Review: Susan Straight’s New Memoir Amplifies Stories of Strong Women Who Survive and Thrive

By Janet Kinosian
FROM: L.A. Times

downloadCertain books give off the sense that you won’t want them to end, so splendid the writing, so lyrical the stories. Such is the case with Southern California novelist Susan Straight’s new memoir, “In the Country of Women.”

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A few thoughts on adapting “The Courtship of María Rivera Peña” for the screen

By Daniel A. Olivas
FROM: Labloga.com

41BTS5D4T1L._SX304_BO1,204,203,200_Nineteen years ago, a small independent press based in Pennsylvania—sadly now defunct—published my first book, a novella titled The Courtship of María Rivera Peña(Silver Lake Publishing). The story is loosely based on the migration of my paternal grandparents from Mexico to Los Angeles in the 1920s and follows the courtship, marriage, and family life of the cook Beto and the beautiful waitress María. Three years later, a longer, second edition was published under the same name but with a slightly different cover design. I am now exploring with a publisher whether we can publish a 20th anniversary edition that would include a scholarly introduction.

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