For All of Us, One Today is a fluid, poetic account of Richard Blanco's life-changing experiences as the inaugural poet in 2013. In this brief and evocative narrative, he shares the story of the call from the White House committee and all the exhilaration and upheaval of the days that followed. For the first time, he reveals the inspiration and challenges - including his experiences as a Latino immigrant and gay man - behind the creation of the inaugural poem, "One Today," as well as two other poems commissioned for the occasion ("Mother Country" and "What We Know of Country"), published here for the first time ever, alongside translations of all three of those poems into his native Spanish. Finally, Blanco reflects on his new role as a public voice, his vision for poetry's place in our nation's consciousness, his spiritual embrace of Americans everywhere, and his renewed understanding of what it means to be an American as a result of the inauguration. Like the inaugural poem itself, For All of Us, One Today speaks to what makes this country and its people great, marking a historic moment of hope and promise in our evolving American landscape. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Blanco. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016458/bk_adbl_016458_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the heart of the California wine country, secrets seem to grow on the vines that Uriel Macon's family have tended for generations.Uriel, 29, is the winery's young widower. He steers clear of complicated relationships. He prefers the lonely comfort of his vineyard and his horses, until he is reminded of his love affair with Amanda Scanlon; a relationship that ended when she abruptly left the country years ago under a cloud of mystery.When Amanda returns to Sonoma because of a family crisis, she tries to mend the broken relationships she left behind. In addition, she seeks the truth about her parents' complicated history and her own parentage.But Amanda's unveiling of the past has devastating consequences. In the midst of California's beautiful Sonoma Valley, both families struggle to overcome harsh realities with dignity and grace.Amanda and Uriel stretch to take care of their families, which are facing immigration issues, marital crises, and loss. While navigating these challenges, the couple must decide if they trust themselves to love again, or to finally let each other go.A Sonoma local, author Joanell Serra's novel has been recognized as a captivating and poignant debut, chosen as a Latino Book of the Month Club selection and given high praise by book reviewers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rachel Fulginiti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/129043/bk_acx0_129043_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Santos-Febres and 13 other contributors of Puerto Rican heritage take full advantage of San Juan's wide range of disparities between rich and poor, weak and powerful, tourists and residents, in this fine addition to Akashic's noir anthology series. (Publishers Weekly) "A welcomed addition to the publisher's popular noir series, San Juan Noir has the distinction of being issued in two editions, English and Spanish, to more accurately reflect the Caribbean island's bilingual culture. Editor Santos-Febres gathers a varied collection of stories she expects will 'reveal a side of Puerto Rico otherwise obscured by the tourist trade and preconception'." (NBC News Latino)"The stories within San Juan Noir stare right into the face of colonialism as they examine the gaps between the city's rich and its poor, its residents and its constant flow of tourists, its colorful exterior and its gritty underbelly. This is noir with a bite, noir that enthralls with its dark tales even as it challenges the reader - do better, do better, do better." (Literary Hub)"From the interiors of sleazy bars or chic resort hotels, shabby apartments and in open streets and avenues with no escape, the tales of San Juan Noir trace the doomed routes of their victims and villains with an acute social and tragic awareness. These journeys keep the reader transfixed and understanding this Caribbean city in entirely new ways." (Insights) Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.Brand-new stories by: Wilfredo J. Burgos Matos, Ernesto Quiñonez, Mayra Santos-Febres, José Rabelo, Luis Negrón, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, Ana María Fuster Lavín, Janette Becerra, Manolo Núñez Negrón, Tere Dávila, Edmaris Carazo, Alejandro Álvarez Nieves, Charlie Vázquez, and Manue 1. Language: English. Narrator: Raul Reyes, Antonio Fornaris, Maritza Martinez, Yaisa Figueroa. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/050857/bk_adbl_050857_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As the Latino population continues to rise in the United States and the number of Latino children entering the public schools increases, it is vital to consider the opportunities and the challenges they face learning a second language. This book analyzes the impact of the policies of the No Child Left Behind Act (2001) on the teaching and learning of 10 Latino English language learners (ELL) in an urban high school in Virginia. Learning a second language is a daunting task for immigrants transitioning to a new language and environment. Using ethnographic methodology, the researcher examined the interconnectedness of the federal policy (NCLB) with the pedagogy employed by faculty to support a learning climate for English language learners. Pedagogy that was built on respect, cultural identity, and critical thinking skills helped learners become actively engaged. The practices of caring teachers enabled them to serve as advocates, helped forge relationships of respect and trust, and encouraged students to succeed academically. The students voices said it themselves, ¡Qué nos dé una chanza! [Give us a chance!]