Book Club

The Joy of Journaling
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?

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I Heart Tattoos
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.

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Book Review: "Lone Star Legend" by Gwedolyn Zepeda
By Lori Hoffman | 02/22/2010 - 17:31

Lone Star Legend by Gwedolyn Zepeda

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Hot. Passionate. And Illegal?
By Angie Romero | 01/05/2010 - 15:59

A telenovela hunk writing a book is sort of like sharing a bar of soap to me—you just don’t do it. Unless, of course, it’s meant to be funny. And that’s exactly what Chilean actor Cristián De La Fuente’s ridiculously titled publishing debut, Hot. Passionate.

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The Rhythm of Success
By Angie Romero | 01/01/2010 - 10:00

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the Estefans. Gloria and Emilio, married for 31 years, have always been, in my mind, our First Family. The ballad, “Con Los Años Que Me Quedan,” which they co-wrote, epitomizes grown-up love to me.

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Emo Rock and Dirty Locks
By Angelique Serrano | 09/10/2009 - 15:45

A co-worker told me I looked very “emo” today. I had no idea what that word meant. It was explained to me this way: Like Brandon Flowers from the band The Killers is all “emo” with his black guy liner and “emotive” rock lyrics. Emo. I got it. So I guess since I'm wearing skinny black jeans, a loose gray tank, a necklace and dirty-looking hair, I'm like an alternative (whatever that means today), cool rocker chic. I took it as a compliment.

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The 10 Hottest Summer Reads
By Mariela Rosario | 07/17/2009 - 13:30

As the temperature rises, no doubt you're spending more time outside soaking up the sun and working on your tan (with an appropriate sunscreen, of course). So why don't you take the time afforded by the extra-lazy days this summer to catch up on your reading? We've made it so easy for you by rounding up the 10 hottest summer books, so slip into your swimsuit, throw one or two novels in your beach bag and lose yourself in the worlds created by these talented Latino writers.

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Guillermo del Toro Dishes on New Vampire Trilogy "The Strain," Slams "Twilight"
By Mariela Rosario | 04/24/2009 - 14:45

Guillermo del Toro likes his vampire movies scary, as in, quaking in your booties scary. Not like, "romantic young men sucking on the neck of beautiful people" scary. He wants his vampires menacing and absolutely disgusting, which they should be—you know, given the fact that they're undead beings who lust after our blood and want nothing more than to eat us.

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Gabriel García Márquez Says He Continues to Write
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 04/06/2009 - 16:15

We reported several days ago that key people in Gabriel García Márquez's camp were speculating that the legendary Colombian author would soon retire. Well, we’re relieved to say that García Márquez vehemently denies those rumors.

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Is Gabriel García Márquez Retiring?
By Monica Herrera | 04/02/2009 - 11:01

Just when you thought it was safe to pre-pre-order Gabriel García Márquez's rumored new novel on, now comes word that the legendary Colombian author—who hasn't released a new work since 2004's Memorias de Mis Putas Tristes—may be putting down his pen for good.

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