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Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo

Written by Oscar Zeta Acosta


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72213-7 (0-679-72213-0)

Introduction by Hunter S. Thompson
Afterword by Marco Acosta.

An underground classic since it was first published in 1972, The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo is Acosta's own account of coming of age as a Chicano. Famous as a Robin Hood Chicano lawyer and notorious as the real-life model for Hunter S... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Revolt of the Cockroach People

Written by Oscar Zeta Acosta


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 28, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72212-0 (0-679-72212-2)

Introduction by Hunter S. Thompson
Afterword by Marco Acosta.

In this exhilarating sequel to The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, Oscar Zeta Acosta (the real life model for Hunter S. Thompson's "Dr. Gonzo") takes readers behind the front lines of the militant Chicano movement of the late sixties and seventies. Before... Read more >
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Caracol Beach
A Novel
Written by Eliseo Alberto
Translated by Edith Grossman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70506-9 (0-375-70506-6)

Winner of the International Alfaguara Novel Prize

A thriller, a tragedy, a perfectly timed farce—Eliseo Alberto’s tale of a mad Cuban war veteran who plots his own extermination is all this more.

Beto Milanés, the night watchman at a graveyard in the Florida resort town of Caracol Beach, is a guilt-ridden Cuban war... Read more >

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De cómo las muchachas García perdieron el acento

Written by Julia Alvarez


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9694-7 (1-4000-9694-4)

Cuando las hermanas García —Carla, Sandra, Yolanda y Sofía— y sus padres huyen de la República Dominicana buscando refugio de la persecución política, encuentran un nuevo hogar en los Estados Unidos. Pero el Nueva York de los años sesenta es marcadamente diferente de la vida privilegiada, aunque conflictiva, que han dejado... Read more >
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Cellophane

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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Incantation of Frida K.

Written by Kate Braverman


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 3, 2003
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-571-4 (1-58322-571-4)

“I was born in rain and I will die in rain,” begins Kate Braverman’s The Incantation of Frida K., an imagined life journey of Frida Kahlo. The book opens and closes inside the mind of Frida K., at 46, on her deathbed, taking us through a kaleidoscope of memories and hallucinations... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Palm Latitudes
A Novel
Written by Kate Braverman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 3, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-572-1 (1-58322-572-2)

Written nearly a decade after Lithium for Medea, Palm Latitudes, Kate Braverman’s second novel and arguably her chef d’oeuvre, explores the intertwined lives of three women who await absolution and revelation in the bougainvillea- and violence-filled “barrio” of Los Angeles. Frances Ramos is a voluptuous prostitute who flaunts her wealth and... 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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Loosing My Espanish

Written by H.G. Carrillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7814-1 (1-4000-7814-8)

Oscar Delossantos is about to lose his job as a teacher at a Jesuit high school in Chicago. Rather than go quietly, he embarks on a valiant last history lesson that chronicles the flight from Cuba of his makeshift extended family.Evoking the struggle between nostalgia and the realities of the Cuban... Read more >
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Carmen La Coja
una novela
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: October 3, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72468-8 (0-375-72468-0)

Equal parts soap opera, tragicomedy, and rhapsody, Carmen la Coja is Ana Castillo’s imaginative variation on the themes of Bizet’s Carmen, set in the Latin community of Chicago and the seductive world of flamenco. Carmen “La Coja” Santos is a renowned local dancer who has long maintained an affair with the... Read more >
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The Guardians
A Novel
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7571-0 (0-8129-7571-5)

From American Book Award-winning author Ana Castillo comes a suspenseful, moving new novel about a sensuous, smart, and fiercely independent woman. Eking out a living as a teacher’s aide in a small New Mexican border town, Tía Regina is also raising her teenage nephew, Gabo, a hardworking boy who has entered... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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I Ask the Impossible
Poems
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 20, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72073-1 (0-385-72073-4)

Cherished for her passionate fiction and exuberant essays, the author hailed by Julia Alvarez as “una storyteller de primera,” and by Barbara Kingsolver in the Los Angeles Times as “impossible to resist,” returns to her first love—poetry—to reveal an unwavering commitment to social justice, and a fervent embrace of the sensual... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Father Was a Toltec
and Selected Poems
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3499-4 (1-4000-3499-X)

Ana Castillo has a deserved reputation as one of the country's most powerful and entrancing novelists, but she began her literary career as a poet of passion and uncompromising commitment. This collection brings back into print the best of her early work, including selected poems from The Invitation and Women Are... Read more >
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Peel My Love Like an Onion
A Novel
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49677-3 (0-385-49677-X)

