In the Time of the Butterflies Book
Score: 3.5
From 48 Ratings

In the Time of the Butterflies


  • Author : Julia Alvarez
  • Publisher : Algonquin Books
  • Release Date : 2010-01-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781616200992

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In the Time of the Butterflies Excerpt :

It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo’s dictatorship. It doesn’t have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas—“The Butterflies.” In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters—Minerva, Patria, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé—speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons and secret crushes to gunrunning and prison torture, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo’s rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human cost of political oppression.

In the Time of the Butterflies Book
Score: 3.5
From 46 Ratings

In the Time of the Butterflies


  • Author : Julia Alvarez
  • Publisher : Turtleback
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 0606192069

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In the Time of the Butterflies Excerpt :

A story based on actual events evokes the horror of the Dominican Republic under dictator General Trujillo, as three sisters die in a jeep "accident"

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Book
Score: 3
From 8 Ratings

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents


  • Author : Julia Alvarez
  • Publisher : Algonquin Books
  • Release Date : 2010-01-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 334
  • ISBN 10 : 9781616200985

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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Excerpt :

"Poignant . . . Powerful . . . Beautifully captures the threshold experience of the new immigrant, where the past is not yet a memory." —The New York Times Book Review Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez’s beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters as they grow up in two cultures. The García sisters—Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow brutal dictator Rafael Trujillo is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wondrous but not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways as the girls try find new lives: by straightening their hair and wearing American fashions, and by forgetting their Spanish. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. Here they tell their stories about being at home—and not at home—in America. Julia Alvarez’s new novel, Afterlife, is available now.

Yo  Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Yo


  • Author : Julia Alvarez
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Domestic fiction
  • Pages : 309
  • ISBN 10 : 0452279186

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Yo Excerpt :

The American odyssey of Yo, a Dominican woman writer whose family arrived in the U.S. as refugees from a dictatorship. The novel follows her youth, with its energy and optimism, and the setbacks as she grows older, including two divorces.

Will I See  Book

Will I See


  • Author : David Alexander Robertson
  • Publisher : Portage & Main Press
  • Release Date : 2017-02-13
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 56
  • ISBN 10 : 9781553796947

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Will I See Excerpt :

Based on the story by Iskwé and Erin Leslie May, a young teenage girl, traverses the city streets, finding keepsakes in different places along her journey. When May and her kookum make these keepsakes into a necklace, it opens a world of danger and fantasy. While May fights against a terrible reality, she learns that there is strength in the spirit of those who have passed. But will that strength be able to save her? A story of tragedy and beauty, Will I See? illuminates the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

They Forged the Signature of God Book

They Forged the Signature of God


  • Author : Viriato Sención
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015037435842

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They Forged the Signature of God Excerpt :

This vivid exposé of corruption and political tyranny in the Dominican Republic rang so true to the reality that the President of that country went on television to denounce the book. Sención's novel follows the lives of three seminary students who suffer from church-state oppression. The book also gives a chilling portrait of Dr. Ramos, a sinister autocrat, who manages to survive six terms as president of his country through manipulation and tyranny.

Lord of the Butterflies Book
Score: 4.5
From 9 Ratings

Lord of the Butterflies


  • Author : Andrea Gibson
  • Publisher : SCB Distributors
  • Release Date : 2018-11-27
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9781943735433

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Lord of the Butterflies Excerpt :

Andrea Gibson’s latest collection is a masterful showcase from the poet whose writing and performances have captured the hearts of millions. With artful and nuanced looks at gender, romance, loss, and family, Lord of the Butterflies is a new peak in Gibson’s career. Each emotion here is deft and delicate, resting inside of imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar.

Flight of the Butterflies Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Flight of the Butterflies


  • Author : Roberta Edwards
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2013-07-25
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698138926

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Flight of the Butterflies Excerpt :

Starting from the northern United States and southern Canada, millions of Monarchs converge every fall in one region in central Mexico. It's not only an amazing sight to behold for the lucky residents of the area, but also a true miracle of nature. This easy reader follows the 2,500 mile-long journey of the Monarchs, with both full color illustrations and photographs.

Juan Pablo and the Butterflies Book

Juan Pablo and the Butterflies


  • Author : JJ Flowers
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-05-09
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781507202142

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Juan Pablo and the Butterflies Excerpt :

Juan Pablo and his best friend Rocio follow his grandmother's guidance--and the butterfly migration--to Pacific Grove, California, pursued by the drug traffickers he tried stop in their small Mexican town.

In the Name of Salome Book

In the Name of Salome


  • Author : Julia Alvarez
  • Publisher : Algonquin Books
  • Release Date : 2000-06-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN 10 : 9781616201036

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In the Name of Salome Excerpt :

"Original and illuminating."—The New York Times Book Review In her most ambitious work since In the Time of Butterflies, Julia Alvarez tells the story of a woman whose poetry inspired one Caribbean revolution and of her daughter whose dedication to teaching strengthened another. Camila Henriquez Urena is about to retire from her longtime job teaching Spanish at Vassar College. Only now as she sorts through family papers does she begin to know the woman behind the legend of her mother, the revered Salome Urena, who died when Camila was three. In stark contrast to Salome, who became the Dominican Republic's national poet at the age of seventeen, Camila has spent most of her life trying not to offend anybody. Her mother dedicated her life to educating young women to give them voice in their turbulent new nation; Camila has spent her life quietly and anonymously teaching the Spanish pluperfect to upper-class American girls with no notion of revolution, no knowledge of Salome Urena. Now, in 1960, Camila must choose a final destination for herself. Where will she spend the rest of her days? News of the revolution in Cuba mirrors her own internal upheaval. In the process of deciding her future, Camila uncovers the truth of her mother's tragic personal life and, finally, finds a place for her own passion and commitment. Julia Alvarez has won a large and devoted audience by brilliantly illuminating the history of modern Caribbean America through the personal stories of its people. As a Latina, as a poet and novelist, and as a university professor, Julia Alvarez brings her own experience to this exquisite story. Julia Alvarez’s new novel, Afterlife, is available now.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Book
Score: 4
From 98 Ratings

