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Cubano Be, Cubano Bop
One Hundred Years of Jazz in Cuba
Written by Leonardo Acosta
Translated by Daniel Whitesell
Foreword by Paquito D'Rivera

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2003
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-147-1 (1-58834-147-X)

Based on unprecedented research in Cuba, the direct testimony of scores of Cuban musicians, and the author’s unique experience as a prominent jazz musician, Cubano Be, Cubano Bop is destined to take its place among the classics of jazz history. The work pays tribute not only to a distinguished lineage of... Read more >

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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 >
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Written by Marie Arana

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: The Dial Press
On Sale: May 1, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33665-9 (0-385-33665-9)

Don Victor Sobrevilla, a lovable, eccentric engineer, always dreamed of founding a paper factory in the heart of the Peruvian rain forest, and at the opening of this miraculous novel his dream has come true—until he discovers the recipe for cellophane. In a life already filled with signs and portents, the... Read more >
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Open Borders to a Revolution
Culture, Politics, and Migration
Edited by Jaime Marroquin Arredondo, Adela Pineda Franco and Magdalena Mieri

Format: Hardcover, 270 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-935623-12-0 (1-935623-12-5)

Open Borders to a Revolution is a collective enterprise studying the immediate and long-lasting effects of the Mexican Revolution in the United States in such spheres as diplomacy, politics, and intellectual thought. It marks both the bicentennial of Latin America’s independence from Spain and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, an... Read more >

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The Rastafarians
Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Written by Leonard Barrett

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 12, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1039-6 (0-8070-1039-1)

The classic work on the history and beliefs of the Rastafarians, whose roots of protest go back to the seventeenth-century maroon societies of escaped slaves in Jamaica. Based on an extensive study of the Rastafarians, their history, their ideology, and their influence in Jamaica, The Rastafarians is an important contribution to... Read more >
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For All of Us, One Today
An Inaugural Poet's Journey
Written by Richard Blanco

Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3380-7 (0-8070-3380-4)

In this brief and evocative memoir, Richard Blanco shares his life as a Latino immigrant and openly gay man discovering a new, emotional understanding of what it means to be an American. He tells the story of the call from the White House committee and all the exhilaration and upheaval of... Read more >
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La ciudad del crimen
Ciudad Juarez y los nuevos campos de exterminio de la economía global
Written by Charles Bowden

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74347-3 (0-307-74347-0)

En La ciudad del crimen Charles Bowden presenta una crónica devastadora de una urbe en pleno colapso. El libro comienza en enero de 2008, cuando una lista escrita a mano aparece en el monumento a los policías caídos en Juárez. En ella, bajo la leyenda “Para ellos que continúan sin creer”... Read more >

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The Squatter and the Don

Written by Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton
Introduction by Ana Castillo

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7289-4 (0-8129-7289-9)

The Squatter and the Don, like its author, has come out a survivor,” notes Ana Castillo in her Introduction. “The fact that it has resurfaced after more than a century from its original publication is a testimony to its worthiness.” Inviting comparison to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton’s... Read more >
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Reasons of State

Written by Alejo Carpentier
Translated by Frances Partridge
Introduction by Stanley Crouch

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-279-6 (1-61219-279-3)

In the early 1970s, friends Gabriel García Márquez, Augusto Roa Bastos and Alejo Carpentier reached a joint decision: they would each write a novel about the dictatorships then wreaking misery in Latin America. García Márquez went on to write The Autumn of the Patriarch and Roa Bastos I, the Supreme. The... Read more >
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La sabiduría de los nuestros

Edited by Yvonne Conde

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: May 23, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27487-8 (0-307-27487-X)


¿Quisiera saber cuáles son los atributos que Shakira valora más en sí misma?

¿por qué Frida Kahlo se autoretrataba tan frecuentemente?

