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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 >
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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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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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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 Right to Stay Home
How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration
Written by David Bacon


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6121-3 (0-8070-6121-2)

People across Mexico are being forced into migration, and while 11 percent of that country’s population lives north of the US border, the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. Free trade agreements and economic policies that exacerbate and reinforce extreme wealth disparities make it impossible for Mexicans to make a living... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Cuba Confidential
Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana
Written by Ann Louise Bardach


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72052-6 (0-385-72052-1)

From America’s number one Cuba reporter, PEN award-winning investigative journalist Ann Louise Bardach, comes the big book on Cuba we’ve all been waiting for. An incisive and spirited portrait of the twentieth century’s wiliest political survivor and his fiefdom, Cuba Confidential is the gripping story of the shattered families and warring... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Toussaint Louverture

Written by Madison Smartt Bell


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7935-3 (1-4000-7935-7)

In 1791, Saint Domingue was both the richest and cruelest colony in the Western Hemisphere; more than a third of African slaves died within a few years of their arrival there. Thirteen years later, Haitian rebels declared independence from France after the first—and only—successful slave revolution in history. Much of the... Read more >
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The Country Under My Skin
A Memoir of Love and War
Written by Gioconda Belli


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3216-7 (1-4000-3216-4)

An electrifying memoir from the acclaimed Nicaraguan writer (“A wonderfully free and original talent”—Harold Pinter) and central figure in the Sandinista Revolution.

Until her early twenties, Gioconda Belli inhabited an upper-class cocoon: sheltered from the poverty in Managua in a world of country clubs and debutante balls; educated abroad; early marriage and... Read more >

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El país bajo mi piel

Written by Gioconda Belli


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3439-0 (1-4000-3439-6)

An electrifying memoir from the acclaimed Nicaraguan writer (“A wonderfully free and original talent”—Harold Pinter) and central figure in the Sandinista Revolution.

Until her early twenties, Gioconda Belli inhabited an upper-class cocoon: sheltered from the poverty in Managua in a world of country clubs and debutante balls; educated abroad; early marriage 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 >
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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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Che's Afterlife
The Legacy of an Image
Written by Michael J. Casey


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27930-9 (0-307-27930-8)

In 1960, Cuban photographer Alberto Korda captured fabled revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara in what has become history's most reproduced photo. Now Michael Casey tells the remarkable story of this image, detailing its evolution from a casual snapshot to an omnipresent graphic—plastered on everything from T-shirts to vodka to condoms—and into a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Manana Forever?
Mexico and the Mexicans
Written by Jorge G. Castañeda


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70394-2 (0-375-70394-2)

In this shrewd and fascinating book, the renowned scholar and former foreign minister Jorge Castañeda sheds much light on the puzzling paradoxes of politics and culture of modern Mexico.

Here’s a nation of 110 million that has an ambivalent and complicated relationship with the United States yet is host to more... Read more >
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Utopia Unarmed
The Latin American Left After the Cold War
Written by Jorge G. Castañeda


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 2, 1994
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75141-0 (0-679-75141-6)

In this insightful analysis of the Latin American left, Castañeda shows why hostility and misunderstanding between the left and the U.S. have endured since the 1920s, and he outlines changes that are taking place today likely to produce a coexistence with the United States.

With the collapse of Soviet communism, 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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Operación Pedro Pan

Written by Yvonne Conde


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: October 16, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-81115-3 (0-609-81115-0)

"It's a remarkable episode in cold war history: 14,000 Cuban children sent from the island by their parents in the years after Castro's revolution. Conde was a participant but didn't realize she was one of thousands until she read Joan Didion's Miami, which stimulated her curiosity and, ultimately, this book. Conde... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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)

¡DÉJESE INSPIRAR!

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

O
¿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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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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The Routes of Man
Travels in the Paved World
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7702-1 (1-4000-7702-8)

Roads bind our world—metaphorically and literally—transforming landscapes and the lives of the people who inhabit them. Roads have unparalleled power to impact communities, unite worlds and sunder them, and reveal the hopes and fears of those who travel them.

With his marvelous eye for detail and his contagious enthusiasm, Ted Conover explores... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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The Massacre at El Mozote

Written by Mark Danner


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 5, 1994
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75525-8 (0-679-75525-X)

In December of 1981, soldiers of the Salvadoran Army's select, American-trained Atlacatl Battalion entered the village of El Mozote, where they murdered hundreds of men, women, and children, often by decapitation. Although reports of the massacre--and photographs of its victims--appeared in the United States, the Reagan administration dismissed them as propaganda... 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 >
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The Farming of Bones

Written by Edwidge Danticat


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-61695-349-2 (1-61695-349-7)

A New York Times Notable Book
ALA Booklist Editor’s Choice

It is 1937 and Amabelle Désir, a young Haitian woman living in the Dominican Republic, has built herself a life as the servant and companion of the wife of a wealthy colonel. She and Sebastian, a cane worker, are deeply in love and... Read more >
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Artifacts of the Spanish Colonies of Florida and the Caribbean, 1500-1800
Volume 2: Portable Personal Possessions
Written by Kathleen Deagan


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2002
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-035-1 (1-58834-035-X)

This long-awaited follow-up to Deagan’s first volume on ceramics, glassware, and beads focuses on the portable personal objects owned and used by the residents of Spanish colonial America. These objects are not only of Spanish origin; the collection includes many English, French, Dutch, German, Italian, and American pieces as well. Deagan... Read more >
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