A renowned flamenco dancer with a leg touched by polio falls out of love with her married troupe leader and turns to his younger, graceful godson.  Like Bizet's legendary gypsy, Carmen "La Coja" (The Cripple) Santos is hilarious, passionate, triumphant, and mesmerizing. A renowned flamenco dancer in Chicago despite the legacy of... Read more >

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Sapogonia

Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 1, 1994
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47080-3 (0-385-47080-0)

In "Sapogonia," the revised edition of Ana Castillo's second novel, the complexities of mixed race relations and heritage in Latin America are examined.  In her second novel, Castillo (the author of The Mixquiahuala Letters) examines the obsessive struggle between a man and a woman, two natives of the metaphorical country of Sapogonia... Read more >

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La última de las muchachas del menú

Written by Denise Chávez
Translated by Liliana Valenzuela


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3432-1 (1-4000-3432-9)

Rocío Esquibel is a girl growing up in a Southern New Mexico town with her mother and sister. She defines her neighborhood by its trees—the willow, the apricot and the one they call the marking tree. Rocío knows she was born in the bedroom closet where she and her sister now... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Last of the Menu Girls

Written by Denise Chávez


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3431-4 (1-4000-3431-0)

Rocío Esquibel is a girl growing up in a Southern New Mexico town with her mother and sister. She defines her neighborhood by its trees—the willow, the apricot and the one they call the marking tree. Rocío knows she was born in the bedroom closet where she and her sister now... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Por el amor de Pedro Infante
Una novella
Written by Denise Chávez


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72765-8 (0-375-72765-5)

Pedro Infante. Irresistible galán de la pantalla grande. Su imagen provoca mareos y suspiros de añoranza a las mexicanas y le proporciona a Tere çvila, Secretaria del Club de Admiradores de Pedro Infante #256, el ideal soñado con que mide a los varones, por demás reales, de su existencia. Tere vive... Read more >
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Caramelo

Written by Sandra Cisneros


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74258-6 (0-679-74258-1)

The celebrated author of The House on Mango Street gives us an extraordinary new novel, told in language of blazing originality: a multigenerational story of a Mexican-American family whose voices create a dazzling weave of humor, passion, and poignancy—the very stuff of life.

Lala Reyes’ grandmother is descended from a family of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Caramelo
En Espanol
Written by Sandra Cisneros
Translated by Liliana Valenzuela


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3099-6 (1-4000-3099-4)

The celebrated author of The House on Mango Street gives us an extraordinary new novel, told in language of blazing originality: a multigenerational story of a Mexican-American family whose voices create a dazzling weave of humor, passion, and poignancy—the very stuff of life.

Lala Reyes’ grandmother is descended from a family of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Vintage Cisneros

Written by Sandra Cisneros


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3405-5 (1-4000-3405-1)

“Sandra Cisneros knows both that the heart can be broken and that it can rise and soar like a bird. Whatever story she chooses to tell, we should be listening for a long time to come.” —The Washington Post Book World

One of the most beloved of contemporary American writers, Sandra Cisneros... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Woman Hollering Creek
And Other Stories
Written by Sandra Cisneros


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 3, 1992
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73856-5 (0-679-73856-8)

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction

From the acclaimed author of The House on Mango Street comes a story collection of breathtaking range and authority, whose characters give voice to the vibrant and varied life on both sides of the Mexican border. From a young girl revealing secrets only an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prayers for the Stolen

Written by Jennifer Clement


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3878-9 (0-8041-3878-8)

In this acclaimed, debut novel by Jennifer Clement, Prayers for the Stolen explores the fate of women caught up in Mexico’s drug wars. Clement was awarded the NEA Fellowship for Literature for the book in 2012.

Born in a rural Mexico region where girls are disguised as boys to avoid the attentions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao

Written by Junot Díaz


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: September 2, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77669-7 (0-679-77669-9)

Una crónica familiar que abarca tres generaciones y dos países, La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao cuenta la historia del gordiflón y solitario Oscar de León en su intento de convertirse en el J.R.R. Tolkien Dominicano y su desafortunada búsqueda del amor. Pero Oscar sólo es la última víctima... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Girl Like Che Guevara

Written by Teresa De La Caridad Doval


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: April 1, 2005
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-397-9 (1-56947-397-8)

Sixteen-year-old Lourdes is a dedicated and proud revolutionary who spends the summer of 1982, along with her peers, at the “School-in-the-Fields,” tilling tobacco fields to prove her dedication to Fidel and the revolution.

But she is also a study of contradictions. Lourdes outwardly scoffs at the old ways but wears an... Read more >
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