• In Other Words In Other Words Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Translator: Ann Goldstein Publisher: Knopf ISBN-10: 1101875550 ISBN-13: 978-1101875551 I began to read Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words last night after work. It was on my TBR pile, and I had been meaning to get to it since I bought it over a month ago, but I’m in school. […] Gina Ruiz No responses May 24, 2016
  • The Water Museum & The Tijuana Book of the Dead There is a reason I have a whole shelf in my personal library dedicated to the works of Luis Alberto Urrea. The man is a alchemist of words. In each new book, I uncover new facets, new mastery of language and fall down that reading rabbit hole of wonder one only finds with true masters […] Gina Ruiz No responses April 11, 2015
  • #WWE Reading Challenge When you think of wrestling do you think of books? I never did. When I thought of wrestling, I thought of big, loud-mouth, trash talking wrestlers pounding someone into the mat, or jumping on them from ropes, or hitting them upside the head with a chair. Yeah…that’s how people usually think of wrestling and the […] Gina Ruiz No responses February 10, 2014
  • Google Play & Xicano Literature There was a Google + post this morning by one of my social media friends, Elianna Murillo regarding Hispanic Heritage Month and Google Play’s Latino books on discount in celebration thereof.  Me being me, I was excited and clicked.  All of a sudden that excitement was replaced by anger.  Why was Sandra Cisnero’s House on […] Gina Ruiz No responses October 13, 2013
  • Rest in Peace Gore Vidal Just as I was finally home and putting up the post on the passing of Maeve Binchy, I saw on my local news channel that Gore Vidal had died. Sigh. This year has been incredibly rough for the literary world. It seems every couple of weeks another favorite or believed author has passed. Granted, they […] Gina Ruiz No responses August 1, 2012
  • Rest in Peace Maeve Binchy I feel like I’ve lost an old friend. I was going through my news reader today and saw the Irish Times report of the passing of Maeve Binchy, author of Circle of Friends, Light a Penny Candle and so many other titles. I am at work so I can’t even allow myself a cry. To […] Gina Ruiz No responses July 31, 2012
  • Rest in Peace Margaret Mahy I awoke to the sad news that Children’s book author, the great Margaret Mahy passed away at age 76 after a brief illness.  Mahy wrote over 200 books and poems, and is considered to be one of New Zealand’s finest and most acclaimed writers.  Her books have been translated into 15 languages and she has […] Gina Ruiz No responses July 23, 2012
  • Rest in Peace Norah Ephron “And then the dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies. Which leaves you with a choice: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.” – Nora Ephron, Heartburn It took me a while to post this round-up, simply because I didn’t want to […] Gina Ruiz No responses June 27, 2012
  • R.I.P. Illustrator, Seymour Fleishman I just learned that the wonderful illustrator, Seymour Fleishman has died.  We, at AmoXcalli are deeply saddened by his passing.  I will never forget lovely books like The Blueberry Pie Elf, The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy, and my favorite, Gus Was a Friendly Ghost.  Our thoughts are with his family. The Chicago Sun Times […] Gina Ruiz No responses June 13, 2012
  • Ray Bradbury – An Appreciation by Fred Patten I started reading science-fiction in early 1950, when I was only nine years old. I quickly read through my local public library’s children’s s-f (a few Heinlein juveniles), and turned to the adult fiction shelves (where I was technically not supposed to go). I was too young to appreciate most of the few s-f books […] Fred Patten No responses June 6, 2012
  • Rest in Peace Ray Bradbury The world was bankrupted of ten million fine actions the night he passed on.’ ~ from Fahrenheit 451 I woke up to the news that Ray Bradbury, one of the hugest icons in Science Fiction, had died.  This has been a horrible year for book lovers.  We have lost Maurice Sendak, Carlos Fuentes, Lee Dillon, […] Gina Ruiz No responses June 6, 2012
  • R.I.P. Jean Craighead George We lost Sendak only a week ago. Still reeling from that, I was gut punched with the news of Carlos Fuentes dying today (see my earlier post).  Still teary after a busy day, I came home and settled in only to find on Facebook via a beautiful tribute photo, news from Wendell Minor that another […] Gina Ruiz No responses May 15, 2012