Fall weather brings a certain chill in the air that just makes us want to curl up with a good book and get some serious reading done. Here are a few books that we are definitely going to be reading this fall. Be sure to add your own picks in the comments below!
1. Fall Books: Fidel
Fidel by Néstor Kohan with Nahuel Scherma (Siete Cuentos Editorial, $13.95, July 2010)
Brazilian author Néstor Kohan couples his words with Scherma’s artistic skills to create an illustrated biography on Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. The duo tells the revolutionary leader’s story, as seen by Latin Americans; not only focusing on his struggle to maintain power, but highlighting defining points in history from the Bay of Pigs to the end of Apartheid.
Fidel is available at Amazon.com.
2. Fall Books: Even Silence Has An End
Even Silence Has An End by Ingrid Betancourt (Penguin Publishing, $14.99, September 2010)
Even Silence Has An End tells the astounding story of Ingrid Betancourt’s capture by FARC guerrillas and life as a prisoner in the jungles of Colombia. After moving to France, Betancourt gave up her life of comfort at the age of 32 to return to her war-torn homeland and run for political office. Her dreams of becoming the first female president of Colombia and putting an end to the corruption in local politics came to a jarring halt when she was kidnapped and held captive for six years.
Even Silence Has An End is available at Amazon.com.
3. Fall Books: Fish Out of Agua
Fish Out of Agua: My Life on Neither Side of the (Subway) Tracks by Michele Carlo (Citadel Press, $15.95, August 2010)
Have you ever wondered if you were Latina enough? Michele Carlo’s coming-of-age memoir will have you laughing-out-loud and possibly soothing your own relatable memories all in one read. The redheaded, freckled faced Puerto Rican takes us through her rights of passage from her Polish neighborhood to her current Brooklyn abode.
Fish Out of Agua: My Life on Neither Side of the (Subway) Tracks is available at Amazon.com.
4. Fall Books: The Beauty of Love
The Beauty of Love: A Memoir of Miracles, Hope, and Healing by Laura and Jorge Posada; forward by Joe Torre (Atria Books, $24, September 2010)
The memoir is truly an inspirational account of five-time World Champion and All-Star catcher for the New York Yankees Jorge Posada and wife Laura’s battle with son Jorge Luis’ craniosynostosis, a severe disease in which the bones of the skull fuse together before growth is complete. Through their story and anecdotes from close family members, friends, and teammates such as Derek Jeter and Tino Martinez, the couple shows how their family was strengthened by the diagnosis and their motivation for creating the Jorge Posada Foundation.
The Beauty of Love: A Memoir of Miracles, Hope, and Healing is available at Amazon.com.