  • Brito, Aristeo. The devil in Texas = El diablo en Texas. Reality and symbolism are mixed in this story of a Chicano family reduced to the status of sharecroppers in a Texas border town. The story opens in 1883 as the illegal grab for land by the Anglo invaders alienates the Uranga family. The plight of the family continues to unfold in 1942 and 1970. Winner of the 1990 Western States Book Award for Fiction. Bilingual edition in English and Spanish language. Strong language and violence. RC 34281
  • Buchanan, Edna. Act of betrayal: a Britt Montero mystery. As Miami police reporter Britt Montero begins investigating the disappearances of eerily similar boys, she is told to interview Reyes, a man who hopes to become the first president of free Cuba. Confused that Reyes insisted on her for the interview, Montero is shocked to learn he knew her father, who was executed in Cuba when Montero was three. Strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. RC 42359
  • Buchanan, Edna. Contents under pressure: a Britt Montero mystery. Britt Montero, staff writer for the Miami Daily News, works the police beat. She has just learned that D. Wayne Hudson, a highly respected black football player, has died as the result of a car chase. But why were the police after him? As Montero researches her story, she is visited by the wife of an officer involved in the pursuit; and a voice on the phone says, "You are dead." Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. RC 36252
  • Buchanan, Edna. Garden of evil: a Britt Montero mystery. Miami crime journalist Britt Montero is covering the murder spree of a female serial killer who shoots her victims in the genitals. When the killer offers Britt an exclusive story, things go horribly wrong. Violence and strong language. RC 49618
  • Buchanan, Edna. The Ice maiden: a Britt Montero mystery. Discovery of burglar's body reopens a fourteen-year-old rape and murder case. A survivor, an ice sculptor, lives in seclusion. Miami News reporter Britt Montero attempts to melt the Ice Maiden's chilly defenses before the crook's accomplices finish what they started. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. RC 57137
  • Buchanan, Edna. Margin of error: a Britt Montero mystery. When Hollywood star Lance Westfell arrives in Miami to shoot a movie, newspaper crime reporter Britt Montero is told to help him research his role. As they become friends, Britt learns of Lance's biggest fan, a stalker named Stephanie. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. RC 46188
  • Buchanan, Edna. Miami, It's Murder: a Britt Montero mystery. A serial rapist is stalking the ladies restrooms in Miami's office buildings, and Cuban American news reporter Britt Montero is investigating. She is also interested in the death of a man who managed to avoid being sentenced for the deaths of three wives, in a long-missing man found in his submerged car, and in the sexual asphyxia death of a man who may have killed his niece years ago. Violence and strong language. RC 38629
  • Buchanan, Edna. Suitable for framing: a Britt Montero mystery. Crime reporter Britt Montero and her photographer friend Lottie are just leaving a Miami shopping mall when they witness a hit-and-run accident that also involves a car theft. It is one of a string of car thefts, but this one leaves a child dead and a mother clinging to life. Britt gets some help from a reluctant gang member but also finds herself accused of a colleague's murder. Strong language and some violence. RC 42171
  • Buchanan, Edna. You Only Die Twice: a Britt Montero novel. Off the coast of Miami Beach, reporter Britt Montero discovers the body of Kaithlin Jordan--supposedly murdered ten years ago by her husband, who is on death row. Britt's investigation leads her among high society patrons and along sleazy paths. Some violence and some strong language. RC 53491
  • Burns, Rex. The Alvarez journal: a Gabe Wager mystery. A fictional but realistic account of Denver police detective Gabe Wager's investigation of a marijuana smuggling case. Violence. Strong language. RCW 1287
  • Burns, Rex. The avenging angel: a Gabe Wager mystery. In this fast-paced police procedural, Hispanic Detective Gabriel Wager of the Denver Police Department is again at work, solving a series of murders. RCW 1288
  • Burns, Rex. Ground money: a Gabe Wager mystery. What starts out as a favor develops into a murder case as Hispanic-American detective Gabe Wager of the Denver Police Department checks on the sons of an old friend, rodeo star Tommy Sanchez. Young John and James Sanchez manage a ranch and ride the rodeo on weekends. When their father is murdered, Gabe vows to find the killer and avenge his death. Some strong language. RC 25265
  • Burns, Rex. The leaning land: a Gabe Wager mystery. When a murder occurs on an Indian reservation, police detective Gabe Wager tries to act as a referee between the warring caucasian and Native American jurisdictions, but finds himself stymied by the involvement of a white militia group. Contains descriptions of sex and strong language. RCW 1289
  • Burns, Rex. Speak for the dead: a Gabe Wager mystery. When the head of a young woman is found tastefully displayed among the tropical plants at the Denver Botanic Garden, Gabriel Wager of the Denver Police Department is determined to find the killer. Strong language. BRA 16528
  • Burns, Rex. Strip search: a Gabe Wager mystery. Homicide detective Gabe Wager probes the dark side of Denver when two strippers are raped and slain. The modus operandi for the crimes appears similar. Wager's investigation, which puts his own life in jeopardy, reveals a great deal about police procedure and the desperation of the poor and the criminal. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. BR 05927
  • Castillo, Ana. Carmen la Coja. Carmen es una renombrada bailarina flamenca en Chicago a pesar de tener una pierna maltrecha a causa de un ataque de polio durante su niñez. Narra la historia de sus amores con Agustín, un amante ms viejo quien es casado, y con Manolo, un bailarín ms joven. La historia se trata de cómo Carmen pierde sus amores, y cómo por fin logra alcanzar la felicidad. Contiene algunas descripciones de índole sexual. RC 50191
  • Castillo, Ana. Peel my love like an onion: a novel. Carmen becomes a professional flamenco dancer in Chicago, despite a leg crippled by childhood polio. She tells the story of her midlife crisis and a romantic triangle--herself; Augustín, an older married lover; and Manolo, a younger dancer--including their desertion, and how she wins them back. Some descriptions of sex. RC 51125
  • Castillo, Ana. So far from God: a novel. It is no wonder that Sofi founds Mothers of Martyrs and Saints (M.O.M.A.S.)! Her four daughters led remarkably tragic lives. One died at age three only to come to life at the funeral with unusual knowledge and a horror of being touched. Another screamed nonstop after being jilted. A third was attacked and mutilated. After miraculously healing, she too had powers. The "normal" fourth daughter, a newscaster, was taken hostage and tortured. Violence. RC 37391
  • Chavez, Denise. Face of an angel. Soveida Dosamantes, a waitress at El Farol restaurant in the small New Mexico town of Agua Oscura, has learned from her mother the Mexican tradition of servitude to husbands and to God. A divorcee and widow, she has also learned to survive with humor and to treasure what life offers, including family and a slightly crazy community. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. RC 41974
