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Writers Against Racism: New Latino Books

HOT OFF THE PRESS > I just received this e-mail from Floricanto Press and wanted to pass along, perhaps to high school English teachers and librarians.
NEW Latino books… 

By María del Pilar Muñoz.
ISBN: 978-1-888205-24-4 $22.98
Dreams is a book that will help you understand and  interpret the meanings of dream symbols, learn special methods of self (dream) psychoanalysis, reveal the subtle inferences and meaning of common dreams, such as falling teeth, flying, falling, chase, and more. You will also find here interpretation of special dream themes like scenes, sounds, feelings and colors, numbers, animals, food, houses, ocean, forest and etc… look for items and symbols that are prevalent in your dreams. Piece together the bits of information, search for their meanings, then shape the significance, which may clarify the next steps you should take in life and enlighten understanding for a more fulfilling life. Dreams can be instrumental in guiding your decisions, providing you courage to accept fate, dealing with sorrow, self-awareness, and understanding prophetic dreams and your future, and achieving psychological health. "The importance of knowing the connection between our culture and our dreams makes the book Dreams by Maria del Pilar Muñoz a must read for anyone interested in exploring this exciting cultural relationship more in-depth. An exciting must read!" Norma Godina-Silva, Ph.D., Founder, Director, ESL -Bilingual Resources.

Feminine Transgression
=Transgresión Femenina.
By Patricia Rosas Lopátegui. ISBN: 978-1-888205-27-5 $35.95
This is a seminal literary critical study of the most prominent Mexican women writers, including Antonieta Rivas Mercado, Nellie Campobello, Guadalupe Dueñas, Josefina Vicens, Elena Garro, Guadalupe Amor, Rosario Castellanos, María Luisa Mendoza, Amparo Dávila, Inés Arredondo, Luisa Josefina Hernández, Elena Poniatowska, Beatriz Espejo, Helena Paz Garro and Silvia Molina. They are symbols of literary achievement, irreverence, and struggle in Mexico, transcending borders with their works and literary influence. Desde Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz las mujeres creadoras en México han sorteado toda clase de malabarismos para poder producir su obra. En esta antología se estudian quince escritoras mexicanas nacidas entre 1900-1946; autoras que, a contracorriente, han enfrentado y desafiado al statu quo creando una literatura femenina de primer orden.

On a Train Called Absence/Paletitas de Guayaba.
By Erlinda Gonzales-Berry. Bilingual Edition. ISBN: 978-1-888205-20-6 $23.95
On a Train Called Absence/ Paletitas de Guayaba the story is narrated in the first person by the protagonist, Marina, who is traveling by train from New Mexico to Mexico City in search of her identity, her history, and answers to many questions that are tormenting her. As the train carries her through the Mexican landscape, she has flashbacks of her life in New Mexico, a failed romance, and a previous journey. The narration also flashes forward to her arrival, and to her discoveries and adventures in Mexico, where she confronts both her historical and mythical past as well as her complex, multicultural present.

Cuba Libre. Mentirita!
By Carlos T. Mock, M.D. ISBN: 978-1-888205-16-9 $25.95
The Cuba Libre ("Free Cuba") is a cocktail made of Cola, lime, and rum. This cocktail is often referred to as a Rum and Coke in the United States and Canada, where the lime juice is optional. Bacardi claims ownership of the original, while some have also claimed it for Havana Club. It seems unlikely, however, that anyone could safely identify the first individual to combine rum and Coca-Cola-when seven or eight individuals lay claim to the creation of the Margarita, a far more complex drink-let alone identify the brand. Both the cocktail and its name remain politically loaded due to the history and current status of Cuba-United States relations. The situation is further complicated by Bacardi’s political involvement in Cuba. Cuba Libre is sometimes called "Mentirita" ("little lie") by Cuban exiles opposed to the current Communist government run by Fidel Castro, as a comment that Cuba is currently not free. Cuba Libre "Mentirita" is a history book

By Irene I. Blea. ISBN: 978-1-888205-21-3 $23.95
When young girls quickly grew up to be old women, young Suzanna was raised by her grandparents who received a letter from Don Felipe Montoya asking for the child’s hand in marriage. Don Felipe is old enough to be her father. He agrees to the Abuelito’s condition that he delay obtaining Suzanna as a wife until she becomes a woman, or until her thirteenth birthday, whichever comes first. The last child of a large Hispanic family she was raised by her grandparents because her parents feared they could not afford to rear her. She was much loved in her young life, and much used and abused. As she matured, she faced prospects she could not bear. Irene Blea, a native of Northern New Mexico, and a Ph. D. in Sociology, has the writing talent to tell Suzanne’s story in a most engaging way, and she leaves the reader wanting more. Suzanne is a truly outstanding first novel. Don Bullis, Author-Historian

