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, amazon.com), 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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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, amazon.com).
By Angie Romero | 04/16/2010 - 18:00
A while ago, Cinema Tropical put together a list of the best Latin American films of the past decade. Not surprisingly, Argentina dominated the list, with 39 mentions (and 3 in the top 10 alone). Looking over the list, I realized I have a lot of catching up to do. So imagine how happy I was when I discovered the new Film Journal from trendy notebook maker Moleskine?
By Angie Romero | 03/26/2010 - 18:00
Whomever doesn't deem the Mara Salvatrucha, aka MS-13 gang, a threat to our society is in denial. Their activities consist mainly of drug and arms smuggling, kidnapping, robbery, human trafficking, and murder. With close to 10,000 members in the U.S. alone, the Mara is one of the FBI’s and ICE’s biggest concerns. Most MS-13 members are immigrants who fled Central America's civil wars for inner-city Los Angeles during the 1980s. Nowadays, Mexican cartels work with gangs like MS-13 on the distribution front.