  • Chavez, Denise. Loving Pedro Infante: a novel. One of Tere's favorite pastimes is watching black and white reruns of Mexican filmstar Pedro Infante at the El Colón movie theater, in a small town near El Paso. The problem is that her married lover, Lucio, doesn't compare favorably with her idol, Pedro. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. RC 53337
  • Chavez, Denise. Por el amor de Pedro Infante. Tere Avila vive en un pueblo fronteriza cerca de El Paso. Le gusta ir al teatro El Colón para ver los filmes viejos de Pedro Infante, el irresistible galn de cine mexicano. El problema es que Tere tiene un amante casado, Lucio. Y Lucio no est a la altura de su ídolo de la pantalla. Contiene lenguaje injurioso y algunas descripciones de índole sexual. RC 54975
  • Cisneros, Sandra. El arroyo de la Llorona y otros cuentos. A collection of twenty-two short stories by a Mexican American writer. Describes growing up female in a culture where men are unfaithful and families are held together by church and a sense of community. The stories reflect the experiences of these women, born south of the border but living in the United States and caught between two cultures. Some strong language. Spanish language. RC 48077
  • Cisneros, Sandra. Caramelo, o, Puro cuento. Lala Reyes es descendiente de una familia de reboceros, y el rebozo de rayas color caramelo que ya pertenece a Laya es el ms bello de todo. Desde niñez hasta edad adulta, Lala recuenta las historias contadas de su familia mexicano-americana que, igual al rebozo de rayas, le sirven para tejer una intricada vida bicultural de una familia que vive entre América y México. Lenguaje injurioso. RC 54962
  • Cisneros, Sandra. Caramelo, o, Puro cuento. Celaya Reyes spins out her story from childhood to maturity. She weaves in threads about her immediate family's bicultural adaptation in Chicago, journeys to her grandparents' home in Mexico City, and melodramatic strands from past and present. The tale sustains her, like her ancient, inherited, caramel-colored shawl. Strong language. RC 55405
  • Cisneros, Sandra. La casa en Mango Street. Esperanza vive en el barrio puertorriqueño de Chicago. Ella es una muchacha fuera de lo comn que observa la vida en un lugar de mucho movimiento donde se habla una mezcla de inglés y español. Esperanza hace frente a la vida contando historias y viñetas acerca de su familia y amigos. La autora también escribió la novela El Arroyo de la Llorona (RC 48077). RC 50975
  • Cisneros, Sandra. The house on Mango Street. A series of vignettes introduces the friends and family of the narrator, Esperanza, who lives on Mango Street in the Puerto Rican section of Chicago. In this transient neighborhood of people speaking a mixture of Spanish and English, Esperanza, whose name means "hope," learns to cope with being an out-of-step girl by telling stories. By the author of Woman Hollering Creek (RC 33451). RC 35608
  • Cisneros, Sandra. Woman Hollering Creek, and other stories. A collection of twenty-two short stories by a Mexican-American writer. Describes growing up female in a culture where men are unfaithful and families are held together by the church and a sense of community. The stories reflect the experiences of these women, born south of the border but living in the United States and caught between two cultures, the past, and the present. Some strong language. RC 33451
  • Coelho, Paulo. A orillas del río Piedra me senté y lloré. In Madrid, Pilar meets a childhood friend and ends up accompanying him on a spiritual journey into the Pyrenees mountains of northern Spain. At first, perplexed by the behavior of her friend, she eventually discovers in him and in herself the profound secrets of love and spirituality that change their lives forever. Some descriptions of sex. Spanish language. RC 46981
  • Coelho, Paulo. The alchemist : a fable about following your dream. Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, longs to see the world and dreams about a treasure hidden in the Egyptian pyramids. He sells his flock and leaves his home in Spain, sails first to Tangiers, crosses the desert, and eventually reaches Egypt. Along the way, he is led by a series of spiritual guides, perhaps the most important of whom is the alchemist who advises him to follow his heart. BR 14874 / RC 37602
  • Coelho, Paulo. El alquimista: una fàbula para seguir tus sueños. Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, longs to see the world and dreams about a treasure hidden in the Egyptian pyramids. He sells his flock and leaves his home in Spain, sails to Tangiers, crosses the desert, and eventually reaches Egypt. Along the way, he is led by a series of spiritual guides, especially the alchemist who advises him to follow his heart. Spanish language. RC 46982
  • Coelho, Paulo. La quinta montaña. After incurring the wrath of Queen Jezebel, the young prophet Elijah is ordered by God to leave Israel and travel to Sidon of the Phoenicians. In the city of Akbar, his preaching against the pagan gods and the invasion by the Assyrians bring one calamity after another and put his faith to a severe test. Spanish language. RC 48071
  • Coelho, Paulo. Once minutos. Disappointed by love, Maria begins working as a prostitute in Geneva. While pursuing a life of sex for hire, she has a chance encounter with a young painter that leads her to a new awareness about sex in the context of love. Explicit descriptions of sex. Spanish language. RC 56976
  • Coelho, Paulo. Veronika decide morir. Veronika is a young woman like any other. She is pretty, has a good job, and attracts her share of suitors. She has experienced no great upheavals in her life. However, Veronika is desperately unhappy. Therefore, on the morning of November 11, 1997, she decides to die. Spanish language. Veronika es una joven como cualquiera. Es guapa, cuenta con un buen trabajo, y no le faltan pretendientes. Su vida transcurre sin grandes sobresaltos. Sin embargo, Veronika es desesperadamente infeliz. Por eso, en la mañana del 11 de noviembre 1997, Veronika decide morir. RC 50977
  • Coelho, Paulo. Veronica decides to die. Veronika is a young woman like any other. She is pretty, has a good job, and attracts her share of suitors. She has experienced no great upheavals in her life. However, Veronika is desperately unhappy. Therefore, on the morning of November 11, 1997, she decides to die. RC 51803
  • Collignon, Rick. The journal of Antonio Montoya. When Ramona is leaving the funeral of her brother and his wife, the wife sits up in the casket to request that Ramona rear their seven-year-old son Jose. Other deceased relatives visit Ramona and bring her the 1924 journal of another ancestor. The living and the dead intermingle in Ramona's life as she tries to figure out what is happening. RC 47520
  • Consuegra-Ortal, Diosdado. Cicerona: novela. Maria Canales reveals, through a series of monologues, her encounter with a long-ago friend recently arrived in the United States from Cuba. The two hit it off together as she tells him about American culture and shares her most intimate thoughts about life. Spanish language. RC 26730
  • Cook, Bruce. Rough cut. L.A. private detective Chico Cervantes is uneasy about his new assignment, but he can't turn down the money because his new girlfriend is about to have someone else's baby. Chico is to protect German director Ursula Toller, who has recently been attacked, while she completes the rough cut of her new movie. Why is a street-gang member after Ursula and a phony corporation interested in Chico? Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.
