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Crossing the River

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75794-8 (0-679-75794-5)

This is Phillips' acclaimed and intensely moving evocation of the African Diaspora. It begins in a year of failing crops, which forces a father to sell his children into slavery. Phillips's characters include a freed slave who journeys to Liberia as a missionary in the 1830's; a pioneer woman seeking refuge... Read more >

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Higher Ground

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76376-5 (0-679-76376-7)

This searing novel about slavery and its legacy brings the same stylistic virtuosity and tightly focused intelligence of Phillips's other novels. Higher Ground tells multiple stories, set generations and continents apart but unified by their ambitious exploration of themes of race, power, captivity, and abuse. In a slave garrison in Africa... Read more >

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The Nature of Blood

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 28, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77675-8 (0-679-77675-3)

In his most ambitious novel to date, Phillips creates a dazzling kaleidoscope of historical fiction, one that illuminates the dark legacy of Europe's obsession with race and blood. At the center of The Nature of Blood is a young woman, a Nazi death camp survivor, devastated by the loss of everyone... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A New World Order
Essays
Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71403-0 (0-375-71403-0)

The Africa of his ancestry, the Caribbean of his birth, the Britain of his upbringing, and the United States where he now lives are the focal points of award-winning writer Caryl Phillips’ profound inquiry into evolving notions of home, identity, and belonging in an increasingly international society.

At once deeply reflective and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A State of Independence

Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75930-0 (0-679-75930-1)

Phillips examines the transitions of a Caribbean nation from colonialism to a dubious state of independence through the experiences of Bertram Francis, a young man who leaves St. Kitts at the age of thirteen to study law on a coveted scholarship in England. Twenty years later he returns, chastened by failure... Read more >

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Long Life, Honey in the Heart

Written by Martin Prechtel
Illustrated by Martin Prechtel


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: October 20, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-538-6 (1-55643-538-X)

Martín Prechtel continues the narrative of his unique life in Santiago Atitlan in Long Life, Honey in the Heart, an eloquent memoir replete with the subtle intelligence and sophistication of Mayan culture. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Guatemala's political upheaval in the 1980s, this heady mix of magic, humor, and... Read more >

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Stealing Benefacio's Roses

Written by Martin Prechtel
Illustrated by Martin Prechtel


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 7, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-587-4 (1-55643-587-8)

Following the acclaimed Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and Long Life, Honey in the Heart, this is an expansive, lyrical novel in the tradition of indigenous oral storytelling. Based on the author's many years of living in a Guatemalan village, Stealing Benefacio's Roses interweaves dramatic recountings of village life and the... Read more >
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El espíritu de mis padres sigue subiendo en la lluvia

Written by Patricio Pron


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80412-9 (0-345-80412-0)

Un joven escritor argentino regresa a su país de ori­gen para despedirse de su padre enfermo y se adentra involuntariamente en la historia de su familia a la vez que en la suya propia. Al hacerlo, procura compren­der quién fue su padre y en qué creyó durante los años que precedieron... Read more >
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My Fathers' Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain

Written by Patricio Pron
Translated by Mara Faye Lethem


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-70068-1 (0-307-70068-2)

The anticipated American debut of one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists: a daring, deeply affecting novel about the secrets buried in the past of an Argentine family.

A young writer, living abroad, makes the journey home to South America to say good-bye to his dying father. In his parents’ house, he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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El beso de la mujer araña
The Kiss of the Spider Woman
Written by Manuel Puig


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: October 4, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75545-6 (0-679-75545-4)

El Beso De La Mujer Arana is a graceful, intensely compelling novel about love and victimization. In an Argentine prison, two men share a cell: Molina, a gay window dresser, and Valentin, a fiercely dogmatic revolutionary haunted by memories of a woman he left for the cause. Both are gradually transformed... Read more >

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Kiss of the Spider Woman

Written by Manuel Puig


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72449-0 (0-679-72449-4)

Kiss of the Spider Woman is a graceful, intensely compelling novel about love and victimization. In an Argentine prison, two men share a cell: Molina, a gay window dresser, and Valentin, a fiercely dogmatic revolutionary haunted by memories of a woman he left for the cause. Both are gradually transformed by... Read more >

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The Angel of Galilea

Written by Laura Restrepo
Translated by Dolores M. Koch


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70649-3 (0-375-70649-6)

Winner of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize (Mexico)
Winner of the Prix France Culture (France)

Newly translated into English by Dolores M. Koch, The Angel of Galilea [Dulce compañia], is a sublimely original story of love, faith, poverty, and mystery.

