The quinceañera, the 15th birthday celebration for a Latina girl, is quickly becoming an American event. This legendary party is a sight to behold: lavish ball gowns, extravagant catered meals, DJs, limousines, and multi-tiered cakes. The must haves for a "quince" are becoming as numerous and costly as a prom or wedding. And yet, this elaborate ritual also hearkens back to traditions from native countries and communities, offering young Latinas a chance to connect with their heritage. In Once Upon a Quinceañera, Julia Alvarez explores this celebration that brings a Latina girl into womanhood. She attends the quince of a young woman named "Monica" who lives in Queens, and witnesses the commotion, confusion, and potential for disaster that comes with planning this important event. Alvarez also weaves in interviews with other quince girls, her own memories of coming of age as an immigrant, and the history of the custom itself: how it originated and what has changed as Latinas become accustomed to a supersize American culture. Once Upon a Quinceañera is an enlightening, accessible, and entertaining portrait of contemporary Latino culture, as well as a critical look at the rituals of coming of age and the economic and social consequences of the quince parties. Julia Alvarez's dedicated fans will be eager to hear her thoughts on this topic. It is a great book for anyone interested in American youth today: parents, teachers, and teenagers themselves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daphne Rubin-Vega. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/000697/bk_peng_000697_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1487, the king of Spain, acting through Tomás de Torquemada, the first inquisitor general of the holy office of the Spanish inquisition, orders the first of the murders. For the next five centuries priests, cardinals, royal officials, nobles, and bankers are manipulated and killed by the guardians of the fourth angel to protect a secret plot and a vast and relentlessly growing fortune.In the 21st century, Martín Ibarra Paz, a Cuban-American living in Miami, is famous for his work as the head of a team of architects designing and building a new capitol city in South America. Because his progenitors in Spain had been converted Jews, Martín becomes a target of the plot hatched by the reborn Spanish Inquisition.Takeshi Ishikawa, the Brazilian-Japanese president of the newly-formed and tenuous Latino union, is desperate to keep the new union together and prevent South America from lapsing back into garrulous political divisions. His daughter, Gina Ishikawa, is a reporter covering the ascendance of the young new pope. She digs into his genealogy and finds he is not the man he claims to be. A Vial Upon the Sun follows Gina as she teams with history professor Teodoro Lenin, television media technician Dennis Prinn, and revolutionary terrorist Nicolás Ibarra in a race across Latin America to save Martín and expose the New Inquisition to the world. Armed with nothing but their own knowledge, courage, and skills, they face paid assassins, a military coup, and a nuclear threat. A Vial Upon the Sun is co-authored by father and son James Codlin and Craig Codlin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thom Rivera. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/157149/bk_acx0_157149_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How could you forget whether or not you murdered somebody? That’s exactly what Albuquerque lawyer-cum-sleuth Neil Hamel asks herself when she takes on the defense of an elderly client who can’t remember whether she ran over the girl her car surely did kill. Early in the morning of November first, Neil and her boyfriend, the Kid, are shaken out of their post-coital bliss when they find a surprise visitor at Neil’s apartment door. The visitor is Martha Conover, a pinched, elegant older woman who looks askance at Neil’s “just-had-sex aura” but still pleads for her help. Martha’s been accused of running over Justine Virga, the girl who accidentally killed her grandson, Michael, in a car crash three years - to the day - earlier. Though Justine’s crushed corpse is found outside Martha’s home and Martha’s car bears an incriminating dent, Neil gradually discovers clues from Martha’s prim past and Justine’s wild one that point to other suspects, from drug dealers to South American death squads to Michael’s Latino father, wronged two decades earlier by Martha’s bigotry. While Neil searches for Justine’s killer, she treats us to her wry take on every stratum of today’s Southwest, from its breathtaking landscape to the real estate boondoggles that the S&L crisis has inflicted upon it, from Santa Fe’s polo set and new-age entrepreneurs to a homeless man who coaxes poetry out of used typewriters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Meredith Mitchell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbca/001369/bk_bbca_001369_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
International Latino Award in the category "best mystery novel" and an honorable mention for "best adventure novel". Three million copies sold worldwide by the so-called "queen of the Spanish adventure fiction" and one of the top writers in the Spanish language. Holy relics are disappearing from sacred spots around the world, and the Vatican will do whatever it takes to stop enterprising thieves from stealing what is left of the scattered and miniscule splinters of the true cross the Catholic Church has in its possession. Dr. Ottavia Salina, a brilliant paleographer, toils at her classified workspace deep within Vatican City, analyzing and restoring some of the world's most valuable religious artifacts, until she is called upon by the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church and commissioned with a mysterious new assignment: She is to decipher the strange tattoos - seven Greek letters and seven crosses - found on an Ethiopian man's corpse. Next to what was left of the body were three pieces of wood - suspected by Vatican scholars to be fragments of the Vera Cruz, actual splinters from the cross on which Christ was crucified. With the help of the captain of the Pope's infamous Swiss Guard and a renowned archaeologist from Alexandria, Dr. Salina is able to uncover a shocking truth: For hundreds of years, a secret brotherhood that refers to itself as the Staurofilakes, headed by a mysterious figure called Cato, has been hiding the true cross and means to gather all remaining fragments for themselves. The markings on the Ethiopian corpse, they soon discover, correspond with each of the seven deadly sins, and are part of the complicated, possibly deadly initiation ritual used to deem candidates worthy of membership into the brotherhood. