Sententia Vera Bookshop hosts a Latinx Book Club as part of Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club. The book club is open to everyone interested in reading titles by Latinx writers and about the Latinx culture.
Most titles selected by Las Comadres for the book club are published in English and available in Spanish.
The SV Book Club meets on the fourth (4th) Thursday of the Month at 7 PM. You are welcomed to bring a brown bag dinner, potluck, and/or favorite beverage to share with members.
September Title | Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Synopsis: In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.
A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella “Especially Heinous,” Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naïvely assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.
Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.
In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of “The New Vanguard,” one of “15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.” Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Granta, Tin House, VQR, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife. https://carmenmariamachado.com/
ABOUT Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club
Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club is a partnership between Las Comadres and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) to promote and support Latinx authors and titles.
AAP has joined Las Comadres in a partnership to promote the reading of Latinx authors by creating the first national level book club: Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club. Initially, select Borders stores in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas