US Panel's Choice

Memoria por correspondencia

AUTHOR: Emma Reyes
PUBLISHER: Fundación Arte Vivo Otero Herrera, Laguna Libros
GENRE: Non-fiction: Memoir
READER’S NAME: Milly C. Lugo-Rios
DATE: March 26, 2014

Modotti: una mujer del siglo XX

READER: Adan Griego

Most American mainstream audiences probably encountered the master photographer Tina Modotti (1896-1942) for the first time in the 2002 film Frida, where the two great artists dance and kiss.

Sin Entrañas

READER: Madeline Peña

Sin entrañas by Maruja Torres is a well-written and entertaining whodunit police/detective mystery that keeps readers interested and eager to find out who did it? The main character, journalist-turned-detective Diana Dial, enlists the help of her friend, Inspector Fattush—a Lebanese police detective—to solve the mysterious death of a successful, wealthy and extravagant businessman and amateur Egyptologist during a private cruise on the Nile River.

Maldita física

READER: Teresa Mlawer

Carlos Frabetti was born in Bologna, Italy, and has resided in Spain since he was eight years old. He writes for children and adults and has won several literary awards. In addition to being an author and a scriptwriter, he is a mathematician who loves physics and science.

La luz difícil

READER: Félix Lizárraga

The narrator and protagonist in La luz difícil (The Difficult Light) is David, a Colombian artist who in his old age is losing his eyesight and, unable to paint anymore, is reduced to writing with the help of a magnifying glass. The novel alternates between two main settings: his present everyday life in a peaceful Colombian town, attended by a family of farmers, and a particular day in New York, 18 years in the past, a day when the whole family waited in agony while Jacobo, his elder son, crippled in an accident, sought release in euthanasia from a life fraught with unbearable pain.

He jugado con lobos

READER: Teresa Mlawer

Gabriel Janer Manila was born in Algaida, Mallorca in 1940. He worked as a teacher for 15 years. In 1970 he received a Master’s degree in Pedagogy from the University of Barcelona, and wrote his thesis about Marcos Flores the child who was abandoned in the wilderness and lived there by himself surrounded by wild animals for 13 years. It is this incredible story that inspired the novel that we now have at hand.

Ha dejado de llover

READER: Monica Chapa Domercq

It is rare to encounter a novel that so succinctly describes the intimacies of modern relationships yet Andrés Barba accomplishes this in the four nouvelles that comprise Ha dejado de llover. The characters that inhabit these stories are fascinating; a B-list rock star who suddenly becomes a parent after impregnating a groupie (Paternidad), a resentful daughter who reluctantly deals with her difficult mother’s mortality (Astucia), a budding teenager who struggles with the infidelity of a parent (Infidelidad) and a glamorous mother who has eschewed the death of her ex-husband and the emotional needs of her daughter (Compras).

Entra en mi vida

READER: Patricia Figueroa

Entra en mi vida (Destino, 2012) is a novel by Clara Sanchéz, a writer born in Guadalajara, Spain, and the recipient of two prestigious Spanish literary awards – Premio Alfaguara de Novela in 2000 and the Premio Nadal de Novela in 2010. Her work has been translated in fifteen countries. Clara Sánchez is also known for her collaboration in the Spanish television program about film Qué grande es el cine.

El último secreto de Frida K. (Frida K.'s Last Secret)

READER: Eduardo de Lamadrid

El último secreto de Frida K. by Gregorio León, winner of the Tenth Emilio Alarcos Llorach International Prize for the Novel, is based on the supposed sentimental and sexual connection between the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. According to León, the origin of the novel is the confirmation made by Trotsky's own bodyguard that such a relationship did in fact exist. Taking that confirmation as a point of departure, the author tells the story of what could have been the affective relationship between the two figures, a relationship that they hid from their respective partners, and which led the Surrealist painter and the creator of the Red Army to become passionate lovers.

El temido enemigo

READER: Teresa Mlawer

Jorge Bucay was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has written over 20 books, and many of them have been translated into more than 20 different languages.

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