  • Courtoisie, Rafael. El mar rojo: cuentos. Thirteen short stories by the Uruguayan author depict apocalyptic scenarios of people destroyed or corrupted by society or technology gone awry. The title story presents a nightmarish vision of survival in a post-holocaust world where contaminated water takes on the biblical symbolism of the Red Sea. Stories include "The Trophy," "The "Uprising," "Eratostenes," "The Storm," and "The Persistence of the Weak." Spanish language. RC 40857
  • Diaz, Junot. Drown. Stories depicting the hardscrabble lives of young Latino men in areas ranging from the streets of the Dominican Republic to the urban slums of New Jersey. In "Aurora," a small-time drug dealer dreams of escaping his plight and finding acceptance and a stable life. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. RC 44468
  • Diaz, Junot. Negocios: cuentos. Presenta diez cuentos sobre las vidas duras de latinos jóvenes, desde los pueblos y parajes polvorientos de la República Dominicana hasta los barrios industriales de New Jersey. En "Aurora," un narcotraficante insignificante sueña con escapar sus aprietos y encontrar una vida mejor. Contiene lenguaje injurioso, violencia y descripciones de índole sexual. RC 52996
  • Esquivel, Laura. Como agua para chocolate: novela de entregas mensuales con recetas, amores, y remedios caseros. Tita is a magical cook who seasons her recipes with her emotions. Not allowed to marry, Tita responds to her situation by preparing dishes that have an extraordinary effect on those around her. Descriptions of sex. Spanish language. RC 37694
  • Esquivel, Laura. The law of love. Three hundred years in the future, astroanalyst Azucena has perfected her karma to the point that she unites with her twin soul and perfect lover, Rodrigo. But after a night of passion, Rodrigo disappears. As she searches for him across the galaxy and in past lives, she encounters obstacles and intrigue. Strong language and descriptions of sex. Spanish language. RC 43987
  • Esquivel, Laura. Like water for chocolate: a novel in monthly installments, with recipes, romances, and home remedies. When Pedro asks Mama Elena for the hand of her youngest daughter, Tita, he is offered her sister instead. By family tradition, Tita is to remain unmarried to care for her mother. Tita, a magical cook, shares recipes that, seasoned by her emotions, have an extraordinary impact on the events that follow her mother's decision. Descriptions of sex. Bestseller. BR 09187 / RC 36256
  • Esquivel, Laura. Swift as desire: a novel. As her father, Júbilo, lies on his deathbed, Lluvia tries to unravel the secret behind his estrangement from her mother, Lucha. This is the tale of Júbilo's career as a telegraph operator in Mexico and his gift for communication with all except his wife. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. RC 54598
  • Esquivel, Laura. Tan veloz como el deseo. Mientras Júblio, el padre de Lluvia, se encuentra en su lecho de muerte, Lluvia quiere desentrañar el gran misterio de la larga riña entre su padre, Júbilo, y su madre, Lucha. Se trata de la vida agridulce de Júbilo, un telegrafista con el don especial e innato de poder escuchar y reconocer los deseos ms íntimos de todo el mundo--salvo la mujer que adora. Contiene algunos descripciones de índole sexual y lenguaje injurioso. RC 52987
  • Fernandez, Roberta. Fronterizas: una novela en seis cuentos. Cuando el lbum fotogrfico de la familia se destruye, Nenita, una joven mujer hispana, se embarca en un viaje metafórico en el que intenta descubrir la historia de las seis mujeres antepasadas de la familia--madres, abuelas, tías y primas mayores--que por sus vidas excepcionales ayudaban fomentar la propria identidad cultural de Nenita. RC 54974
  • Fernandez, Roberto G. La montaña rusa. The Cuban-American author presents a collection of fantastic, satirical, tragicomic, and sometimes grotesque narratives on life in Miami's Cuban community. Culture, politics, folklore, bilingualism, racism, and stereotyping are all targets of this kaleidoscopic examination of the Cuban-American experience. Strong language. Spanish language. RC 33894
  • Fernandez, Roberto G. La vida es un special. 75. The Cuban-American author offers glimpses into the life of Miami's Cuban microcosm through a series of anecdotal dialogs that form a patchwork of humor, confusion, bilingualism, culture clash, and local color. These vignettes epitomize the Cuban exile experience in America. Spanish language. RC 33889
  • Ferre, Rosario. La casa de la laguna. En Puerto Rico del siglo XX, Isabel se ocupa escribiendo la crónica de su familia y de su matrimonio. Su esposo descubre el manuscrito y decide contraestarlo escribiendo su propria versión de la historia. Las dos narraciones pintan un cuadro de conflictos políticos, de disputas de poder, y de machismo y racismo que hacen luchar la familia entre sí. RC 49941
  • Ferre, Rosario. Eccentric neighborhoods. Three generations of love-hate relationships between the Santillanas and the Vernets, viewed by young Elvira Vernet in 1940s and 1950s Puerto Rico. Her mother, a Santillana, was part of the privileged landed gentry, while her paternal relatives, the Vernets, were politically ambitious farmers struggling for social acceptance. RC 47931
  • Ferre, Rosario. Flight of the swan. In 1917 a touring Russian ballet troupe is stranded in Puerto Rico as a result of the Russian Revolution. When the leader of the troupe, "Madame" to her younger ballerinas, falls in love with a revolutionary half her age, everyone's life is radically transformed. Some explicit descriptions of sex. RC 56785
  • Ferre, Rosario. The house on the lagoon. In 20th-century Puerto Rico, Isabel is writing a novel that depicts her marriage and the family history. Her husband, angered at her account, adds his version of events. The combined story reveals political conflicts, power struggles, racism, and sexism that pit family members against one another. RC 42669
  • Ferre, Rosario. Maldito amor. Saga familiar en cuatro cuentos que traza la historia de una familia de Puerto Rico, los aristocrticos y belicosos De La Valle. Relatan las vidas de la generaciones de la familia, desde el pirtico Don Julio que amasa la riqueza de la familia hasta sus nietos que se envuelven en una lucha a la muerte por el control de la fortuna familiar y por la mujer que ambos quieren. RC 50165
  • Ferre, Rosario. Papeles de Pandora. La autora puertorriqueña presenta veinticuatro cuentos y poemas fantsticos de corte psicológico. Con estas obras Ferré introduce temas tales como la venganza en "La Muñeca Menor," los celos en "El Cuento Envenenado" y el amor ms all de la muerte en "Cuando las Mujeres Quieren a los Hombres." RC 50978
  • Ferre, Rosario. Vecindarios excéntricos. La joven Elvira Vernet vive en Puerto Rico durante los años 1940 y 1950 donde es téstigo de las passiones que pasan entre la familia maternal y la familia paternal. La madre de ella, de la familia Santillana, era parte de la clase culta adinerada, mientras la familia de su padre eran hacendados ambiciosos que anhelaban la aceptación social. RC 50008
  • Ferre, Rosario. Vuelo del cisne. En 1917, una compañía de ballet rusa visita a Puerto Rico en gira artística y se encuentra varado en la isla a causa de la revolución rusa. Madame, la famosa e imperiosa dama de la compañía acaba enamorandose locamente de un revolucionario al que le dobla la edad, y la vida de las jóvenes bailarinas cambia completamente. RC 54965
  • Fontes, Montserrat. Dreams of the centaur: a novel. In this prequel to First Confession (RC 34291), Jose Durcal is killed and his eldest son, Alejo, avenges the death with terrible results that take him to prison, war, and a brush with the slave trade. His special bond with his mother, Felipa, prevails throughout, even as Alejo risks personal danger to avert a massacre of the Yaqui Indians. Strong language and violence. RC 43565
  • Fontes, Montserrat. First Confession. Andrea and her cousin Victor, each nine years old, spend the summer of 1947 going to summer school in a small town on the Texas-Mexico border and preparing for their First Communion. They see the summer as a last chance for sinning before they have to make their first confession. But their decision to visit the shanties down by the river and steal money from the local shopkeeper has unexpected repercussions. Strong language. RC 34291
  • Fox, Paula. A servant's tale. A graceful, compassionate novel follows Luisa de la Cueva from her childhood on a small Caribbean island to life as a maid in New York. While Luisa's existence appears simple on the surface, her life is full of depth and richness. RC 22279
  • Fuentes, Carlos. Aura. Young scholar Felipe Montero is employed in the house of an aged widow to edit her deceased husband's memoirs. There he meets Aura, her beautiful green-eyed niece with whom he falls passionately in love. But his passion gives way to horror as he gradually learns the truth about Aura and her relationship with her aunt. Bilingual edition in English and Spanish language. RC 43994
  • Fuentes, Carlos. Cambio de piel. Complex novel about the inner conflicts of two couples who take an ill-fated Holy Week pilgrimage from Mexico City to Veracruz. Strong language. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Spanish language. RC 12903
  • Fuentes, Carlos. The Campaign. Bustos, the son of a wealthy nineteenth-century Argentine landowner and an avid reader of Rousseau, is torn between family loyalty and his ideals. When he kidnaps the newborn child of the presiding judge, he falls in love with its mother. His actions ignite a tale of searching--for the child and later for its mother; for repentance and revolution; and for recognition of the importance of time in the pursuit of justice and freedom. RC 34424
  • Fuentes, Carlos. Cantar de Ciegos. Mexico in the 1960s is the pricipal setting of these seven short stories. In each story, a compassionate narrator exposes the comedy, tragedy, pathos, and absurdity of man's strivings and yearnings. Spanish language. RC 12146
