Our Next Good Read: American Chica

Join us December 7th at American ChicaSt. Clair Winery  from 5:00-7:00 pm to discuss our next book.  We are reading American Chica (Highschool/Adult level)  by Marie Arana.

Here’s a sneak peek into the book from Goodreads:

In her father’s Peruvian family, Marie Arana was taught to be a proper lady, yet in her mother’s American family she learned to shoot a gun, break a horse, and snap a chicken’s neck for dinner. Arana shuttled easily between these deeply separate cultures for years. But only when she immigrated with her family to the United States did she come to understand that she was a hybrid American whose cultural identity was split in half. Coming to terms with this split is at the heart of this graceful, beautifully realized portrait of a child who “was a north-south collision, a New World fusion. An American Chica.”

Here are two vastly different landscapes: Peru—earthquake-prone, charged with ghosts of history and mythology—and the sprawling prairie lands of Wyoming. In these rich terrains resides a colorful cast of family members who bring Arana’s historia to life…her proud grandfather who one day simply stopped coming down the stairs; her dazzling grandmother, “clicking through the house as if she were making her way onstage.” But most important are Arana’s parents: he a brilliant engineer, she a gifted musician. For more than half a century these two passionate, strong-willed people struggled to overcome the bicultural tensions in their marriage and, finally, to prevail.

Be sure to get entered in our drawing for a free copy of the book!! All you have to do is comment on any blog post by November 30th!

We’ll also be raffling off a copy of January’s featured book, ShadowshaperJoin us that evening to be entered!

We hope to see you on December 7th!

One thought on “Our Next Good Read: American Chica

  1. Really looking forward to reading this one! One of the educators in our book group just started it and said she got hooked at the very beginning. Hope you’ll join us if you’re in ABQ local, if not, we’d love to hear your thoughts via blog comments!

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