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Mexico’s History, Past and Present, through Books

“History endures in Mexico. No one has died here, despite the killings and the executions. They are alive – Cuauhtémoc, Cortes, Maximilian, Don Porfirio, and all the conquerors and all the conquered. That is Mexico’s special quality. The whole past is a pulsing present. It has not gone by, it has stopped in its tracks.”

José Moreno Villa

By Carole Reedy

Despite the endless options for looking up information online, many of us still prefer to read books to gain a sense of history. In keeping with this issue’s theme, I offer here with brief descriptions books that over the years have helped me understand our dear Mexico today. Many have been mentioned in this column over the past seven years because of the authors’ keen insights and grasp of Mexico past and present. Continue reading Mexico’s History, Past and Present, through Books

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Books You Might Have Missed

By Carole Reedy

Even we dedicated readers, with our lists, book clubs, and notebooks, have trouble keeping up with the plethora of new authors and their work. We want to read everything by our favorite writers, and then there are the best-sellers. Add to that books recommended by friends and then all of the articles from The New York Times, The Guardian, and the multitude of literary publications. Continue reading Books You Might Have Missed

Women Writers of The World: Thank You!

By Carole Reedy

Over the past 200 years, women worldwide have offered fresh perspectives despite the prominence of men in most fields. In the 21st century, we’re seeing an emergence of women in politics, as heads of states, in science, and in the arts. Here are a few women writers who have enriched our lives, not only with their writing, humor, and intelligence, but with their ability to reflect on and express in words what it means to be a woman and, importantly, human. Continue reading Women Writers of The World: Thank You!

Favorite 2016 Books of Expats Living in Mexico

By Carole Reedy

In an attempt to add some spice to the Favorite Reads 2016 column, I decided to narrow the selections to choices from expats living in Mexico. These readers are from the US, Canada, South America, and Great Britain. To my delight they presented me with a wonderfully eclectic list to share with you. Their task was to select a favorite book they read in 2016 (not necessarily published then), relate what they liked about it and identify their own country of origin. The result is a basket of memorable books you may want to add to your 2017 list. Continue reading Favorite 2016 Books of Expats Living in Mexico

My Favorite Fiction of 2016

By Carole Reedy

Instead of making a Christmas list for Santa, every year I review the books I’ve read and make a list of my favorites. Revisiting each book provokes a memory of the particular time I was reading it–in the Buenos Aires apartment adjacent to the Recoleta Cemetery where Evita’s remains finally rest in peace, in the cozy bed and breakfast in La Havana across from the Museo de la Revolución, or on a lazy afternoon on my small, peaceful, yet vibrant with street-vendor noise, terrace in Mexico City. Continue reading My Favorite Fiction of 2016

THE BIG LITERARY AWARDS: Who are these finalists?

By Carole Reedy

Stunned and surprise were the first feelings I had after reading the list of novels that are short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award this year. I didn’t recognize one name. At first I thought ‘Mmmmm, a bunch of young whippersnappers.’ But, no, to my surprise most are middle-aged with a cache of published books to their credit. Continue reading THE BIG LITERARY AWARDS: Who are these finalists?

Our most brilliant writers give us… An Exciting Array of New Books for the Last Months of 2016

By Carole Reedy

An ample list of new books for year’s end highlights the very best of 21st century fiction writers: Javier Marias, T.C. Boyle, Zadie Smith, Ian McEwen, Dave Eggers, and Margaret Atwood, among others. Fans of fine literature will be emptying their pocketbooks to buy the latest selections, and the waiting lists at the libraries will be longer than those at the Sistine Chapel. Here are the highly anticipated novels, listed by publication date. Continue reading Our most brilliant writers give us… An Exciting Array of New Books for the Last Months of 2016

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous, Death Pervades All Genres

By Carole Reedy

I was in a quandary when the editor and staff of The Eye chose death as the theme of this issue. What could I possibly say about death beyond what fellow cynic Woody Allen expressed so succinctly?

“I’m not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Continue reading From the Sublime to the Ridiculous, Death Pervades All Genres