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Something Fierce
Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
Written by Carmen Aguirre


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-81382-4 (0-345-81382-0)

The winner of CBC’s Canada Reads 2012, Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, re-issued by Vintage Canada.      

Six-year-old Carmen Aguirre fled to Canada with her family following General Augusto Pinochet’s violent 1973 coup in Chile. Five years later, when her mother and stepfather returned to South America as Chilean resistance members, Carmen and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hold Life Has
Coca and Cultural Identity in an Andean Community
Written by Catherine J. Allen


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-032-0 (1-58834-032-5)

This second edition of Catherine J. Allen’s distinctive ethnography of the Quechua-speaking people of the Andes brings their story into the present. She has added an extensive afterword based on her visits to Sonqo in 1995 and 2000 and has updated and revised parts of the original text. The book focuses... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Makuna
Portrait of an Amazonian People
Written by Kaj Arhem
Photographed by Diego Samper


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 2003
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-092-4 (1-58834-092-9)

Throughout their history, the Makuna have withstood the social and environmental stresses inflicted upon them by European arrival, the Amazonian rubber boom at the turn of the century, and a black-market demand for coca leaves during the 1970s and 1980s. Most recently, gold mining is threatening to destroy their hills and... Read more >

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When a Heart Turns Rock Solid
The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets
Written by Timothy Black


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45487-4 (0-307-45487-8)

Winner of the Mirra Komarovsky Award
Winner of the Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award
Finalist for the Puerto Rican Studies Association Book Award
A Washington Post Best Book of the Year


This provocative and compelling book examines how jobs, schools, the streets, and prisons have shaped the lives and choices of a generation... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Unknown Capoeira
Secret Techniques of the Original Brazilian Martial Art
Written by Mestre Ricardo Cachorro


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Blue Snake Books
On Sale: December 29, 2009
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-231-4 (1-58394-231-9)

Capoeira, a fascinating hybrid of martial art, game, and dance, has long captivated practitioners in all those areas of interest worldwide. Originating in Brazil, the form has been traced back to the 16th century, created and developed by slaves brought from Africa. Written by a legendary master, Unknown Capoeira examines the... Read more >

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Martín Chambi
Photographs, 1920 -1950
Photographed by Martin Chambi
Foreword by Mario Vargas Llosa
Introduction by Edward Ranney


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 1993
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-56098-244-9 (1-56098-244-6)

Martín Chambi is today regarded as one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century. Between 1920 and 1950 he assembled an unprecedented collection of photographs of the people and landscape of Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital that was in his day a cultural center in Peru. His studio was... Read more >

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Undocumented
How Immigration Became Illegal
Written by Aviva Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0167-7 (0-8070-0167-8)

Immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how “illegality” and “undocumentedness” are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how and why people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status—and to what ends.
 
Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Coyotes
A Journey Across Borders with America's Illegal Migrants
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1987
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75518-2 (0-394-75518-9)

To discover what becomes of Mexicans who come illegally to the United States, Conover disguised himself as an illegal alien, traveling and working across America for more than a year. This is the chronicle of his journey.

"Ted Conover lived the bizarre life of the Mexican illegals.  Theirs is a subterrestrial world... Read more >

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Family Sentence
The Search for My Cuban-Revolutionary, Prison-Yard, Mythic-Hero, Deadbeat Dad
Written by Jeanine Cornillot


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0617-7 (0-8070-0617-3)

Jeanine Cornillot was just two years old when her father, a former Cuban revolutionary turned anti-Castro militant, was sentenced to thirty years in a Florida prison for political bombings. His absence left a single mother to raise four children who kept his incarceration a secret and conjured a mythic father-hero out... Read more >

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Butterfly's Way
Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States
Written by Edwidge Danticat


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: July 1, 2003
Price: $16.50
ISBN: 978-1-56947-218-7 (1-56947-218-1)

In four sections–Childhood, Migration, First Generation, and Return–the contributors to this anthology write powerfully, often hauntingly, of their lives in Haiti and the United States. Jean-Robert Cadet’s description of his Haitian childhood as a restavec–a child slave–in Port-au-Prince contrasts with Dany Laferriere’s account of a ten-year-old boy and his beloved grandmother... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Crafts of Mexico

Edited by Margarita De Orellana and Alberto Ruy Sanchez


Format: Hardcover, 360 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-212-6 (1-58834-212-3)

Crafts of Mexico is a visual celebration of Mexican crafts, presenting page after page of full-color photographs alongside essays by leading art historians, interviews with and profiles of leading craftspeople, and appreciations by leading writers. The section on ceramics looks at the famous Talavera work from the colonial city of Puebla... Read more >

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Puerto Rico Mio
Four Decades of Change, in Photographs by Jack Delano
Written by Arturo Carrion
Photographed by Jack Delano
Translated by Alan Fern


Format: Trade Paperback, 242 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1990
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-87474-389-0 (0-87474-389-3)

Puerto Rico Mio is an extraordinary collection from two series of photographs: the first taken when Delano first went to Puerto Rico with the Farm Security Administration in 1941-42 and the second when he re-photographed those same places in the 1980s.