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carol Monda. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022685/bk_adbl_022685_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Marco Rubio is an American politician and attorney, and the junior United States Senator from Florida. Rubio previously served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. Rubio is a Cuban American from Miami, with degrees from the University of Florida and the University of Miami School of Law. In the late 1990s, he served as a City Commissioner for West Miami and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, representing the 111th House district. Later in 2000, Rubio was promoted to be one of two majority whips, and in 2002, he was appointed House Majority Leader by Speaker Johnnie Byrd. Subsequently, he was elected Speaker of the Florida House, serving as Speaker for two years beginning in November 2006. Upon leaving the Florida legislature in 2008 due to term limits, Rubio started a new law firm, and also began teaching at Florida International University, where he continues as an adjunct professor. Rubio successfully ran for United States Senate in 2010. In the US Senate, he chairs the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, as well as the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women's Issues. He is one of three Latino Americans serving in the Senate. In April 2015, Rubio announced that he would forgo seeking reelection to the Senate to run for President. He suspended his campaign for President on March 15, 2016, after losing the Republican primary in his home state of Florida to Donald Trump. On June 22, 2016, he reversed his decision not to seek reelection to the Senate and announced a campaign for reelection. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis E. Morris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/076089/bk_acx0_076089_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This ethnographic study centers on ways Latino immigrant parents in a Southern California urban community socialize their children towards education. This research illustrates the role of parental socialization in the education of Latino children. The focus is on 9 families with children ranging in age from nine months to adult-aged. Data collection proceeded over one year and included observations, interviews, and questionnaires. Findings showed that Latino immigrant families contribute to the education of their school-aged children in ways that are generally unrecognized by schools and teachers. This research adds to an understanding that most families, although different culturally, do struggle to do the best for their children in a spirit of love and caring. It encourages educators to understand and build upon these parents current forms of participation to develop a model for active collaboration between parents and schools.
This book won the 2014 AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critics Choice Award.We are living, learning, and teaching by questioning how to address race in a society that consistently prefers to see itself as colorblind, a society claiming to seek a "post-racial" existence. This edited volume offers evidence of the evolving significance of race from a diverse group of male and female contributors selfidentifying as Black, Latino, Asian, White, Gay, Lesbian, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim. Our attempts to provide every child and adult learner with what they need - equity - to make the most of their educational experiences - excellence - are still consciously and unconsciously thwarted by the ingrained nature of racism in our society. This point becomes obvious when we begin teaching those audiences that represent diverse lived experiences of race about the changing significance of race and how to develop a more critical, reflexive lens focused upon the politics of race. This book invites readers to co-construct and implement a critical race pedagogy that reflects both an acknowledgment of the evolving significance of race and opportunities for hope via education.
Despite their numbers, Latinos continue to lack full and equal participation in all facets of American life, including education. This book provides a critical discussion of the role that select K12 educational policies have and continue to play in failing Latino students. The author draws upon institutional, national, and statewide data sets, as well as interviews among students, teachers, and college administrators, to explore the role that public policies play in educating Latino students. The book concludes with specific recommendations that aim to raise achievement, college transition rates, and success among Latino students across the preschool through college continuum. Chapters cover high dropout rates, access to college-preparation resources, testing and accountability, financial aid, the Dream Act, and affirmative action.
The subject of minority children&#8217;s learning has long been the concern of civic leaders, parents, scholars, and educators. The federal legislation, &#8216;No Child Left Behind&#8217; emphasizes the concern even more. It specifically requires assessing the academic achievement of minority students, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas, and holding schools accountable for their progress. Schools that fail to attain &#8220;Adequate Yearly Progress&#8221; face the real possibility of being forced to close if they continually fail to perform. Unlike the past, these are increasingly &#8220;high stakes&#8221; consequences for educators, parents, students and the schools that serve them. This book is timely and relevant because it addresses these issues, and recommends solutions for Latino, Black, and Asian students. This book also has implications for the problems the nation faces in helping all students to learn well, particularly those that lag in academic achievement. In considering the broad problems and in recommending solutions, the book provides breadth, concision, and unique organization. As the introductory chapter makes clear, the book simultaneously considers not only the three most visible minority groups in the U. S. , but draws upon the perspectives of anthropology, education, ethnic studies, psychology, and sociology. From these several persp- tives, this book is organized within three broad sections: 1) culturally diverse families and schooling; 2) issues of immigration and schooling experiences; and 3) socio-cultural perspectives on teaching, learning, and development. Within each section, the authors marshal research literature regarding each ethnic minority group.