Mona, a Colombian journalist once idealistic and determined to better the... Read more >

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Delirium

Written by Laura Restrepo


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27804-3 (0-307-27804-2)

In this remarkably nuanced novel, both a gripping detective story and a passionate, devastating tale of eros and insanity in Colombia, internationally acclaimed author Laura Restrepo delves into the minds of four characters. There's Agustina, a beautiful woman from an upper-class family who is caught in the throes of madness; her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Leopard in the Sun

Written by Laura Restrepo
Translated by Stephen Lytle


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70508-3 (0-375-70508-2)

In Laura Restrepo's stunning novel, a feud between two Colombian drug families escalates into a bloody, high-stakes war that will leave no one in its path untouched. The Barragáns and the Monsalves are rival clans, each steeped in wealth and power, each subject only to laws of their own making.

The... Read more >

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Heroes, Lovers, and Others
The Story of Latinos in Hollywood
Written by Clara Rodriguez


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-111-2 (1-58834-111-9)

Heroes, Lovers, and Others tells the fascinating history of Latinos in film, from the birth of the movies to the present, through a series of stories about Hollywood’s most famous and enduring stars. The book features such Latino legends as Dolores del Rio, Rita Hayworth, Ramon Navarro, Desi Arnaz, Anthony Quinn... Read more >

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Hunger of Memory
The Education of Richard Rodriguez
Written by Richard Rodriguez


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: February 3, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38251-8 (0-553-38251-9)

Best Book for a Transformative New Year, NPR

The poignant journey of a "minority student" who pays the cost of his social assimilation and academic success with a painful alienation-from his past, his parents, his culture. Provocative in its positions on affirmative action and bilingual education, Hunger of Memory is simultaneously a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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La celestina

Written by Fernando de Rojas


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47572-5 (0-307-47572-7)

Un texto poderoso y magnífico que obra el milagro de llenar de pasión la lectura misma.

La emoción, la belleza, el sentido trágico y al mismo tiempo grotesco de las grandes -altas y bajas- pasiones humanas hallan en La Celestina una de sus más intensas expresiones. El «loco amor» de Calisto... Read more >

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Red April

Written by Santiago Roncagliolo
Translated by Edith Grossman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38838-4 (0-307-38838-7)

A chilling political thriller set at the end of Peru's grim war between Shining Path terrorists and a morally bankrupt government counterinsurgency.

Associate District Prosecutor Felix Chacaltana Saldivar is a by-the-book prosecutor wading through life. Two of his greatest pleasures are writing mundane reports and speaking to his long-dead mother. Everything changes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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El canto del agua
Una novela
Written by Nelly Rosario


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: September 16, 2003
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3004-0 (1-4000-3004-8)

This vibrant, provocative début novel explores the dreams and struggles of three generations of Dominican women. Graciela, born on the outskirts of Santo Domingo at the turn of the century, is a headstrong adventuress who comes of age during the U.S. occupation. Too poor to travel beyond her imagination, she is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Song of the Water Saints
A Novel
Written by Nelly Rosario


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72549-4 (0-375-72549-0)

This vibrant, provocative début novel explores the dreams and struggles of three generations of Dominican women. Graciela, born on the outskirts of Santo Domingo at the turn of the century, is a headstrong adventuress who comes of age during the U.S. occupation. Too poor to travel beyond her imagination, she is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Secret in Their Eyes

Written by Eduardo Sacheri


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-450-4 (1-59051-450-5)

Benjamín Chaparro is a retired detective still obsessed by the brutal, decades-old rape and murder of a young married woman in her own bedroom. While attempting to write a book about the case, he revisits the details of the investigation. As he reaches into the past, Chaparro also recalls the beginning... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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King Bongo
A Novel of Havana
Written by Thomas Sanchez


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73746-9 (0-679-73746-4)

Thomas Sanchez, the author of the Key West novel Mile Zero (“A comic masterpiece bursting with vital characters, its brilliantly contrived plot uncoils with the suspense of a thriller.” —New York Times), returns to the tropics with King Bongo, a fevered dream of dangerous desires and political treachery amid the glamour... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Casi una Mujer

Written by Esmeralda Santiago


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70526-7 (0-375-70526-0)

Translated into Spanish by Nina Torres-Vidal

In her memior, the acclaimed author of When I Was Puerto Rican continues the riveting chronicle of her life.

"Negi," as Santiago's family affectionately calls her, leaves rural Macun in 1961 to live in a three-bedroom tenement apartment with seven siblings, and inquisitive grandmother, and a strict... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Conquistadora

Written by Esmeralda Santiago


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38859-9 (0-307-38859-X)

As a young girl growing up in Spain, Ana Larragoity Cubillas is powerfully drawn to Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de Leon. And in handsome twin brothers Ramon and Inocente—both in love with Ana—she finds a way to get there. Marrying Ramon at... Read more >

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Cuando era puertorriqueña
When I was Puerto Rican
Written by Esmeralda Santiago


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: October 18, 1994
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75677-4 (0-679-75677-9)

This acclaimed autobiography of a young girl's coming of age in Puerto Rico and New York City is available in both Spanish and English editions.   Esmeralda Santiago passes her childhood as a jíbara, a Puerto Rican country girl, living in a small village.  Her life changes when she is thirteen, and she... Read more >
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