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Sudden Fiction Latino

Suddent Fiction Latino, an anthology is a veritable smorgasbord of short fiction and even shorter micros.   The authors are a wide mix of U.S. Latinos and Latin Americans, from the iconic: Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, Jorge Luis Borges, to the acclaimed: Junot Díaz, Sandra Cisneros, Roberto Bolaño, and the talents of the future: Andrea Saenz, Daniel Alarcón, Alicita Rodriguez.  All of the pieces are in English, whether originally written so, or translated from Spanish.  The collection flows intuitively, as opposed to being linked by any central themes, jumping from pieces that are hilarious to heart-breaking, fantastical to earthy.  It is an enjoyable read not only for Latin Americans and Latinos, but for anyone who appreciates an honest look at our shared humanity, and a transcendent glimpse at literature emerging in the 21st century.

 

By asmith

By MPPL on September 3, 2012 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction

Cam Jansen and The Mystery Writer Mystery

Cam Jansen is on another case!  While visiting her favorite mystery writer, Jim E. Winter, at the school book fair, a parent’s car mysteriously vanishes from the school parking l0t.   Will kid detective Cam Jansen find the car thief or will the skilled mystery writer unravel the mystery first? To find out, read Cam Jansen and The Mystery Writer Mystery by David A. Adler.  

By jperez on August 20, 2012 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Arráncame la vida por Ángeles Mastretta

 

Arráncame La Vida

Arráncame la vida es la historia de Catalina Guzmán de Ascencio, una mujer de Puebla viviendo en México durante los años 1930 y 1940.  Catalina relata sobre su matrimonio a los dieciséis años a un hombre  político veinte años mayor que ella. A través de los años, revela la vida compleja de ser esposa de un hombre ambicioso y la miramos transformarse desde una joven ingenua hasta una mujer madura y sabia. 

 El estilo narrativo de Mastretta toma un ritmo sutil. No es un libro de acción, sino de observación e intriga lenta. En un mundo y época dominado por los anhelos de los hombres, vemos como Catalina y sus amigas van realizando sus deseos.  Sobre todo los de Catalina, que a través de la tragedia se convierte, sin desearlo en una política aun mas sabia que su marido.  

 La película (del mismo nombre) sigue a los eventos principales del libro con gran fidelidad.   ¡Además, conviene verla por el escenario y vestuario magnifico!

By MPPL on July 11, 2012 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction, Film

The New Rules of Lifting for Abs

Get your body ready for the beach with The New Rules of Lifting For Abs.  Author Lou Schuler will show you step by step ab training (with photos) including stabilization exercises to strengthen your core and give you pain-free results.

By jperez on July 1, 2012 Categories: Adult, Books, Nonfiction

If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

If I built a car If I Built a Car is a fun-filled story that follows Jack, a young boy full of imagination and creativity - from a pool in the back seat to car with wings, join Jack in his incrediable adventure as he designes a car of his dreams.

By jperez on April 24, 2012 Categories: Books, Youth

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeless

Perfect Chemistry It’s senior year for Brittany Ellis, Fairfield High School’s Head Cheerleader and she wants her last year to finish perfect.  But when she finds out her chemistry partner is Alex Fuentes, the bad boy gang member from the wrong side of the tracks, she knows the year is bound to be a deadly chemical reaction – of love.  Can Brittany survive the year and keep her squeaky clean reputation or will her Alex bring her down with his handsome good looks?  Read Simone Elkeless’s Perfect Chemistry, part 1 of the Perfect Chemistry series.

By jperez on March 19, 2012 Categories: Books, Young Adult

Dibujo 1

Dibujo 1

Dibujo 1

¿Quieres aprender a dibujar? Aprenda las bases del dibujo con “Dibujo 1“.  Con este libro, usted puede aprender los principios para dibujar cualquier tema y practicar las técnicas especiales para dar vida a sus dibujos.  Quieres mas………. toma nuestro libro de Caricaturas 1.

By jperez on January 20, 2012 Categories: Books

SpongeBob Laugh ‘n’ Ride

Laugh 'n' ride : a SpongeBob joke book

Laugh 'n' ride : a SpongeBob joke book

 Do you know what a tortoise with a camera is called? Well to find out, you need to read SpongeBob Squarepants Laugh ‘n’ Ride: A SongeBob Joke Book.  Join the entire town of Bikini Bottom as SpongeBob and Patrick take their quest to the Annual Jellyfishing Convention telling their collection of travel-themed jokes.

By jperez on December 20, 2011 Categories: Books

Afrodita : cuentos, recetas y otros afrodisíacos

 

Como su  título nos dice: cuentos, recetas y otros afrodisíacos son lo que encontraras en este libro de Isabel  Allende. Isabel Allende con ayuda de Carmen Balcells, su madre y Robert Shekter;  aportando “afrodisiacas” recetas y sensuales ilustraciones respectivamente. Nos traen este libro que hombres como mujeres disfrutaran.

By hmarroquin on December 14, 2011 Categories: Adult, Books, Food and Drink, Nonfiction

Feed by M. T. Anderson

Book cover for Feed by M.T. AndersonThe time is the near future and mostly everyone is connected to a constant live Internet feed; from watching online television to video chatting and texting, the Feed is the way to live. Life on the Feed is all fun and games until a computer hacker shuts down the Feed, causing the world of many to be turned upside down. But when Violet’s feed is brutally interrupted, her friend Titus tries to do everything in his power to help get her feed back up and running.  Read or listen to Feed by M.T. Anderson and ask yourself: Is this the future you want?

By jperez on December 2, 2011 Categories: Books, Young Adult