Esta colección única de sobre 1.000 citas legendarias, producto de las mentes más brillantes y las estrellas más reconocidas del mundo hispano, expone todo el humor y la audacia de... Read more >

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Notes From the Last Testament
The Struggle for Haiti
Written by Michael Deibert
Prologue by Ti Goave
Introduction by Raoul Peck

Format: Trade Paperback, 478 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-697-1 (1-58322-697-4)

Notes from the Last Testament, by veteran reporter Michael Deibert, is a riveting narrative account of the events leading up to and including the overthrow of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. A fearless correspondent and a meticulous researcher, Deibert traces the rupturing of the social-democratic coalition that originally brought Aristide to power... Read more >
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My Name is Victoria
The Extraordinary Story of one Woman's Struggle to Reclaim her True Identity
Written by Victoria Donda
Translated by Magda Bolin

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-404-7 (1-59051-404-1)

Argentina’s coup d’état in 1976 led to one of the bloodiest dictatorships in its history–thirty thousand people were abducted, tortured, and subsequently “disappeared.” And hundreds of babies born to pregnant political prisoners were stolen from their doomed mothers and “given” to families with military ties or who were collaborators of the... Read more >
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Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.
A Road Novel with Literary License
Written by María Amparo Escandón

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 19, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9735-7 (1-4000-9735-5)

Serving a sentence in a prison in Mexico, Libertad González finds a clever way to pass the time with the weekly Library Club, reading to her fellow inmates from whatever books she can find in the prison’s meager supply. The story that emerges, though, has nothing to do with the words... Read more >
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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 >
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The Americas
A Hemispheric History
Written by Felipe Fernández-Armesto 

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 17, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7554-3 (0-8129-7554-5)


In this groundbreaking work, leading historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto tells the story of our hemisphere as a whole, showing why it is impossible to understand North, Central, and South America in isolation without turning to the intertwining forces that shape the region. With imagination, thematic breadth, and his trademark wit... Read more >
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The Eagle's Throne
A Novel
Written by Carlos Fuentes
Translated by Kristina Cordero

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7255-9 (0-8129-7255-4)

Set in the near future, at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Mexico’s idealistic president has dared to vote against the U.S. occupation of Colombia and Washington’s refusal to pay OPEC prices for oil. Retaliation is swift. Concocting a “glitch” in a Florida satellite, America’s president cuts Mexico’s communications... Read more >
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This I Believe
An A to Z of a Life
Written by Carlos Fuentes

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7254-2 (0-8129-7254-6)

In this masterly, deeply personal, and provocative book, the internationally renowned Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, whose work has been called “a combination of Poe, Baudelaire, and Isak Dinesen” (Newsweek), steps back to survey the wellsprings of art and ideology, the events that have shaped our time, and his extraordinary life and... 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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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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The Mexican Drug Lords And Their Godfathers
Written by Anabel Hernandez
Translated by Iain Bruce and Lorna Scott Fox
Introduction by Roberto Saviano

Format: Hardcover, 384 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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An Illustrated Biography of Fidel Castro
Written by Nestor Kohan
Illustrated by Nahuel Scherma and Miracle Jones
Translated by Elise Buchman

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-782-4 (1-58322-782-2)

In the United States, ninety miles from Cuban shores, tempers flare on the subject of Fidel Castro: some say he is a liberator, some say a dictator. In Fidel, Nestor Kohan and Nahuel Scherma present one of the towering figures of the twentieth-century as he is seen by Latin Americans: as... Read more >
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Written by Nestor Kohan
Illustrated by Nahuel Scherma and Miracle Jones

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Siete Cuentos
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-783-1 (1-58322-783-0)

En los Estados Unidos, a noventa millas de las costas cubanas, el tema de Fidel Castro enciende a la gente: algunos dicen que es un dictador, otros dicen que es un libertador. En Fidel, Néstor Kohan y Nahuel Scherma presentan a una de las figuras sobresalientes del siglo veinte desde la... Read more >
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Tiwanaku and Its Hinterland
Archaeology and Paleoecology of an Andean Civilization Volume 2: Urban and Rural Archaeology
Written by Alan L. Kolata

Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 2003
Price: $110.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-054-2 (1-58834-054-6)

The book presents, for the first time, a rich body of empirical data on the chronology of the Tiwanaku state; the nature of the social and political relationships between the city and its hinterland; the form and meaning of its monumental and elite architecture; and the texture of everyday life in... Read more >

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Beyond Bogota
Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia
Written by Garry Leech

Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2010
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6148-0 (0-8070-6148-4)

Independent journalist Garry Leech has spent the last eight years working in the most remote and dangerous regions of Colombia. Unlike other Western reporters, most of whom rarely leave Bogotá, Leech learns the truth about conflicts and the U.S. war on drugs directly from the source: farmers, male and female guerrillas... Read more >

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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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