The Body Where I Was Born
by Guadalupe Nettel
translated from Spanish by J.T. Lichtenstein

the-body-where-i-was-born_bcThe first novel to appear in English by one of the most talked-about and critically acclaimed writers of new Mexican fiction.

From a psychoanalyst’s couch, the narrator looks back on her bizarre childhood—in which she was born with an abnormality in her eye into a family intent on fixing it. In a world without the time and space for innocence, the narrator 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, both delicate and unafraid, Nettel strings together hard-won, unwieldy memories—taking us from Mexico City to Aix-en-Provence, France, then back home again—to create a portrait of the artist as a young girl. In these pages, Nettel’s art of storytelling transforms experience into inspiration and a new startling perception of reality.

A bracing, beautiful autobiographical novel by one of Mexico’s best young writers.
by Guadalupe Nettel
translated from Spanish by J.T. Lichtenstein
Pub: Seven Stories Press | Random House Inc
Pub Date: June 2015
ISBN: 978 1609805265

Writings on the Wall: A New Equality Beyond Black and White

Writings On The Wall


Kareem Adbul-Jabbar examines the issues that Americans are hotly debating today: race and economic inequality; the business of sports, the influence of the media etc. in a very timely collection of essays.

The NAACP Award-winning writer, sports legend and U.S. Cultural Ambassador traces the evolution of his views on social justice, from his youth in the Civil Rights era to his current role as a cultural commentator on topics ranging from race and economic inequality to music and the influence of the media.

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What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy


Prompted in part by her experience as a counselor in racial diversity training sessions, where she found most of her fellow white people to be racially illiterate, Robin DiAngelo (education, Westfield State U.) seeks to show how the social construct of race operates in the United States between whites and people of color and how whiteness shapes the racial identities and perspectives of white people. She begins with a discussion of the importance of the issue in education. Continue reading “”

On the Dulce Shelf

Over the weekend Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, died at the age of 87. We know him because of Night the book Wiesel wrote in 1956 about his time in Nazi concentration camps. He was held prisoner at Auschwitz, and ultimately freed from another concentration camp as a teenager at the end of WWII.

Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. The new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent.

In a substantive new preface, Wiesel reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate education to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man. Because of Night and his lifelong efforts to educate people about what happened, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

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It is truly a joy to share some of my favorite titles or some of the titles that are on my To Read list with family and friends. When I learned of future travels from family and friends my mind quickly jumps, not to their adventure, but to wonder about the read they will take along. So I often offer a title or two for their consideration, and boldly send them a copy if I have it on hand.

This one is one of my suggested titles to a dear family member who just happens to be adventuring to Central Texas! Take a look and enjoy.

Exodus from the Alamo by Philip Thomas Tucker


By: Philip Thomas Tucker

Contrary to legend, we now know that the defenders of the Alamo in the war for Texas independence were killed in a predawn attack, forcing a wild melee inside the fort before many of its defenders had even awoken. Tucker examines the prelude to the conflict, reveals that many of the Alamo’s defenders staged breakouts from the fort, and provides a realistic interpretation of one of the seminal events in North American history.