Gabriel García Márquez

The father of magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez, died yesterday April 17, 2014. The New York Times published a wonderful commemorative article here. I have also included a book list below.His work is always worth a reread as many of us were first exposed to him in our college years. Time and experience always prove to be great illuminators when it comes to writers such as García Márquez.  I first read “Love in the Time of Cholera” as a jaded and bored English major in college. In my late teens and early twenties I was obsessed with cynical writers such as Kurt Vonnegut and Raymond Carver yet Marquez rocked my world with his style and language, romantic and political in his magical realism: violence enmeshed in sensuality enmeshed in the spirit world. That book inspired my ongoing love of Latin America and her writers, such as Isabelle Allende, Pablo Neruda, Jorge Louis Borges, Carlos Fuentes, Roberto Bolano, Paulo Coelho and Octavio Paz.

For a comprehensive list of Gabriel García Márquez’s books, click here.



Top 100 Mighty Girl Picture Books


My sister recently sent me a link to the fabulous website Mighty Girl and there I found a wonderful collection of picture books, fiction and nonfiction, starring fantastic girl characters. Check out Top 100 Mighty Girl Picture Books for a carefully selected collection of gorgeously illustrated and beautifully written picture books.The collection includes a wide variety of fictional picture books along with many picture book biographies of remarkable women.

What is Mighty Girl? “A blog and store and general resource clearing house, the world’s largest collection of books, toys, movies, and music for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls and, of course, for girls themselves!”