Book Club

J Lo's Latest Project: New Book Series for Latina Teens
J Lo's Latest Project: New Book Series for Latina Teens
By Alice Taranto | 08/16/2010 - 15:45

South Beach. Jennifer Lopez. Entrepreneurial teens. What do they have in common? They're all themes in the fresh teen book series, Amigas. Written by esteemed Latina author Veronica Chambers, the series was created by Jane Startz and inspired by veritable entertainment giant Lopez. A cross between Jane Startz Productions and J.

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What's Inside Ricky Martin’s New Memoir: 'Me'?
By Angie Romero | 08/03/2010 - 10:00

Last week Ricky Martin proudly tweeted: "I'm happy to announce that my book titled "ME" will be released and available everywhere on November 2nd." The highly anticipated memoir, to be published simultaneously in Spanish and English by the Hispanic-focused Penguin imprint, Celebra (home to Emilio Estefan’s memoir, among other books by high-profile Latin celebrities), will chronicle Martin’s life journey.

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Book Review: 'Platinum' Gives a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Lives of Hip Hop Wives
By Angie Romero | 07/17/2010 - 14:00

The buzz has been building around award-winning journalist Aliya S. King’s new novel Platinum ($16,, about the "glamorous" lives of hip-hop WAGs (wives and girlfriends) for some time now. Having just turned the last page, I can confirm that it’s addictive. At restaurants, coffee shops, in my bedroom, on the balcony, I couldn’t put the thing down!

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Book Review: Eye of the Mountain God
By Angie Romero | 07/03/2010 - 14:00

With the focus all on the southwestern U.S. these days, it seems appropriate to highlight a new thriller set in New Mexico by Penny Rudolph (author of Thicker Than Blood). Titled Eye of the Mountain God ($20, Thomas Dunne Books), Rudolph’s fourth crime novel centers on Megan Montoya, who has come to New Mexico with her daughter, Lizzie, to begin a career in photography. One morning Megan opens her newspaper and five jagged stones clatter to the floor.

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Nicole Richie: NY Times Bestselling Author?
By Mariela Rosario | 06/28/2010 - 17:00

Did you know that Nicole Richie was a NY Times Bestselling author? Yeah, neither did we. But when she announced the release date of her second novel, Priceless, on her blog this weekend, we did a little digging and found out that her freshman effort, The Truth About Diamonds, was quite the success. Diamonds was dubbed, "A Gem of a book" by the Chicago Tribune, and yes, the novel even spent some time on the NY Times Bestseller list back in 2005.

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Top 10 Latina Summer Beach Reads
By Mariela Rosario | 06/21/2010 - 16:00

Planning on hitting the beach or taking a nice, extended vacay this summer? Is the only thing missing from your bag a perfect beach read? Well, look no further because we've collected the best new books by Latino authors. Check out the list, pick out a book, and kick back for some of most enjoyable reading you can find. 

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Sugar & Baseball
By Angie Romero | 05/21/2010 - 18:00

The other day I watched a short from the Columbia University Film Festival about baseball players in the Dominican Republic called The Ballplayer, which, in turn, reminded me of another film which I still rave about to this day: Sugar.

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Extra Lean with Mario Lopez
By Angie Romero | 05/04/2010 - 18:00

So the summer is creeping up on us and the one question most of us are asking ourselves is: Are we ready for that bikini yet? Personally the answer is no; but I’m working on that. And I’m really hoping Mario Lopez (yes, Mario Lopez) will help me via his new book, Extra Lean: The Fat-Burning Plan That Changes The Way You Eat For Life (Celebra, $24.95). Lopez isn't a first-time author (I greatly enjoyed his children’s book, Mud Tacos).

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Allende’s Long-Awaited Return
By Angie Romero | 04/27/2010 - 18:00

As I mentioned some weeks back, it's been four years since Isabel Allende wrote a novel, and some of us—including myself and my dad, who is arguably her biggest fan—have been waiting impatiently for Island Beneath The Sea ($26.99,

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Who Really Owns Inca History?
By Angie Romero | 04/23/2010 - 20:00

Who's right: The government of Peru or Yale University? It's hard to say, but a new book aims to answer the question.

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