Hispanic Heritage Month

HHMO_Theme_2018_WEBToday marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, reminding me of Latino authors I have enjoyed and others on my list, including Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Isabel Allende and Sandra Cisneros.  Here are a few of my favorite titles:

  1. Isabel Allende’s In the Midst of Winter – click here for my review
  2. Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street
  3. Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Prisoner of Heaven – click her for my review 


And On My To-Read Pile:

9780385542722Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras


“Set in ’90s Colombia, Fruit of the Drunken Tree examines the terror inflicted on the South American country by Pablo Escobar from two young girls coming of age.”


9781474606189The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Zafón follows 2012’s The Prisoner of Heaven with the conclusion to his Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet, a gripping and moving thriller set in Franco’s Spain.”  

What are your favorites?





Grief and Recovery

I haven’t been looking for death themes, but I seem surrounded by books and movies this summer with messages for those left behind.

Unfinished Song: a five hanky movie with Vanessa Redgrave regally managing her 887654692320_p0_v1_s260x420last stages of a fatal illness, with Terence Stamp as the despairing husband.

9780307597946_p0_v1_s260x420Have You Seen Marie: Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street, creates a picture book for adults, as her heroine searches for her lost cat – a touching simile for her mother’s death.

Beautiful Day:  Although the focus is a wedding in Nantucket,9780316099783_p0_v1_s260x420 Elin Hilderbrand’s summer romance novel uses the catalyst of the bride’s dead mother orchestrating the big day through a posthumous instruction book.