February Book of the Month:
Published by: Floricanto Press
Laura Cano is a Mexican-American teenager living in Dallas in the mid-1980s. She comes from a traditional family from Nuevo León, Mexico. When Laura was a child, she and her family moved to Dallas in search of new opportunities. Laura’s parents work in a factory, while she strives for something better for herself—a future as a lawyer in America. To reach that professional objective, Laura must navigate past the ignorance and superstitions of her family, in addition to the dangers and obstacles of an unknown and foreign world. Can she distance herself from her relations and negotiate all the challenges ahead of her to reach her goals, or will her life be thrown off course by her ties and obligations to her family?
Love Field is Virginia Alanis first novel. She submerges us in her captivating tale populated by multifaceted and realistic characters, often unpredictable, but more importantly, drawn from her abundant, precise, and ardent knowledge of the Latino and Mexican peoples; her characters are individuals more often than not, found in the typical Latino world. This is an outstanding novel about Laura Cano, a Mexican-American teenager living in Dallas in the mid-1980s. It chronicles her struggles to endure in a difficult and alien world, caught between the past and uncertain but promising future. LatinoBooks.Net
Bio: Virginia Alanís was born in Allende, Nuevo León in northeastern Mexico. In 1970, at the age of two, she moved with her family to Dallas, Texas. Virginia earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University.
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12 Palabras al Azar / 12 Random Words by Fabiana Elisa Martinez Published by: Talk Active LLC
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Peter Pan helps Rita solve the mystery of a stray puzzle piece. Aldo looks at the clouds and decides to quit. A little girl insists on making everything in her coloring book orange. Eve defies darkness turning past dreams into future memories. 12 Random Words / 12 Palabras al Azar is a bilingual piece of literature initially being released in English and Spanish. As a linguist and translator, Fabiana Elisa Martínez has created a collection of short stories, which is not only an original piece of literature but also a literary tool for language learning. 12 Random Words / 12 Palabras al Azar is a bilingual collection of interior vignettes told in both English and Spanish. Each story is a tale of yearning, a fragment of discovery, a treasure. Set in New York, Lima, Buenos Aires, and other cities, these short stories take unexpected turns along the path of remembrance, disappointment, and hope.
Bio: Fabiana Elisa Martínez was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From a very young age she showed a special interest in books and “words in other languages.” Fabiana graduated with Honors from the UCA University in Buenos Aires with a degree of Profesora en Letras (Linguistics and World Literature). She soon started teaching Spanish as a second language and perfected her method which she has used to teach in preeminent international companies as well as to professionals from various countries. Fabiana speaks five languages: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, and Italian, and has degrees in Ancient Greek and Latin. She lives and works in Dallas, Texas. 12 Random Words / 12 Palabras al Azar is her first work of fiction.