My Bloody Life / Latin King: mi vida sangrienta

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By ReymLOL_My bloody life.SPA_COVERundo Sanchez

Disowned by an abusive mother & stepfather, young Reymundo Sanchez was sent to live with an apathetic stepbrother. By the age of 11, Sanchez had learned to survive on the streets and, by 14-years old, was initiated into the Latin Kings, a Chicago gang. His reputation for crazed violence earned him the nickname ‘Lil Loco.’ His teenage life was one of sex, drugs, booze and gang revenge—until he escaped the Latin Kings at the age of 21. Sanchez’ memoir, My Bloody Life, is no glamorization of gang life: it captures the bloody violence & bleak hopelessness of countless urban teens.

The group will meet Wednesday, February 10, 7-8:00 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Reymundo Sanchez’ My Bloody Life (Spanish: Latin King: mi vida sangrienta) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

Telex from Cuba / Télex desde Cuba

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LOL_Telex from Cuba.SPA_CoverBy Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner’s riveting debut novel is set at a crucial moment in time—the years leading up to the Castro’s revolution—in a small, yet elite American community in  Cuba. In the Oriente Province, local sugar and nickel production are controlled by American interests. In this coming of age story, young Everly and KC observe the indulgences and betrayals of the adult world and are swept up by the revolt led by Fidel and Raúl Castro.

The group will meet Wednesday, January 13, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Rachel Kushner’s Telex from Cuba (Spanish: Télex desde Cuba) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

Illegal

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LOL_Illegal_Coverby Jose Angel N.

A day after N. first crossed the U.S. border from Mexico, he was caught and returned to the streets of Tijuana. Undeterred, N. crawled back through a tunnel to San Diego, where he entered the United States. Eventually traveling to Chicago, N. became a well-paid professorial translator who lived in a luxury high-rise apartment—but remained isolated by a lack of legal documentation. In his memoir Illegal, N. details the constraints, deceptions & humiliations that characterize alien life “amid the shadows.”

Un día después de que N. cruzo la frontera por primera vez fue detenido y retornado a las calles de Tijuana. Sin inmutarse N. regreso arrastrandose a través de un túnel hacía San Diego, por donde entro a los Estados Unidos. Eventualmente viajando para Chicago, N. se transform en un traductor profesoral viviendo en un apartamento lujoso—pero se mantuvo aislado por su estado migratorio. En su memoría, Illegal, N. detalla las restricciónes, decepciones y humillaciones que caracteriza la vida del extranjero.

The group will meet Wednesday, December 9, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Jose Angel N.’s  Illegal (in English only) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

The Book of Lamentations / Oficio de tinieblas

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LOL_Book of lamentations.SPA2_Coverby Rosario Castellanos

First published in 1962, The Book of Lamentations is now considered a masterpiece of contemporary Latin American fiction. Author Rosario Castellanos’ novel, set in the 1930s, is framed around an 1860s uprising of Maya Indians against the Chiapan white ruling class in Southern Mexico. Drawing on two centuries of struggle among the Maya Indians, Castellanos casts an unflinching eye on the effects of oppression, ignorance, and misery.

Publicado por primera vez en 1962, Oficio de Tinieblases considerado una obra maestra en la ficción latinoamericana contemporanea. Esta novella de Rosario Castellanos, colocada historicamente en el año 1930, esta encuadrada alrededor de un levantamiento social Maya en los 1860’s contra la clase dominante blanca en el sur de México. Castellanos emite un ojo inquebrantable en los efectos de la opresión, ignorancía y misería.

The group will meet Wednesday, November 11, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Rosario Castellanos’ The Book of Lamentations (Spanish: Oficio de Tinieblas) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

Women with Big Eyes = Mujeres de ojos grandes

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LOL_Women with Big Eyes.ENG_Coverby Ángeles Mastretta

A collection of mystical stories written by author Ángeles Mastretta, Women with Big Eyes tells with sly humor the experience of 39 women—specifically, aunts—who are linked by one common thread: their feminine intuitive powers. Originally conceived as a way of telling her daughter about her long line of powerful female ancestors, Mastretta’s bestselling book delivers a series of remarkable and mesmerizing portraits of women from Mastrettas’ native Mexico.

Una colección de cuentos místicos escritos por la autora Ángeles Mastretta, Mujeres de Ojos Grandes, relata con humor astuto, la experiencìa de 39 mujeres—específicamente, tías—quien estan vinculadas por un hilo común: sus poderes intuitivos femeninos. Originalmente concebido como una manera de decirle a su hija sobre sus antepasados de mujeres ponderosas, Mastretta ofrece una serie de retratos hipnotizantes de mujeres que provienen de su nativo México.

The group will meet Wednesday, October 14, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Ángeles Mastretta’s Women with Big Eyes = Mujeres de ojos grandes (bilingual ed.) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

2666

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LOL_2666by Roberto Bolaño

2666 is Roberto Bolaño’s final masterpiece.  In this sweeping, epic novel, the lives of its characters intersect: a group of European academics; an elusive Prussian novelist; an African-American sports writer; a Chilean professor losing his grip on reality; a Mexican police detective and the older woman he’s fallen in love with. The linchpin that links them centers around the horrific murders of young women in the Mexico-U.S. border town of Santa Teresa (a fictionalized Ciudad Juárez).

2666 es la obra maestra final de Roberto Bolaño. En esta novela épica las vidas de los personajes se cruzan: Un grupo de acadèmicos europeos; un novelista Prusiano elusive; un reporter de deportes afroamericano; un professor Chileno perdiendo su sentido de realidad; un detective Mexicano y la mujer de edad con cual el se enamoró. Lo que los conecta a todos son las muertes horrendas de mujeres jóvenes en la frontera entre México y los Estados Unidos en la ciudad de Santa Teresa (la Ciudad Juarez en ficticio).

The group will meet Wednesday, September 9, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Robert Bolaño’s 2666 (Spanish: 2666) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk two months before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

The Book of Unknown Americans / El libro de los Americanos desconocidos

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LOL_Book of Unknown Americans.SPA_Coverby Cristina Henríquez

After their daughter Maribel suffers a near-fatal accident, the Rivera Family leaves Mexico for the U.S. in hopes that she will get better. But after settling in a Delaware apartment building, the American dream isn’t what it once seemed: language, racial & cultural barriers lay in wait at every turn. Enter high school sophomore, Mayor Toro, an immigrant Panamanian who lives in Maribel’s building—& it’s love at first sight. But as they grow closer, violence casts a shadow over their futures in America.

Despuès que su hija Maribel sufre un accidente casi fatal, los Riveras salen de Mèxico hacia los Estados Unidos en la esperanza de que ella se mejore. Pero despuès de establecerse en un apartamento en Delaware, el sueño Americano no es lo que se pensaba: el lenguaje, barreras raciales y culturales estan a la esquina. Entra estudiante de segundo año de la superior, Mayor Toro, quien es inmigrante de Panamá y vive en el edificio de Maribel y se enamoran los dos. Pero mientras crecen como pareja la violencia lanza una sombra sobre su futuro en  Amèrica.

The group will meet Wednesday, July 8, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Cristina Henríquez’ The Book of Unknown Americans (Spanish: El libro de los Americanos desconocidos) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!