Friday, January 18, 2019

New Books

Once again, here is a short list of upcoming books that La Bloga readers might enjoy and that just might not make it to your local bookstore shelves unless you order them.  They are scheduled for publication in the early months of 2019.  Take a look.  Book summaries provided by the publishers.

Ballad of a Slopsucker
Juan Alvarado Valdivia
University of New Mexico Press - February 15, 2019

[from the publisher]
Juan Alvarado Valdivia’s debut collection of short stories grapples with grief, failure, and frustration but also with hope and the possibility of redemption. Ballad of a Slopsucker: Stories lays bare everyday tragedies: A young gay man endures the homophobia of his best friend. A cancer survivor finds he has much in common with a single mother who fled violence in Cambodia. A recently widowed man seeks consolation at Chichén Itzá. An emergency on a train leads a commuter to reassess his relationship with his father. A recovering alcoholic experiences a crisis following an encounter with a pregnant woman. These twelve stories, which center on Latino protagonists in the San Francisco Bay Area, delve into conflicts of masculinity, longing, and self-destruction.

Juan Alvarado Valdivia was born to Peruvian parents and raised in Fremont, California. He is the author of ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir (UNM Press).

When We Left Cuba
Chanel Cleeton
Penguin/Berkley - April 9, 2019

[from the publisher]
The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez--her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.

As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future--but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything--not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart...

Originally from Florida, Chanel Cleeton grew up on stories of her family's exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master's degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Joanne Ramos
Random House - May 7, 2019

[from the publisher]

Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, personal fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you’re paid big money to stay here—more than you’ve ever dreamed of. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds, your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby. For someone else.

Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, is in desperate search of a better future when she commits to being a “Host” at Golden Oaks—or the Farm, as residents call it. But now pregnant, fragile, consumed with worry for her family, Jane is determined to reconnect with her life outside. Yet she cannot leave the Farm or she will lose the life-changing fee she’ll receive on the delivery of her child.

Gripping, provocative, heartbreaking, The Farm pushes to the extremes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit and raises crucial questions about the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love.

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a BA from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, she became a staff writer at The Economist. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

That's it for this week.



Manuel Ramos writes crime fiction.  His latest is The Golden Havana Night (Arte Público Press.)

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