  • Fuentes, Carlos. Christopher unborn. Citizens of economically and ecologically devastated Mexico await the birth of a child on October 12, 1992, the 500th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of America. Beginning with his conception, the story is narrated by the unborn Christopher as he follows his parents' quest to save themselves and their sanity in the chaotic country known as "Make-sicko City." Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 30684
  • Fuentes, Carlos. Constancia and other stories for virgins. Five interwoven short stories. The narrator of the title story discovers his wife's complicity with a neighbor. Two students in "The Pitiful One" fall in love with a store-window mannequin. In "The Prisoner of Las Lomas," a lawyer is the hostage of a secret. An aging bullfighter in "Viva Me Fama" dreams of a last chance at fame. "Reasonable People" deals with a mysterious mentor. Strong language and descriptions of sex. RC 32513
  • Fuentes, Carlos. The crystal frontier: a novel in nine stories. Nine stories by the award-winning Mexican author are tied together by the title reference to the border between Mexico and the United States. Fuentes explores the cultural and economic differences between the Hispanics and the Anglos where they intermingle geographically. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. RC 46402
  • Fuentes, Carlos. Cumpleanos. A man seeks his redemption and identity in an eternal present; in the lives of an old man, a woman, and a boy; in a world where there are no barriers between then and now or here and there. Explicit descriptions of sex. Spanish language. RC 12337
  • Fuentes, Carlos. Diana, the goddess who hunts alone. A fictionalized account of a Mexican writer's love affair with an American film actress in 1970, a time of social and political turmoil. Their passionate interlude ends tragically with the woman's suicide when her reputation is ruined by government slander. Strong language and descriptions of sex. BR 10822
  • Fuentes, Carlos. Gringo Viejo. The old gringo is an embittered American journalist who has made an abrupt break with his past and is riding into Mexico to join Pancho Villa's revolutionary army. There are clues suggesting that if this man were ever named he would prove to be Ambrose Bierce, who vanished into Mexico in 1913. Spanish language. RC 38806
  • Fuentes, Carlos. La muerte de Artemio Cruz. A Mexican political boss on his deathbed remembers the greatness, sordidness, and drama of Mexico from the turn of the century to the early 1960s. The corruption of the protagonist and his loss of ideals mirror the betrayal of the Mexican Revolution over the years. Spanish language. RC 20655
  • Fuentes, Carlos. The Old Gringo. The old gringo is an embittered American journalist who has made an abrupt break with his past and is riding into Mexico to join Pancho Villa's revolutionary army. There are clues suggesting that if this man were ever named he would prove to be Ambrose Bierce, who vanished into Mexico in 1913. RC 32879
  • Fuentes, Carlos. The Orange Tree. In "The Two Shores," the first of five novellas, the narrator learns the language of the natives and serves as a translator to Cortes. Two heirs of Cortes dispute his will in "Sons of the Conquistador." "The Two Numantias" reconstructs the Spain of Roman times. "Apollo and the Whores," the only story set in the new world, is about a Hollywood actor aboard a yacht in Acapulco. "The Two Americas" is a spoof on Columbus. Some strong language. RC 38729
  • Fuentes, Carlos. The Years with Laura Diaz. Born in 1898, Laura grows up with the new century, her personal story intermingled with the turbulent history of Mexico. Among her friends she numbers Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, who paints her image into one of his murals. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. RC 53699
  • Garcia, Cristina. The Aguero sisters. Constancia and Reina are sisters, born in Cuba but raised apart. Haunted by their mother's mysterious death and their father's suicide, the two eventually come together in Miami. But the key to understanding the family saga lies in Cuba, and Constancia returns to find it. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. RC 45692
  • Garcia, Cristina. Dreaming in Cuban. Staunch Castro supporter Celia del Pino dreams of a long-lost lover and laments that her daughter Lourdes's immigration to New York has separated Celia from her grand-daughter Pilar. Meanwhile, Lourdes struggles with her father's death and a lack of respect from adult, punk artist Pilar. After the breakdown and death of Celia's other daughter, the three women reunite in Cuba. Strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. RC 35414
  • Garcia, Cristina. Las hermanas Aguero. Las hermanas Constancia y Reina nacieron en Cuba pero llevaron vidas muy distintas y separadas. Obsesionadas por la muerte misteriosa de su madre y el suicidio de su padre, las dos hermanas se reunen en Miami. Pero el secreto de la familia permanece en Cuba, y Constancia decide volver allí para descubrirlo. Contiene lenguaje fuerte. RC 50007
  • Garcia, Cristina. Soñar en Cubano: novelo. Novel by the Cuban-American author portrays the struggles and suffering of three generations of Cuban women. Geographically and politically divided, the family exhibits extremes of personality and behavior, ranging from the pro-Castro grandmother living in Cuba to the rebellious punk-rock granddaughter living in New York. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Spanish language. RC 43992
  • Garcia, Guy. Skin deep. David Loya, a successful New York corporate lawyer, has been asked by his friend, Kurt, to return to Los Angeles to help look for a missing illegal immigrant who has disappeared along with all the strategy papers for Kurt's father's senatorial campaign. When David returns to the LA barrio where he grew up, he finds himself facing a neighborhood much deadlier than the one he knew as a child. Strong language. RC 30363
  • Garcia-Aguilera, Carolina. Bitter sugar: a Lupe Solano mystery. Miami P.I. Lupe Solano agrees to help her father's best friend, Ramón Suarez, and his nephew, Alexander, investigate an unexpected offer for their family's confiscated sugar mills in Cuba. When Tío Ramón is arrested for Alexander's murder, Lupe becomes entangled in politics and greed. Violence and some strong language. RC 55696
  • Garcia-Aguilera, Carolina. Bloody secrets: a Lupe Solano mystery. Cuban refugee Luis Delgado hires private investigator Lupe Solano for assistance in obtaining his late father's fortune, which had been smuggled out of Cuba by his father's friends. The now-prominent Miami couple refuse to honor their commitment and instead try to kill Luis. As Lupe investigates, she is drawn to Luis. Some violence. RC 481777
  • Garcia-Aguilera, Carolina. Havana heat: a Lupe Solano mystery. Miami private investigator Lupe Solano is hired by two fellow Cubans to recover invaluable art works from Havana. Her clients want to retrieve property from their family home before Fidel Castro sells it. Lupe soon becomes involved in art forgery, smuggling, and murder. Some violence and some strong language. RC 52070
  • Garcia-Aguilera, Carolina. Un verano bien caliente: una novela. While on maternity leave, successful Cuban-American lawyer Margarita Santos Silva struggles to decide whether to return to work or stay at home and raise her child. But this decision pales in comparison to the decision she must make when an old flame comes back into her life. Spanish language. RC 56961
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. Amor en los tiempos del colera. Set in an unnamed Latin American country. After an eminent physician dies, leaving behind a bereft but still vital widow, a man with whom she was involved before her marriage emerges and declares his continued love for her. Some descriptions of sex. Spanish language. RC 43969
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. The autumn of the patriarch. The Nobel Prize-winning author presents a many-layered, surrealistic, and subtly humorous description of the barbarism, squalor, and corruption surrounding the rule of a Latin American dictator. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 21157
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. Chronicle of a death foretold. A festive marriage celebration in a South American village is interrupted violently when a young merchant is murdered, presumably for seducing the bride before the wedding. Twenty-seven years later, gathering evidence from the participants and witnesses, the 1982 Nobel Prize author reconstructs the mounting horror of that day as a whole community assumes complicity for a man's death. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. RC 19217
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. Collected novellas. "Leaf Storm," the first story by the Nobel Prize- winning author, conjures up the whirlwind of humanity that descends on a small Colombian town as a result of a civil war and a new company. "No One Writes to the Colonel" is a portrait of a proud, elderly, and impoverished man who is forced to sell his belongings to buy food. The final work, "Chronicle of a Death Foretold," reconstructs crime, executed while others stood by. Strong language. RC 34384
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. Collected stories. Twenty-six tales of exotic realism, including fables and humor by the Colombian Nobel laureate. The stories, taken from earlier collections, include "Eyes of a Blue Dog," "Big Mama's Funeral," "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World," and "The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother." RC 22862
