ONCE UPON A QUINCEAÑERA
Coming of Age in the usA
Alvarez explores the phenomenon of the Latina “sweet fifteen”
celebration. “A thorough, thoughtful, and important book....
Describ[es] the many issues that bicultural girls face in America.”—
Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia. “With grace and humanity, Alvarez explores the fascinating evolution of the quinceañera
tradition in the United States, responding provocatively to a tradition that charms her and simultaneously clashes with her feminist
sensibilities.”—Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban.
Plume • 288 pp. • 978-0-452-28830-0 • $15.00
SOMETHING TO DECLARE: Essays
These rich and revealing essays offer Julia Alvarez’s dual meditations on coming to America and becoming a writer. “[Like] listening to a big-hearted, wisecracking friend share hard-earned wisdom about family, identity, and the art of writing.”—People.
Plume • 320 pp. • 978-0-452-28067-0 • $15.00
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CHILDREN OF JIHAD: A Young American’s Travels
Among the Youth of the Middle East
A young American tours hostile lands to learn about Middle Eastern
youth—and uncovers a subculture that defies every stereotype. “A
revealing look at the youth of Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and
Iraq....Riveting from start to finish.”—Kirkus Reviews. “An enlightening and entertaining story that is part travelogue and part cultural
analysis. Gaining insights through simple conversation, Cohen paints
a compelling picture of the politically awakened youth of the Middle
East.”—Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor.
Gotham • 288 pp. • 978-1-592-40399-8 • $15.00
Patrick Neate and Damian Platt
CULTURE IS OUR WEAPON
making music and Changing Lives in Rio de Janeiro
Preface by Caetano Veloso
Tells the story of Grupo Cultural AfroReggae, a Rio-based organization employing music and an appreciation for black culture to
inspire residents of the favelas, or shatytowns, to resist the drugs
that are ruining their neighborhoods. “AfroReggae’s true talent
and the work that they undertake simply inspired me. This book
captures the energetic feel of the city and of everything AfroReggae
does perfectly.”—Quincy Jones.
Penguin • 192 pp. • 978-0-14-311674-5 • $14.00
Available March 2010
Martha A. Sandweiss
A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line
The story of Clarence King, a 19th-century celebrity who lived a
double life as a black porter and steelworker. “An astounding true
story that would beggar most novelists’ imaginations.”— The New
York Times. “A major contribution to our understanding of race,
class, and gender. This biography of a secret interracial marriage
also tells more about the social experience of big city life—New
York in this case—than a shelf full of urban histories.”—Thomas
Bender, New York University. Available in paperback January 2010.
Penguin Press • 368 pp. • 978-1-59420-200-1 • $27.95