Chalino: A Chronicle Play of Fulgor and Death.
By Julián Camacho Segura. ISBN: 978-1-888205-12-1 $22.95
With "Chalino", Julian Camacho writes about a raw, unflinching Mexican icon with an unapologetic honesty only he can provide. He excels at bringing this story to larger than life tale because he possesses one of the most experienced voices among his contemporaries. Oscar Barajas, Author, "True Tales from the Wireless Clothesline"
Chalino’s corridos and music have forever changed the social fabric of Chicanos in the music scene in Los Angeles. His music helped many Chicanos have a cultural reaffirmation of who they are allowing Mexican youth in Los Angeles to immerse more deeply into their own Mexican Norteño culture. Chalino’s unique singing style turned him into a legend that many have tried to imitate, but there will never be another man like him. Chalino defied the odds and became successful starting his own legacy as the king of corridos. Through his art form Chalino left behind his fame and a corrido legacy that was materialized and created in el rancho de Los Angeles, California. Marcos A. Ramos, University of California, Berkeley

Day of the Dead/ Día de los Muertos.
By Manuel Luis Martínez. ISBN: 978-1-888205-19-0 $25.95
This is the most riveting and complex narrative of the Mexican Revolution. "I am Berto Morales. I am the false son of a nameless and blind man. I am War. I took his land through a pretense. I am Pestilence. When his heir returned to claim his birthright, I killed him. I am Murder. His comrades returned to find me, and failing to do so, took the life of my wife and child. I was Love. I determined to meet injustice with injustice. I am Hatred. I brought war to those who ended my life. I am Executioner. I am guilty of sins that have no name. I have come to the slaughter uninvited and have determined to give my life freely." And so begins the saga of Berto Morales set during the Mexican Revolution, the landscape of Day of the Dead is littered with the victims of a brutal war, one populated by a cast of villains, saints, heroes, and ordinary people whose roles are often impossible to reconcile. It is 1913 when Berto returns to his small Oaxacan ranch to find that his beloved wife, six months with child, has been brutally murdered. Devastated, he sets out to find the murderers and exact revenge, but what he will find on this journey is that justice is elusive, much more so than vengeance.
"Martínez continues his fine writing on Day of the Dead, and offers further proof of the wide range of Chicano literature. The reader will acknowledge that our ties to tradition serve as a most appropriate title on this tightly-written work ." Rolando Hinojosa

His novels are Crossing,1998 which was chosen as one of ten outstanding books by PEN American Center in New York; Drift, 2003, which was chosen as one of the best books of 2004 by the American Library Association. HYPERLINK ""

Hasta la Vista, Baby!
By Donna Del Oro. ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-888205-17-6 $22.95
"I thought it was great. I mean, I was hooked from the very first page because of all the wit and humor. I found myself laughing a few times …and that was only the first three chapters!"

Sandra Lopez, author of ESPERANZA and BEYOND THE GARDENS
"A fun romp to read! Hasta La Vista, Baby is a deft mix of humor and raw emotion with unforgettable characters. Donna Del Oro is an author to watch!" — Loucinda McGary, award-winning author of The Wild Sight and The Treasures of Venice.


  1. Ruins of a Society and the Honorable, ISBN: 978-0578043432, is an autobiography and a story based on real life circumstances. Names have been changed to protect sources from reprisals and legalities. This book contains incidents which took place in one day and a half while at a prison, it then sidetracks to speak of other stories and voice opinions. This book honors many who inspired Al Bermudez and whose recognition is well deserved.

    Although 75 percent of this book is based on prison experiences, other parts of this book relates to the many life encounters we’ve all experienced in our own lives, including the kind of racism mentioned above. Throughout this book, the actual story stops with an asterisk, (*) to voice an opinion or explain a different set of circumstances; then it continues onto the actual story with the words, (STORY CONT).

    “Winner of the Literary Awards for 2009 Best Autobiography/Biography”
    —Multicultural Literature Advocacy Group, Living in Color Literary Awards, March 20, 2010.

    “Thank you for thinking of me”
    —Sonia Sotomayor, United States Supreme Court Justice, February 23, 2010.

    “A Prison Story/Autobiography like you have never read before”
    —Michael Levine, WBAI 99.5 FM. Expert Witness Radio, March 22, 2010.

    “Nominated as Finalist for the 12th Annual International Latino Book Awards”
    —Jim Sullivan, Executive Director, May 28, 2010.