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. Crónica de una muerte anunciada. In a small South American village a merchant is murdered for seducing a bride before her wedding. Twenty-seven years later, the narrator gradually reconstructs events, revealing with mounting horror the day that a whole community shared complicity for a man's death. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Spanish language. 1981. En un pequeño pueblo sudamericano un hombre es asesinado por haber deshonrado a una mujer antes de la boda de ella. Veintisiete años más tarde un hombre del pueblo vuelve a narrar la historia del crimen, precipitándose hacia una desconcertante conclusión: que los asesinos no eran sino el pueblo entero. Lenguaje injurioso. RC 56964
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. Del amor y otros demonios. Set in a South American seaport during the colonial era with its split between the rich and the poor. Twelve-year-old Sierva Maria de Todos los Angeles is bitten by a rabid dog and taken to the church for exorcism, where she is adored by a bookish priest. Their forbidden love symbolizes the breaking of barriers and blending of cultures. Spanish language. RC 43952
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. El general en su laberinto. Fictional account of the last seven months of Simon Bolivar's life. Knowing his end is near, South America's "Great Liberator" makes a final journey down the Magdalena River to the sea, reflecting back on a lifetime's passions, triumphs, and failures. Some strong language. Spanish language. RC 56982
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. The general in his labyrinth. Simon Bolivar was known as "the Great Liberator" of South America because of his struggle to free the continent from Spanish domination. The author recounts the last seven months in Bolivar's life as the general makes a final journey down the Magdalena River from Bogota to the sea. For Bolivar it was a time to reflect upon the events that brought him renown and helped shape the destiny of South America. Some strong language. RC 32309
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. La increible y triste historia de la candida Erendira y de su abuela desalmada: siete cuentos. Seven imaginative and symbolic short stories by the famous Colombian author, including: "The Incredible and Sad Story of Honest Erendira and Her cruel Grandmother," in which an old woman exacts a strange retribution from her granddaughter, who accidentally burns down her house. Spanish language. RC 14890
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. Love in the time of cholera. Set in an unnamed Latin American country. After an eminent physician dies, leaving behind a bereft but still vital widow, a man with whom she was involved before her marriage emerges and declares his continued love for her. Some descriptions of sex. RC 26981
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. Of love and other demons. Set in a South American seaport town during the colonial era, with its sharp division between the rich and poor classes. Twelve-year-old Sierva Maria de Todos Los Angeles is bitten by a rabid dog and handed over to the church for exorcism, where she is adored by a bookish priest. Their forbidden love becomes a symbol of barriers breaking and cultures blending. RC 40555
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. One hundred years of solitude. The rise and fall, birth and death, of the mythical town of Macondo, somewhere in Latin America, through characterizations of the Buendia family. The variety of life and the search for peace and truth are universal themes that dominate the novel. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. RC 25181
  • Gaspar, Frank X. Leaving Pico: a novel. Award-winning poet Gaspar's autobiographical tale of Josie Carvalho, who grows up in the Portuguese fishing village in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Abandoned by his mother, Josie is raised by an aunt and his seldom-sober grandfather, who regales him with the adventures of an ancestor who supposedly discovered America before Columbus. BR 12905 / RC 52005
  • Gershten, Donna M. Kissing the Virgin's mouth. As Magda awaits the onset of inherited blindness in her comfortable Mexican home, lighting candles to her statue of the Virgin, she recalls her eventful life: childhood poverty, her blind mother, her husbands and lovers, moving to Idaho, and raising her daughter. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bellwether Prize. RC 52706
  • Gilb, Dagoberto. The last known residence of Mickey Acuña. Mickey Acuna is staying at the YMCA in El Paso because he needs an address where he can get mail. He is waiting for a check. But as the weeks go by and the check doesn't come, Mickey takes on odd jobs, finally ending up as the desk clerk at the YMCA. He then learns someone is tampering with the mail, and he soon suspects imminent disaster. Some strong language. BR 10334
  • Gilb, Dagoberto. The magic of blood. Twenty-six stories chronicle the lives of Mexican Americans from Los Angeles to El Paso. An extended family gathers to celebrate an aged relative's birthday in the title story. Jake, in "Love in L.A.," charms a young lady after he hits her car, but she has his number. And in "The Senora," Jesse chides Jesus for working too fast and painting himself out of money. RC 39138
  • Gilb, Dagoberto. Ten tales of longing, lust, love, relations between men and women, and Mexican-American identity. "Shout" portrays the tensions between a couple with three little boys living in a cramped apartment where the husband clings destructively to his macho self-image. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. RC 53346
  • Goldman, Francisco. The long night of white chickens. Flor, a Guatemalan orphan girl, is sent to Boston to serve and be a companion in the Graetz household, which consists of Roger, an only child; his Jewish father; and his Guatemalan mother. When Flor graduates from college, she returns to Guatemala to run an orphanage. Years later she is murdered, and Roger takes on the mission of finding her killer, a quest that is also about finding himself. Some descriptions of sex, strong language, and violence. RC 36273
  • Goldman, Francisco. The ordinary seaman. Fifteen Nicaraguan men are recruited to crew the damaged cargo ship Urus, moored at a Brooklyn pier. They soon realize that they have been abandoned there without money or legal status. One of the men, who ventures into the city seeking help for his comrades, finds both love and tragedy. Strong language and descriptions of sex. RC 44623
  • Gonzalez, Jose Luis. Antología personal. The contemporary Puerto Rican author presents a collection of his short stories and other writings produced over four decades. Includes "Cuando Volvimos a Ser Gente" ("When We Became Human Again"), relating the experiences of a Puerto Rican factory worker during a blackout in New York City. Spanish language. RC 48685
  • Gonzalez, Jose Luis. Balada de otro tiempo. Story of a love triangle set in Puerto Rico during the Great Depression. The wife of a coffee farmer runs off with one of his employees. With the humiliated husband in pursuit, the young lovers flee the mountains for the coastal cities, where their lives are transformed by an urban culture that stands in stark contrast to the rural life they have always known. Spanish language. RC 33872
  • Gonzalez, Jose Luis. Ballad of another time. Story of a love triangle set in Puerto Rico during the Great Depression. The wife of a coffee farmer runs off with one of his employees. With the humiliated husband in pursuit, the young lovers flee the mountains for the coastal cities, where their lives are transformed by an urban culture that stands in stark contrast to the rural life they have always known. BR 07792
  • Gonzalez, Jose Luis. La galería y otros cuentos. Twelve stories by the Puerto Rican author focus on the lives of poor and downtrodden persons in both rural and urban settings who struggle against their servile existences. The title story portrays a storyteller who recounts with a casual air a horrifying example of how the rich and powerful sustain themselves at the expense of the weak and poor. Spanish language. RC 36777
  • Hijuelos, Oscar. Empress of the splendid season. The dreams and setbacks of a Cuban American family in New York City. Raul pledges to provide for Lydia, his bride and empress of the splendid season of love. But when heart disease incapacitates Raul, highborn Lydia must support the family as a cleaning woman. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. RC 50057
  • Hijuelos, Oscar. The fourteen sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien: a novel. In the late 1890s, Irish-American photographer Nelson O'Brien falls in love with Cuban Mariela Montez. Twenty years later, they have produced fourteen daughters and, finally, one son. Emilio emerges from his feminine household to become a movie actor, but the star of the family is really his eldest sister Margarita with her ever-changing life. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. RC 36271
  • Hijuelos, Oscar. The mambo kings play songs of love. It's a hot summer night and Cesar Castillo, in the Hotel Splendour at 125th and Lenox on New York's upper west side, pours himself another drink and remembers his life thirty years ago. He and his brother Nestor had fled Batista's Cuba and formed "The Mambo Kings," a jazz group playing the clubs of Harlem. Now Cesar is dying and drinking and mourning the loss of his youth, past loves, and his brother. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 30259
  • Hijuelos, Oscar. Our house in the last world: a novel. Alejo Santinio and his family emigrate from Cuba to New York City, where they must face the harsh realities of their new life while haunted by the memories and superstitions of their homeland. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 19648
  • Hijuelos, Oscar. Los reyes del mambo tocan canciones de amor. On a hot summer night in New York, Cesar Castillo remembers his past. He and his brother Nestor had fled Batista's Cuba and formed "The Mambo Kings," a Harlem jazz group. Now Cesar is dying and drinking and mourning the loss of his youth, past loves, and his brother. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Pulitzer Prize-winner. Spanish language. RC 46979
