The Alchemist / El Alquimista

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lol_alchemist-spa_coverby Paulo Coehlo

Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

The group will meet Wednesday, December 14, 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 Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist (Spanish: El Alquimista) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

The Private Lives of Trees / La vida privada de los arboles

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lol_private-lives-of-trees_cover-spa2by Alejandro Zambra

Each night, Julián , a young professor of literature, has improvised a story about trees for his stepdaughter, Daniela. But tonight something is different: as Julián becomes increasingly concerned that his wife won’t return from her art class, he imagines what Daniela—at 20, at 30 years old, without a mother—will think of his novel about a man tending to his bonsai.

Note: Participants may also read Zambra’s short novel lol_bonsai_cover-engBonsái which is included in the Spanish edition of The Private Lives of Trees. The English edition of Bonsai will be available only on a limited basis. (Bonsái was also made into a film.)

The group will meet Wednesday, November 9, 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 Alejandro Zambra’s The Private Lives of Trees (Spanish: La vida privada de los arboles) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

 

The Body Where I was Born / El cuerpo en que nací

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lol_body-where-i-was-born_cover-spaBy Guadalupe Nettel

From a psychoanalyst’s couch, the narrator looks back on her bizarre childhood. She was born with an abnormality and her family is intent on fixing it. In a world without the time and space for innocence, she intimately recalls her younger self—a fierce and discerning girl open to life’s pleasures and keen to its ruthless cycle of tragedy. With raw language and a brilliant sense of humor, Nettel strings together hard-won, unwieldy memories—taking us from Mexico City to France, and back again—to create a portrait of the artist as a young girl.

The group will meet Wednesday, October 12, 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 Guadalupe Nettel’s The Body Where I was Born (Spanish: El cuerpo en que nací) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

 

War Against All Puerto Ricans / Guerra contra todos los puertorriqueños

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LOL_War Against All Puerto Ricans.SPA_CoverBy Denis A. Nelson

In 1950, after decades of military occupation and colonial rule, the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico staged an unsuccessful armed insurrection against the United States.  Violence swept through the island: assassins were sent to kill the president, gunfights roared in towns, police stations and post offices were burned down. To suppress the uprising, the U.S. Army deployed troops and—for the first time in history— bombarded its own citizens. Through interviews, eyewitness accounts and congressional testimony, War Against All Puerto Ricans tells the story of a forgotten revolution.

The group will meet Wednesday, September 14, 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 Nelson A. Denis’ War Against All Puerto Ricans (Spanish: Guerra contra todos los puertorriqueños) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk two months before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

Note: There will be no meeting in August! Enjoy your summer and see you in September!

 

Torn from the Nest / Aves sin nido

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LOL_Torn from the nest.SPA_COVERby Clorinda Matto de Turner

In this tragic tale, Peruvian novelist Clorinda Matto de Turner explores the relationship between the landed gentry and the indigenous peoples of the Andean mountain communities. While unfolding as a love story rife with secrets and dashed hopes, Torn from the Nest in fact reveals a deep and destructive class disparity, and criticizes the Catholic clergy for blatant corruption. Torn from the Nest was first published in Peru in 1889 amidst much enthusiasm and outrage. This fresh translation preserves one of Peru’s most distinctive voices.

The group will meet Wednesday, July 13, 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 Clorinda Matto de Turner’s Torn from the Nest (Spanish: Aves sin nido) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

 

¡Ask a Mexican! / ¡Pregúntale al mexicano¡

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LOL_Ask a Mexican.SPA_Coverby Gustavo Arellano

Originally appearing in Gustavo Arellano’s popular Orange County weekly column, ¡Ask a Mexican! chronicles into one acerbic volume 2 years of questions and answers. Arellano answers serious, curious, and sometimes hateful but mostly irreverent questions about Mexicans (including language, sex, immigration and food), wittily defuses bigotry and mocks stereotypes with his often well-researched replies. This lighthearted and irreverent celebration of Mexican-American culture challenges clichés and misconceptions, while offering insight into its complexity and power as an American economic force.

The group will meet Wednesday, June, 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 Gustavo Arellano’s ¡Ask a Mexican! (Spanish: ¡Pregúntale al mexicano¡) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!

The Story of My Teeth / La historia de mis dientes

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by Valeria Luiselli

Gustavo ‘Highway’ Sanchez is a man with a mission: he is planning to replace every last one of his unsightly teeth. He has a few skills that might help him on his way: he can imitate Janis Joplin after two rums, he can interpret Chinese fortune cookies, he can stand an egg upright on a table, and he can float on his back. And, of course, he is the world’s best auction caller—although other people might not realize this, because he is, by nature, very discreet. In his quest for a perfect set of pearly whites, however, ‘Highway’ finds unusual ways to raise the funds he needs…

The group will meet Wednesday, May 11, 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 Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth (Spanish: La historia de mis dientes) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!