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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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Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

Written by Jorge Amado


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27664-3 (0-307-27664-3)

It surprises no one that the charming but wayward Vadinho dos Guimaraes–a gambler notorious for never winning—dies during Carnival. His long suffering widow Dona Flor devotes herself to her cooking school and her friends, who urge her to remarry. She is soon drawn to a kind pharmacist who is everything Vadinho... Read more >

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Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon

Written by Jorge Amado


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27665-0 (0-307-27665-1)

Ilhéus in 1925 is a booming town with a record cacao crop and aspirations for progress, but the traditional ways prevail. When Colonel Mendonça discovers his wife in bed with a lover, he shoots and kills them both. Political contests, too, can be settled by gunshot...

No one imagines that a bedraggled... 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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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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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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Compañero
Vida y muerte del Che Guevara--Spanish-language edition
Written by Jorge G. Castañeda


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: September 30, 1997
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78161-5 (0-679-78161-7)

Cuando llegó el momento en que fue muerto en las selvas de Bolivia, donde su cuerpo fue exhibido como un Cristo destronado, Ernesto "Che  Guevara se había convertido en sinónimo de revolución en todas partes desde Cuba hasta los terrenos universitarios de los Estados Unidos. Esta biografía extraordinaria por uno de los... 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 >
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Blow-Up
And Other Stories
Written by Julio Cortazar


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 12, 1985
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72881-0 (0-394-72881-5)

Collected in this volume are fifteen stories in which Cortázar explores the boundary where the everyday meets the mysterious−brilliant, eerie voyages into the unkown.

"A splendid collection." —The New Yorker

"Cortázar at his best." —Michael Wood Read more >
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Hopscotch
A Novel
Written by Julio Cortazar


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 12, 1987
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75284-6 (0-394-75284-8)

Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinean writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves “the Club.” A child’s death and the mistress’s disappearance put an end to Oliveira’s life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompt him to return to... 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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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)

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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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Vivir para contarla

Written by Gabriel García Márquez


Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: November 29, 2002
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4106-0 (1-4000-4106-6)

Vivir para contarla is the extraordinary story of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s early life. It is a recreation of his formative years, from his birth in Colombia in 1927, through his evocative childhood to the time he became a journalist. The Nobel laureate offers us the memory of his childhood and adolescence... Read more >
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At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig
Travels Through Paraguay
Written by John Gimlette


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7852-3 (1-4000-7852-0)

Haven to Nazis, smugglers’ paradise, home to some of the earth’s oddest wildlife and most baroquely awful dictatorships, Paraguay is a nation waiting for the right chronicler. In John Gimlette, at last it has one. With an adventurer’s sang-froid, a historian’s erudition, and a sense of irony so keen you could... Read more >
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Wild Coast
Travels on South America's Untamed Edge
Written by John Gimlette


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47362-2 (0-307-47362-7)

Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana are among the least-known places in South America: nine hundred miles of muddy coastline giving way to a forest so dense that even today there are virtually no roads through it; a string of rickety coastal towns situated between the mouths of the Orinoco and Amazon... Read more >
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The Lost City of Z
A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
Written by David Grann


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 26, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7845-5 (1-4000-7845-8)

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century”: What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?

In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find... Read more >

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The Lost City of Z
A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
Written by David Grann


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: February 24, 2009
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-385-51353-1 (0-385-51353-4)

A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy... Read more >

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Looking for History
Dispatches from Latin America
Written by Alma Guillermoprieto


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72582-1 (0-375-72582-2)

In the tradition of Joan Didion, V. S. Naipaul, and Ryzsard Kapucinski comes a collection of essays and reportage by Alma Guillermoprieto, perhaps the most highly regarded writer on Latin America.

Guillermoprieto, who contributes regularly to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, explores the three Latin American... 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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Running the Amazon

Written by Joe Kane


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72902-0 (0-679-72902-X)

"Running the Amazon is old-fashioned travel writing, where accreditation is gained in courses of misery...Kane...has created a moving diorama, an excited sense of the earth's ceaseless variety." —The New York Times Book Review

The voyage began in the lunar terrain of the Peruvian Andes, where coca leaf is the only remedy... Read more >
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Savages

Written by Joe Kane


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74019-3 (0-679-74019-8)

In this impressive, funny and moving work, Joe Kane tells the story of the Huaorani, a tribe living in the deepest part of the Amazonian rain forest in Ecuador. The Huaorani have only in the last generation been exposed to such items as the wristwatch. But the modern world is reaching... Read more >
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The Footloose American
Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America
Written by Brian Kevin


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3637-7 (0-7704-3637-4)

In 1963, Hunter S. Thompson, who would become America's bestselling "gonzo journalist," completed a year-long journey across South America, filing a series of dispatches for a now-defunct paper called the National Observer. In The Footloose American, award-winning travel writer Brian Kevin traverses the continent with Thompson's ghost as his guide and offers a...

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