  • Hijuelos, Oscar. Sencilla melodia Habanera; una novela. 1947. Aging Cuban composer Israel Levis, although mistaken for a Jew and imprisoned by Nazis occupying Paris, has survived the Holocaust. He makes a nostalgic Havana homecoming--a changed man with fond memories of prewar life and of his impossible love for singer Rita Valladares. Spanish language. RC 56962
  • Hijuelos, Oscar. A simple Habana melody (from when the world was good): a novel. 1947. Aging Cuban composer Israel Levis, although mistaken for a Jew and imprisoned by Nazis occupying Paris, survived the Holocaust. He makes a nostalgic Havana homecoming--a changed man with fond memories of prewar life and of his impossible love for singer Rita Valladares. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. RC 56641
  • Hinojosa, Rolando. Los amigos de Becky. Strong-willed, ambitious Becky Escobar divorces her husband, Ira Escobar, a rich banker-politician of Belken County, Texas. The affair gives rise to much gossip, and the family and friends of the divorced couple each narrate their own commentaries on the matter. Through these explications the author reconstructs the life of Becky Escobar and provides an insight into Anglo-Mexican culture. Spanish language. RC 35854
  • Hinojosa, Rolando. Mi querido Rafa. An episode in a fictional Mexican-American bordertown, told in a mixture of English and Spanish, comes to life in letters written by Jehu Malacara, a successful bank officer, to his cousin, Rafa Buenrostro. Jehu at first gossips about the town, but later he is forced to resign from the bank and is himself subject to the town's gossip. Spanish language. RC 33880
  • Lopez Heredia, Jose. A rey muerto, rey puesto y unos relatos más. A collection of four stories by a Puerto Rican author that deal with the lives of persons whose dreams have been shattered. The title story is about the rise and fall of a young Puerto Rican boxer idolized by the Hispanic youth of New York. Spanish language. RC 48793
  • Martinez, Victor. Parrot in the oven: mi vida : a novel. A Chicano boy comes of age and is inducted into a gang in a hardscrabble California desert town. As his dysfunctional family suffers one setback after another, he struggles to overcome poverty and prejudice and grow up a respected person. Violence. For junior and senior high readers. BR 10995
  • Medina, C. C. A little love. In alternating chapters of the book, four Latina women in Miami discuss their romantic lives in English and Spanish. Divorced Cuban Isabel feels like a failure, Mercy concentrates on selling real estate while waiting for "señor right," Lucinda's husband betrays her, and Julia resists marrying her lover. Some descriptions of sex. RC 51785
  • Medina, Pablo. The marks of birth. Felicia Turner is the matriarch of her Caribbean family. Her son, Fernando Garcia-Turner, and his wife, Rosa, are forced to flee to America with Felicia's beloved grandson, Anton, who bears the family's hereditary birthmark. Anton and his family face hardship adapting to American society while living in exile. Some descriptions of sex. RC 43215
  • Mendez M., Miguel. Peregrinos de Aztlán. Novel by the Chicano author depicts Loreto Maldonado, a poor Mexican campesino who wanders the streets of an American border town trying to earn a living by washing cars. He and those he encounters embody the downtrodden underclass of Mexican-American society. Strong language. Spanish language. RC 48675
  • Menendez, Ana. In Cuba I was a German shepherd. Eleven tales about post-revolutionary Cubans set in Miami and Havana. In the title piece, four elderly men--two Cubans and two Dominicans--meet in a Miami park each morning to play dominos. Maximo, the smaller Cuban, tells jokes that reveal his heartbreak. Some strong language. RC 53608
  • Mohr, Nicholasa. El Bronx remembered: a novella and stories. Twelve vignettes of life in El Bronx evoke the spirit, the beauty, and the pain of Puerto Rican life in the tenements of New York City. Some strong language. RC 09885
  • Mohr, Nicholasa. In Nueva York. Interrelated short stories about the loves, faults, despair, and hopes of the Puerto Rican-Americans in a neighborhood on New York's Lower East Side. Strong language. RC from RD. For high school and adult readers. RC 14922
  • Mohr, Nicholasa. Nilda; a novel. Nilda painfully grows into womanhood in the Spanish Harlem of the 1940's, where sheer survival is a victory. Strong language. RC from RD. For high school and adult readers. RC 07160
  • Morales, Alejandro. Reto en el paraiso. Over several generations the conflict between Anglo-Saxons and Hispanics fuels the passions of two California families. The Anglo-Saxon Liffords feel they have a right to the land, while the Hispanic Coronels carry the stigma of victimization into the present day. Chicano novel in Spanish language with English passages. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 25726
  • Nava, Michael. The death of friends. Attorney Henry Rios is shocked when a scared young man who claims to be the lover of Henry's law school friend, L.A. Superior Court judge Chris Chandler, describes finding Chris dead. Unlike Henry, Chris vowed never to "come out of the closet." Why hadn't he told Henry that he had left his wife and son for a man? And did one of them kill him? Strong language and some descriptions of sex. RC 44671
  • Nava, Michael. Goldenboy. A teenager is accused of murdering a boy who taunted him for being gay, and a colleague with AIDS hires criminal lawyer Henry Rios to defend the teenager. Gay bars, red-light districts, and theatricals, as well as several loving and explicit gay encounters are clearly depicted. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 28810
  • Nichols, John Treadwell. The magic journey: a novel. The little New Mexico settlement of Chamisaville becomes the "playground of the Land of Enchantment" when a giant gushing hot spring erupts. Soon the town is flooded with tourist and rich wheeler-dealers. The bohemian daughter of one of the developers comes to help the local heros blow the whistle on the big money-makers. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 14581
  • Nichols, John Treadwell. The Milagro beanfield war. A feisty Chicano hustler with a talent for trouble sets off the great beanfield war by illegally irrigating an arid patch in which to grow beans. A ribald novel about injustice endured and assaulted. Strong language. RC 14897
  • Nichols, John Treadwell. The Nirvana blues. Sequel to The Magic Journey (RC 14581). After the 1970s dropouts have invaded Chamisaville in search of a cosmic home, only one Chicano farmer remains. Now even he must sell the last piece of virgin land, and former ad writer Joe sees the land as his own chance to find serenity. Good-guy Joe, unfortunately, must play drug dealer to get the money. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. RC 42151
  • Pettersson, Aline. Querida familia. When a stranger arrives to take up lodging in the house of Sara, Julia, and Soledad, the uneasy equilibrium among the three women is destroyed, and the relatively tranquil atmosphere of their home gives way to a series of devastating passions. This novel by the Mexican author depicts the turmoil that lies unseen behind the closed doors of a "decent" family. Spanish language. RC 40858
  • Poey, Delia & Virgil Suarez, eds. Iguana dreams: new Latino fiction. Original short stories in English by Latino writers. Some are based entirely on Latino culture, others explore Latino-Anglo inter-relationships, and still others examine a dual perspective of Latinos in the United States. In Jose Antonio Villarreal's "The Last Minstrel in California," a man from Chile entertains a camp of prune pickers, inspires a small boy, and cuckolds one of the men. RC 37251
  • Quinonez, Ernesto. Bodega dreams. Spanish Harlem. Chino's young, pregnant wife wants him to go straight, but he becomes involved with Willie Bodega, a crook with an honest dream to help Puerto Ricans. Soon Chino is in over his head. Strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. RC 53689
  • Ramis, Magali Garcia. Happy days, Uncle Sergio. As Lidia grows into womanhood in Puerto Rico in the 1950s, the country also matures, becoming more industrialized and politicized. Lidia and her brother live in a household of women until the mysterious Uncle Sergio arrives home from New York. He introduces the children to art, stamps, and a broader view of life, helping Lidia as she grows up. Translated by Carmen C. Esteves. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. RC 42424
  • Rechy, John. The miraculous day of Amalia Gómez: a novel. As Amalia's Saturday begins, she sees a silver cross in the sky. The forty-something-year-old Mexican-American woman spends the rest of her day pondering the significance of this sign and reflecting on her troubled past. By the end of her "miraculous" day, Amalia's relationships with her live-in lover and her two teenagers change as she confronts their problems. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 34418
  • Rios, Alberto Alvaro. The iguana killer: twelve stories of the heart. Short stories, often told from a child's point of view, that evoke life in Hispanic Arizona and Mexico. Winner of the Western States Book Award in Short Fiction. RC 24339
  • Rivera-Valdés, Sonia. Las historias prohibidas de Marta Veneranda. Uno por uno la gente del vecindario comienzan a revelar a Marta Veneranda sus secretos mejor guardados. Las confesiones susurradas tejen un tapete de tabúes rotos y esperanzas retorcidas. Una mujer revela cómo se liberó de un esposo abusivo por una intrepretación muy personal del programa de "los doce pasos." Descripciones de índole sexual. RC 54977
  • Rodriguez, Luis J. The Republic of East L.A. : stories. Collection of short stories about life in East Los Angeles. Depicts individuals brimming with hope, vitality, and humor amid the poverty, crime, and racism of the barrio. RCW 1294.
