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El Narco

El Narco
  • Author(s): Ioan Grillo
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern

‘War’ is no exaggeration in discussing the bloodshed that has terrorized Mexico in the past decades. As rival cartels battle for control of a billion-dollar drug trade, the body count – 23,000 dead in five years – and sheer...

On the Road

On the Road
  • Author(s): Jack Kerouac
  • Location(s): Mexico, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1950s

The two main characters of the book are the narrator, Salvatore “Sal” Paradise, and his new friend Dean Moriarty, much admired for his carefree attitude and sense for adventure, a free-spirited maverick eager to explore all kicks and an...

The Confession

The Confession
  • Author(s): Jessie Burton
  • Location(s): Hampstead, Los Angeles, Mexico, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s / 2000s

One winter’s afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows...

The Eagle’s Throne

The Eagle’s Throne
  • Author(s): Carlos Fuentes
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Science Fiction/Future
  • Era(s): 2020

The year is 2020. The Mexican President has provoked the United States by calling for the removal of US troops from Colombia and demanding higher prices for Mexico’s oil. But the country’s satellite communications system is controlled in Miami...

The Earthquake Machine

The Earthquake Machine
  • Author(s): Mary Pauline Lowry
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

The Earthquake Machine tells the story of 14 year-old Rhonda. On the outside, everything looks perfect in Rhonda’s world but at home Rhonda has to deal with a manipulative father who keeps her mentally ill mother hooked on pharmaceuticals....

The Hummingbird’s Daughter

The Hummingbird’s Daughter
  • Author(s): Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Late 1800s

an epic mystical drama of a young woman’s sudden sainthood in late-19th century Mexico. It is 1889 and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16 year old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful...

The Lacuna

The Lacuna
  • Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
  • Location(s): Mexico, North Carolina
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

The Lacuna is the heartbreaking story of a man’s search for safety of a man torn beween the warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s McCarthyite America. Born in the U.S. and reared in Mexico, Harrison...

The Savage Detectives

The Savage Detectives
  • Author(s): Roberto Bolaño
  • Location(s): Mexico City
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s onwards

Los Detectivos Salvajes is an urban odyssey set in the sprawl of 1975 Mexico City. Written by the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño, the novel won the Rómulo Gallegos International Novel Prize and is counted among his most successful novels,...

Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano
  • Author(s): Malcolm Lowry
  • Location(s): Cuernavaca
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1938

Geoffrey Firmin, the former British consul iun Mexico is a prisoner of alcoholism. On The Day of the Dead in 1938, his recently divorced wife Yvonne returns to Quauhnahuac (The Aztec name for Cuernavaca), over which two smoking volcanoes...

Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic
  • Author(s): Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

When glamorous socialite Noemí Taboada receives a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging to be rescued from a mysterious doom, it’s clear something is desperately amiss. Catalina has always had a flair for the dramatic, but her claims...

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