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly


  • Author : Jean-Dominique Bauby
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2008-03-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 146
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307454836

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Excerpt :

A celebration of the liberating power of consciousness—a triumphant book that lets us witness an indomitable spirit and share in the pure joy of its own survival. In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brainstem. After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body which had all but stopped working: only his left eye functioned, allowing him to see and, by blinking it, to make clear that his mind was unimpaired. Almost miraculously, he was soon able to express himself in the richest detail: dictating a word at a time, blinking to select each letter as the alphabet was recited to him slowly, over and over again. In the same way, he was able eventually to compose this extraordinary book. By turns wistful, mischievous, angry, and witty, Bauby bears witness to his determination to live as fully in his mind as he had been able to do in his body. He explains the joy, and deep sadness, of seeing his children and of hearing his aged father's voice on the phone. In magical sequences, he imagines traveling to other places and times and of lying next to the woman he loves. Fed only intravenously, he imagines preparing and tasting the full flavor of delectable dishes. Again and again he returns to an "inexhaustible reservoir of sensations," keeping in touch with himself and the life around him. Jean-Dominique Bauby died two days after the French publication of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. This book is a lasting testament to his life.

The Butterflies of Iowa Book

The Butterflies of Iowa


  • Author : Dennis W. Schlicht
  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
  • Release Date : 2007-05-01
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9781587297618

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The Butterflies of Iowa Excerpt :

This beautiful and comprehensive guide, many years in the making, is a manual for identifying the butterflies of Iowa as well as 90 percent of the butterflies in the Plains states. It begins by providing information on the natural communities of Iowa, paying special attention to butterfly habitat and distribution. Next come chapters on the history of lepidopteran research in Iowa and on creating butterfly gardens, followed by an intriguing series of questions and issues relevant to the study of butterflies in the state. The second part contains accounts, organized by family, for the 118 species known to occur in Iowa. Each account includes the common and scientific names for each species, its Opler and Warren number, its status in Iowa, adult flight times and number of broods per season, distinguishing features, distribution and habitat, and natural history information such as behavior and food plant preferences. As a special feature of each account, the authors have included questions that illuminate the research and conservation challenges for each species. In the third section, the illustrations, grouped for easier comparison among species, include color photographs of all the adult forms that occur in Iowa. Male and female as well as top and bottom views are shown for most species. The distribution maps indicate in which of Iowa’s ninety-nine counties specimens have been collected; flight times for each species are shown by marking the date of collection for each verified specimen on a yearly calendar. The book ends with a checklist, collection information specific to the photographs, a glossary, references, and an index. The authors’ meticulous attention to detail, stimulating questions for students and researchers, concern for habitat preservation, and joyful appreciation of the natural world make it a valuable and inspiring volume.

When I Was Puerto Rican Book
Score: 4.5
From 11 Ratings

When I Was Puerto Rican


  • Author : Esmeralda Santiago
  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Release Date : 2006-02-28
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786736867

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When I Was Puerto Rican Excerpt :

Esmeralda Santiago's story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full of both tenderness and domestic strife, tropical sounds and sights as well as poverty. Growing up, she learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs in the mango groves at night, the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. As she enters school we see the clash, both hilarious and fierce, of Puerto Rican and Yankee culture. When her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually take on a new identity. In this first volume of her much-praised, bestselling trilogy, Santiago brilliantly recreates the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years and her tremendous journey from the barrio to Brooklyn, from translating for her mother at the welfare office to high honors at Harvard.

The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho


  • Author : Anjanette Delgado
  • Publisher : Kensington Books
  • Release Date : 2014-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781617733918

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The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho Excerpt :

"A thrilling, hilarious, and mysterious romp." --Patricia Engel, author of It's Not Love, It's Just Paris Two divorces have taught Mariela Estevez that she's better suited to being a mistress than a wife. Whose heart needs all that "forever after" trouble? Still, her affair with her married lover, Hector, has become problematic--especially because he's also a tenant in her apartment building in the heart of Miami's Calle Ocho in Little Havana. But when Hector is found dead just steps from Mariela's back door, on the eve of her fortieth birthday, she's forced to examine her life--and come up with a plan to save it, fast. . . Complicating matters, Hector's passing sparks the unexpected return of a gift Mariela rejected years ago and thought she'd never have to face again: clairvoyance. Suddenly, Mariela's visions come swiftly and unbidden, as do revelations about her other tenants. Lost loves, hidden yearnings, old jealousies--all reside on Calle Ocho. Most of all, Mariela's second sight awakens her not just to the truth about Hector's death and the secrets in others' lives--but to the possibilities blooming within her own. With warmth, wit, and insight, award-winning author Anjanette Delgado explores one woman's flawed but heartfelt attempt to live and love well, transporting readers to the center of contemporary Little Havana and a community of uniquely human, unforgettable characters. "The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho reminds me of why I started reading in the first place--to be enchanted, to be carried away from my world and dropped into a world more vivid and incandescent. Anjanette Delgado loves her characters, even the miscreants, and makes us love them too." --John Dufresne, author of No Regrets, Coyote

Fahrenheit 451 Book
Score: 4
From 1,775 Ratings

Fahrenheit 451


  • Author : Ray Bradbury
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2003-09-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743247221

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Fahrenheit 451 Excerpt :

A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their merit.