  • Rodriguez, Luis J. La Republica de East L.A. : stories. Collection of short stories about life in East Los Angeles. Depicts individuals brimming with hope, vitality, and humor amid the poverty, crime, and racism of the barrio. In the story "Mi Carro, Mi Revolución," a young limousine driver philosophizes about life and dreams his rap-metal band will succeed. Spanish language. RC 54983
  • Saenz, Benjamin Alire. Carry Me Like Water: a novel. Helen abandoned her Chicano roots to live the yuppie lifestyle in San Francisco with her husband. Then Helen's friend meets a mysterious Chicano patient who brings to light long-buried secrets. RCW 1258
  • Sanchez, Luis Rafael. La guagua aérea. Collection of poems, short stories, and interviews by the Puerto Rican author that evoke Puerto Rican culture and life. The title poem depicts the ambivalence and anguish of Puerto Ricans who leave their island home and travel across the ocean to live in New York. Spanish language. RC 43982
  • Sanchez, Luis Rafael. La guaracha del macho Camacho. A popular new song has taken Puerto Rico by storm, permeating the airways and becoming an insidious accompaniment to daily life. Against this backdrop, the author introduces an array of characters including a voluptuous woman, a philandering senator, a neurotic aristocrat, and a playboy enamored of his Ferrari. Sanchez develops these personages with humor, offering his view on the human condition. Spanish language. RC 37343
  • Sanchez, Luis Rafael. La importancia de llamarse Daniel Santos. The Puerto Rican author presents a fictional account of the life, career, and world of Daniel Santos, the famous Puerto Rican dancer. Santos serves as raw material for the author's creation of a vision of what it is to be Latin American. Strong language. Spanish language. RC 31907
  • Santiago, Danny. Famous All Over Town. Mexican-American Chato, a sensitive, observant fourteen-year-old boy, tells the story of one turbulent year in the life of his family, the Medinas, who live in Los Angeles. By turns heart-breaking and funny, the author vividly recreates the life of the neighborhood and the Southern Pacific railyards which are at the end of the street. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. RC 19442
  • Santiago, Esmeralda. América's dream. Although América Gonzalez quits her job in Puerto Rico to work with a family in the United States, she cannot escape her past. Her lover Correa--who is married and beats her but is also the father of Rosalinda, her fourteen-year-old daughter--pursues her. Strong language and some violence. RC 54719
  • Santiago, Esmeralda. El sueno de America. Aunque América Gonzalez quita su empleo en Puerto Rico para trabajar con una familia en los Estados Unidos, no puede escapar su pasado. Su novio Correa--quien es casado y quien la pegue, pero que también es el padre de Rosalinda su hija de catorce años--no la deja en paz. RC 52882
  • Santos Navedo, Nelson. Lidya: el camor de la patria y el cantar de coquíes. As Puerto Rico suffers the invasion of the United States in 1898 and passes from the control of Spain to America, political and social repression intensifies. Young Jaimito witnesses the trauma his mother and other family members endure as a result. Spanish language. RC 48676
  • Saramago, José. All the names. Subservient clerk Senhor José works in the decaying offices of the Portuguese Central Registry of Births, Marriages, and Deaths. Even José's hobby--collecting celebrities' vital statistics--is merely an extension of record keeping, until he becomes so obsessed with an unknown woman's file card that he ventures into the city to find her. BR 13452
  • Saramago, José. Blindness. Written by the Nobel Prize- winning Portuguese author. Without cause people are suddenly becoming blind. A doctor's wife is spared but pretends she is blind to remain with her husband. Quarantined by the government in an abandoned mental hospital, the blinded citizens create a reign of terror. Some strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. RC 46904
  • Saramago, José. The Cave. A commercial center no longer needs the pottery jugs of elderly widower Cipriano Algor, who instead creates clay figurines. His daughter, a new love, and a stray dog help him cope with imminent retirement until a haunting discovery under the urban complex changes them forever. By winner of 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature. RC 56575
  • Saramago, José. The Gospel according to Jesus Christ. Although the central character in this novel is Jesus, his story is told primarily from a secular point of view. From birth to death, the human side conflicts with the spiritual in scenes that sometimes follow biblical accounts closely but just as often afford a new way of looking at the world from the perspective of a young man. Some descriptions of sex. RC 39140
  • Saramago, José. The stone raft. A parable about the European community. A series of ominous events leads to catastrophe as the Iberian Peninsula is inexplicably set adrift from the continent. The frantic residents band together in a bid to survive a world out of control. BR 10693
  • Saramago, José. The tale of the unknown island. Allegory of a man who petitions his ruler for a boat with which to discover an island--any unknown island. When the king finally grants his wish, a cleaning lady insists on joining the crew and together they dream of sailing away. By Portugal's Nobel laureate. BR 13254
  • Scordato, Caridad. Para siempre. El médico ortopédico Víctor Cienfuegos cree que Carmen Gonzlez es demasiado joven para servirle como nueva recepcionista. Pero Carmen pronto prueba que sirve muy bien, cuando le presenta a su hermana mayor, Connie, a Víctor. Connie resulta ser un agente del FBI que al sufrir un brazo quebrado recibe tratamiento médico de Víctor, y acaba enamorndose de él. Lenguaje injurioso y descripciones de índole sexual. RC 50884
  • Somoza, Oscar Urquidez. Nueva narrativa chicana. Ten short stories provide an insight into the chicano experience, reflecting the history of the chicano, the plight of the undocumented worker, and the more intellectual and abstract sufferings of being chicano. Some strong language. Spanish language. RC 22516
  • Soto, Pedro Juan. Ardiente suelo, fria estacion: novela. An eighteen-year-old Puerto Rican student migrates to New York. He finds himself rejected both there and upon his return to Puerto Rico. Spanish language. RC 14992
  • Torres, Omar. Al partir. Evangelina Cossio, a modest, diminutive young woman in nineteenth-century Cuba, witnesses the Cuban struggle for independence from Spain. When she is caught up in the conflict and eventually arrested, her courage and heroism in the face of danger become almost legendary. Her plight attracts the attention of an American newspaperman, who comes to her aid. Spanish language. RC 33881
  • Torres, Omar. Apenas un bolero: novela. Miguel Saavedra, a young Cuban-exile poet living in New York, is drawn into a political assassination plot. But the true plot of the story centers on a mythical, interior journey undertaken by the young man to find himself and to redeem the Cuban exile experience. Strong language. Spanish language. RC 33875
  • Torres, Steven. Precinct Puerto Rico: a Luis Gonzalo novel. Puerto Rico, 1987. Sheriff Luis Gonzalo, of the small mountain town of Angustias, is visiting his in-laws' coastal community. There he witnesses the bodies of illegal Dominicans, one of whom appears to have been murdered, washing up on the beach. His subsequent inquiries lead to violence. Violence and strong language. RC 56173
  • Valdés-Rodríguez, Alisa. El Club Social de las Muchachas Temerarias. Since graduating from Boston University, "las sucias"--Lauren, Elizabeth, Sara, Rebecca, Usnavys, and Amber--get together twice a year. The Latina women, as varied as the culture they represent, meet in a restaurant to share their perspectives on relationships, complications, and triumphs in their lives. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Spanish language. RC 56963
