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The Friends of Mexican Art book club was established by Virginia Havermale in 1996. The original concept was for members to read books by Mexican authors about life in Mexico, whether history, historical, travel or magical realism. Over time it became difficult to find enough titles in English translations, so we have expanded to Latin America in general (Cellophane by Marie Arana-Peru) and work by authors of Mexican descent dealing with life in the Southwest (Taco Testimony by Denise Chavez, Capirotada - A Nogales Memoir by Alberto Alvaro Rios, and If I Die in Juarez by Stella Pope Duarte). Occasionally we read works by non-Mexican writers (Tortilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle) because of their significance to all who live in our evolving country. The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea, read last year, focuses on the criminal element of immigration: the coyotes. Our choices are wide-ranging and offer opportunities for education, discussion and disagreement.

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