“Delano, who first visited Puerto Rico in 1941 as a photographer... Read more >

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Hard Line
Life and Death on the US-Mexico Border
Written by Ken Ellingwood


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3367-6 (1-4000-3367-5)

The Southwestern border is one of the most fascinating places in America, a region of rugged beauty and small communities that coexist across the international line. In the past decade, the area has also become deadly as illegal immigration has shifted into some of the harshest territory on the continent, reshaping... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Women Who Run with the Wolves

Written by Clarissa Pinkola Phd Estés


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 22, 1995
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-39681-5 (0-345-39681-2)

In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Estes, a Jungian analyst and cantadora (storyteller), conducts what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconscious. Using multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from more than twenty years of research, she examines the healthy, instinctual... Read more >
Also available as a paperback.

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Racecraft
The Soul of Inequality in American Life
Written by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields


Format: Trade Paperback, 310 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-313-2 (1-78168-313-1)

Most people assume that racism grows from a perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields argue otherwise: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call “racecraft.” And this phenomenon... Read more >

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Faces of Salsa
A Spoken History of the Music
Written by Leonardo Padura Fuentes
Translated by Stephen J. Clark


Format: Trade Paperback, 236 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-080-1 (1-58834-080-5)

In this collection of masterfully crafted interviews with some of the most famous creators of the music we call Salsa, prizewinning Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura Fuentes explores the genesis of the music, its rise in popularity, its social context, and its artistic legacy. Filled with personal revelations by the musicians, historical... Read more >

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Muy Macho

Written by Ray Gonzalez


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 1, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47861-8 (0-385-47861-5)

Essays by prize-winning Latino writers describe relationships with wives, lovers, fathers, and sons, and bring readers to new perspectives on Latino men, macho behavior, and their own perceptions of masculinity. Read more >

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Samba

Written by Alma Guillermoprieto


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 30, 1991
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73256-3 (0-679-73256-X)

Guillermoprieto lived for a year in the villages surrounding Rio de Janeiro to learn samba and take part in Rio's carnival parade.  Samba is an exhilarating account of her experiences--as well as a cogent, lucid examination of the history and culture of black Brazilians--full of provocative insights into the aesthetic and ritual... Read more >

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Divine Utterances
The Performance of Afro-Cuban Santeria
Written by Katherine J. Hagedorn


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2001
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-947-9 (1-56098-947-5)

In Divine Utterances, Katherine J. Hagedorn explores the enduring cultural and spiritual power of the music of Afro-Cuban Santería and the process by which it has been transformed for a secular audience. She focuses on the integral connections between sacred music performances and the dramatizations of theatrical troupes, especially the state-sponsored... Read more >

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Narcoland
The Mexican Drug Lords And Their Godfathers
Written by Anabel Hernandez
Introduction by Roberto Saviano


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-073-5 (1-78168-073-6)

The product of five years’ investigative reporting, the subject of intense national controversy, and the source of death threats that forced the National Human Rights Commission to assign two full-time bodyguards to its author, Anabel Hernández, Narcoland has been a publishing and political sensation in Mexico.

The definitive history of the drug cartels, Narcoland takes readers to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Shame of the Nation
The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5245-5 (1-4000-5245-9)

"The Shame of the Nation is a national wake-up call... It should be required reading."--Marian Wright Edelman, CEO and Founder, Children's Defense Fund

Over the last 15 years, the state of inner-city public schools has been in a steep and continuing decline. Since the federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in... Read more >

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Cutting for Sign

Written by Willia Langewiesche


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 1995
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75963-8 (0-679-75963-8)

The border between the United States and Mexico extends 1,951 miles. Among the people who live along it are a migrant laborer huddled in a makeshift camp, a Chicano cowpuncher, a Pima Indian who makes his living tracking drug smugglers across the desert, and the millions crowded along the border in... Read more >

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Jumped In
What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption
Written by Jorja Leap


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4456-8 (0-8070-4456-3)

Jumped In tells the story of the gangs of Los Angeles in the words of the gang members themselves as well as the people who interact with them on a daily basis--trying to arrest them, control them, and help them. There are priests and police officers, murderers and drug dealers, victims... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Children of Sanchez
Autobiography of a Mexican Family
Written by Oscar Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74453-1 (0-307-74453-1)

A pioneering work from a visionary anthropologist, The Children of Sanchez is hailed around the world as a watershed achievement in the study of poverty—a uniquely intimate investigation, as poignant today as when it was first published.

It is the epic story of the Sánchez family, told entirely by its members—Jesus, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cuba: My Revolution

Written by Inverna Lockpez
Illustrated by Dean Haspiel


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2217-8 (1-4012-2217-X)

Seventeen-year-old Sonia, a medical student with dreams of becoming a modernist painter, is caught up in Fidel Castro’s revolution from the moment it captures Havana on New Year’s Eve 1958. While her eccentric mother hatches an increasingly desperate series of plans to flee Cuba, Sonia joins the militia and volunteers as... Read more >
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