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  Cover Art: Maya's Notebook Allende, Isabel
Maya's Notebook
After the death of her beloved grandfather, nineteen-year-old Maya Vidal, turning to drugs, alcohol, and petty crimes, becomes trapped in a war between assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol, until her grandmother helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile where she tries to make sense of her life.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: In the Time of the Butterflies Alvarez, Julia
In the Time of the Butterflies
"It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found dead near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their death as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas -- the Butterflies. In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters -- Minerva, Patria, Mari´a Teresa, and the survivor, Dede´ -- speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons and secret crushes to gunrunning and prison torture, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo's rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez's imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage, love, and the human cost of political oppression"--Cover, p. 4.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Bless Me, Ultima Anaya, Rudolfo A.
Bless Me, Ultima
Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will test the bonds that tie him to his people, and discover himself in the pagan past, in his father's wisdom, and in his mother's Catholicism. And at each life turn there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world-and will nurture the birth of his soul.
1999
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Lima Nights Arana, Marie
Lima Nights
Carlos Bluhm leads the good life in upper-class Lima: he attends social functions with his elegant wife, goes out drinking with his three best friends, has the occasional, fleeting assignation. . . . Until he meets Maria Fernandez, a dancer at a tango bar in a rough part of town. The beautiful sixteen-year-old intoxicates him. An indigenous dark-skinned Peruvian, she represents everything his safe white world does not, and soon he can't get her out of his mind. They begin a passionate affair, one that will destroy his marriage and shatter the only reality he's ever known. Flash forward twenty years: against all odds, Carlos and Maria have remained together. But when Maria finally presses for a formal commitment, feelings long suppressed erupt in a tense endgame that sends both of them hurtling toward a dangerous resolution that will forever alter their lives.
2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Night of the Radishes Benitez, Sandra
Night of the Radishes
A married Minnesota woman searching for her long-lost brother in Oaxaca, Mexico, finds a more complicated situation than she bargained for when she starts to fall for an engaging Berkeley professor.
2003
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Song in My Heart Calatayud-Stocks, Roma
A Song in My Heart
Growing up in Minneapolis in the early 1900's, Alejandra Stanford uses her wealth and her Mexican and European background as she pursues her passion for music and conducting.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing Cano-Murillo, Kathy
Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing
Sometimes to find your life's true path, you have to stray outside the lines . . . Scarlet Santana is never happier than when creating fabulous fashions for women of all shapes and sizes. Now, after years of hard work, she finally has the chance to live her dream and study under the hottest designer in New York.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Give It to Me Castillo, Ana
Give It to Me
Palma Piedras's grandmother was strict, and as an adult Palma tests many limits, visits many beds. The consequences of Palma's choices aren't always pleasant, but she is tough.
2014
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Nearer Home Castro, Joy
Nearer Home
Crime reporter Nola Ce´spedes comes across the dead body of her former journalism professor in New Orleans's Audubon Park and discovers links between the victim's death and two potentially volatile news stories.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Land Grant Cisneros, Carlos
The Land Grant
Another Alejandro Del Fuerte legal thriller, with greed and corruption surfacing when valuable gas and oil rights are at stake.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Have You Seen Marie? Cisneros, Sandra
Have You Seen Marie?
"The word "orphan" might not seem to apply to a fifty-three-year-old woman. Yet this is exactly how Sandra feels as she finds herself motherless, alone like "a glove left behind at the bus station." What just might save her is her search for someone else gone missing: Marie, the black-and-white cat of her friend, Roz, who ran off the day they arrived from Tacoma."--Dust jacket.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Falling Together De los Santos, Marisa
Falling Together
Three college friends reconnect under unusual circumstances at their college reunion.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: This Is How You Lose Her Diaz, Junot
This Is How You Lose Her
A collection of stories that explores the heartbreak and radiance of love as it is shaped by passion, betrayal, and the echoes of intimacy.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: It's Not Love, It's Just Paris Engel, Patricia
It's Not Love, It's Just Paris
The author's first novel is a story about an American girl in Paris, who navigates the intoxicating and treacherous complexities of independence, friendship, and romance. Lita del Cielo, the daughter of two Colombian orphans who arrived in America with nothing and made a fortune with their Latin food empire, has been granted one year to pursue her studies in Paris before she must return to work in the family business.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: King of Cuba Garcia, Cristina
King of Cuba
A Fidel Castro-like octogenarian Cuban exile obsessively seeks revenge against the dictator.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Say Her Name Goldman, Francisco
Say Her Name
In a novel based on the author's real-life tragedy, Goldman, consumed with grief and guilt over the accidental death of his wife just before their second anniversary, obsessively collects every memory of her, especially her writings, with the hope of keeping her alive in his mind.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Book of Unknown Americans Henriquez, Cristina
The Book of Unknown Americans
the story of the love between a Panamanian boy and a Mexican girl: teenagers living in an apartment block of immigrant families like their own.
2014
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Beautiful Maria of My Soul; or the True Story of Maria Garcia Y Cifuentes, the Lady Behind a Famous Song Hijuelos, Oscar
Beautiful Maria of My Soul; or the True Story of Maria Garcia Y Cifuentes, the Lady Behind a Famous Song
In a part sequel and part retelling of "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love," the inspiration for the Mambo King's biggest hit, Maria, now 60 years old, reminisces about her days and nights in Havana, offering a completely different perspective on the Mambo Kings' story.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Iron Sickle Limon, Martin
The Iron Sickle
CID agent Sergeant George Sueño and his partner try to determine how and why a civilian got into a tightly controlled base in Korea with an iron sickle and killed a claims officer.
2014
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Realm of Hungry Spirits Lopez, Lorraine
The Realm of Hungry Spirits
Marina craves peace, but her life and house are full of needy people.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
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