  • Valdés-Rodríguez, Alisa. The Dirty Girls Social Club. Since graduating from Boston University, "las sucias"--Lauren, Elizabeth, Sara, Rebecca, Usnavys, and Amber--reunite twice a year. The Latina women, as varied as the culture they represent, meet in a restaurant to share their perspectives on relationships, complications, and triumphs in their lives. Some explicit descriptions of sex. RC 56472
  • Vargas Llosa, Mario. Conversation in The Cathedral. A novel of political corruption that captures the decay and breakdown of city life under the rule of a military dictatorship. Through the doors of the "Cathedral," a bar and brothel in Lima, Peru, come escapees and ordinary citizens fleeing the violence. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 09676
  • Vargas Llosa, Mario. Los cuadernos de don Rigoberto. Alfonso schemes to reunite his father, Don Rigoberto, with his stepmother, Lucrecia--despite having orchestrated their breakup. Throughout these machinations, each of the three indulge their erotic fantasies about the others. Don Rigoberto records his in notebooks, creating a testimonial of the psychology of love and desire. Spanish language. RC 48683
  • Vargas Llosa, Mario. Death in the Andes. When three men vanish from a remote mountain village, two Peruvian soldiers are sent to search. In their efforts to solve the disappearances, the troopers encounter the horrors of human sacrifice, cannibalism, and guerrilla violence. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. RC 43874
  • Vargas Llosa, Mario. The Feast of the Goat. Urania Cabral, returning to the Dominican Republic where her father is terminally ill, recalls her youth during the brutal dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Called "the Goat" for his depravity with women, Trujillo was the reason for her forty-year estrangment from her father. Strong language and some violence. BR 14253 / RC 56801
  • Vargas Llosa, Mario. In praise of the stepmother. An erotic novel on the nature of happiness and the corrupting power of innocence, evolving around Don Rigoberto, attentive father and loving husband; Dona Lucrecia, the stepmother, who is celebrating her fortieth birthday; and Alfonso, the prepubescent male child. A birthday note from Alfronso triggers a bedside visit by Lucrecia--visits that continue until a story by Alfonso brings them into the open. Explicit descriptions of sex. RC 32164
  • Vargas Llosa, Mario. Los jefes. This famous Peruvian author presents six stories set in Lima, a place often brutal but at times tender and honorable. In the title story, school boys rebel against their teachers and against themselves. In the story "Defiance," two men carry their hatred of each other to a climactic hand-to-hand combat. Spanish language. RC 29995
  • Vargas Llosa, Mario. The notebooks of Don Rigoberto. Alfonso schemes to reunite his father, Don Rigoberto, and his stepmother, Lucrecia, despite the fact that he had orchestrated their earlier breakup. Throughout these machinations, all three indulge their erotic fantasies about each other. Don Rigoberto records his imaginary exploits in a revealing testimonial to the psychology of love and desire. Some descriptions of sex. RC 47771
  • Vargas Llosa, Mario. The real life of Alejandro Mayta. Psychological portrait of a modern-day revolutionary set in the Peru of the near future, a country pitting a Cuban-Bolivian-backed army against a failing Lima government and the U.S. Marines. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. RC 25464
  • Vargas Llosa, Mario. The storyteller. The narrator, a Peruvian, visits a tiny gallery in Florence, Italy, and is startled by photographs of the Machiguenga Indians of the Amazon. Could that be his old friend Saul Zuratas, the one with the birthmark covering half his face, sitting there among the natives? Yes, Saul's distress at society's destruction of the Amazon Indians has transformed him into the tribal storyteller, the one who preserves the past. RC 30573
  • Vargas Llosa, Mario. The war of the end of the world. Historical novel based on an actual incident. Concerns Canudos, a religious utopia established in northern Brazil by that country's outcasts--the poor, the crippled, the criminal--and inspired by a man they call the Counselor. Outraged by the utopians' rejection of the Brazilian Republic as the work of the Antichrist, the government sends troops to clear out Canudos. Explicit descriptions of sex. RC 21396
  • Vargas Llosa, Mario. Who killed Palomino Molero? A detective story with a political punch focusing on two back-country Peruvian policemen who investigate the torture and murder of a young soldier. As the two detectives go about their job of questioning and searching for suspects, they also uncover racial antagonism, sexual taboos, and a corrupt military. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 26947
  • Vasquez, Richard. Chicano. Novel traces the history of the Sandoval family through three generations: the first migrated to the United States during the Mexican Revolution; the second extended through the depression and post-war years; and the third failed to adapt fully to either Anglo or Chicano culture. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. RC 12091
  • Venegas, Daniel. Las aventuras de don Chipote, o, Cuando los pericos mamen: novela. A Mexican peasant, thinking he will get rich in America, begins a long odyssey into a clash with culture. This picaresque novel, satirizing the Mexican male immigrant laborer as well as the American culture that preys on him, was first published in Los Angeles in 1928 and is considered the forerunner of the modern Chicano novel. Spanish language. RC 32863
  • Vivas-Maldonado, Jose Luis. A vellón las esperanzas o Melania; cuentos de un puertorriqueño en New York. An embittered young poet tells a series of short stories about the hardships and small pleasures of Puerto Ricans living in New York. Lyrical and symbolic in style, these stories have as their central theme the loss of innocence. Spanish language. RD 07045
  • Yanez, Agustin. Al filo del agua. In a small, isolated Mexican village, the mestizo population leads a stagnant existence under the rule of the church and the local government. When forces of the Mexican Revolution arrive, the villagers face an inner struggle between the promise of a new beginning and their desire to maintain the status quo. Spanish language. RC 33869
  • Yanez, Agustin. The edge of the storm: a novel. In a remote Mexican village in the early part of the twentieth century, a puritanical priest and his curate project their own fear of life onto their flock. The clerics ignore the affectionate warnings of another priest and close their eyes to the rumblings of revolution and change. RC 24909
  • Yglesias, Jose. Home again. Upon the death of his wife, 65-year-old Pinpin returns home to the Tampa barrio where he is unwillingly drawn into the squabbles and problems of his large family. He also reviews his past life and his rise from movie critic for the "Daily Worker" to successful ethnic novelist. Humor and compassion weave in and out of this story. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 26948
  • Yglesias, Jose. Tristan and the Hispanics. Cultures clash as Yale freshman Tristan Granados, sent to Tampa to take care of the details of his grandfather's cremation, meets a barrio-full of relatives. His uptight, upright background has not prepared him for their easy-going deviousness. Tristan struggles to keep his balance amidst the dizzying jumble of Hispanic relations and in doing so gains a new sense of who he is. Sequel to "Home Again." Some strong language. RC 30508
  • Yglesias, Jose. The truth about them. A fictional memoir about a Cuban clan of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents who settle in the Spanish-speaking community of Tampa in 1890. It presents a close-knit family who are broke, but not poor, and celebrates the pride and love they have for each other. BR 01931